Category Archives: Steve’s story

Barbie makes the world better

As a boy I never really understood Barbie. I guess my mind was corrupted by gender stereotyping. Since my daughter Gretta took up a position with Mattel to market Barbie dolls, I’ve come to believe that Barbie makes the world a better place. Although I preferred her last job with Hugo Boss which got me […]

Home alone

While I’ve been eating curries in India, the lovely Michelle has been dining out on hamburgers in North Carolina. She’s away hanging out with Jeff and Angie Sundell and the many workers Jeff has trained to multiply disciples, groups and churches. Last time I called she was off to a discipleship group meeting in a […]

One in a hundred

My grandfather Edgar Bashforth fought in World War I in France in the 11th Machine Gun Company. After the war he received government help for returned soldiers and bought land near Brunswick Heads in northern New South Wales. He cleared the land and fenced it. He milled the timber and sold it, and he also […]

Just a stroll from our campsite

I took this on Gillard’s Beach, Mimosa Rocks National Park, a short stroll from our campsite. Headed inland and home via the Snowy Mountains.

Steve and Michelle head for the beach

It’s summer in Australia. Michelle and I will hitch up the camper-trailer, and leave tonight for a beach somewhere on the south coast of New South Wales. Perhaps we’ll find a spot at Bournda National Park. I expect to be back, blogging around January 20. Have a great summer break if you live in the […]

The Queen’s Christmas Message

A highlight of my 2011 Christmas was watching the Queen’s Christmas message. The Queen wrote the speech herself – one of the rare occasions where she does not turn to the government for advice. She is still Australian’s head of state. Before I highlight the actual speech, let’s see how the press in Australia and Britain […]

Investing in perspective

Every day there is more bad economic news out of Europe. Is this the big crash we’ve all been fearing? No one knows, but it reminds me of an experience just after the last big crash and some implications for how we approach mission. Just after the crash of 2008. I visited my dad concerned […]

Showing up

A young Chinese girl bounded into our English conversation club last Sunday for the first time. We’ll call her Heather. We got chatting and I learned her aunt in China led an unofficial house church. Heather attended once but found it boring. We’d just finished a simple discovery bible study with a small group of […]

A time to speak. A time to let the scriptures speak.

I was asked recently to speak at a church gathering of people recovering from drug and alcohol additions.        The safe thing to do would have been to pull out one of my well worn messages. Instead I took a risk. I broke people into groups of three to five and told them to read the […]

Making disciples for dummies (like me)

I’m having fun these days doing Discovery Bible Studies (DBS) with people who want to know more about Jesus. This week I met with a twenty something professional. We’re working through Matthew’s Gospel. That wasn’t my plan, somehow we started in Genesis and jumped to Matthew. The guy is out of control. We’re meant to […]