leaves on branch

A flying leaf is a brief writing. During the eighteenth century, flying leaves became a metaphor for one writer's writings and epistles – as occasioned by events, particular in focus and expendable, by contrast to lengthy works with esteemed authority.

Like a seed carried elsewhere by delicate dispensable wings, a flying leaf is expended in having sown enduring effects. A comprehensive discourse might be cited widely as an authoritative manual. The particular message of a flying leaf is vocative, speaking into a specific context. Whatever is of enduring value in a flying leaf must be transposed by others, into other contexts and expression.

Like a love letter, a flying leaf summons a response; it is eventful in invoking decisions that can change everything. Christian testimony to good news has always been communicated in this way.

Restoration journals facilitated engagement with vital issues of faith and witness by whole church communities, rather than theological foci being conveyed in books for privileged access by clergy.

Stephen Curkpatrick


Pamphlet Club/Provocative Pamphlets

Published 1955-1997

Published monthly, these short publications reflect concern for contemporary issues of theology, ministry and community within the context of Churches of Christ identity and witness.

Click the images to the right to download select pamphlets

Index for the Provocative Pamphlets/Pamphlet Club


Other Journals from the churches of christ in Australasia


the australian Christian

Published 1898-2003

The Australian Christian provided a wide range of news and views relating to expressions of Christian life, ministry and community within Churches of Christ. It was regarded as the crucial medium of communication and cohesion within Australian Churches of Christ identity.

Index for the Australian Christian, 1960-2002, created by Kevin Mitchell:
Excel Spreadsheet (5 MB)
Microsoft Access Database (18 MB)

Indexed articles from the Australian Christian online, 2005-2008