Posts Tagged "Christianity and culture"

Just Another Sunday?

Posted by on Mar 31, 2024 in Blog | 0 comments

Don’t know about you, but Easter has snuck up on me unexpected. In my head I think of it as an April thing, but of course it’s on the first Sunday after the full moon on or after the Spring equinox, and sometimes that’s in March. It’s so much easier to remember Christmas with its solid 25 December location (unless you are part of the Orthodox tradition, in which case it is 7 January). Ah well, what’s it about dates and remembering? For most Easter will be just another Sunday. Except it isn’t. Those who think that Easter has nothing to do with them...

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Counter-culturally Thankful: From Entitlement to Gratitude

Posted by on Jan 8, 2023 in Blog | 6 comments

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone say that Christians need to step up and be counter-cultural – well, I’d be rich enough to help fund multiple mission organisations. Trouble is, the way it’s said often sounds so very like the culture it is supposed to counter. You know what I mean? Sweeping statements made about villainous others whose motives are entirely suspect – they are the enemy. And then there is the aggression with which it is spoken, as well as the demand for complete agreement with the stance taken. There are also the over...

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Quotable: Greg Sheridan and God is Good for You – Take 2

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

A few weeks ago we had an initial look at a few gems from Greg Sheridan’s excellent new book God is Good for You. Here is a second look… Materialism, the most boring as well as the least accurate way of experiencing the world and recording experience, is the dominant mindset of the Western intelligentsia in our day. – Quoting A.N.Wilson (p35) Militant atheists deny any validity to the testimony of anyone in history who, through mystical prayer or contemplation or the irruption of God into human consciousness, claims any direct personal experience of God. But the testimony of this...

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Another day, another Prime Minister – Take 2

Posted by on Aug 25, 2018 in Blog | 2 comments

We’ve done it again. Another Prime Minister dumped by his own party. It would be nice to think that the electorate sometimes had a say in who the Prime Minister of the country is, but that privilege  could still be some months away. For those who don’t follow Australian politics, we have again indulged in our relatively recently adopted past time of replacing Prime Ministers – this time Scott Morrison replacing Malcolm Turnbull. Morrison, a committed Christian of the Pentecostal variety, has his work cut out for him – but let me not lapse into political commentary, as this is not...

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Managing Monday with Abraham Kuyper – take 2

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

This is the second and final post on Abraham Kuyper. To refresh you memory on who Kuyper is, here is the introductory paragraph from the previous post, with a fresh set of quotes then added… The relationship between Christianity and politics is vexed, and for many (regardless if they know it or not) has been shaped by the thinking of Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) who served as the 20th Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1901-1905. A journalist, neo-Calvinist theologian and statesman, his political and theological views continue to be influential, especially in Reformed circles, and...

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