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Evangelicals, Plankton And Bikini Bottom

https://stephenmcalpine.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/screen-shot-2017-11-18-at-8-27-51-am.png?w=640 There’s a great opening scene in a Spongebob Squarepants episode in which a roaring monster is creating havoc on the the seabed of Bikini Bottom.  Various aquatic life is screaming, scuttling or swimming away in

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Observed by Grief

I have been reading CS Lewis’s little tome, A Grief Observed, and it is simultaneously wounding and healing.  Like his great contemporary George Orwell, Lewis’ brevity is his  strength.  I read some to my daughter last night. We marvelled.  The plethora of periods.  So many brave full stops!  A

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The Yes, the No and the Maybe

Well what an interesting day in the news yesterday was, in no particular order. How many of the following did you pick? The plebiscite vote to change the definition of marriage with a roughly 60/40 split.  Mugabe getting his comeuppance in Zimbabwe. The Socceroos going through to the World Cup in

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The Hard Work Begins Today

As Australian wake up today, it will be a day in which same sex marriage will – if the polls are right – be all but a parliamentary ratification away in our nation. And it’s now that the hard work begins The sky won’t fall in.  But it won’t

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Mirrors 10th November 2017

A silly article about a silly argument against the existence of God. How do you philosophically justify your hobbies? "No Lutherans, Zwinglians, Calvinists or Anabaptists were harmed during the making of this episode." Carl Trueman being interviewed on First Things about The Reformation. The Pyramid of Clarity for organisational

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Canola Fields, Church and Selfies

My youngest brother John hosted my fiftieth birthday at his farm about an hour’s drive from the city back in September.  His farm is near a little town called York, one of Western Australia’s oldest settlements replete with limestone buildings, old mills and a lot of farms.  John

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What ‘We’ Have Gotten Wrong in Cultural Engagement… and Why It Wouldn’t Have Mattered

There's a lot of helpful stuff out there about how Christians and Christian organisations can interact more skillfully in a social setting where Christian ideas and institutions are not necessarily perceived as normal, acceptable and persuasive. Accepting this reality will stop Christians from coming across as rude, mean, oppressive

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Does Your Church Have a Spiritual Spacey?

Does your church have a Spiritual Spacey?  Yes, that’s right, not “a spiritual “space”, but  a “Spiritual Spacey”. A Spiritual Spacey is the type of leader or influencer who, in the manner of the now shamed actual Spacey in the area of sexual abuse, is spiritually abusive over an

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