Category: Purpose

November 21, 2022
Making the Christian Life More Complicated than it Needs to Be

This short article provides a wise reflection for living each day as a Christian. Tim Challies reminds us that in every situation, whether good or bad, God has purpose for us all. "There is no circumstance in which God has nothing for us to do, no situation in which we cannot be faithful to his […]

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November 14, 2022
'Grief can have a chastening effect': in Faith, Hope and Carnage: Nick Cave plumbs religion, creativity and human frailty

Faith, Hope and Carnage – Nick Cave and Seán O’Hagan. Text Publishing, 2022 Deakin University's Personal Chair, Literary Studies, Lyn McCredden, reviews this recent acclaimed publication , stating... "Whether you adore or despise Nick Cave, this book offers you a great deal. Far more than the stereotypes of the gothic expatriate, or the drug-loving, post-punk, underground […]

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October 19, 2022
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU LOVE JESUS?

"Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me." John 14: 24 The Christian life is a path of discipleship, founded in our response of love to Jesus' love for us. The Bible clearly states that we should not be lukewarm in our faith […]

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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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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 4, 2022
The Day of Small Things

How do we manage the emotional impact of tragic news reports from around the world? How can we help or make a difference? Meredith Van Der Klip offers some useful practical advice to help navigate troubled times. "God says in Zechariah 4:10, “Do not despise the day of small things.” In the face of large-scale tragedy, […]

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July 4, 2022
Women Can Have It All, Just Not at the Same Time

In the last sixty years or so, the lives of women have embraced many changes. They have gained freedom to make decisions about relationships, family, careers. Considering possibilities and making choices can be overwhelming, particularly if considered in the frame of a current worldview. Kara Martin reminds us that God values all spheres of work, […]

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May 31, 2022
5 Myths about Your Personal Identity

Written by the author of "How to find yourself : why looking inward is not the answer", Brian S. Rosner, this article notes the issues that can arise with such a perspective. Seeking our personal identity by merely looking inside ourselves does not allow us to live life to its fullest, or as it was […]

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May 16, 2022
Should I Take a New Job If It Requires Moving?

Charlie Self offers prayerful ways in which the Holy Spirit can help Christians discern where God is leading them. "I may have an opportunity to take a new job and a significant promotion. But it would mean that we (wife, 4 year old, 2 year old, and me) would have to move about 1,000 miles […]

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May 4, 2022
A Holistic Understanding of Creative Goodness in the Workplace

This is a podcast discussion excerpt between Missy Wallace and Brandon J. O'Brien from Redeemer City to City. Christians are encouraged to consider what is meant by the public sphere, and how churches might equip their members to demonstrate Christ in many different realms of work and influence. "The Global Faith & Work Initiative is […]

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April 22, 2022
Happiness is becoming more unaffordable, researchers say. But there are still some things money can't buy

How do you score on happiness and satisfaction charts? Melbourne Institute's long-running Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey collects data on relationships, work, income, health and education. With results that show declining happiness among Australians, this article notes factors that can contribute to our sense of well-being. "Lisa Williams, a social psychologist […]

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