Scoop

Film review: Ordet

Ordet

A challenging, complex work exploring faith, family and the mysteries of existence, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Ordet is hailed by the critics as one of the greatest films ever made. Ben Rogers reviews. Religion seems to hover over much of Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s filmography—even in titles such as The Passion of Joan of Arc, Day of Wrath, The Parson’s ...

Read More »

What does it mean to be wise?

Dr Paul Hedley Jones. Photo: Supplied

Wisdom is frequently associated with knowledge, experience and common sense but what does it mean to be wise as a Christian? Dr Paul Hedley Jones, lecturer in Old Testament and Homiletics at Trinity College Queensland, offers his perspective. The Bible makes it clear that wisdom is a good thing to get hold of. As it says in Proverbs, “Sell everything ...

Read More »

Book review: Small Great Things

Small Great Things

With a slew of awards and best-sellers to her name, Jodi Picoult has explored serious issues such as religion, the death penalty, gay rights, the Holocaust and school shootings in previous novels but Small Great Things is her first to deal with race. Sue Hutchinson reviews. In Small Great Things Jodie Picoult challenges her readers to the core, confronting the ...

Read More »

Friday’s religion wrap

Magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week. Check back in every Friday to see the latest wrap up of religious news that made us think and reflect.  Jesus fit and ready for 33 kit The Manchester Evening News reports on rising football star striker Gabriel Jesus and his jersey number’s religious significance. Jesus has joined Manchester City and is ...

Read More »

Faith in the Oval Office: Is this the final trump?

Faith in the Oval Office

As Donald Trump settles in as the 45th president of the United States of America, what do we really know about his faith? Ben Rogers looks at the complex relationship between Christianity, the Oval Office and the American electorate.   The 2016 presidential election provided an intriguing insight into the role of religion in America, where the credo “In God ...

Read More »

Friday’s religion wrap

Magnifying glass over an open Bible.

In our first entry for 2017, the Journey team selects the stories that got us talking this week. Christians must know these places not to go Relevant reports on the Open Doors’ list of the 50 most dangerous places to be a Christian which states about 215 million Christians worldwide are facing a high level of persecution and in 35 of the 50 ...

Read More »

Film review: Rogue One

Rogue One. Photo: Lucasfilm Ltd.

The latest installment in the science-fiction mega-franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes a reference from the opening crawl of the 1977 original and shapes a Dirty Dozen-style mission movie around it. A worthy addition to the collection or money-spinning filler? Dianne Jensen reviews.  Spoiler alert: The heroic rebels in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story don’t make it. I can only ...

Read More »

Film review: Lion

Nicole Kidman and Sunny Pawar star in Lion (2016). Photo by Sunstar Entertainment.

For Ashley Thompson, no film to date has better depicted the bittersweet affair of adoption than Garth Davis’ Lion.  Perhaps my husband said it best as I sat blurry-eyed while we watched the end credits roll: “If you didn’t have a lump in your throat just then, there’s something wrong with you”. Lion is the story of five-year-old Saroo Khan ...

Read More »

Let go and live

Time for a clear out? Photo: Holly Jewell

Can’t get your car into your garage because of all those boxes stored in the back? Dianne Jensen explores why letting go of stuff is good for body and soul.  What do the following items have in common: an open bottle of olive oil, coat hangers, a rainbow of Taekwondo belts, a tangle of computer leads and a handful of ...

Read More »

Book review: Child, Arise! The Courage to Stand

Child, Arise!

Jane Dowling’s Child, Arise! explores faith, sexual abuse and how the author’s relationship with Jesus assisted her during the long process of healing after suffering abuse from a family member and a priest. Rev Heather Griffin reviews.  Child, Arise! The Courage to Stand is, according to its full title, a “spiritual handbook for survivors of sexual abuse” but it is ...

Read More »