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Why you might get something out of French Christian Anarchist Sociologist Jacques Ellul

For those of us who spend our time immersed in the discussions of reformed evangelicals in the English-speaking world, it can be helpful to listen to a very different voice from a different context. French Christian anarchist sociologist Jacques Ellul is such a voice. With intriguing book titles like The Technological Society, The Political Illusion, Violence, Propaganda, The Meaning of the City; and a practical life of involvement in the French Resistance, charitable activity, environmental activism and unordained church leadership. Ellul guarantees to give you a different way of thinking about the Christian faith and its interaction with the world...

Beyond the Horizon: Bob Dylan at 80 – One Fan’s Reflections

That ‘Wild Mercury Sound’ On Tuesday night, May 17th 1966 the large ‘Free Trades Hall’ in Manchester England was filled to capacity. Music fans had been lining up on the street for hours; having held their precious concert tickets for months. They had come to see their hero; the ‘spokesman of a generation,’ the ‘champion of the underdog,’ the street poet who was their poet: Bob Dylan—‘Folk Singer.’ A storm was brewing that night, and it burst wide open in the second half of the program. In the years 1964-1965 Dylan had toured the UK singing all the songs the...

How Lego Speaks of a Greater Master

The award winning Channel 9 TV series “Lego Masters” has proved to be popular family viewing over the past month. Viewers have been awed at the creativity and ability of the contestants to turn humble Lego bricks into amazing creations. Within 28 hours, a blank Lego board is transformed into a battle zone between a wizard and a marauding army; a circus tent and moving trapeze artists; or an emotionally charged scene of wolves threatening drinking deer: All these amazing stories created by simply placing thousands of small pieces of interlocking plastic. Lego is popular and fun, but it also...

The Problem with Soundbite Theology

In which Dani Treweek gives us at TGCA (and everyone else) a helpful reminder about the danger of out-of-context theological soundbites … while simultaneously showing that they can sometimes be good opportunities for thinking things through more deeply. These days my social media newsfeed seems particularly dominated by three different types of posts. First, we have the ads. So very many ads. Second, there are the COVID memes. Most of them are hilariously perceptive. Some soundbites are wonderfully encouraging … But they all work brilliantly in the tl;dr world of which we are now all natives. And then thirdly, there...

Tenielle Neda – Ore Trains, Music and Motherhood

TGCA Social Media Editor, Brianna McClean talks to WA artist Tenielle Neda about her journey to faith and forthcoming EP, What is My Hope? TGCA: Tell us a bit about yourself! What’s your journey with Jesus been like? When did you start making music? What does life look like for you right now? I was born in Carnarvon and have grown up in Western Australia in various towns—Perth mainly, in my teen years and onwards. In my twenties, I did stints in Sydney, Melbourne and Karratha—sometimes for extended periods, sometimes all at the same time! (FIFO life!). I am about...

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