Every now and then you hear someone express the sentiment that they believe in the authority of Jesus, but not the rest of the New Testament. They hold up (in theory) the authority of the Gospels, but not the letters and other books written by Jesus’ first followers. “I agree with Jesus,” for example, “but not… Continue reading “I like Jesus, but not the rest of the New Testament”
We see corrupt and unjust governments all around us. In our newsfeeds and our history books we see countless examples of human authorities that abuse their power – governments that are rife with corruption, injustice, and oppression. In light of all this, Romans 13:1 is troubling. It says, “Everyone must submit themselves to the governing authorities,… Continue reading Should Christians Submit to Corrupt Governments?
For many of us, spiritual disciplines and guilt go together like chicken and garlic (it’s a thing, trust me). As soon as someone even mentions having a daily quiet time our guilt radar gets a ping. We feel bad that we don’t read the Bible enough, pray enough, and we can often feel that in… Continue reading Spiritual Disciplines and the Central Strategy for Fighting Guilt
I just recently read an article written in response to the close defeat of a bill to legalise same-sex marriage in New South Wales. I was surprised to find that the article had pretty much nothing to do with same-sex marriage at all, but was instead a vitriolic tirade against Christianity. The author criticised the… Continue reading Is the Gospel offensive, or are we?
Best estimates suggest that over a quarter of the population of the Roman Empire were slaves – a staggering figure. And since it was in the midst of the Roman Empire that Christianity was born, slavery was a reality that Christians have faced since our inception. So how did the earliest Christians view slavery? And… Continue reading Does the Bible Condone Slavery?
As promised, this post is written by a guest-blogger, the lovely Alex Smart. Just as last post was written specifically to husbands on what it means to live out the biblical pattern of marriage in Ephesians 5 (loving their wives), so this post is to wives on what it means to submit to their husbands.
This post is a follow-up to the one I put up earlier in the week on Ephesians 5:21-33 and what the Bible teaches about gender roles in marriage – that husbands are to sacrificially love their wives as Christ loved the church, and wives in turn are to submit to their husbands. But what does that… Continue reading Husbands, Love Your Wives
In the last 6 months or so, with the election of Pope Francis, Catholicism has been on the radar perhaps a little more than usual. In these past months Francis has been the catalyst for a lot of good conversations about Christianity, Catholicism, and the like – I know it’s helped me to think more… Continue reading Stepping Out in Faith – Former Catholics Tell Their Stories
We’re currently going through Ephesians at my church, and we have just crossed the halfway mark of the book. This seemed to me like a great place to have a think about the structure of Ephesians, because embedded within it is a great lesson about how the Christian should view the relationship between theology (or… Continue reading Theology and Life – Connecting the Dots
What does the Bible really say about money and giving? You often hear the words ‘tithe’ or ‘tithing’ thrown around when Christians talk about their giving, but this kind of language often betrays a fundamental misunderstanding about what the Bible actually teaches about how we should treat our money.