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Lessons of a Philosophy Student

I am half way through my second year of a Philosophy degree. Like most philosophy students, I began my degree with dreams of grandeur (in fact, now that I think of it, that might be a prerequisite). Ready for the rigour of a classical education, I had the voice of Aristotle in one ear, and Simone de Beauvoir in the other. Of course, I also heard the niggling voice of the Apostle Paul—‘See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather...

The “New Normal” and the Same Old Story: Evangelism in a Virtual World

“I just want to see my friends!” This was the frustrated—and completely understandable—cry from one of our teenagers as we entered another week of isolation with no clear end in sight. Although these friends had been chatting (and gaming) online, they knew it was a far cry from seeing each other. Yet this is the “new normal” under COVID-19. By necessity rather than choice, online interactions are rapidly taking the place of physical contact. And this is all happening in the midst of other serious challenges: uncertainty about finances, job loss, unfulfilled dreams, loneliness, increased anxiety, depression, bereavement, and the...

Sneak a Look at Church Online: An Open Invitation

This is not a post for my friends who are pastors. They’re working overtime thinking about church online. This is for you, whether you go to church or you don’t. This is especially for those who don’t currently belong to a church and might be open to a sneak peek at church while we are all in lockdown. This is the first of a two-part blog series. The next one (link here) will be focused on how to make the most of church on line for those who go regularly. What should you look for? What do you have to...

Using Social Media to Love Your Neighbours During This Pandemic

Neighbours. Everybody needs good neighbours. Never does this feel truer than in moments of crises. Australia has seen neighbourliness come to the fore in floods, cyclones, and fires. But the question facing us now is how to be good neighbours when this means “social distancing,” and when a trip to the local shopping centre seems to reaffirm the doctrines of original sin and total depravity. These times of COVID-19 present unique challenges to neighbourly love. But we Christians are called to be different. We’re called to love our neighbours (Luke 10:27).  ‘Social distancing’ and the danger of a new epidemic...

Feeling Anxious About ‘You’? Why Modern Identity Can Be Crushing

Have you ever felt others were better than you? That they were more accomplished, better looking? Did this ever pressure you to be a better ‘you’? If so, you’re not alone. Feeling pressure to upgrade ‘you’ is normal in our modern world. Did this ever pressure you to be a better ‘you’? If so, you’re not alone. Feeling pressure to upgrade ‘you’ is normal in our modern world. In this world, your life—and your identity—is totally your responsibility. If you achieve that successful career, go on that dream holiday, or partner up with that gorgeous person, then you’ve made it. You’ve...

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