Clogged in Denominationalism: Trying to be the Greatest

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Minister Peter J. Blackburn calls on churches to refocus in his new book

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Denominationalism is not the original purpose of Jesus.

Peter J. Blackburn spent over five decades ministering to Christians and studying the Bible. Now it is time, he says, to take a fresh look at the nature of the Church.

In “Jesus at Work: A Call to the People of God,” Blackburn challenges Christians and church leaders to stop getting caught up in the division of denominations, but rather come together as one.

“Denominationalism is not the original purpose of Jesus,” Blackburn said. “The term ‘body of Christ’ points to our relationship to Jesus, rather than to the church ‘corporations,’ set up to fulfil our mission.”

Blackburn is a retired minister, with a Bachelor of Divinity with Honours in New Testament from the University of Queensland. He also wrote “Between the Lines: Dialogues for Worship,” as well as numerous small dramas, sermons and poems, freely available at his website:

In his latest book, Blackburn challenges Christians to shift focus to see the Church as an organism, rather than an organization.

“Jesus said that he would build his church,” Blackburn said. “We have mistakenly assumed that he was referring to the denominations and corporations that go by that name.”

“Jesus at Work”
By Peter J. Blackburn
ISBN: 9781499033021
Available at Xlibris and Amazon

About the author
Ordained fifty years ago in the Methodist Church, Peter J. Blackburn is a retired Uniting Church minister; married, with five children and eight grandchildren. He has an honor’s degree in New Testament and always seeks to make biblical truth clear to modern hearers. During forty years of active ministry, he served in rural, regional and metropolitan Methodist and Uniting parishes, throughout Queensland. He has exercised a leadership role among conservative evangelicals in the Uniting Church, nationally. To learn more about the author and his work, please visit

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