Tag: christianity

Next steps along the Way?
(January 13, 2021)

Book review of “After Evangelicalism” by David Gushee. It’s easier to deconstruct faith, but harder to reconstruct. This book has some good ideas.

Is it time to ditch the sermon?
(July 18, 2020)

Protestant church services have included long sermons since before we were all born. But the coronavirus pandemic may be changing all that.

Will Covid-19 change the church?
(May 15, 2020)

A recent report offers hope that churches may make some helpful changes that will improve how they serve the world.

Brad Jersak on God, love, atonement and life
(February 23, 2020)

North American writer, teacher and theologian, Brad Jersak, was in Australia recently, and we were able to spend a day hearing him sharing his convictions about God and his love, Jesus and the atonement, and life. There was a lot to like and learn from, and some challenging ideas – all worth sharing with you.

Christianity, pluralism and truth
(November 2, 2019)

Book review of “Why did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed cross the road” by Brian McLaren. A challenging book that raises some important issues.

How evangelical doctrine and Biblical inerrancy can distort the Bible and Jesus
(August 1, 2019)

Most christians have been taught to reverence the Bible. This has been especially true of Protestant christianity. The Reformation was built on the doctrine of sola scriptura (by scripture alone). And when conservative christianity felt threatened by evolution, liberal theology and modernist thinking in the 19th century, it developed a statement of “the fundamentals”, one […]

Can I say anything new about the resurrection of Jesus?
(April 18, 2019)

I have been re-reading NT Wright’s chapter on the “The Surprise of Resurrection” in Jesus: the final days, where he corrects some doubtful christian ideas about the resurrection, and offers reasons why we should regard the gospel accounts as basically historical.

Jesus: wise teacher, apocalyptic prophet, son of God?
(January 1, 2019)

How much do you and I know about Jesus? How much of it is really the truth about him? The obvious answer is that we know more about him than most ancient figures, because we have quite a few accounts of his life and teachings. But everyone seems to read them differently. In my previous […]

Which Jesus did you worship this Christmas?
(December 24, 2018)

Jesus is such an important and admired character in world history and western culture that everyone seems to want to claim him for their tribe. So there are many different versions of Jesus for us to believe in. Shopping mall Jesus This is the most obvious Jesus, and the easiest to see through. Two months […]

How many christian denominations? Who cares? And why do they care?
(July 4, 2018)

Almost 6 years ago I posted on How many christian denominations worldwide. I had been asked this question by an internet friend (not a christian believer) who was tired of hearing unsupported claims. It has become my most visited and most commented page, accounting for almost half the visitors to this site. I can’t help […]