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Belief as a ‘work’

A common refrain that I hear from friends and family is, “I’m a Christian. I don’t read the Bible / go to church / pray OR I get drunk / swear / sleep around. But I believe.” And they’re right, aren’t they? The important thing is belief, right? Like Paul […]

The ‘irrelevant’ God meets Australia

Part of my experience of studying English at uni involved coming to understand and appreciate a post-modern approach to literature. In essence, the post-modern upholds that the reader, not the author, determines the meaning of a text. Thus, authorial intent does not trump ‘what I got out of it’. The […]

The Shack

I’ve been writing about Wm Paul Young’s The Shack recently and the result has been two short papers which pick up on what seemed to me to be two main themes: Suffering and Relationship with God. There’s so much stuff in The Shack that it seems near impossible for any […]

More Church History II

Last post, I identified the need for Christians to trust Jesus to build his church. However, the other side of the ‘train track’ in this case is that, of course, God’s church consists of people, their actions and the faith they claim as their own. In the cases of Athanasius […]

More Church History I

I’ve been indulging my history nerd ideals of late with a few books. The highlight has been Mark Noll’s “Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity’. You may know my advocacy of the idea of ‘train tracks’ (more theologically known as ‘compatabilism’) which is the idea that two […]

Athanasius and other great dudes

Some time ago, I remember having a conversation with the worship pastor at my church: he was thinking about two common views people hold of Jesus, that is, either as their best friend, or as their king. I’ve been dipping into a bit of church history lately and reflecting on […]

His Dark Materials

This is an informal critique of the His Dark Materials series in response to the concerns of some people in my church. Looking forward to comments. Hope it’s helpful!   Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials: a Christian critique Tamie Davis The soon-to-be released film The Golden Compass has caused some […]