Rebuilding The World - Lessons From Nigeria

This enquiry began for us about 4 years ago. We have been involved in peace building through the message of Christ’s gospel and have seen the Lord do so many amazing things. We have learnt many lessons along the way. But when you dig down into the reasons for violence in a nation, you inevitably come across some buried things, and to bring these to the light of day isn’t a simple matter. First, there is the learning curve, how to understand what you are finding. It gets complex. When we first came to Africa in 1986, we had the blessing of being brought up in a developed, peaceful and in many ways Christian nation. We wanted to share these blessings. The main way of doing that was through the gospel, discipling and training leaders, missionaries and church planters, especially from diverse ethnicities and from grassroots backgrounds. This is still our main way of working with the Lord in reaching and transforming a nation. [...]

Saying No to Cecil Rhodes

Most of us have heard of Cecil Rhodes. He dominated southern Africa in the nineteenth century, exploiting her resources and subjugating her people. Africa was seen as the property of the industrial nations and politics within Africa were steered to enforce this worldview. Rhodes made his fortune as just one player in the larger global empire and dedicated his wealth to the ongoing interests of those in power. The infamous Last Will and Testament of Rhodes was dedicated to strengthening British-led control of America, to solidify global hegemony by the English-speaking world in the decades to come. The vision of many in America is multipolarism, a non-imperial worldview, but American politics has been infiltrated throughout her history with (what we may call for brevity) the Rhodes’ vision of global empire.[...] 

“Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.” 1 Corinthians 15:24 
This is Christ fulfilling his Adamic role, his human role as the captain of Israel, to whom God promised that he would subdue the nations. When this is accomplished and completed, then Christ in his human role as commander in chief hands over the kingdom to God.[...]
Much of the New Testament reflects ancient Jewish cosmology, their hope of “God’s glory filling the earth, as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14) Paul wrote of God’s new people, instrumental in the world being “delivered from its bondage to corruption.” (Romans 8:21) In the Sermon on the Mount, Christ’s followers, his peacemakers, are the “children of God,” the Adams and Eves, reflecting Christ’s image and likeness, making creation new. Jesus calls us “the light of the world,” from Genesis 1, that moved creation from chaos to goodness.[...] 

It’s always high risk following the truth. Imagine being in Egypt when Moses gave a vision of a new kind of world. The new world doesn’t appear immediately. It’s a transition, when the corruption slowly and forcefully yields to the inevitable new rule. Like Pharaoh, it doesn’t give up easily. Even when the dawn has come, Pharoah still raises his army to hold on. But this only ensures his end. Imagine believing in the face of constant contradiction from the “evidence” (Pharaohs’ power.) You are seeing the unseen and refusing to let it go until it is established reality. When the reality comes, will you have pre-purchased shares in it, invested all your wealth-stores in it? Or will it be too late?

 “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.” (Hebrews 11:24-28) He accepted Christ’s blood as a sign on a new world, walking in its faith, love and hope, so destroyer had no place in his heart.[...]

Nigerian Independence Holiday

As we approach Independence Day holiday in Nigeria, we reflect on the meaning of the word “holiday.” Obviously, it means “holy-day,” a day that is consecrated to faithfulness. Considering this shows us a major point about what worship and faithfulness was supposed to be in the Old Testament. On the Hebrew holidays, people gathered to share food, labourers were rested. The day of Jubilee was celebrated on the Day of Atonement. Jubilee meant to free slaves, forgive debt, lift economic burdens off widows and orphans.
All Hebrew holydays were in this direction. They were Days of Remembrance: Israel was to remember that God had compassion on them when they were slaves in Egypt, so Israel should likewise have compassion on the slave, the refugee, the stranger, the people in unfortunate circumstances. The fact that this Jubilee was the main point of the Day of Atonement meant that restoring the suffering in our societies today is a form of atonement: it cleanses our societies of evil, it takes away Satan’s opportunity at destroying our relationships and peace. [...]

Real Economies Saves Millions of Lives 

Nigeria was one nation mentioned in Henry Kissinger’s secret government report in the 1970’s (now released and easily found on the internet), in which development would be deliberately curtailed, enabling the West to have ready access to her resources.

Malthusianism (the theory that resources are diminishing and so populations must be culled) is the basis for “climate change” fear, enabling corruption that further pins back the use of resources for the teaming populations of undeveloped regions. But a major reason for this theory is it provides massive opportunities for money laundering, just as does the “war on terror” and prolonging the war in Ukraine. King Charles is using this fear to push trillions of our dollars into “saving the planet,” but in reality, into his own and his friends’ pockets. (See my previous article on the Parables of the Minas and Talents.)[...]

The Parables of the Minas and the Talents 

The parable of the minas is in Luke 19:1-44 and the parable of the talents is in Matthew 25:14-48. Please read the parables and wider context in the above references.

The parables have similarities and differences. In Luke, it’s about the installation of a brutal king, who rewards his faithful servants and kills his detractors. The details of this match the cruel Herod the Great, who travelled to Rome to be appointed king of Judea and returned to Jerusalem and killed the Jews who rejected his reign.

Jesus gave this parable of the minas at Zacheaus’ house, as Zacheaus repented from his extortionate dealings with the poor, where he collaborated with Herod’s dynasty and Rome. The “profitable servants” in the parable describe the practices Herod and his tax collectors were involved in, which is why the common people hated them. They collected taxes, above the official amount. They invested this in their own banks. They used this to buy cash crops, for the Roman army. They stored the cash crops to manipulate commodity prices. They bankrupted farms and bought land on the cheap. These “business” practices were entirely contrary to Torah. It’s the way unregulated banks work today. [...] 

Wars Of Civilizations

Wars between civilizations are a definite thing to avoid. We had them with the Crusades one thousand years ago. They suite the political aspirations of some. More recently, we have had them again with the “wars on terror” throughout the Middle East. These were led by the Neo-Conservatives, firstly the Bush family, and then the Obama/ Hillary and Biden camp. Australian politics has gone right along with this, no matter which of the two main parties.

Surprisingly, at least to me, Trump reversed the trend, being the first US president is recent history not to start a war, and he ended all the wars America was running when he came to office. He brought peace to the Middle East (including Israel), which today is building an economic block of sovereign nations. No other recent American president would have allowed this to happen. He kept his ways lawful while in office, despite constant illegal actions against him. His presidency was costing criminals too much money. Wars have not been about security, but about control of all our lives and about money laundering in high places. [...] 

The Economics of Peace 

Peace is derived from the gospel of Christ, and the gospel of Christ includes humanity in her wholeness, which means every part of our lives. The gospel embraces the spiritual (heavenly) as well as the natural (earthly). The heavenly and earthly are to come together in Christ, who rose from death with a heavenly (spiritual-immortal) natural body (flesh and bone), thus bringing heaven and earth together, as it was meant to be from the origin of creation.

Denying any part of this heaven-earth creation is to break down the shalom (balance) of creation. The term “peace” means wholeness, balance, or harmony between the parts. So, any interest in peace, must be an interest in all parts of life. We need to understand economics, as part of God’s gospel plan for creation.  In Genesis 1-2, heaven and earth and all parts of creation combine in a symphony, contributing to the wholeness of each part. Therefore, atheism, or Darwinian materialism, is doomed to fail. It is monopolistic, denying other parts. It gives rise to monopolistic oligarchs, subduing and controlling other parts for its own interests. [...]

In the decades after WWII, the rural areas of Australia were developed. Large dam and irrigation infrastructure meant massive produce in farming, mainly through the private sector. Farming families often became wealthy and rural communities thrived. Churches were the social backbone of the communities, and one local church could sponsor a missionary family somewhere in the world. The gospel and helps were offered to many others.

From the 1980’s, the ability of the private family to participate in local and global development has greatly reduced. Instructure development has stopped and regressed in many regions, not only in Australia but other like western civilizations. Farming has also been increasingly corporatized.

(It’s said regressive infrastructure is for the good of the climate, but instead it’s to move “investment” [fake printed money/ money laundering] into the speculative portfolios of the wealthy. Nature is also now a speculative asset on Wall Street, adding trillions to their portfolios. Now countries are forced to look to China and Russia for real economic investment and development.) [...]

God changed Abram’s name to Abraham, which means “father of many nations,” to depict the promise God made with him. This is the faith that Paul spoke of in Romans four, where he said Abraham called things that were not as though they were, and grew strong in faith, not considering his aged body, but instead giving glory to God, being fully persuaded of the promise regarding his offspring, which later came in Isaac.

God promised he would never leave Abraham’s descendants. He faithfully carried Israel right through to Christ, in whom he fulfilled his everlasting promise to all nations (to all who believe), that we should become Abraham’s eternal descendants in Christ. The land of Canaan was Israel’s initial inheritance. [...]

When Sarai couldn’t conceive, she asked Abram to receive her slave Hagar as his wife, to conceive on Sarai’s behalf. Hagar’s child would then belong to Sarai. In terms of our modern culture, this is an amazing story. Hagar’s whole person belonged to Sarai, even Hagar’s body, her womb and her child. The slave had no ownership of their own life. The Law of Moses latter greatly tempered this slave/ master relationship, which was often due to debt repayment and limited. In many ways it was better than the prisoner system we have today. But it all depends on whether people in society have a heart for humanity. That is widely lacking today. [...]

“Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” (Genesis 15:1b)
There was a lot to potentially be afraid of in Abram’s time. His region was filled with violence, lawlessness, armies, and sinfulness. He may have been a lot more comfortable back in his original setting in Sumer. It’s always the case with following God, I think it’s true to say. It’s a walk of faith with him into the unknown, and then by experience we learn of his goodness and faithfulness. We can’t learn this in comfort and security. Also, we are called by God to transform, which means walking through darkness with the light. The idea that Christ calls us to security in this world needs to be banished from our thinking. Abram was also concerned about not having an heir, a child of his own. He claimed that no matter what God gave him, without an heir what value was any of it? God giving an heir to an aged man and an aged woman would show the sincerity of his promises to Israel in the years ahead. God would overcome any obstacle or persecution to bring his word to pass. [...]

The chapter begins with the kings north-east of Sodom, from the Babylonian, Sumerian, Assyrian and Persian area. From there, down through the valley where the cities associated with Sodom, was a major trade route to Egypt, called “the King’s Highway.” The kings from the north evidently dominated the route and subjugated cities such as Sodom along the path. Sodom and its sister cities would have prospered much from this trade, as well as from their fertile land, however, if they could be free from the northern kings, they could earn even more in trade taxes. So they rebelled against these northern kings. [...]

As Abram and Lot journeyed, Lot chose the land east of Jordan because it was fertile. He chose the plain going to Zoar, near to Sodom. Some people today place this east of the Dead Sea, others, south east of the Dead Sea. The land east of the Dead Sea later became known as Moab, descendants of Moab, one of Lot’s son’s after Sodom was destroyed. [...]

It came out in yesterday’s newspapers: scientists have introduced human stem cells into monkey embryos, which have survived and grown for two weeks. Commentators say this could lead to future success, where such a hybrid could be grown into a living being, for the purposes of medical research and human organ farming.

This research was kept a secret, until the report yesterday. When you think about the extent the elite go to to become “immortal,” it reminds you of the movie called Island. Clones were farmed for future organ donation to the investor. They were living human beings and led to believe they would one day go to a special island to enjoy. This “island” was instead the day they would die so their owner could live. This “Island” represents the false promises of science today, with their lockdowns, masks, vaccines, GMO foods, while life continues to deteriorate, and the elite gain more control of all markets. We actually live in the days this movie depicts. [...]

“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:2-3)

This was a common kind of covenant between a ruler and a pagan god in ancient times, accept maybe the last line, “all peoples of the earth will be blessed through you.” The god would covenant to make the leader and his nation great and powerful and would curse all his enemies. But when God speaks these words, they have a renewed meaning, which people begin to understand as they learn his character. This is a common form of communication in the Old Testament: God starts with where people are (their current understanding of things) and draws them to the renewal he offers to us in Christ. [...]

There are many researchers who could do a far better job of this Babel passage than I.  But I’ll have a go at a few comments. “All the people were of one language.” Why did this require divine intervention? In time, through natural dispersion, the people would have spread, and the languages would have evolved apart. [...]

There are claims that Genesis was edited some time after Moses, even as late as the Second Temple era. When we look at the movements of people in Genesis ten, we could ask whether all the movements listed in those chapters had already occurred by the time of Moses? I think the answer to this would be yes. There doesn’t seem to be significant later editing in this chapter. Other parts of the Pentateuch do show some editing, but possibly by the early compilers of the text. [...]

Genesis Nine - God Begins to Steer Us Back to Peace

“Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.” Many elites today claim the world is overpopulated and seek to reduce the population down to 1/10th of what it is now. What is the ideal size and does the population keep growing? Mathematicians claim the population naturally levels off at a certain point. The issue threatening nature today is industrial farming, a monocultural form of farming, which pushes nature to the margins. God gave us an integrative form of living, with lower levels of industrial urbanisation, to steward natural life in sustainability. “Imperial industrialisation” (rather than population) is the greatest threat to nature. With local forms of industry, that made products to last and not with built in obsolescence, and land ownership for everyone (as in the Torah), resource management would be perfectly sustainable. This would also build a much greater and holistic form of wealth for all.  [...]

The Flood: a reminder throughout all generations of the consequences of sin.
“And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark:” the rain stops, and the waters begin to recede. The term “remembered” is covenantal: God remembers his covenant. Even though all around is wicked, God remembers his love for creation. It’s the love he showed Israel when they constantly defied him. He didn’t give up on them but came in Christ to call them. [...]

Genesis Seven - Pre and Post Flood: Two Different Worlds

God told Noah to take clean and unclean animals onto the ark. This was the first time animals were categorised this way in the scripture. In creation this category didn’t exist, but all animals were “good.” Some may claim that Moses wrote this category back into the text, from his own day’s perspective, so the animals from Noah’s perspective may have just been domesticated and non-domesticated. But I doubt Moses put words into God’s mouth. [...]

Genesis Six - Humanity Destroys the World:

The wickedness of humanity grew from Lamech’s time to the Flood, so that all their thoughts were evil only. God said his Spirit would no longer strive with mankind. This speaks to the restraint of the Spirit in our conscience, as the grace of God, keeping us from going too far into evil. Paul says in Romans that the judgement of God means God takes away this restraint, handing us over to our own thoughts, allowing us to go our own way. Then our own actions bring upon us their own consequences. God is not the one who punishes us directly, but after pleading for a long time he finally allows us to do what we insist and reap the result. [...]

Genesis Five - Interpreting Scripture:

The chapter begins with Cain and Abel bringing offerings to the Lord. There is very little detail here. The text doesn’t say why they brought these offerings, or why God accepted Abel and not Cain. There is no record that the Lord required any offerings. [...]

Genesis Four - Cain Throws Away Peace For Pre-eminence:

The chapter begins with Cain and Abel bringing offerings to the Lord. There is very little detail here. The text doesn’t say why they brought these offerings, or why God accepted Abel and not Cain. There is no record that the Lord required any offerings. [...]

Genesis Three - Contention Over The Creation:

The story of this chapter isn’t one about divine law, divine anger and legal payment, but rather a story about the creation and the journey of her priestly overseers, namely humanity. God didn’t issue a law about the tree of knowledge, but a warning, like parents warning a child not to touch the fireplace. [...]

Genesis One - Holism:

The creation of heaven and earth took place in seven 24-hour days, according to the text. I am unconvinced by all attempts to affirm or deny any particular scientific meaning to the chapter, but I also reject assigning a macro-evolutionary worldview. Such a worldview is more akin to the pagan creation stories circulating in Moses’ day: where the gods made the world through violence and sexual perversion, that were both “amoral.” It was a theology of war, “the survival of the fittest.” The Pentateuch was written to overthrow this worldview. [...]

Genesis Two - Life Sustaining Relationships:

This chapter continues highlighting the relationships within creation that we saw in the overview in chapter one.
Highlighting the relationship first between humanity and the garden. Humanity’s purpose is to care for the garden, or care for the ground. Humanity “himself” comes from the ground and so is part of the ecosystem of nature, but also head of it. At this stage in the text “man” is not male, but means mankind, both male and female. [...]

Jesus is the bread that came down from heaven for all people. He is the same manna that God send from heaven in the desert. 
The rule regarding daily manna collection was that; no one should collect or has more than his or her own neighbor. In other words; no one uses it to enrich himself or upgrade his or her own status above others. [...]

Jubilee and Local Recovery of the Environment, Economies, Freedoms, Faith and Family Values: We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this happen, locally and globally, for all people

Jubilee is the biblical path to decentralisation that heals community and brings peace. Before the Exodus and law of Moses, Israel was subject to a centralised government, where all resources and power were brought to and controlled by the centre, for the purpose of sustaining the ruling dynasty in perpetuity. In Jubilee, resources are returned to the margins of society, from whence they were stolen, to heal the poor, and restore those who have experienced misfortune, whether or not by their own fault.  Jubilee also means that all families own their own land. Pharoah operated a central bank in which he owned the land and could therefore stipulate the price of labour. This is how the global economy operates today. Fair wages only exist in a world where labourers own their land, without mortgage, which happens when speculative funding is kept out of the land and housing markets. This is the primary means of building a broad middle class, raising populations out of poverty, reducing the gap between the very rich and very poor. [...]

Biblical “mythology:” an allegorical representation of the divine victory over evil: the language of the oppressed: the promise of God’s sure redemption, in the ancient cosmological overtones of a merging of heaven and earth.[…]

Qanon, A Guilty Social Misfit Group, to be Hunted Down?:
Recently a program called 60 Minutes viewed in Australia to scrap the Qanon movement. This movement alleges that the recent American presidential election was corrupt, and that the military is preparing to step in to restore constitutional and democratic rule. 60 Minutes was once a legitimate investigative journalism program but some time ago it capitulated to the pressure of the powers to hide the truth. Clear documentaries about this capitulation have been aired […]

The Christian Protest to Global Dictatorship:
The early church shunned all forms of violence, respected the authorities and abided by all reasonable laws. They also kept the law of God on worship, assembling together and sharing the gospel and God’s truth, without accepting public or official intimidation. As conscientious objectors, they practiced non-compliance with the evil in the empire, even if it cost them their homes and lives. […]

“Black Lives Matter,” Elitist Hypocrisy and Murder:
It’s common for politicians to play on tensions and divisions within communities to bolster their campaigns and stir up passion and support for their own progress. It is also true that in society certain groups like to keep resources to themselves and shut out those of other races or backgrounds. This was forbidden in the early church, especially seen in the tussles Paul had with many from his own background, when he reached out to include all others as equal in Christ. This matter became very deadly and hurt Paul a lot in the persecution he received. […]

Some people point to the idea of Israel being a theocracy, as if it were an evil fundamentalistic nation, like radical religious nations may be seen today. This isn’t the case. These people may point to some of the severe judgments in the Pentateuch, like when there was insurrection, or to cultic laws that seem strange to us today. [...]

Vaccines, Eugenics, Fascism and the Heavenly Places:
The scriptures call them “the rulers of the darkness of this world, the spiritual forces in heavenly places.” This refers not only to unseen spiritual powers but also to the global web of human power. In Paul’s day it was centred in Rome. “Heavenly” means above the daily affairs of normal people, the place of control, where humans struggle for power and influence over others. In the Old Testament, “heaven” served as metaphor for “to rule over.” God is in the highest heaven. He rules over all. The role of the church in the first century was to “display God’s wisdom to the powers,” to renew the way humanity rules, to renew the kingdoms of this world. This is still the church’s role, especially for the sake of our children yet to be born. [...]

The Coup and God's Kingdom:
This article describes what I believe to be a coup that has taken place in America and is also taking place in the majority of nations in the world. The article ends with a reflection on the Exodus from Egypt under Moses and Isaiah’s “return from exile” in comparison. [...]

Great Reset or Great Liberty?
With the various crises we have had, the solution has been to pump trillions of dollars into the global economy to keep it afloat. Whether the 9/ 11 attack on New York, the 2008 bank crisis, the current COVID and government enforced lockdowns, the answer has been to flood the economy with fake money to keep prices in investment portfolios and private wealth high. [...]

Depopulation and Eugenics:
Henry Kissinger’s wrote a top-secret report in 1973 claiming that in order for the USA to get resources from other nations without hindrance these nations must be stable politically, and for this they needed intervention regarding the control of their populations. [...]

Share to Multiply:
“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” (Proverbs 19:17)
To think that God could put himself in debt to you! We live entirely by grace and yet God says he will put himself in debt to us. This is how much he cares for the poor. He promises to look after us when we look after others. [...]

“Community Values” - Communism or Christ:
The truth is that when free speech is banned, that banning is itself contrary to the social good. It is when justice is taken away, when people aren’t allowed to speak, when elite, corporate or political crimes don’t receive the light of day, when whistle-blowers aren’t permitted to speak, that social cohesion becomes threatened. This is very clearly a pre-fascist society, or has it already crossed the line into fascism? [...] 

An Apocalypse - From Darkness to Light:
In the short period of a few years we have gone from a war on terrorism, to a war on a virus to a war on domestic terrorism. Next will be a war on climate change, or a war against “internet terrorism” (hacking), further debilitating our financial mobility and the freedoms of all non-elite business interests. [...]

Returning What Has Been Stolen from the Grassroots - Exodus & Jubilee
The 1960’s were the years of great optimism over modernisation. Countries like Australia were linking in with the growing economy of America. Industry was becoming more mechanised. To afford such machinery industries needed to become larger. Smaller industries were bought out and former employees laid off. The welfare state started to grow as government stepped in to relieve the unemployed. The process was seen as capitalism: allowing competition to reform markets so nations could compete favourably on a global level. [...]

Light Overcoming Darkness:
Revelation 19 speaks of Christ coming on a white horse with a sword coming out of his mouth. It is not literal text but speaks of God’s judgment against “Babylon” which was Jerusalem of the first century, which joined up with Rome to destroy the church. [...]

Trump & the Global Elites - It impacts all our nations:
The politicization of Covid-19 in America was also designed to bring Trump down, as was the violence committed by Antifa throughout the nation in 2020. Trump has not been found guilty by due process in any of these matters, or in any other matter of law as President. His alleged involvement in the January 6, 2021 riot and “breaking into” the Capital building in Washington has no proof and has not undergone the slightest legal due process, even though a second impeachment was raced through in a matter of days. [...]

Popularism: Defeating a Resurgent Feudalism:
I don’t know how genuine the “founding fathers” were in their intentions, but they spoke of these freedoms and the people responded in coming together to gain a victory over British control. The problem with even our own politicians in these circumstances is that they may use the common people for their own prospects. The first Congress convened in the city of Philadelphia and the army gathered there to demand their wages in arrears. Congress refused and asked the governor of Pennsylvania to disperse the rowdy mob, but the governor felt sympathy for the mob’s cause and refused to act. Congress then sought their own independent site, security and finances, and Washington D.C. was eventually established. [...]

Crossing Over in the Storm:
Recent international events add even more anxiety to many people in Nigeria and other places, not knowing what the year will bring. The sufferings of many years bring a perspective to current events that is real. In the article below, we dive into biblical themes for assurance that is not empty and vain, directing our response to rebuild with a hope that is powerful. Agriculture is just one area we can implement transforming solutions in this global and economic centralism, which tears the local community apart everywhere. [...]

Good and Evil: We Need To Make A Stand Today
Many of the things we will speak about in this article were until recently the ideas of conspiracy theories. Now they are being openly spoken about by the World Economic Forum. It is no longer theory. Plans to tag and monitor human beings are unfolding today. CCTV (the monitoring of the public with close circuit television) was introduced by Germany in 1942. Today Chennai has installed 657 CCTV cameras per kilometre. Beijing has 1.1 million installed in the city. The top 10 cities in the world for current use of CCTV are all Chinese and Indian, with the exception of London, coming in at number 4. Once inaccurate facial recognition is up and running with the 5G network, it will also be employed through an expanding CCTV network through the whole world. […] 

Defeating Identity Politics: The Role of The Church
Identity politics restricts the way people can speak in a society. It exercises mind control, using social and political pressure to manage the way people think and what they are allowed to learn. Its movements give opportunity for certain political players to arise. Once in power, they further remove social and political freedoms to solidify their control. Actual concern for the identity group they claim to represent is false. It is about their coming to power and then restructuring free and democratic societies. […] 

A Theistic Rehabilitation of Creation
The creation project in Genesis 1-2 reveals our identity in creation in relationship to each other, especially in the male/female relationship, in which family is nurtured and this self-giving for the weak reveals to the creation the image of God. The coupling in Genesis throughout these chapters (heaven & earth, light & darkness, land & sea, plants & animal, male & female) is a poetic device that reveals our identity in relationships to each other, to the whole. This is the creational holism of Hebrew theology. […] 

From Protest to Bold Gospel Witness:
Over recent years, we have several major protest movements globally. Such as the 'Occupy Wall Street' protest, the 'Climate or Environmental' protest, the 'Black Lives Matter' protest, the "Anti-Lockdown protest, the 'End SARS' protest, etc. […]

A New Kingdom:
Everything about the message and life of Jesus revealed the nature of the empires we build against others, to secure our personal interests, and how this imposes isolation, exclusion, deprivation, violence and suffering on others as the necessary collateral damage of our own safety. This was not only revealed in the teachings of Jesus, […]

A Theology of Marriage – Presenting the Image and Plan of God for the World:
“He made them male and female.” Here is clear gender intentionality to fill family and the creation. Both gender qualities flow from the same God, but in creation he separated them out, to model a creation built upon serving, complementary relationships. This reflects God’s image: his life-giving service towards creation in Christ. By hating the […]

Aborigines & Australian Conciliation:
Growing up in Sydney in the 1960’s I wasn’t aware of an “Aboriginal problem.” It wasn’t until the late 1980’s, when I began to travel in Australia and stay in homes, that I heard stories of Australia’s history. We often stayed in the beautiful Deniliquin, in Ruth’s parent’s house near the Edward River. This is […]

Apostolic Unity (Creational Life):
A unified Christian witness concerning today’s world When you look back to the Wesleyan/ Booth era you see a more solid Christian witness to social progress than we have today. Sure, they had their enemies too, within the Christian establishments. But the movement had a far more hopeful eschatology than we have today, somewhat like […]

Apostolic Unity – A Unified Christian Witness Concerning Today’s World:
When you look back to the Wesleyan/ Booth era you see a more solid Christian witness to social progress than we have today. Sure, they had their enemies too, within the Christian establishments. But the movement had a far better eschatology than we have today, somewhat like that depicted by N T Wright’s current […]

Atoning for Evil:
There is a form of Christian atonement that seems to miss the mark. It’s the idea that atonement is a legal contract, and therefore since Christ has died there is no ongoing atonement lived out by the church in the world. So, let’s have a brief look at some of the important aspects of […]

Biblical Pentecost:
My first experience with the Pentecostal movement was in the western suburbs of Sydney. This was outside my normal social experience. I grew up in affluent areas in the Presbyterian Church, but in the Pentecostal movement I found a church who lived as community and who studied the scriptures. This was back in the […]

Building Local Sub-Cultures for Global Peace:
The foundation for peaceful and sustainable globalism is local justice and genuine democracy that looks like the cross and resurrection of Christ: self-giving bringing new life to others. Technology, we assume, is our hope for the future. Whether it’s global warming or city congestion we are told that a new technology is coming that will […]

Building a New World | Worship in the Corinthian Meeting:
The purpose of the charismata, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, is to restore integrated, healed on holistic community. His purpose is to transform us into the image of Christ, who humbled himself, rather than sought bigness, to restore the world. Our worship meeting is to reflect Christ’s humility, so the weak are honoured, […]

Conflict and the Environment:
For many years we have been experiencing conflict between Fulani cattle herders and farmers of other ethnicities in Nigeria. A typical kneejerk response is to paint the conflict along religious lines and demonise the other party. Humanity has behaved this way for millennia and resorted to the usual solutions of violence to fix the problems. […]

Cooperatives and the Church’s Economic Witness:
Since the industrial revolution it has been necessary to invest large sums of capital to start up new businesses and to attract the resources necessary for production. In a capitalist society the capitalist (the ones who provides the money) own the assets and the product of the business. Those providing labour are seen simply […]

Cornelius & Homosexuality:
Acts 10 records a massive shift in the Jew’s awareness of the salvation plan of God. To think that the gentiles could be accepted by God was unimaginable to the Jews. In Acts 10 we see this shift in Peter’s awareness, just as Paul’s ministry to the gentiles was about to unfold. The church ushered […]

Creation, Slavery, Technology & Eugenics:
The foundational stories of our cultures matter a lot in our outlook as a people. One of these foundational stories is about our views of creation. Our philosophy around this informs how we think the world functions. The modern view is one of macro-evolution, not that macro-evolution is entirely modern in origin, but is in […]

Encamped Around God’s Jubilee – Ezekiel’s Beautiful New Normal:
A review of Ezekiel’s renewed temple narrative in regard to the church and restoring the humanity, welfare and economics of local community. Becoming followers of Christ, loving our enemies, rebuking the rich, protecting the poor. He finds our lukewarmness distasteful. (Rev 3:16) As I read in a recent article, the Covid crisis isn’t the […]

Healing Community Division:
“Universalism,” they say. We know the scripture says that in Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek…” But what if we seek to apply this to our relationships with everyone in our communities? Does “in Christ” mean just for those in our fellowship, or does it also mean we should treat everyone the same […]

Human Identity and the Failure of Western Individualism:
The opening chapters of Genesis are vital to the founding of any nation or community. They lay out the nature of God, the purposes of the community within the creation and factors that relate to the identity of humanity and the individual person. They do this in a rich poetic/ story narrative that is also […]

Justice: Return from Exile:
The cross brings to us a distinct form of justice seeking, which we could call the justice of solidarity. It is the nearness of God to the suffering. The incarnation, the humility of God as a carpenter, as a peasant, as a refugee in Egypt, says something to us about our own calling of closeness […]

Left vs. Right, or A Theology of Life:
We found in defeating terrorism that you must win the middle ground, then the extremists are isolated and have no popular cause. A theology of life is necessary for peace. Unless both sides of the left/ right equation are seen to, human life will suffer to an extent that will disturb conditions of peace […]

Our Colonialism | Gross National Product? | Forming new indexes for wellness | Into New Creation:
Colonialism can take many forms. It’s mainly our desire to dominate the world and the things in the world. It arises out of a competitive view of our relationships. “If we don’t colonise, someone else will, and then they will subjugate us.” So, for “God, king and country,” we should win the colonial fight. […]

Patriarchalism and Restoring Justice:
The scriptures were written in our patriarchal cultures. The story of the bible is about God coming to meet with us within our own cultures and incrementally drawing us to his image as we see it in Christ. Christ is how we ought to see God, not through the lens of our own cultures. […]

Rebuilding Democracy, Family & Peace:
The role of monopoly in undermining community, local wealth, health, and our national budgets. Building peaceful globalism by restoring local holism and protective family. And a response to COVID-19. As we have lived through violence for many years, we have begun to see some of the underlying causes. One is the disenfranchisement of youth, […]

Rebuilding Freedom – A Second Reformation:
Just over 500 years ago Europe experienced the Reformation. The nations had been under the yoke of the pope of Rome. The pope controlled all things eternal and temporal, including kings and all their decisions. There are a lot of parallels between that time and today. Let’s have a look at a few. Today global […]

Scriptural Metaphor and the true glory of God:
A lot of the scripture uses metaphors, especially when it describes Christ’s work in the gospel, or God’s judgement. There is a common use of poetic simile to put across a point strongly and vividly. The Hebrew reader of both the Old and New Testaments was used to these metaphors. If we take these […]

Social Economics | Social Agriculture | Moving Forward with Peace:
Peace comes in stages. There is first the cessation of hostilities. After that there is the slow building of relationships, building bridges and taking down walls between relationships. Then there are the acts of restoration, caring for the sick and the wounded in conflict, the persecuted and the widows and orphans, on both sides […]

I don’t mean sustainable environmental policies. As important as they are, that is not what this article is addressing. I mean the expectation that charity should be sustainable. Somehow this seems to be a contradiction. A good place to start is with Paul’s definition of love. Love gives and keeps giving of itself. It […]

The Forced Sabbath From Coronavirus:
Now is a time that people may be listening. What shall we say? Rebuilding community and rural and agricultural environment: the absolute necessity of God’s sabbath renewing our world before we destroy it. We have been experiencing a forced sabbath on the world. Many of us have been on the constant go, with at least […]

The Irony of Placing our Hope in Technology:
Men in white coats, Silicon Valley startups, the next billionaire and monopoly, new gadgets to solve our problems: our hope for a better tomorrow. Science has been bought out by business and it tells us what they want us to hear and believe. They dress in white like the priests of old, sacrificing the poor […]

Trinity –One Creator, Redeemer God:
A look at Hebrew positions related to the trinity and how this informs our gospel theology for a renewed creation and our discipleship as the church in the world today, especially as God’s peacemakers. How can the Christian vision of the trinity fit into the Hebrew bible vision of one God? I don’t think […]

What do Occupy, Black Lives Matter and Lockdown Protests Have in Common?
Good Governance The task of good government is to see that the weak are protected. The idea that government is to stay out of the way and allow the weak to be trodden upon is a bad idea. It is the job of the strong to protect the weak, to serve in the interests of […]