Introduction For decades now, poor retail workers and minimum wage fast food employees have suffered at the hands of an elusive yet pervasive antagonist that has gone unnamed for years. As if on the tip of our culture’s tongue, finally the word for this unnamed enemy resounded across the internet: Karen. These women who we’d all encountered but never had a label for could finally … Continue reading THE THEOLOGY OF KAREN
It sounds like the beginning to a bad joke. What do you get when Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley take a Swedish holiday? Apparently, you get a literary masterpiece. A competition between the three Romantic authors sparked the creation of the well-known classic, Frankenstein. Mary Shelley, the winner of this auspicious competition was just eighteen years old when the gothic horror was … Continue reading FRANKENSTEIN AND THE IMAGE OF GOD
Narcissism In 1979, Christopher Lasch eerily predicted the reality we now find ourselves in. He wrote that the “proliferation of visual and auditory images in a ‘Society of Spectacle’… encouraged a similar kind of preoccupation with self.” Lasch observed that people were responding to others as though “…their actions were simultaneously transmitted to an unseen audience or stored up for close scrutiny…”. Twenty years before … Continue reading PERSONALITY PANDEMIC
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?