Pastor Bobby Houston (Hillsong) spoke at my church this morning.  She said that Australia has become an oasis of encouragement to the worldwide church.

She identified certain distinctives of Australian Christianity (obviously based on her experience with Hillsong):

  • simplicity of approach to God and His kingdom, a refreshing release.
  • true mateship without agendas.
  • permission to be real, honest, relevant, forgiving and embracive.
  • honouring old wineskins but taking on new forms for the 21st cent.
  • not dismissing youth, but harnessing their energy and their wisdom.
  • singing a new song from the heart.
  • not ignoring women, but releasing and empowering them (the main point of her message).  e.g. Ps 68:11.

What do you think? I’d like some responses to these points.