Born this Way: Human nature and the cost of following Jesus

It’s been eight years since the release of Lady Gaga’s hit single, ‘Born this Way’. The lyrics of this iconic pop anthem preached the self-empowerment of various racial/ethnic groups, the disabled, and of course members of the LGBT community. At its release it was at the cutting edge of the gay tolerance movement. Eight years on … More Born this Way: Human nature and the cost of following Jesus

The Penultimate Gospel

Did Jesus die exclusively for me? Jesus’ sacrificial death for the exclusive benefit of the individual believer is regularly reinforced within contemporary Christian circles. Through the lyrics of popular children’s songs like Colin Buchanan’s, He died upon the Cross: ‘He died upon the cross, For me, for me, for just for me’, or through sermon … More The Penultimate Gospel

Subtle Deceptions of Satan: The Real World

The world seems so real. In engaging it our five senses testify to its tangible veracity; constantly compelling us to embrace the notion that ‘this world ‘is all there is. Now, of all the tempter’s nefarious deceptions, the exclusivity reality of the material world is perhaps the most ubiquitous. In it, Satan advances the notion that everything … More Subtle Deceptions of Satan: The Real World

Subtle Deceptions of Satan: Relationship vs. Religion

Christians hate being called hypocrites. Hypocrites are people viewed as outwardly religious yet inwardly sinful; in some cases more ‘sinful’ than many non-believers. Hypocrites, it would seem, must have no valid relationship with God. In reaction to claims of religious hypocrisy, someone invented the saying, ‘Christianity is a relationship not a religion’. This represents a … More Subtle Deceptions of Satan: Relationship vs. Religion

Subtle Deceptions of Satan: Truth is an idea

Satan is the master of subterfuge, he specializes in deceiving people into believing something is one thing when it really something quite different. He loves making a lie look like the truth and the truth a lie. He especially gains sweet delight from deceiving Christians into denying fundamental truths they actually think they are affirming. … More Subtle Deceptions of Satan: Truth is an idea

The Myth of Ownership

In our modern world, we are led to believe all that we possess we ‘truly’ own. This notion of ownership is validated by contemporary dictionary definitions  that define ownership as: the act, state, or right of possessing something. It seems if you possess it ‘you’ own it! Contemporary views on ownership are also freighted with … More The Myth of Ownership

The Slippery Slope of Moral Decline: Fallacy or Fact?

Whenever controversial moral issues are debated such as: euthanasia, the use of torture in war, or the recent phenomenon of same-sex marriage, the argument of the slippery slope is usually employed. Also known as ‘the thin edge of the wedge’ or ‘the domino effect’, the slippery slope argument implies that a chain-reaction toward unintended moral … More The Slippery Slope of Moral Decline: Fallacy or Fact?

The Layers of Same Sex Marriage: An Ordinary Voter’s Guide

A blue collar worked recently said to me, ‘ Most people I speak to don’t have a clue about the Same-Sex marriage issue!’ I hate to say it, but I think he is right. With so many voices out there vying for a space to be heard, many Australians are a little confused, or have … More The Layers of Same Sex Marriage: An Ordinary Voter’s Guide