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The Church Is Always Political. Always. image
The Church Is Always Political. Always.

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

A Year On and Still No Gravestone image
A Year On and Still No Gravestone

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

Finding Liturgy in the Vintage Store image
Finding Liturgy in the Vintage Store

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

Book Review: Great Thinkers: Jacques Derrida by Christopher Watkin image
Book Review: Great Thinkers: Jacques Derrida by Christopher Watkin

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

What I Learned from Blogging in 2017 image
What I Learned from Blogging in 2017

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

Forgiving Ourselves At Christmas: It’s All We’ve Got Left. image
Forgiving Ourselves At Christmas: It’s All We’ve Got Left.

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.

Church: Plan for a “Plan B” Future image
Church: Plan for a “Plan B” Future

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,

The Biggest Change for the Church in 2018? image
The Biggest Change for the Church in 2018?

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,

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