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‘Let no one who is not eager for truth and peace enter here’ (Plato)

Articles on this site express varying points of view, to encourage mature thinking on serious issues. The assumption is that you will want to study a controversial topic from various angles before you arrive at a conclusion, rather than simply believe what someone told you when you were impressionable! (So some stuff here is ‘hot’. Proceed at your own risk!). See the Statement of Faith for John Mark Ministries' theological stance.

My Story (Rowland Croucher)

(Written for our church’s bulletin – East Doncaster Baptist Church (30th April, 2011). Rowland Croucher: (A Little of) My Story In his new book Falling Upward Richard Rohr quotes a Native American aphorism: ‘No wise person ever wanted to be younger’. (His theme: ‘The way up is the way down [or] the way down is […]

Interview with Rowland Croucher

(This interview with Rev. Mark Tronson, Well-Being Australia/ Christiantoday, happened last week, and Google alerts are telling me it’s being sprayed around the Internet! 3/11/2010) Rowland Croucher: analyst on Christianity Well-Being Australia http://au.christiantoday.com/ November 1, 2010 Rowland Croucher, perhaps Australia’s leading theological analyst who founded John Mark Ministries, with the largest ministry web site in […]

Best/key articles on this website (plus other personal stuff)

Hi friends,  (Updated May 2014)              [1] CANCER SCARE: My wife – of 54 wonderful years – Jan has suffered a couple of serious health issues in the last 12 months (mainly Pulmonary Embolism, and an aggressive form of Uterine Cancer + a few other medical issues).   See here for updates.  (Rev.) […]

A spirit of sound mind: Notes on a scam

2 Timothy 1:7 states “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” This sound mind should be able to exercise sound judgement. In light of this, I seek to provide an example, based on the last week or so of John Mark […]

Richard Dawkins and the John Mark Ministries website

In Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion (2006), there’s a quote about/from Martin Luther: ‘Martin Luther was well aware that reason was religion’s arch-enemy, and he frequently warned of its dangers: “Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but more frequently than not struggles against the […]

J M M Website

Someone wrote (February 2010): I received your e-letter, I signed up based on your article about Haiti. I am concerned that you are quoting Thomas Merton, who is very much linked with the Emergent Church. I wonder if I made a mistake signing up for your news letter. I must visit your sight and see […]

Online Counselling

A friend wrote (July 2007): Hi Rowland, we met briefly at Christian Counsellors _ _ _ _ State Conference a couple of years back. I remember at that meeting you mentioned that you did some counseling on line. I have recently been made a Clinical Member of [a Christian Counsellors’ Association] and am interested in […]

April Website News

Here’s a mail-out I’ve just sent to people on my e-list. Email me (see the contact button on this page) if you’d like to be added to this list. Rowland. ~~~ Hi friends, on a very pleasant April Fools’ Day Sunday, in Melbourne, Australia) Here’s the first of these mail-outs from my Mozilla Thunderbird email […]

John Mark Ministries Website statistics October 2006

It’s interesting to note how many visit what articles on this site. Here are the stats for October 1-30, 2006. I’ve annotated where 700+ unique visitors have landed… Rowland See http://jmm.org.au/awstats/awstats.pl for more information about our site than you ever thought you needed! My sincere thanks to our Webcrew (http://jmm.org.au/articles/11834.htm ) for their wonderful help. […]

Top Religious Sites in Australia (April 2006)

Top Religious Sites in Australia (Hitwise, April 2006) 1. CathNews Church Resources (Catholic) http://www.cathnews.com/ Market Share – 7.08% 2. Hillsong Church (Pentecostal: Australia’s largest church) http://www2.hillsong.com/splash.asp – 6% 3. Salvation Army http://www.salvationarmy.org.au/home.asp – 4.89% 4. Muslim Village http://forums.muslimvillage.net/ – 4.38% 5. John Mark Ministries http://jmm.aaa.net.au – 3.94% 6. Uniting Church Australia – http://www.uca.org.au/ – 3.46% […]