Month: December 2014

The Good and the Bad of the Self-Referential Church

In an article on Thom Schulz talks about the growing numbers of those who are “Done with Church.”  His insight is the distinction he makes between this cohort and what we normally mean by the de-churched.  These are not

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Skepticism About Unity and Religions of Peace

Islamophobia has been the phrase used to describe those that attack, belittle, and generally vilify Muslim people and the Islamic faith.  In this last week, in response to the terrible events in Sydney, we have seen plenty of real islamophobia.

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Porn is a Drug, Taking the Pledge

In 1993, at the age of 18, I obtained my first ever email address.  I had joined the internet age. In 1994 I was introduced to my first online pornographic image.  Someone had downloaded it at a uni lab from

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Love Making A Way

Is the Love Makes A Way campaign a new phenomenon?  Maybe, maybe not.  It certainly is within this generation of Australians. For those who are unaware, it is a movement grounded in the Christian churches, that protests our government’s (and

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A Commuter’s Cognition of Divine Proximity

Well, there’s this song: And there’s Psalm 23: A psalm of David: ADONAI is my shepherd; I lack nothing. He has me lie down in grassy pastures, he leads me by quiet water, he restores my inner person. He guides

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Hobart Coffee Rankings 2014

It’s been eighteen months since my last roundup of coffee places in Hobart.  It’s about time I updated, but I’m not going to give some sort of league table.  Here are the coffee shops I know about and enjoy.   All

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Review: Atlas Shrugged

You don’t often get to read a book that’s a philosophical-economic-apocalyptic-thriller.  Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is that, and more.  It is also 1950’s capitalist propaganda, but of a reasonably intelligent sort. The story begins in ordinary post-war America.  Dagny Taggart,

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