James Standish

James Standish

Recent Articles

  • Plum Pudding's disastrous decisions

    Plum Pudding's disastrous decisions

    This is the story of Plum Pudding and his disastrous decisions. But it didn’t start out that way. No. When Plum Pudding came to my home, it was all good things and happiness.
  • Faa’a Faa’a away (but closer than you think . . .)

    Faa’a Faa’a away (but closer than you think . . .)

    “I didn’t expect Tahiti to be, well, so urban,” an American tourist says as she surveys Papeete. Global trends are changing Tahiti, and chief among them is urbanisation.
  • Shorter, smarter, better

    Shorter, smarter, better

    There’s nothing like your child shouting "I’ll LISTEN TO YOU IF YOU STOP HURTING ME", right in the middle of a silent and packed church service.
  • WWJD?


    In the ‘90s, WWJD armbands proliferated—the letters were on every evangelical’s lips, and the question, posed in the acronym, was provided as the answer to every situation. The problem? The answer isn’t always as simple as the question.
  • Rethink


    The church, like a losing general, has the nasty habit of fighting the last battle.
  • Devolution


    Is there a way to harmonise theistic evolution and the biblical narrative?
  • United


    They invented the game. Their league is the most watched in the world. It may be that the game itself is more important to them than religion. But there is one thing the English can’t do to save themselves: win a FIFA World Cup.
  • My ministry—Tag team for God

    My ministry—Tag team for God

    We don’t really think about it, but church life is an unending cycle of events. Some planned very well. Some, in candour, not.
  • Adventist education quality in the spotlight

    Adventist education quality in the spotlight

    More than 40 MPs were gathered in the Great Hall of the Australian Federal Parliament for the Christian Schools National Policy Forum dinner in May.
  • Policy not politics

    Policy not politics

    “Many deplore the wrongs which they know exist, but consider themselves free from all responsibility in the matter. This cannot be. Every individual exerts an influence in society.”—Ellen White