https://stephenmcalpine.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/parliament_house_canberra_dusk_panorama.jpg?w=640 The church is always political. Always. The state is always religious. Always. In a fitting finale to his Cultural Liturgies series, James Smith points out in Awaiting The King what seems obvious once he’s said it, namely
https://stephenmcalpine.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/d78fb75fc71f44d96ef837b78caacfe7-celtic-crosses-ruins.jpg?w=640 My father will be dead a year ago tomorrow and we still have no gravestone. A simple wooden cross – an “X”? – marks the spot where he, or his body at least, now lies. But
https://stephenmcalpine.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/screen-shot-2017-12-29-at-9-59-58-am.png?w=640 The interest in traditional liturgy that has arisen among Millennial evangelicals can be a double-edged sword. Why? Because it can, if we are not careful, compound the very problem it is attempting to resolve. What’s
Great Thinkers: Jacques Derrida, by Christopher Watkin I had heard of Christopher Watkin, professor of French thought at Monash University, a few times through friends who work for AFES at Monash and those who go to his church. But it was only when I did an Open Learning course
https://stephenmcalpine.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/img_8496-e1514427708685.jpg?w=640Me and Mrs Blogger In the age of the image, of Instagram, of Pinterest, words still count. In the age of Twitter, there’s still value in a word count about 20. Of course I’m going to say that, because I
So I read an article today that said the perfect Christmas gift for ourselves this year is to forgive ourselves. And why not, if that’s all we’ve got left? Forgiveness. Not to others. But to ourselves. Wrap it up nice and put it under the tree. For ourselves.
Christians in Australia need to plan for a Plan B future. That’s surely the takeaway point from the last few months. And it’s interesting how the discussion about the place of religion in the public square has moved so quickly. That’s why, love it or loathe it,
What might be the biggest change that the church experiences in 2018? Religious freedom laws changing is certainly high on the list in the Western world. For others that idea would be luxury. Especially in places around the world where getting killed for one’s faith, not merely insulted or sidelined,