Blog Posts

A confessing community: The fall

It is universally recognised that “nobody’s perfect.” Bad things happen to good people. Innocent people—including infants—die. Every culture in history has had to wrestle with why. What is the source of imperfection, death, and misery in the human race? From a humanistic standpoint, it…

A confessing community: Creation of angels

Writing in 1941, German Lutheran theologian Rudolf Bultmann suggested that the Bible is filled with “mythological thought,” which can be traced to “Jewish apocalypticism” and “the Gnostic myth of redemption.” Bultmann suggested that such mythological thought “is incredible to men and women today because…

Keep yourselves from idols

The apostle John wrote his first letter to a group of Christians struggling with idolatry. As he closed his exhortation, he issued a stern warning: “Little children, keep yourselves from idols” (1 John 5:21). To those who are not versed in a biblical understanding…

The myth of Christian persecution

Several years ago, English academic and theologian Candida Moss wrote The Myth of Christian Persecution. Her premise is that early Christianity invented a narrative of systemic persecution during the first three centuries following the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. This persecution, the inventive Christians…

Israel’s woes: My perspective

It’s been an interesting few weeks in the world of Christianity and celebrity sport stars. Last week, it emerged that Wallaby rugby star Israel Folau had landed in hot water (not for the first time) after posting an image on Instagram stating that hell…

A confessing community: Creation of heaven and earth

It may surprise you—or perhaps it won’t—that Bible interpreters have never fully agreed on a single interpretation of the creation story in Genesis 1–2. Some of the early church fathers (e.g. Victorinus, Lactantius, Basil the Great, Ambrose of Milan, and John Damascene) explicitly affirmed…

Reviews

Review: The Case for Christ

Unbelievers will no doubt find great cause to entrench themselves further in their scepticism. Believers may be tempted to think that the evidence presented in the film—if, perhaps, accompanied by a reading of the source material—provides a slam dunk case for the authenticity of the Gospel accounts. Ultimately, the film will be best enjoyed by those who avoid both extremes and instead sit down to enjoy a biopic of one man’s journey from scepticism to faith.

Review: I’m Not Ashamed

There is wisdom in preventing younger children from viewing the film, but teenagers and adults may appreciate the story of one teen girl’s struggle with faith and trust in the God who doesn’t waste anything—not even the bad things.

Hymn Stories

Hymnody: “Blest Be the Tie that Binds”

John Fawcett was born on 6 January 1740. Orphaned at age 12, he gained an appreciation for Scripture, and for Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, from a young age, but it was under the ministry of George Whitfield in 1755 that he came to faith….

Hymnody: “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder”

James Milton Black (1856–1938) was an American hymnist, youth leader and Sunday school teacher. It is said that Black had a great passion for reaching children with the gospel. One day, while on his way to a meeting, Black cut through an alleyway in…

Hymnody: “This is My Father’s World”

“He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD” (Psalm 33:5). Maltbie Davenport Babcock was an American Presbyterian clergyman and hymn writer in the 19th century. He was born on 3 August 1858 and died on 18…