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Constantine Christianity Conspiracy: amazing how little evidence there really is image
Constantine Christianity Conspiracy: amazing how little evidence there really is

We are doing a series on the history of Christianity at the UTAS Christian Union. As much as time and energy allows, I am trying to engage with some primary sources, rather than just Wikipedia pages and general 'introduction to church history' texts. At our first 'Citywide Gathering' we did

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Why Following Arsenal is like Being a Christian

Last Saturday night was one of the year’s highlights for me.  It just so happened that our Sydney holiday coincided with a once in a forty years (take note of that biblical time period) visit to these shores by English Premier Leagues giants Arsenal FC. And we got tickets.

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New Building New Blog

So in honour of our move to a new building for church this week I have given my blog a facelift.  It was either it or I, though at six weeks away from turning fifty what amount of money could change my craggy features? It’s got that modern Mondrian

Millennial Missionaries: selfish and superficial? Or sacrificial with better haircuts? image
Millennial Missionaries: selfish and superficial? Or sacrificial with better haircuts?

Have you seen this yet? It's pretty funny:   And no doubt there is that strand of self-absorbed and materialistic millennial attitude and behaviour. What is especially powerful about this video is how it cunningly exposes the power of buzz words to manipulate and justify our actions. As long

Christian Restivism Part 2: The Practice In the Church image
Christian Restivism Part 2: The Practice In the Church

The Practice In the Church https://stephenmcalpine.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/the-young-pope.jpg?w=640 In an article in The Weekend Australian headlined The Nation goes Godless, Australian demographer Bernard Salt, who is sympathetic towards Christianity,  observed that the census figures showing a drop in the number of Christians in Australia does

Christian Restivism Explored: Part 1 image
Christian Restivism Explored: Part 1

A recent post I wrote, Christian Restivism, got some blowback from those who wondered if my call for us to be less activist and more “restivist” was an excuse to be lazy Christians and avoid the hard grind of ministry in this life. So, for example, this from one commenter:

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Mourning Has Broken

It’s six months today since we moved house. It’s also six months today since my father died. It would have been his 75th birthday last Sunday, so Facebook, in its cheery manner of wanting us all to get along, threw up a photo from his 74th birthday telling

Don’t Sex Up the Christian Stats in Australia image
Don’t Sex Up the Christian Stats in Australia

A tweet by John Dickson this week that the real number of Christians in Australia is somewhere between the fifteen percent of recorded church attendees and the 51 per cent who ticked “Christian” on the recent census reminds me of the “sexing up” furore that hit the UK Blair Government back

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