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Married to Liz for 46 years and together we have 4 sons who have in turn produced 8 grandchildren. We served in ministry together in the one church for 35 years in Western Australia. Mostly ministered among people who didn't fit into ordinary church life and loved to see people radically changed as Christ worked His mercy, forgiveness and grace into them from the inside out. We are now retired which has freed us to serve the Lord in whatever capacity is open to us, presently as administrators of the Scroll, and a continuing interest in the plight of suffering Christians through Voice of the Martyrs (Australia). In our leisure time we love to explore more of this vast Australian landscape. Walking on the beach and swimming, in season, is a must for daily exercise. That translates into bush walking, in our winter months, on our world renowned, West Australian, Bibbulmun Track whenever possible. We have 2 sons in ministry and like to visit their churches whenever possible to catch up with family and just be there for our grandchildren, ages ranging from 6 to 16. We discovered CBE through the writings of Rebecca Merrill Groothuis. It was incredibly important at the time because we were unaware that there was a body of literature and like-minded believers out there. We have been blessed to attend 3 CBE conferences since 2003, Florida, St Louis and Melbourne which has further strengthened our ties with CBE and involvement with the Scroll, its writers and commenters.

Biblical Love Should Not Be Determined by Gender

Our pastor is beginning a new ministry series for the new year. He feels constrained by the Spirit to speak on the love of God and how our being loved by God should impact upon our ability to genuinely love others. In the introductory message he touched on some texts that really got me thinking […]

Additional Modern Marriage Concerns

I would like make some additional observations on the topic of Modern Marriage Concerns by taking up a statement I made in the closing paragraphs of a previous post on this subject. “I for one do not want to go back to gender hierarchy but I can readily understand it if my complementarian friends are […]

Modern Marriage Concerns

It would seem that my wife and I have come from a vastly different background to modern-day egalitarians who have grown up in a more secular egalitarian culture. What I mean by that is that we arrived at a stance of biblical equality after having been deeply enculturated in evangelical conservatism. While the church in […]

Radio Interview

I recently heard a radio interview which intrigued me. It was with Dr. Geoffrey Burnstock, an Australian Neuro Scientist. In the year 2000 he was awarded the Royal Medal (also known as the Queen’s Medal, which was commenced in 1826) for his research into neurotransmission pathways. To cite the actual wording of the award: “In […]

Egalitarian Husbands

Something has just resonated with me that may relate to other husbands within egalitarian marriages so I will put it out there for your interest and comment. Within complementarian marriages it is expected that men should take the lead, in both the family and church, because they believe that they are biblically mandated to do […]

An ‘aha’ moment

Recently Liz and I visited one of our sons (who is the senior pastor of a beachside resort town church) and his family for a weekend. The last time we were there, about 2 months ago, we heard him begin a series on foundations in Genesis where he touched on men and women as God […]

Majoring on the majors

At our local church the pastor has been preaching his way thematically through the Gospel of Matthew and just recently touched on some verses that sparked an idea for a post. While he didn’t spend a lot of time on the Transfiguration, somehow, as he was speaking about this and directing our thoughts forward to […]