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The other night I was zoned out in front of Van Helsing before flipping over to ‘The book that shook the world’. It’s a doco about The Little Red Schoolbook, by Danish teachers Soren Hansen and Jesper Jensen, published in Australia in 1972.

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 […]

Why read the Old Testament?

This got chopped out of an upcoming sermon for SAS. The Old Testament (OT) seems strange and dense to us. It seems so much the thing of another time and place: the writings of an ancient Palestinian culture about their dealings with a powerful, mysterious God (is he even the […]

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 […]

Depicting Jesus

How should we depict Jesus? Is there one particular way in which we should portray Jesus? What would make a wrong depiction of Jesus, if anything? To get you thinking, here’s a useful page from Rejesus. As in previous posts, I began a series of designs for ES using the […]