The Denomination as Idol


Defining our terms

It seems extreme to suggest that denominations are idols for many Australian Christians, and yet it is hard to come to any other conclusion. How can we justify such a statement? First of all, let’s define our terms.


Ford Dodges History

Was it Henry Ford who observed that “History is bunk”? Henry, of course, has long since laid down in his own bunk, but perhaps his idea is worth considering. (more…)

What is ‘Anglican’?

This article was originally written as a discussion paper for the Anglican Church League. It is reproduced here with the permission of the author, Vic Cole*. (more…)

How to survive your denomination


In this issue of The Briefing, we look at denominations—those organisations we love to hate. This first article looks briefly at how we should relate to our denomination, and what interplay there should be between the denomination and the local church.


The Teenager is Dead

It will leave our churches non-plussed. It may perhaps put our youth departments on the dole queue. It will cause parents to breathe a sigh of relief. And yet this news just slipped quietly into our world through a minor column in a morning newspaper: The Teenager is Dead. (more…)

Commentary: Colossians, Philemon, Esther



The letter to the Colossians gives us precious insights into aspects of Paul’s teaching that are only alluded to in his other writings. As the apostle deals with false teaching, he develops a magnificent picture of the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ and its implications for us. Most commentaries on Colossians also deal with the letter to Philemon which reveals Paul in another light, dealing with a particular problem of personal relationships. (more…)

Word and Bible: The God of Word III


In this, the final article of his series, John Woodhouse looks at the connection between the Word of God and The Bible. Are they one and the same? Does God speak new words today?

Where there is the word of God, and faith in God because of that word, there is the totality of Christianity (Briefing #10). (more…)