Arthur’s post about Christian belief vs. practice raised a discussion about how we understand belonging to a church community. It got me thinking about why I’ve persisted with church. Here’s one reason I’m part of a church: for the inconvenience.
On Thursday nights, Arthur and I help to lead a cross-cultural Bible study. The participants are mainly skilled immigrants from the Middle East of varying Muslim backgrounds. We work hard at building bridges and commonalities but this week I was struck by the uniqueness of Christianity.
I’m mainly familiar with John Goldingay‘s work because he’s an Old Testament scholar but To The Usual Suspects, also published as Walk On, is a book of quite a different nature. More autobiographical, it’s a series of reflections on what it’s been like to live with his wife who was […]
Are you considering heading into Christian ministry? Here are some questions to ask — especially if you’re a Gen Y guy, like me. 1. Are you already a servant? A desire to put yourself forward, to ‘lead’, to ‘teach’, does not mean that you should pursue ministry. Have you truly […]
Monday night was three hours of raw emotion at Opera Australia‘s Aïda. We’ve only been to a couple of operas but we love the way opera captures the ebb and flow of emotions in all their unbridled power!
Part 1, part 2, part 3 Marriage is a microcosm of human society. A key aspect of this micro level is headship in marriage.
The hyperbole of fairy tale that is The Princess Bride has long provided fodder for sermon illustrations and Christian analogies. Themes like hope, perseverance, faithfulness, justice, rescue and resurrection have clear links with the gospel message. But I have also found it helpful in thinking about disappointment with God.