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Rowland Croucher

Rowland Croucher has written 26175 posts for John Mark Ministries


(A chapter in my forthcoming book Questions and Responses: the toughest questions I’ve ever been asked). + A young friend had a baby out of wedlock, and when he was born the hospital didn’t let her see him. She had been persuaded to surrender him for adoption. The one-night encounter with a dark-skinned Asian student gave […]

 Running Up the White Flag: Surrender as the Way to Follow Jesus

   by Nils von Kalm  Text copyright © 2016 Nils von Kalm All Rights Reserved ( Note from Rowland: this looks good: check it out on http://amzn.to/1VVG93R } “Scriptures about dying to self, finding one’s life by losing it, being crucified with Christ, and living only for Christ make it clear that realizing true fulfillment depends […]

ARCHBISHOP OSCAR ROMERO – A Great 20th Century Martyr

The Portuguese and Spanish conquistadors came to what is now Latin America in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries ‘with a sword in one hand and a Bible in the other.’ The Republic of El Salvador (‘Republic of the Savior’) is the smallest and most densely populated country – with just 6 million people –  in Central America. […]

Ethical Culture in Corporations

Business values need to be consistent with society’s ethical expectations. The current buzzword in the financial services sector is “culture”. From bank executives proclaiming employee (mis)conduct that is inconsistent with their company’s culture, to regulators seeking to operationalise culture into a legislative standard and, most recently, David Murray, who led the Financial System Inquiry, invoking […]

Pentecost: the Holy Spirit’s Gift of Energy

THE HOLY SPIRIT’S GIFT OF ENERGY! Pentecost Sunday is sometimes called ‘the birthday of the Church’. Pentecost is a Greek word meaning ’50′, so we celebrate Pentecost 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus. Forty days he taught and encouraged his followers, then after his Ascension they waited another ten days for his gift of […]

The Lord’s Prayer is subversive…

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Book review – Man Enough: How Jesus Redefines Manhood

by Nils von Kalm http://nilsvonkalm.com

Police who harass people…

Recently, the Townsville Police Department ran an e-mail forum with the local community (a question and answer exchange) with the topic being, “Community Policing.” One of the civilian e-mail participants posed the following question:

Commonwealth Bank Insurance Scandal

Two articles suggesting why bank financial advisors are best avoided if you want honest advice… http://www.theage.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/comminsure-life-insurance-has-lost-its-noble-purpose-20160315-gnjr6d.html http://www.smh.com.au/money/motley-fool-dont-buy-what-your-planner-is-selling-20160314-gnixms.html