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What this blog is about

Melbourne may be the most liveable city in the world, but like every other global city, its people can become trapped by myopic visions of materialism and hedonistic individualism. The most stunning idea to have reached our city is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and although it is the most contentious of messages, in my opinion it remains the most important.

My aim is to engage with Melbourne culture and churches through a Gospel lens.

About the author

IMG_0033I live in the city that is sometimes confused with the New Jerusalem, such is the ridiculous standard of living that most of us enjoy. I love Melbourne.

I’m a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband, a father, Pastor of Mentone Baptist Church, and formerly a classical pianist.

People can follow me on twitter at @MurrayJCampbell

For information about Mentone Baptist Church, follow this link http://mentonebaptist.com.au/about-us

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3 thoughts on “About

  1. Your comments on the idiocy of DCM refusing a religious ad were pretty good. I skim read it, so have to go back later & read it properly. But I was astounded at you saying that God is not everyone’s father. As the creator of the universe he cannot be anything else.

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    • Hi John,

      thank you for your comment. About knowing God as Father, there’s a few things to keep in mind:
      1. There is one God and he is three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This God is, as you say, the creator of the universe. But knowing God as creator is not the same as knowing God personally and enjoying his gracious salvation.

      2. Jesus understood that not everyone knows God and can call him Father. For example, Jesus said, ‘You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him’ (John 8:44).

      3. The Lord’s prayer is for disciples of Jesus, in contrast to the hypocrites & self-righteous whom he is exposing in the sermon on the mount.

      4. Knowing God as Father is his gracious gift to people who by nature are outside his blessing. The Scriptures teach us that knowing God as Father is the work of the Holy Spirit on account of what Christ has achieved – the doctrine of adoption.

      “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children”. (Romans 8:14-16)

      ‘In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ’ (Ephesians 1:4-5).

      hope that helps a little

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