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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.

THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS: The Big Short is long on the human predicament

We all remember the Global Financial Crisis, or GFC, as it was called. It was a time when the world stood on the brink of economic catastrophe, to the point that it was being talked about as leading to another Great Depression such as the world suffered in the 1930s. The Big Short is the […]

Leadership in Australia: Turnbull must rage against smugness

‘Rage against the Canberra smugness’: The risks are real and Malcolm Turnbull must act September 17, 2015 William Pesek Prime Minister designate Malcolm Turnbull Deputy Liberal Leader Julie Bishop and Christopher Pyne arrive for the joint party room meeting at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 15 September 2015.   Photo: Andrew Meares Prime Minister […]

Leadership (background: recent Australian Liberal leadership dramas)

Leaders must recognise the difference between whingeing and true concern September 19, 2015 Being a good leader doesn’t necessarily mean you must defend your staff at all costs and ignore complaints, writes Jim Bright. A leader in possession of a large organisation must be in want of a dog. Photo: Kerrie Leishman It is a […]

The 10 personality types employers avoid

BRITTNEY HELMRICH AND CHAD BROOKS BUSINESSNEWSDAILY NEWS.COM.AU JULY 16, 2015 Pete Campbell, Mad Men character brags and lies to colleagues to get ahead. Picture: Supplied IS YOUR company hiring? Don


They once were among the most universally admired and revered men in the United States. There were 80 of the Raiders in April 1942, when they carried out one of the most courageous and heart-stirring military operations in this nation’s history. The mere mention of their unit’s name, in those years, would bring tears to […]

Embrace Uncertainty

Take a risk and embrace fresh career opportunities Date January 17, 2015 Jim Bright The challenge is how to make the transformation from being to becoming, from the known to the unknown.Illustration: Kerrie Leishman A new year, a new you is a gratingly irritating phrase that I can’t help mishearing as a new ewe.  The […]

Check-list for Pastors: High standards for a high calling

A ‘profession’ is a group of people engaged in an occupation or calling whose competency depends upon specialised knowledge. A pastor’s ‘specialised knowledge’ is theology – knowledge of/about God. So their professionalism is enhanced by disciplined and prayerful reflection on how Christian faith impacts specific situations in the lives of people.   Pastors and other […]

Tricky Questions at Job Interviews

Acing those tricky questions at the job interview Date September 27, 2014 Jonathan Rivett The melting pot: Where all job seekers end up. BENIGN TO FIVE It has happened to all of us. You go into a job interview brimming with confidence like a cauldron of self-satisfaction, feeling more-than-adequately armed to confront the coming interrogatory […]

What TEDx Speakers Do That Preachers Dont

Ever seen a TEDx talk? They’re pretty great. Here’s one I happen to enjoy, and have used in a couple of sermons. I’ve wondered for a long time, “How in the world do each of these talks end up consistently blowing me away?” So I did some research and found the TEDx-talk guidelines for speakers. […]


CROSSWAY’S 60th (14th September 2014): Some notes in preparation (with four other senior pastors of this church throughout its history) for an interview this Sunday, based on two questions: [1] What was the church’s focus at that time? [2] What do you believe God was doing in the church? Update: (A day later: Monday September 15, […]