“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them – bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.” 2 Peter 2:1-2 NIVUK The reaction to Bishop Michael Curry’s exuberant … Continue reading Bishop Michael Curry’s Sermon – A Distorted Gospel Divides the Church
I was preaching at a Chinese Presbyterian Church conference in Sydney this morning, and was immediately asked what I thought about the Royal Wedding (which some of them had stayed up to watch the night before). We had an interesting discussion. I will keep my thoughts for later, but in particular they wanted to know what I thought of THAT sermon. Again I will have … Continue reading Right Royal Preaching
Ozzie Observations – Week 7 – The Bible In Australia The Bible in Australia is a book by Meredith Lake. It is stunning. A work of genius. One of the best, if not the best, books about theology, sociology, history, politics and culture that I have ever read. It is well written, well researched and well put together. If there is a better book about … Continue reading Ozzie Observations – Week 7 – The Bible In Australia
Not everything you try works out. Not every good idea works out. Sometimes we fail. I had an idea that a quality Christian magazine reflecting on culture, politics, the arts etc would be a winner…I was wrong. I’m pretty gutted about that. These are my reflections on that sad fact in the last edition of the Solas magazine – published this month. The Solas Enlightenment … Continue reading The Solas Enlightenment – A Disappointing End to a Great Idea
Last week marked the 200th birthday of Karl Marx, born on the 5th of May 1818. It was an event marked in a positive way by amongst others, the Economist, the Financial Times, the New York Times (whose headline read ‘Happy Birthday Karl Marx, you were right’), and the Guardian columnist Owen Jones who tweeted; ‘Happy 200th birthday Karl Marx’. The Chinese sponsored a new statue of Marx … Continue reading Should Christians Celebrate the Birthday of Karl Marx?
I love going to art galleries and our trip to the New South Wales Gallery near the Botanical gardens was no exception. We saw some great paintings in the European and traditional Australian galleries – as well as some in the Asian. And then…. Art galleries give us a real sense of where a culture has come from and where it is at. What does … Continue reading Ozzie Observations – Week 6 – The Artist has no Clothes – What the NSW Art Gallery tells us about Australia and the Westo
Those who do not know their history are condemned to repeat it There is a pattern in our society that is being repeated over and over again. I have witnessed it for over 30 years and there is no sign of it ending. What happens is that the liberal elites who dominate our media, politics, church and academia tell us that their latest cause celebre … Continue reading Revealed – The Next Step on the Slippery Slope
Do not Judge They are some of the most oft-cited words of Jesus, and also the most misunderstood – “Do not judge or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1). How appropriate you might think for a society that has as one of its core values, non-judgementalism. Dogs and Pigs? There are only two problems with that perspective. Firstly, our society is not non-judgemental. In … Continue reading An Unjustified Influence?
I am loving reading Meredith Lake’s new book – The Bible in Australia: A cultural history. I’m not quite finished it but here are some fascinating quotes: “On another occasion, Dickey attempted to convert an old man, telling him: You must love God – you must settle, then Mr Walker can preach to you, else I shall go to heaven and you will go to … Continue reading Ozzie Observations – Week 4 – The Bible in Australia, China and Vanuatu,Parramatta Cathedral, the Church and Israel Folau
This weeks Ecclesiastes column on Christian Today Solomon, who had 300 wives and 600 concubines – contrary to the command of God and despite his wisdom and good start as king – might have been expected to know something about women. In this week’s Ecclesiastes passage (7:23-29) he gives us the benefit of his knowledge. At first it appears to be the kind of misogynistic … Continue reading Are Men Wiser Than Women? Ecclesiastes 7:23-29