Hi friends, Â (Updated May 2014)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
 CANCER SCARE: My wife – of 54 wonderful years – Jan has sufferedÂ a couple of serious health issues in the lastÂ 12Â months (mainly Pulmonary Embolism, and an aggressive form of Uterine Cancer + a few other medical issues). Â See here for updates.Â
(Rev.) Jan Croucher enjoyed several pastoral leadership ministries over the past 25 years, the latest as one of two Pastoral Care assistants at East Doncaster Baptist Church. Unfortunately, due mainly to her health issues, Â she has had to (maybe temporarily) step back from this position.
 This year, 2014, I’m writing ‘the book of my life’ – Questions and Responses: the Thirty Toughest Questions I’ve Ever Been Asked. See here for a chapter’s work-in-progress: Good and Evil. Â
 I have been privileged to work (until the end of January 2014) with the pastoral team at St. Martin’s Community Church Collingwood (10 am Sundays, cnr. Wellington and Otter Streets) from May 2012. Cath McKinney, Shirley Osborne, Artie Shearman, John Smith, Kevin Maddock and the other leaders are terrific people! I’ve never met another church like it! Owing to the pressures of  and  above, I’ve had to relinquish this ministry – probably my last of 11 pastoral roles in various Baptist churches in NSW, Victoria, and British Columbia, Canada.Â
 I’m available for counseling/mentoring, occasional preaching andÂ retreatsÂ for individuals/couples. Email me – email@example.com – or roam around the Ministry Information drop-down menu at the bottom of this page for more information.Â
 Finally, if you’d like to share financially in this ministry, (paypal, bank draft, or cheque) please email me (again – firstname.lastname@example.org). Â If you’re Australian, we have a tax deductible facility. I do not draw a stipend from JMM: all gifts support our various ministries (like paying off a $130,000 retreat centre for pastors/church leaders and others).Â
Shalom! Rowland Croucher
JOHN MARK MINISTRIES serves Christian denominations and churches around Australia, and elsewhere, via seminars, counselling, consulting, mentoring, preaching and writing. We have two full-time staff-members – Tim Dyer (Tasmania), and myself, based in Melbourne. Â (Rev.Â Les Scarborough – who lives in NSW – has retired).Â To summarize our philosophy/theology: we are seeking to facilitate within ourselves, and with/for others, what Jesus called ‘the key of knowledge/understanding’ (Luke 11:52), which he taught was all about ‘justice and love’ (Luke 11:42). In other words, how do individuals and churches get to know and love God better, relate to one another in love and justice, and serve the world in terms of justice, compassion and preaching the Christian Good News (Matthew 23:23)?
THIS WEBSITE experienced a ‘makeover’ during 2010. Thanks to Lawrence Meckan (Absalom Media) for his excellent work. (And to Matt, Bradley, Dave, Martin and others who helped with earlier versions). To find your way around use the Google Search facility at the top of this page, or go to Google with your enquiry and add jmm to it; to navigate elsewhere on the Web, try the Search drop-down menu at the bottom. The most popular articles are here; the best articles I feel I’ve written are listed below. New Christians – or if you’re wanting to know the ‘Christian basics’ – should start here. . To help with your devotions, we have 2000+ articles here. My Blogs on various subjects are here . Since a sabbatical in 2011 I’ve not been sending newsletters via email: watch this page for news, or follow me on Facebook. If you’d like to make contact for counselling, a personal one-to-one (or couple) retreat, or preaching, feel free to email me .
Many REQUESTS FOR HELP/AFFILIATION come each day. Sorry I cannot respond to these communications from African, Asian and Latin American pastors and churches: but please know I pause to pray for you when I read your email. Sorry we cannot finance translations of articles into Urdu or other languages: but feel free to do that yourself (if the automated translation facility here is not adequate).
SEMINAL ARTICLES. If you want a ‘feel’ for the articles I’ve written which seem to be bounced most often to others, they would include:
FINALLY, please note that on many topics (eg. creation/evolution, Islam, LGBTI issues, comparative religions, and some theological subjects) we have ‘pro’ and ‘con’ articles, to encourage mature thinking about complex issues. There are sound pedagogical reasons behind this approach: too many people – Christian or other – simply believe what they were taught when they were younger and impressionable. You’ll surely want to be open to varying points of view before you land somewhere, ideologically and theologically, won’t you?
If you really want to know my general theological position, it could roughly be termed ‘progressive evangelical’ – something similar to that of the popular author Brian McLaren (see eg. this summary/review of his Generous OrthodoxyÂ ). I’m open, however, to the insights of those to my right (eg. the reality of miracles, Jesus’ resurrection, and the reality of Satan/demons, an aversion to Islamic fascism etc., but I’m generally critical of ‘simplicity this side of complexity’ fundamentalisms of all kinds) and left – eg. on the broad subject of DSG – Diverse Sexuality & Gender – but I’m also critical of the missiologically weak liberalism of the mainline Christian churches).
As followers of Jesus Christ have always affirmed: ‘solo deo gloria‘: to God be the glory!