Amidst the rising sentiment in Australian society against Christian values, particularly in light of the upcoming vote proposing to change the marriage act to include same-sex couples, some conservative Christians seem to be defensively positioning themselves behind the barricades; bracing for a future of greater marginalization, diminishing rights, and allegedly increased persecution. Other Christians are … More The Girl who saved a Nation
It is not difficult to feel that the general Australian population is being worn down by the constant media coverage of the politics, opinions, ugly exchanges, and even harsh reprisals arising from discussions and views over the potential introduction of same-sex marriage into Australian legislation. In fact, many probably feel a certain sense of inevitability … More The Inevitability of Same-Sex Marriage
I have lost count of the times I have heard the phrase Christ-centred affirming the veracity of an allegedly indisputable theological maxim relating to the gospel. Indeed, when you think about it, how often do you hear people making theological assertions about something being ‘….-centred’? I wager that scarcely a religious conference would pass without … More The Christ-Centred Myth
Christians often talk about faith as if it’s meaning is so self-evident that any discussion on its nature is superfluous. Yet, we do well to be reminded that error can so easily creep into the crevices of doctrine that are ‘safely’ assumed and taken for granted. Yes, faith is a simple concept and by necessity … More Faith is not ‘just’ faith!
For those of us who have grown up watching children’s television in Australia, and have seen the ABC program Playschool, looking through a window (whether round, square, or arched) is a means of visually expanding our horizon, finding out about something we didn’t know before. Windows often provide us with a glimpse of an unfamiliar … More Windows, Mirrors, and the Christian Life
The recent events of significance around the world remind us that the world is an unstable place. But could the multitude of terrorist attacks in prominent Western cities, the ongoing conflict Syria, the constant threat of North Korean instability, and various other less prominent but equally significant local ‘crises’, implicitly embellished by the media as … More Is our world really out of control?
Australia has been affectionately dubbed ‘the lucky country’. Many Australians interpret the term lucky as a synonym for blessed—a land of ‘golden soils and wealth for toil.’ However, when Professor Donald Horne first coined this oft-misquoted phrase in his 1964 book The Lucky Country; he was actually implying the opposite. Horne believed Australia’s prosperity was … More Taking the Bible for granted by being Biblical!
On the 21st of March 1748, a belligerent John Newton encountered the grace (merciful favor) of God for the first time. In reflecting on his impassioned plea to God in the midst of a violent North Atlantic storm, Newton first expressed the well-known words, ‘How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed.’ … More Amazing Grace: Behind the Hymn
The quality of our ‘life’ in general is the product of our daily lives, our daily lives are the product of moment by moment decisions, and those decisions are the product of how self- aware or attentive we are. Whilst I have always known this as a general truth, it was not until I started … More Sin,Shortcuts, and Small things
Surprisingly, many conservative Christians recoil at the idea that Christianity might be considered mystical or even spiritual! For these, the very thought of mysticism conjures up notions of delirious individuals caught up in a mindless state; controlled by religious cult leaders , mysterious eastern religions, or new age gurus. As such, to entertain any form … More Demystifying Christian Mysticism