Historically, of course, Australia Day represents the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet at what became known as Sydney Cove. The national public holiday marking this event is a fairly recent addition to the calendar, and many Australians will look forward to relaxing and enjoying a day off with friends and family. And … Continue reading Mission Australia CEO on Australia Day
To demonstrate differences in the presuppositions of readers, consider these following statements about the Bible, inspiration, biblical authority, and biblical interpretation: Statement 1 The Bible is literally the Word of God. Scripture consists of the writings that were inspired by God, if not actually dictated by God to the biblical writers. The community of faith … Continue reading Thoughts on Biblical Interpretation
Meanwhile in some dark mouldy corner of Christendom a sad evangelical writes about the brilliant vocal play band Pentatonics ... "While at least one member of the band publicly claims to be a Christian, two other members are openly gay.[like these things are mutually exclusive!!] Furthermore the band is active in promoting the LGBTQ agenda … Continue reading An Example of Why Evangelicalism is Dying
I had a challenging...disturbing...slightly 'hot' conversation with an old friend recently. She's great lady who has a deep faith. We came to heads over a few things but I felt particularly 'miffed' when she appealed for me to 'come back to the old way' to 'interpret the bible the right way' (my interpretation of her words). … Continue reading Standing Alone Then Standing Connected to Everything.
I read this is a recent daily devotional from Richard Rohr. I thought it profound and practical enough to re-post it here. Forgiveness is an act of letting go. When we forgive we do not forget the harm someone caused or say that it does not matter. But we release bitterness and hatred, freeing ourselves … Continue reading Letting Go. The Practice of Forgiving
Blaming people is as old as history. The poetic stories surrounding the creation account found in Judaeo/Christian writing shows the story of God asking Adam, "who ate the forbidden fruit?" "It was the woman who you put here, it's her fault!" (Man has blamed God or women for most of their issues since...I'm told ;-)) There … Continue reading Scape Goating
More photos here. Video here. How does an extrovert manage to spend 5 whole days only seeing one other person? Fortunately for me the other person was my much loved brother Clint, but the couple who showed up to Pine Valley Hut on the fifth evening of our 7 days in the Tasmanian wilderness certainly … Continue reading The Du Cane Range, Tasmania, July 2016