THE CORONAVIRUS PARADOX

I think I’ve given up on FaceBook. Probably not permanently, but definitely until I can open up the app without having literally all of my feed be about the Coronavirus. From the toilet paper crisis, to the impending and inevitable spread of the virus across Australia, I’m honestly exhausted by the constant news cycle, and frankly even the memes that attempt to lift spirits during … Continue reading THE CORONAVIRUS PARADOX

THE LIFE OF THE EXILE

ANARCHY AND BLOODSHED ‘Were the principles of God’s laws regarding the distribution of property carried out in the world today, how different would be the condition of the people. An observance of these principles would prevent the terrible evils that in all ages have resulted from the oppression of the poor by the rich and the hatred of the rich by the poor. While it … Continue reading THE LIFE OF THE EXILE

JUSTICE AND MERCY: A LATE OPINION ON ISRAEL FOLAU

Before you click off this article after seeing yet another article on Israel Folau, let me assure you that this article is different. Trust me, I’m just as tired of these news stories clogging up my newsfeed as you are, and I’ve heard many an opinion on this issue from every perspective. The discussions surrounding free speech, persecution, and political and legal ramifications are all … Continue reading JUSTICE AND MERCY: A LATE OPINION ON ISRAEL FOLAU

THE LOST ART OF WITNESSING

The word that can send shivers up the spine of many a Christian ‘witnessing’. Having to approach friends, family or even strangers and try and start up a spiritual conversation. Just the thought of it can be nerve wracking. But, witnessing encounters don’t have to be complicated. The apostle Paul through his life and ministry gives a model of evangelism with easy steps to make … Continue reading THE LOST ART OF WITNESSING

ATOM BOMBS AND BABYLON

Tsutomu Yamaguchi prepared to board his train to Nagasaki after a long business trip in Hiroshima. Luggage in hand he felt his pocket for his boarding pass but found nothing. The dreaded realisation he may have lost his ticket prompted his legs to run faster than they ever had before. With only minutes to run back to his temporary office before the train left, Tsutomu … Continue reading ATOM BOMBS AND BABYLON

WHY EXTREMISM IS TOO EASY

 Many of the most iconic and famous religious figures in history are those who committed extreme acts whose stories have circulated well beyond their death, immortalising them as enduring symbolic figures. Whether it be a reverence for the dedicated monks of the mountains, the pious and ultra-religious Pharisees of Second Temple Judaism, or those who fought in war on behalf of their faith, we often … Continue reading WHY EXTREMISM IS TOO EASY

WHICH BIBLE TRANSLATION IS BEST: PART 3?

Make sure to read Parts 1 and 2 before reading this article TEXTUAL CRITICISM It would be remiss to write on Bible translations, and not discuss textual criticism. It sounds fancy, but really it just refers to comparing different Bible manuscripts, to try and figure out which is the most accurate rendition of the text, in its original language. For example, if you have 3 … Continue reading WHICH BIBLE TRANSLATION IS BEST: PART 3?

WHICH BIBLE TRANSLATION IS BEST?: PART 2

INTRODUCTION *Make sure to read Part 1 here before reading this article 😊* Language is complex, every Bible translation is imperfect, but how important are the actual words of Scripture? How did we even receive the Biblical text we have today? Answering these questions of the origins of Biblical manuscripts and the different types of interpretation, will provide us with a theological basis to refute … Continue reading WHICH BIBLE TRANSLATION IS BEST?: PART 2

WHICH BIBLE TRANSLATION IS BEST?: PART 1

The most common question I hear from those beginning to read the Bible for the first time is the following: which Bible translation should I read? It’s seems like an innocent enough question, but in reality, it is a can of worms, unleashing one of the most pervasive and controversial topics in contemporary Christianity. Entire churches and denominations have drawn party lines and established a … Continue reading WHICH BIBLE TRANSLATION IS BEST?: PART 1

THE SECRET OF AL CAPONE’S VAULT

30 million people glued their eyes to their television screens for two hours, to find the answer to one question: what was in ‘Scarface’ Alcapone’s secret vault? A team of experts claimed to have found a lost hiding place of the notorious American gangster, and even more excitingly, a mysterious vault. What treasures lay inside? Gold? Jewels? A cache of weapons? Diaries from the gangster … Continue reading THE SECRET OF AL CAPONE’S VAULT