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Two reflections on communitarian visions

I. In some American circles there’s a hubbub about Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option, and some Australians are interested. Stephen McAlpine, a pastor in Perth, seems to see the Benedict Option as the standout example of faithful communitarian vision, or maybe as an umbrella term for such. To my mind, the […]

A Tanzanian sermon about Emmanuel

Merry Christmas! We celebrate Emmanuel, God with us. We had a sermon on this at church last Sunday, though it wasn’t initially apparent to me that it was a Christmas sermon. The text was Daniel 3:24-25, about the three young Jewish slaves who are thrown into the fire because they refuse […]

Old Testament ethics for the university

In campus chapel, a constant challenge is to bring the mind of the church and the mind of the university together. What I’ve outlined below is one of my attempts at this, a series of five theological reflections I gave earlier this year. It’s based on the work of Waldemar Janzen. The characters […]