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The Ministry For Lonely Walks

https://stephenmcalpine.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/ministry_of_silly_walks_by_chaplin007.jpg?w=640 At first it sounds like a sketch from those 70’s icons of British comedy, Monty Python. The Ministry of Loneliness. Surely you mean the Ministry of Silly Walks?  And surely you jest? Nope, the Ministry of Loneliness. 

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When Cyrille Regis Met Jesus

Every week in our early teens my twin brother and I would buy our weekly copy of Shoot magazine, a homage to all things English football.  And within an hour the latest poster with the biggest star would be sticky-taped onto our bedroom wall.   There was nary an inch of

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Vaclav Havel’s Benedict Option

One of my heroes is Vaclav Havel, the now deceased former President of the Czech Republic, who was a chain smoking, adulterous atheist writer and one time dissident before the collapse of communism and his rise to leader of his country.  In these cloying, suffocating, enchained times of complete and

The Lamb That Takes Away the Sins of Australia image
The Lamb That Takes Away the Sins of Australia

Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Can lamb bring us together? Can lamb chop out our differences? That’s the rather cheeky claim of the latest lamb ad in Australia.  Australian lamb ads are becoming a tradition in themselves. Almost as traditional as

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An Interview With US Vice President Rob Bell

Following the stunning 2020 Presidential election win by Oprah Winfrey, stephenmcalpine.com spent some time with her running mate, one time evangelical pastor and now US Vice President Rob Bell, to see what makes him tick.  Here is the transcript of that interview. https://stephenmcalpine.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/360_wbell_0425.jpg?w=640

If I Were Going to Wear Black… image
If I Were Going to Wear Black…

https://stephenmcalpine.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/women-wearing-black-golden-globes-2018.jpg?w=640 If I were going to wear black on January 8th let’s not make it it for the sake of the Golden Globes. If I were going to wear black on January 8th let’s not do so for self-posturing hypocrites. If

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Church 2.0

https://stephenmcalpine.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/pg-34-hasidic-jews-1-getty.jpg?w=640 Brian McLaren’s book about the need for an ecclesiology to fit post-modern times, The Church On the Other Side was written twenty years ago this year.  1998. It may as well have been 1788. For the kaleidoscopic “postmodern” world he says

Peak Stupid Has Been Reached: And it’s Only January 5 image
Peak Stupid Has Been Reached: And it’s Only January 5

https://stephenmcalpine.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/screen-shot-2018-01-05-at-12-30-52-pm.png?w=640 Federal MP Tim Wilson just labelled this article by Catherine Walsh in the Sydney Morning Herald, “peak stupid” on Twitter.  And it’s not hard to see why. There’s a reason I cancelled my Fairfax

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