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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.

Fasting may be good for you…

Manage hyper-consumption with the ‘modern’ fast Date January 24, 2015 Time to take a digital fast? How do we cope in a world full of constant reminders to eat more junk food, drink more alcohol, have more friends, read more, post more, text more, and tweet more? One emerging way of managing hyper-consumption is the […]


Review: Hedley Beare’s Dolphin’s Leap, Hind’s Feet: Becoming a Mystic – Journey, Discipline and Practice (Morning Star Publishing 2014). \ Friends ask: ‘Rowland you’re a retired pastor: what are you doing these days?’ ‘Oh, what I’ve always done, but without committees or an office.’ ‘How’s that?’ ‘I walk the nearby forest trails with people, and we “rearrange their universe” […]

Prayer for Leroy’s Hearing…

A Special Need Prayer Request In a Detroit church one Sunday morning, a preacher said, “Does anyone have a ‘Special Need’ who wants to be prayed over?  If so please come forward to the front by the altar.” With that, Leroy got in line and waited until it was his turn. The Preacher asked, “Leroy, what do […]

A Little Journey into Mystical Reality

(Or, what we don’t know can hurt us;  as we also prone to make secondary things primary and primary things secondary…) A billion stars go spinning through the night blazing high above your head But within you is the presence the essence of what will be when all the stars are dead… The inner eye […]

Sportspeople/athletes praying for success. What do you think about that?

Oh God, Please Let My Team Win. Please. Amen. by JOSEPH L. PRICE Thursday | July 17 2014 More than half of Americans believe that divine forces play a role in the outcome of sporting events (according to a survey by the Public Religion Research Institute conducted prior to this year’s Super Bowl). American sports […]

Aaronic Blessing: the best (English) rendition?

A good friend’s wife is about to ‘pass over’ into the glorious immediate presence of her Lord. He’s been singing this version of the Aaronic blessing to her…Anyone know any other versions? (Most of the Youtube renditions are in Hebrew)… Thanks research assistants! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QB2FVlaPM-o

Prayer in Schools

After being interviewed by the school administration, the prospective teacher said, ‘Let me see if I’ve got this right. You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a love […]

Pray for the World – every day!

Each day I pray for a country/ people somewhere. Today (7 May 2014): the sad country/people of Guatemala: Sins of the past – recognised, repented of and reparations made. Most notably this includes the terrible mistreatment of the indigenous population and a generation of war with atrocities on both sides. The part played by the […]

Aboriginal Reconciliation

Some notes of a talk I gave in various places after a pilgrimage to Flinders Island. by ROWLAND CROUCHER Cain said to his brother Abel, ‘Let us go out to the field.’ And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, […]

Serenity Prayer

Reinhold Niebuhr: God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking, […]