About

Stephen has been reading, writing and reflecting ever since he can remember. His first published piece (the school year book of 1974) was his Grade 2 story about a family of mice being terrorised by a shark on the beaches of Perth. A prescient warning if ever there were one.

He currently works as a pastor and church planter for Providence Church, and in his writing dabbles in a number of fields, notably theology and culture.  In collaboration with Sydney writer David Cornford he is producing a novella on a misguided quest for vengeance entitled The Queensberry Rule.

Stephen and his family live in the eastern Hills of Perth – a vantage point just high enough to give him a good idea of how incredibly fast the city is growing.

20 thoughts on “About”

  1. Howdy Steve, nice to see you blogging again 🙂

  2. Na, not bloggin. I wish I did … I have a block to keeping it updated!!
    Chat sometime?

  3. do you have an rss feed steve? I just cant see it

  4. Steve, I’ve linked you. I’m glad that Perth now has such a thoughtful and stylish (in prose terms) blog on theology and culture.

    • Hi Nathan – thanks for that!
      Yeah interesting post by Damon. While I do think there is something in it, and I definitely think that in Oz Christianity has suffered down the last century for being “not for the blokes”, I think Damon’s post is subversive, in that it is reframing the whole “manly” Christian thing. In reading the start of 2Peter last night I was drawn to the list of things we are to possess in increasing measure, and “self-control” and “brotherly-kindness” are up there! They are the true tests of being a man and often lacking in our culture. I had dinner last night with some of our leaders and one, who in his past life was a serious brawler talked about this very issue. He is a strong man, but the gospel has made him a self-controlled one too.
      Having said that, I am a little sceptical about the Driscoll approach because it seems to tap into a style of manliness that is more about show-boating than anything else. This tends to bleed into the whole church planting culture too that springs from Mars Hill (Acts 29) or at least it did in the early days. There is enough anecdotal evidence that rugged individualism (baptised as the type of leader we need for a church plant) has caused more than a few problems in Acts 29.

  5. Hey Steve, I’m interested in your last comments about A29. Which also reminded me that we were going to Skype sometime!

  6. Anil Jacob said:

    Steve: I appreciate the clarity of your comment on the TGC piece to the effect that today’s nation-state is basically Babylon/Rome/Egypt. It’s very clear that these archetypes in the Bible are still around today.

    Nothing very much has ‘actually’ changed! 🙂

    Thanks very much,

    Anil (Delhi)

  7. Hello! I’ve read through some of your posts and I found it to be informative and also thought provoking. I encourage you to keep it up. I’d love to see more of your works ! May we strive to follow and pursue Jesus more and more.

  8. Steve, can you write me a brief note so I can write to you about a topic I think you could help me with?

  9. Between 2 worlds – the daily devotions you did for the bible society have been really encouraging and thought provoking. Thank you!!

  10. Rodney Chiang-Cruise said:

    Homophobic much?

  11. Kevin Donnelly said:

    Hi, Kevin Donnelly here. The Safe Schools Coalition argues that 10% of students are same sex attracted, 4% are gender diverse or trans and that 1.7% are intersex – are there any surveys or statistics to prove whether this is correct or not? Best wishes.

    • Hi Kevin
      Cheers for your observations. Something about lies, damned lies and statistics does spring to mind. My qualification on any of this is the almost ubiquitous (discredited) Kinsey “10 per cent” mantra. I do have some statistical info which I will find and get to you. Of course the issue of same sex attraction depends on the manner in which the question is asked doesn’t it? Does SSA mean they identify that as their primary sexual attraction, or that they have, as many kids often do, felt attracted to someone of the same sex. Whole load of philosophical underpinning behind the SSC stats. But let me check

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