A race well run

I was cut to the core today, when one of my twitter contacts posted about a young woman, Sara, who lost her battle with terminal illness yesterday. I followed the links, and started reading her blog, and I read some of her sister-in-law’s blog. I did not know Sara, and had never heard of her until today, but I feel humble and blessed to to […]

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Reviews: ‘The Christ Files’ by John Dickson & ‘Finding the real Jesus’ by Lee Strobel

Finding the real Jesus: A Guide for Curious Christians and Skeptical Seekers by Lee Strobel Zondervan – Kindle Edition Strobel is one of the best known figures in Christian apologetics, with his best-seller “The case for Christ”, which retold his journalistic journey from Atheism to Christianity. In this book Strobel again employs his methods of interviewing someone on a particular, popular objection. I found this a […]

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Illegal immigrants and asylum-seekers: mercy not wrath

This piece from Christ and Pop-Culture is written in the context of Arizona’s laws regarding illegal immigrants, but much of it could easily transfer to Australian ‘boat people’ refugees (who aren’t “illegal” btw). This political season, please try to remember that [they] are not money sponges who are looking to exploit our welfare system. They are men and women with families and dreams, and most […]

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Review: Don’t check your brains at the door by Josh McDowell

  Don’t check your brains at the door: know what you believe and why. by Josh McDowell & Bob Hoestelter Thomas Nielson 2011 – eBook edition Josh McDowell is one of the original atheist-turned-apologists, and is perhaps best known for his book ‘Evidence that demands a verdict’. This book, aimed at teens, is part apologetics, part spiritual guidance, and essentially seeks to answer a whole […]

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Can I be Bo Skovhus’ stunt double?

I posted this earlier today on my singing blog: Today’s Badische Neueste Nachrichten has a review of Sunday’s Wiederaufnahme of La Traviata – a kind of ‘first taste’ report of the new ensemble in many ways. As the post title gives away, the review said I was a Bo Skovhus* look-alike! So… here’s a visual comparison for you: The review itself was a bit of […]

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Should Australians rethink the relevance of Christianity?

The Sunshine Coast Daily recently ran an opinion piece where they asked Lyle Shelton of the Australian Christian Lobby and Chrys Stevenson of the Sunshine Coast Atheists: Is it time for Australians to reconsider the relevance of Christianity? You can see both responses here. It’s interesting the way Lyle answered the question, and I think it largely falls in the issues that Nathan has been […]

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Russell Moore on Pat Robertson

This is one of the most powerful articles I’ve read in a long time. Do read the whole, moving, thing. Christ, the Church and Pat Robertson:   Pat Robertson’s cruel marriage statement is no anomaly. He and his cohorts have given us for years a prosperity gospel with more in common with an Asherah pole than a cross. They have given us a politicized Christianity […]

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The folly of Jesus-Mythicists

It really is frustrating to see how many self-declared rational people abandon historical methodology when it comes to the issue of Jesus’ historicity (really it’s special pleading). James Hannam has a well written four-part series of posts which show the bankruptcy of the Jesus Myth claims. He goes into more detail, but this quote is worth highlighting:  It is telling that in spite of their […]

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The new season begins

It’s my first performance in my new Theater tonight! The Theaterfest is kind of like an open day, with a few open rehearsals and fun things like Karaoper (sing a duet with one of the soloists). I’m singing my aria from Alessandro in the ‘Coctail’ concert this evening. It’s all a fun way to kick of the season – and, hearing the other soloists rehearse […]

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Does the doctrine of election make you angry?

There’s a been a little bit of a flutter on a few of the blogs I read about ‘angry calvinists’. It’s sprung out of Justin Taylor’s ‘ask a calvinist‘ spot on Rachel Held Evan’s blog; more specifically, some of the comments on Justin’s post about it. (It’s well worth reading his most recent post on the issue: The Problem of Angry Calvinists). I’ve been in […]

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Veggies Tales take on the big picture of the bible

This looks really interesting: The creator of Veggie Tales is starting a new project aimed at teaching kids the meta-narrative of the bible. He looked back and realized that while his immensely entertaining VeggieTales characters delighted kids and sold by the millions, they only taught children how to behave Christianly—they didn’t teach them Christianity. … So for his next venture Vischer set out to unpack […]

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Christian Hipster How-to video

via Stuff Christians Like: I’ll own up: I have a bible app, I wear scarves and while I don’t have a pair of Tom’s I do have a pair of yellow Campers:

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