Category: Worldviews

January 13, 2023
The Five Tests of False Doctrine

Pastor and author Tim Challies provides a helpful set of criteria for examining doctrine (belief or set of beliefs). "The task of the Christian is to evaluate every doctrine to declare it fit or unfit. John Stott says it characteristically well: “Christian doctrine is healthy in the same way as the human body is healthy. […]

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December 20, 2022
Is it the season to be jolly? The negatives and positives of Christmas

This helpful discussion between Tony Payne and Phillip Jensen reflects on present day attitudes to Christmas. Whilst as Christians we may feel that the gospel is somewhat lost in the commercial overtones of the festive season, the podcast and transcript suggest ways in which the good news of God coming as man to save humanity […]

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December 3, 2022
On the Giving of Gifts

Jocelyn Loane shares her thoughts about gift giving at Christmas, which are likely to strike a cord with many of us. However her reflections help us consider further this centuries old tradition, and rather than feeling stressed by the expectations of others and the lure of consumerism, we are given a very positive outlook as […]

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November 4, 2022
Spending Christmas Alone

Justine Toh considers those who are opting to keep to themselves at Christmas, away from the familiar traditions of time with family and friends. She concludes that there are blessings that connecting with others will always bring. "It’s easy to see the appeal of Christmas alone or with a select group of people with whom […]

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November 1, 2022
Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas

As the season of Advent draws near, Adam Ramsey invites us to slow down amid the consumer frenzy and anticipate the true wonder of Christmas. "As we remember God’s promises fulfilled at Christmas, we are reminded of just how intensely the incarnation of Christ shook the world! The meaning of Christmas goes miles deeper than […]

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October 28, 2022
3 Tips for Sharing Jesus with Others this Christmas

With Christmas only a few weeks away, it is indeed timely that we remind ourselves of the great opportunity this season brings to invite people to our church services and pray that our conversations might witness to the Lord Jesus. Adam Ramsey suggests that we can turn even Santa into a discussion about the gospel. […]

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October 25, 2022
Do Unto Authors

Four Principles for Reading Well In his helpful article, Joe Rigney, pastor, academic scholar and author, uses a familiar biblical reference to illustrate how we can thoughtfully consider the meaning and significance of written texts. "To do this, we must distinguish between what the author meant by his words and the effects of his words on […]

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September 29, 2022
THE PROBLEM OF DESIRE

In this podcast, Natasha Moore from the Centre for Public Christianity interviews Professor Sarah Coakley, Anglican minister, theologian and writer. In their discussion about her book, "The New Asceticism: Sexuality, Gender, and the Quest for God " (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015), Professor Coakley explains, "I see desire as a central human phenomenon … We see desire […]

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September 26, 2022
Loneliness and the cost of true community

Simon Smart reflects on the ever growing issue of loneliness. A recent Telstra and YouGov report reveals that 40% of Australians experience isolation. The pandemic certainly brought this to our attention, although it is not a new phenomenon, despite our increasing technological connectivity. It is a concern that loneliness can reduce a person's lifespan by […]

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September 23, 2022
One Last Magnificent Porous Day

A reflection on the funeral of Queen Elizabeth ll, noting her example of faith and trust in the almighty God, whose presence reaches down from his heavenly kingdom into his earthly one. "And for one brief day the nation, indeed billions around the world, watched as a Queen, whose every fibre acknowledged that transcendence, was […]

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August 24, 2022
Paul Bloom says happiness and suffering are closely connected. If you don't believe it, ask a rock climber

Did you know there are two types of happiness? There is instantaneous, in the moment pleasure, and there is also a more meaningful happiness that contributes to fulfilment in life. We look for ways to relieve the tension this causes in many ways. Paul Bloom explains how and why. "Psychologist Paul Bloom can't be the […]

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July 25, 2022
The census shows Australians are becoming less religious but why have we chosen to live without God?

The ABC's international affairs analyst, Stan Grant, reflects on the declining numbers of those identifying as Christian in Australia. "While historically the West was founded on Christianity, the modern West was shaped by the break with God. People were sovereign. Liberalism prized the individual above all." https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-03/census-religion-christianity-no-religion-god/101201640 Image: rsz_1pexels-rodnae-productions-8675096.jpg

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