Tag Archives: christianity

Church Gate

Impossible Church

A number of the comments on Rachel Held Evan's latest posts about leaving and returning to the Church were a little disheartening, and have certainly got me thinking about all sorts of things. I both empathise and react to a ...

Are you a Hipster Christian?

A reliable method for finding the best coffee in an unfamiliar town is to follow some hipsters. Anyhow here's a quiz to see if you are a Christian Hipster -I got 72/120. Looks like an interesting book too.

What if Richard Dawkins is (partly) right?

I've thought for some time now that Richard Dawkins was starting to lose a lot of credibility as a spokesman for Atheism. Calling for the arrest of the Pope probably didn't help, but I got the feeling that many middle-ground ...

Gungor on Christian music zombies

I've been rocking out to Gungor's latest album Beautiful things while at the gym lately. Michael Gungor has written an excellent post about how most "Christian" music is zombie-like. Describing the typical CCM approach, he writes: use whatever musical style you ...

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Friendship, the gospel and disagreement

  My friend Chrys Stevenson and I probably disagree on things more than we agree - she runs the Sunshine Coast Atheists, for example. In a recent post explaining how she's not 'Anti-Christian' she raises a couple of things I'd like ...

Should Australians rethink the relevance of Christianity?

The Sunshine Coast Daily recently ran an opinion piece where they asked Lyle Shelton of the Australian Christian Lobby and Chrys Stevenson of the Sunshine Coast Atheists: Is it time for Australians to reconsider the relevance of Christianity? You can see both ...

Some good comments on the ACL and “Rip & Roll”

I wrote a few words yesterday about the need for more 'golden rule' on both sides, but I just want to highlight some good commentry. Nathan, who understands the media from the inside, has an excellent post on the issue: How can ...

Growing up in the Church

I've just started reading Jesus in the margins by Rick McKinley. In the first chapter he has some 'postcards' of various people's journey. Take this extract: Growing up in the church was a different kind of growing up. I never really ...

Harold Camping, evangelicalism & social impact

Tim Stanley has written an interesting piece on Harold Camping's failed rapture prediction, which echoes some of my own sentiments. He very helpfully points to the fact that evangelicalism (he's writing specifically about American evangelicalism) is very diverse: Evangelism is complex and ...

Christians and religious freedom: a rebuke

In a recent facebook discussion I was recently offered this challenge*: Sometimes we need to heed the rebuke from our opponents. It's challenge that cuts deep, for much the same reason as what I wrote about recently regarding Jim Wallace's ANZAC Day gaffe. Why ...