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Are Natural Disasters the Judgment of God?

In the light of recent floods and bushfires, Australians are divided as to the cause of natural disasters. For some, anthropogenic climate change is the primary culprit: we are reaping the consequences of our CO2 emissions. The only hope is to erase our carbon footprint. Others take a more stoical line: natural disasters just happen, and there’s nothing you can do to prevent them. Australia is a place where these tragedies regularly occur, and the sooner we accept this, the better off we will be. In our age of personal autonomy, we despise the notion that God would ever judge...

Is Evangelicalism Enough? – Moving Beyond the Melting Pot of Evangelical Minimalism

In his 1984 memoir Evangelical is Not Enough, Gordon College professor Thomas Howard argued that contemporary evangelicalism lacked the coherence to cultivate and sustain healthy growth in Christian discipleship. In response, Howard ended up converting to Roman Catholicism. While I am opposed to Howard’s solution, I do find myself in agreement with his diagnosis: evangelical is not enough. Evangelicalism, on its own, is not secure enough to protect the Church from the errors that continually arise—not just from outside of evangelicalism—but from within its very gates. Evangelicalism is not precise enough to provide us with a theological framework for rightly interpreting Scripture. Evangelicalism is...

Ask TGCA (1): How Can Jesus and the Father both be God?

Hey TGCA! I’ve been chatting with a friend about the Trinity recently and I’m struggling to understand how the Bible can call the Father God, yet Jesus can be God as well? Is this a unique characteristic to God, or are there other examples of something similar in our day-to-day lives? Thanks. Thanks for asking this great and important question. There are a few issues tied up here but let me begin by offering a basic answer and then try to explore it a bit more deeply. You ask how the Father can be God and yet Jesus can also be God....

A New Year and a Better Hope

The new year has come and gone, but the global pandemic is not going away anytime soon. The ABC’s Dr Norman Swan has suggested that new variants are virtually certain, and they may be more severe than any of the variants we have experienced so far. For many, the summer break was disrupted by needing to isolate as a close contact, or by testing positive for the virus. Some experienced severe symptoms and others required hospitalisation. We should not neglect to remember that many have died and many have been left behind to grieve. Families are also bracing themselves for the possibility...

Men and Women in Romans 16: A Portrait for Today

Over the past 10 years, I have noticed a significant and growing volume of books, articles and posts talking about men and women. The broader culture is not only debating questions that relate to the equality of the sexes but even the most basic of questions: what is a man and what is a woman? Sadly, many people no longer know the answer, or at least, out of fear they no longer feel safe to give an answer. The broader culture is not only debating questions that relate to the equality of the sexes but even the most basic of...

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