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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Film review: A United Kingdom

Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo star in A United Kingdom. Photo by Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Amma Asante’s latest film A United Kingdom explores the true story of a 1940s relationship between the prince of Botswana and a London office worker, but Dr Janice McRandal delves deeper into the colonial dimensions of the romantic drama. Drawing on the little-known and true-life romance between Sir Sereste Khama and Ruth Williams Khama, A United Kingdom is a beautifully ...

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Book review: God in Public

God in Public

Tom Wright’s latest book God in Public explores the dynamics of power in the contemporary public sphere and where Christianity fits alongside politicians, the media and the general public. Nick Mattiske reviews. Tom Wright is fond of repeating that God “is” putting the world to rights—not just “has” or “will” but “is”. Anyone familiar with his writings will understand his ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Photo of a magnifying glass over an open Bible.

In our final entry for 2016, the Journey team selects the stories that got us talking this week. We will be back in early 2017 but in the meantime please let us know in the comments below what were some of your favourite headlines from previous wraps. For our cross-platform editor Ben Rogers it was definitely “Indiana zone and the cross crusade”.  Big ...

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Five Christmas gifts to get the neighbours talking

Christmas gifts

Looking for a Christian-themed Christmas gift that will honour the reason for the season and make a stand against rampant secularism? Here’s a few ideas from Journey for ways to wear your faith on your sleeve as well as showing the world that Christians know how to have fun. Six foot inflatable nativity scene  This inflatable nativity scene will put ...

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What if every church … opened its doors?

What if every church ... opened its doors? Photo: Supplied

The ancient Celts described spiritually significant spaces where one could catch a glimpse of the divine as “thin places”, but in the hustle and bustle of modern life is your church making the best use of its property beyond Sundays? Scott Guyatt writes. There is a Celtic saying, that heaven and earth are only three feet apart … but that ...

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