Will there be angels in this wilderness?

This is my article in the current Australian Leadership. It has come to mind again as I think about Fathers’ Day. “It’s mad. It’s crazy. I just don’t get it.” This week I’ve had… Continue reading

The mission of the land

Much of the extended Dutney family and friends gathered recently to celebrate a significant birthday. Good times. But there was another milestone being celebrated too. The party was held at the family home… Continue reading

Unfinished business between the Congregational and Uniting churches

It was a joy to represent the UCA President, Stuart McMillan, in signing the covenant with the Congregational Federation of Australia (represented by Dr Joe Goodall): “To invite and welcome members of each… Continue reading

Australian Churches Remembering Palestinian Churches

This afternoon the 2016 Forum of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) resolved: That the Forum: 1. Receive the request from the Uniting Church to respond to its resolutions of July 2015… Continue reading

How I came to my life’s work

Today my three latest books were launched at the meeting of the Presbytery and Synod of South Australia: People, Places and Planes, Manifesto for Renewal and  The Basis of Union: A Commentary by J Davis McCaughey.… Continue reading

The Discarded, the Expendable, and the Risen Crucified One: An Easter Reflection

I thought I’d share this little essay that I contributed to the Easter issue of Australian Leadership: “The Church preaches Christ the risen crucified One and confesses him as Lord to the glory… Continue reading

An anniversary

I just realised that it was forty years ago this month that I started studying theology.  My first class was at Queensland University in the BA course. I started with the subject, The… Continue reading

Remembering mentoring

Thanks to Craig Mitchell, evidence of my first album “Reason To Live” appeared on Face Book. It garnered a whole lot more interest than I’d have expected. Recorded early in 1978, the album collected… Continue reading

The Basis of Union, Manifesto for Renewal, and the China Christian Council

I’ve recently finished a revised edition of my very first book, Manifesto for Renewal (1986). Essentially this 30th anniversary edition is the same book that was published in 1986 but, I hope, a… Continue reading

Strategy, culture and theological imagination

Several months ago, in my final video message as UCA President, I mentioned  that I’d decided to “fast” from western theology and focus on theology from the thriving, suffering church of the global south… Continue reading