Who is in Complete Control?

by Milton Oliver

Who is in Complete Control? “Your throne was established long ago [O Lord]; you are from all eternity. The seas have lifted up, O Lord, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea […]

Learning from Affliction

by Milton Oliver

Learning from Affliction Just over two weeks ago I had the sad privilege of conducting the memorial service for Matthew Burton, aged 5. Matthew was born profoundly disabled and, in the end, his little body could do no more. His entire life was one of suffering, although, he had no way of comparing his life […]

It’s Settled! In Heaven

by Deb Mitchell

“Forever, O Lord, Thy word is settled in heaven.” – Psalm 119:89 There is a battle raging right now around the Australian church – and the church, generally, in the western world. That battle is about the truth, the veracity, the reliability and the holy authority of God’s Word. Many pastoral leaders and theologians are […]

Common but Unbiblical Beliefs in the Church Today – Part 1

by Deb Mitchell

I get around a bit. I have all sorts of conversations with all kinds of people. This morning (Wednesday) I was chatting to an old acquaintance over a coffee and he was talking about how praying to Mary (he is a Roman Catholic) is so important. Of course, this is not biblical. I didn’t argue […]

Common but Unbiblical Beliefs in the Church Today – Part 2

by Deb Mitchell

Following on from the last issue of The Vibe, here are a few more unbiblical beliefs that have found their way into Christian thinking over the last few years … See if you can recognise any. 6. The church is a meeting place. Christians continually refer to buildings that house church services as “the church” […]

Christmas Once Again…

by Milton Oliver

Like you, I have noticed the commercial Christmas paraphernalia encroaching ever since Melbourne Cup Day. It happens every year, of course, but the crassness of it all always leaves me squirming – I hate it. But there’s another side to the abuse of Christmas, too. I’m sure some of you have become aware of it. […]

So, You Think You Don’t Need Church?

by Milton Oliver

So, You Think You Don’t Need Church? I hear it all the time in all sorts of places when people find out I am a pastor. “Oh, I’m a Christian, but I don’t go to church.” “You don’t have to go to church to be a Christian, I worship God in nature.” You know the […]

At Death’s Door

by Milton Oliver

  I came across this in the psalms the other night at Preachers Club – and I just couldn’t let it pass without comment. Fools, because of their rebellious way, and because of their iniquities, were afflicted. Their soul abhorred all kinds of food; and they drew near to the gates of death. Then they […]

This Present Darkness…

by Milton Oliver

Some of you may have picked up in the on-line media this last week a development concerning spiritual warfare. It was reported in several secular media outlets and concerned the eventual appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court – after weeks of gruelling public scrutiny. Following the swearing in ceremony, a group […]

God alone…..

by Milton Oliver

God alone… “Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart.”   Psalm 86:11–12 (NIV) The psalmist here focuses on one thing that is necessary if we are to […]