The Dark Side of Organisational Sacrifice – Blood in the Foundations

Foreword:  Before writing this I published a social concern essay on the Utilisation of Staff and Volunteers in church life. I received a few brief comments and some very lengthy emails from people who thanked me for writing it because it helped normalise their suffering and struggle.  After all, many who’d suffered were not given… Continue reading The Dark Side of Organisational Sacrifice – Blood in the Foundations

The Utilisation of Staff and Volunteers in Churches. A Social Concern Essay

I’ve been in church leadership roles from the time I came to know Christ in my late teens. It’s been a wild 22-year ride, and I want to keep riding – albeit with less falling off, being shot at and running the horse into the ground.  The thing is, that stats show that being in… Continue reading The Utilisation of Staff and Volunteers in Churches. A Social Concern Essay

The Toll of Ministry Life – Emotional health, burnout and PTSD among clergy

A previous Danielsen study found post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in one Christian denomination’s clergy that “was higher than that of post-deployment soldiers.” We need to humanise this workspace. If church workers and their families are susceptible burnout, PTSD and other mental health challenges, it’s the joint responsibility of the body of Christ to address this with humility and seriousness. We can’t afford more casualties, especially when these casualties are injured serving their people.

Maturity and the prayer that produces it.

Believe it or not, there are several ways to pray, and they don’t yield the same result. Ladd and Spilka (2002) discovered 17 most common types in literature and sorted them into inward, outward and upward orientations. Further study has shown, however, that if you want to mature, spiritually speaking, then not all forms of… Continue reading Maturity and the prayer that produces it.

Accountability Shift. When it’s good to care less.

She’s laying on her bed, iPad in hand. Eyes fully fixed on the screen. “What are you up to?” These are five words my teenage daughter is used to hearing from her parents as they pop their head across the threshold of her bedroom. The speed and tone of our voices will depend on the… Continue reading Accountability Shift. When it’s good to care less.

5 pressing post-election questions for my U.S. friends.

For a solid nine months now, the world has been watching the US election campaign unfold.  Mainstream and social media commentary has filled our eyes and ears with professional and personal opinions; smear campaigns, accusations and advocacy for political parties and candidates. And we’re finally here! Election time!  You must know, we’ve been watching from Australia.… Continue reading 5 pressing post-election questions for my U.S. friends.

Please stop.

Christian brothers and sisters, please stop fighting one another. Please stop harming the very body you belong too. Did you know that’s called self-harm and is evident of deep unresolved pain in yourself. Please stop attacking others with words of slander, criticism, gossip and plain old hatred. The One you call Lord called that murder… Continue reading Please stop.

Sermon – Restoring the Feminine – The feminine nature of God – VIDEO

Welcome Beloved, If you’ve come here via Facebook, welcome.  The short clip you watched is part of a bigger message.  This entire message of “Restoring the Feminine” includes a powerful revelation of the feminine nature of God and the tragic consequences which have flowed from the misogynistic worldview and theology many early church fathers and theologians held.   This… Continue reading Sermon – Restoring the Feminine – The feminine nature of God – VIDEO

Special Blessing for Women on International Women’s Day

I took some time out today to speak into something that is dear to my heart, that is the role of women and the feminine in society and the church at large. I will put pen to paper and thoughts to my heart to elaborate the passion and stirrings in the months and years to… Continue reading Special Blessing for Women on International Women’s Day

Brand New Teaching – Out of the Tombs. Healing from Church Related Wounds

In a recent US survey of Christians from various churches, it was discovered that 89 percent of church-goers have church wounds.  59 percent of people say they have considered not going to church again due to the experience. In this teaching, David explains why wounds commonly occur and how healing comes through Christ. This is a… Continue reading Brand New Teaching – Out of the Tombs. Healing from Church Related Wounds

HOW CHRISTIAN AND SPIRITUAL AM I REALLY?!?

In our common longing for identity, belonging and legitimacy, most of humanity look for markers of achievement. Eg in the business world – size and profitability of the company. Sports world – ranking and ability. As Christian’s in community (the Church) we are not exempt from this longing, the markers just take a different form… Continue reading HOW CHRISTIAN AND SPIRITUAL AM I REALLY?!?

On Israel and One New Man – Sermon

I recently travelled to Israel.  Following the 11 day trip I shared on some experiences and thoughts on the Jew / Gentile dynamic.  Drawing from Ephesian 2:11-22 I spent a little time expounding on the ONE NEW MAN that Paul writes about.   Online Stream link: http://caloundrabaptist.com/sermon/sermon-one-new-man-reflections-from-travel-to-israel-david-tensen/#sermon-51d8541b4d3c39b1e9adaab730573107 Right click and ‘Save As’ to download message here… Continue reading On Israel and One New Man – Sermon

Sermon – Treasures in Heaven

12th April 2015 As part of a series through the sermon on the mount at Caloundra CityLife Baptist Church, I taught on how treasures in heaven are stored. This message will challenge and encourage you in your faith. Notes and whiteboard illustrations available at here:www.evernote.com/l/AANazivpcOxKVK…s9Y0uKRqPcVeFMXw Right click and ‘Save As’ to download message here in Mp3 format. Playable… Continue reading Sermon – Treasures in Heaven

Out of the Tombs – Foundation Sacrifice and Church Wounds – Sermon

In this message: The law of Foundation Sacrifice Why church wounds hurt so much Pastoral Apology Prayer for Healing Message preached at Caloundra CityLife Baptist 30 November 2014 by David Tensen. Blog Reference in message: Blood in the Foundations SERMON NOTES HERE DOWNLOAD MP3 HERE:  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD  (right click and Save As to download locally) MP3… Continue reading Out of the Tombs – Foundation Sacrifice and Church Wounds – Sermon

When the Feathers Disappear. Angelic manifestations that come and go.

Interestingly, both in the Old and New Testament some of the first angelic manifestations recorded were around pregnant women. E.g Hagar and Mary. I believe there is always extra presence of angels when things are being birthed, both the natural and the spiritual. (Mtt 18:10) Perhaps you’ve had seasons of angelic manifestations in your life but… Continue reading When the Feathers Disappear. Angelic manifestations that come and go.

Why being STEPPED DOWN from leadership makes little sense to me

“Did you hear about such-and-such? He was stepped down from his leadership position” “I heard he wasn’t cutting it so the Senior Pastor and eldership stepped him down” Confession time: I have used these phrases numerous times over the last couple of decades. But I think I’ll stop for a while. The idea of stepping… Continue reading Why being STEPPED DOWN from leadership makes little sense to me