New Story, Old Plot I love sinking my teeth into a good story. A good book is an oasis from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Books introduce us to concepts we would have never pondered. Plot twists shock and move us as we quickly devour the pages. We identify with the stories characters and experience the dizzying highs and devastating lows with them. … Continue reading THE ULTIMATE HERO
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
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
It’s a fond memory I have from my childhood. I’m curled up near a warm fire, a cup of hot chocolate in hand, as my grandma or grandfather turns to me and says “Michael, let me tell you about the good old days.” Ah, yes. The good old days. A time when things were simpler, slower and more carefree. An era when things were safer, … Continue reading THE GOD OF TODAY
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
How did a Persian king’s cup-bearer have the skill, confidence, and perseverance to lead the third Jewish return to Jerusalem in 445 B.C.? I have recently started studying the book of Nehemiah with friends – so we could compare opinions. Quickly, a reoccurring pattern stood out to us. Nehemiah constantly prayed. ***** As the book of Nehemiah is written in first person, it is assumed … Continue reading WALKING WITH GOD?
Weekly Ritual The last note of the final hymn reverberates throughout the building. Church is done for the week. I sit down, look at my friends and head to lunch content with the knowledge that I have gone to Church this week. I have done the bare minimum for my Christian journey, and I can excuse myself for just a while if I forget to … Continue reading CHURCH: ME OR WE?
Hidden Crumbs On April thirteenth, 2019 Taylor Swift began a thirteen-day long countdown on her social media accounts. This countdown sent the world (or perhaps maybe just the Swifties) into a frenzy. The following thirteen days were fraught by cryptic clues from Swift in the form of what would turn out to be stills from her upcoming music release, and these spawned increasingly far-fetched fan … Continue reading TAYLOR SWIFT AND THE MESSIANIC COUNTDOWN
Anyone who knows me will attest to the fact that I am not a very practical person. If you ask me to write an essay, I will start in a heartbeat but, there is something that seems insurmountable about changing a light bulb. Recently, I had the ultimate stressful experience which put all my shortcomings with useful tasks on display. After teaching for the full … Continue reading EMPTY TANK
Throughout history, many a person has tried to answer the question ‘Why am I on this Earth?’. The ideas that have been espoused are fascinating and, by examining them, we can become more aware of our ultimate purpose. Here is a curated list of some of the most intriguing perspectives: The Simulation Hypothesis Have you ever heard the phrase, ‘there’s a glitch in the matrix’ … Continue reading WHY AM I HERE?