Jeremy Crooks Articles 91
Jeremy grew up in Sydney Australia. He has tertiary qualifications in business, training, and Bible. With experience in both church ministry and corporate human resources, Jeremy has a strong interest in how faith is demonstrated in our homes and workplaces. You can contact Jeremy at email@example.com.
Some of us have the blessing of being a part of a loving and supportive family structure. Some of us have experienced horrible and abusive relationships. While those experiences may or may not be in the past, they still often haunt and scar us even today. Those scars can colour our view of the world and the circumstances which roll into our lives. Anxiety and depression can dwarf what should be moments of joy and celebration. However, let me suggest that no matter what your background, hurt or situation, as long as you are alive, you are blessed. As long as you are living, you have the ability to know God, to come to Him as your creator, redeemer and sustainer. Knowing God (and living each moment knowing that we Know Him) should be the constant drum beat of our life. You see, ma... Read more
As we go about our daily lives, we subtly adopt the terminology of our workplace and culture. Many of the sayings we use come from pagan origins (such as 'thank your lucky stars). Even though we don't think about astrology when we utter such a phrase, we are missing an opportunity to thank God and point others to Him. To be effectively in evangelism, we don't always have to preach a message every time we open our mouths. May I suggest by just changing a few key words in our every day speech, we can subtly but powerfully point to our faith. Consider these 3 examples: 1. Lucky become Blessed e.g. 'I am so lucky that I did not miss my bus and get soaked', becomes 'It was a blessing that I did not have to wait in the rain for the next bus'. 2. Nature becomes Creation e.g. I am going t... Read more
As we enter the Christmas season, the inevitable question arises. What is the true meaning of Christmas? The very fact that we are asking that question, demonstrates the divergence of understanding of what the season is about. The world generically calls it the season of giving and references Santa (rather than Christ) as the the epitome of generosity. So how does the church reconcile these two divergent focuses of this season? There are often 3 general responses of Christian families to this season. 1. Don't celebrate Christmas at all: Historically, Christmas was a pagan holiday that was incorporated into Christendom culture as the Catholic church grew into pagan regions. Besides modern day Christmas celebrations have become so commercialised that there is no redeeming value i... Read more
I am about to step up on my soapbox. The biggest domestic social justice issue today is unaffordable housing. I have written about this previously, but the situation is even more acute now, so I am going to ramp up the truth level. It is criminal that a country as large as Australia and so sparsely populated has such high house prices. I say that as a home owner. What may be good for me personally, is bad for our children and the future of our country. Think for a moment about the social implications of high house prices. Immorality: Unaffordable housing pushes young people towards immorality: High home prices delay the formation of new family units (marriage). This puts pressure on young people to sin sexually rather than get married and form a new house-hold. High house price... Read more