Quote of the week

“If I had only one sermon to preach, it would be a sermon against Pride. The more I see of existence, and especially of modern practical and experimental existence, the more I am convinced of the reality of the old religious thesis; that all evil began with some attempt at superiority; some moment when, as we might say, the very skies were cracked across like a mirror, because there was a sneer in Heaven.”

~G.K. Chesterton: “The Common Man.”

You are not your sexuality

In this video we meet Sam Allberry, an Anglican minister in the UK. He explains to their General Synod that he is a man who experiences same-sex attraction. But he also explains that, in being a follower of Jesus, he is not defined by his sexuality. Worth a look.

UPDATE: Sam spoke to RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries) about the above video. You can find his comments here.

Quote of the week

“Christianity was to introduce the notion that humanity was fundamentally identical, that [people] were equal in dignity – an unprecedented idea at the time, and one to which our world owes its entire democratic inheritance.”

– Luc Ferry, atheist philosopher

Things to click (9)

Sorry for the long delay between posts. Sometimes adding new content to this blog is a bit difficult. But we’re back! If you lovely the convenience of clicking your way around the internet, then you’ll love what we’ve got for you. Here’s a sampler of some good stuff to check out.

(1) Ever wondered why it’s so hard to change people’s minds about things? Why do people get so ‘stuck in their ways’? This article in The New Yorker explores why facts don’t usually change people’s minds.

(2) Here’s a very long resource from our friendly Sydney Anglicans on marriage and sexuality. It’s worth looking at.

(3) We may have suggested this link before, but here is a very good Australian blog that has heaps of great articles and perspectives on biblical topics and current issues. It’s called “Thinking of God”, and it can be found here.

(4) Here’s a pretty heavy article from The Witherspoon Institute in the USA titled “Ideology and the Corruption of Language”. Very thought-provoking stuff.

(5) Everyone worships something. And that something is what we ultimately live and work for. Those aren’t just ideas you can find in the Bible, or in Christian books. It’s found in a famous commencement speech by the late American writer David Foster Wallace. Though not a Christian, he shared some profound and blunt insight into life and the motivations of the human heart. Find a transcript of the speech here. Or watch it here (small language warning, I think).

That’s it for now. Click away!

 

Predestination?

The Christian doctrine of predestination is one of the deepest and most controversial in the church. The idea that God ‘predestines’ things to happen seems to many to be unjust, illogical, or just plain weird. This is especially true when we start talking about God ‘predestining’ people to receive grace. Why would God predestine some to be saved, and not others? How could that be fair? And what about free will? If God is truly loving and just, surely he simply offers us grace, and kindly lets us make up our own minds.

These are deep issues over which many godly Christians have puzzled and disagreed.

Here is a debate between two people who hold somewhat opposing views on this subject. Both men are very learned and deeply committed to the Scripture. They both love Christ, and desire to glorify God. But they differ.

The debate below is instructive, not only on the issue of predestination, but on how to disagree agreeably (something that Christians struggle with sometimes).

Yes, the video is long, and yes, it’s pretty heavy. But that only reflects the nature of the topic. I suggest you grab a coffee and sit back to listen and learn. It will be worth your time.

How to Read the Bible

Lots of people say they believe the Bible. The Mormons do. The Jehovah’s Witnesses do. The Roman Catholics do. The Presbyterians do. But the funny thing is, they all see to come to different conclusions about what the Bible is actually teaching.

So how do we work out what the Bible actually says?

Here’s a great video that gives some tips on how to read the Bible properly.