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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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Friday’s religion wrap

Photo of a 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.  Slovakia dumps church of spag in the bog The Christian Post examines latest legislative developments in Slovakia that seek to block the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, as well as Islam, ...

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Book review: Walking Home

Walking Home

Over five years ago Journey reported on a group of friends who were walking 2000 kilometres around Queensland to raise awareness about the 2000 languages into which the Bible has not been translated. Andrew Sav, one of those walkers, has since written about his experiences on that trek for his new book Walking Home. Neil Thorpe reviews. This book should ...

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Searching for the real Shalom

(L–R) Shalom principal Chris England, deputy principal Sandy Hindmarsh, students Dyontae, Kiarna, Djuvaan and registrar Jodi McLean. Photo: David Oxenburgh

Uniting Church school Shalom Christian College has been in the news lately after participating in a recent Royal Commission public hearing. Mardi Lumsden discovers the school behind the headlines. As the dust settles on another school year and a small group of students from Shalom Christian College in Townsville celebrate the end of Year 12, they may not realise the ...

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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.  Drinks off the menu for Christian hipsters  Daily Mail Australia covers the wedding ceremony of a Christian couple (dubbed “hipsters” by the Mail) who chose to go alcohol-free for their festivities. With ...

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Chaplaincy: Delivering hope during Christmas

Rev Rob Packer

Three chaplains working in the police force, the defence force and health care talk to Journey about bringing hope to others during the Christmas season and their own hopes for 2017. Rev Doug Foster Rev Doug Foster is a police chaplain for the Far North Police District incorporating north of Cardwell, Cairns, Cape York and the Torres Straits. Journey: What ...

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What if every church … practised hospitality as mission?

In November’s exclusive column for The Scoop, Scott Guyatt contemplates the benefits to churches if they rethink their approach to hospitality in the spirit of Jesus’ practices. We talk a lot, in the church, about hospitality. We talk about the critical importance of welcoming the stranger; about generosity, grace and what it means to share our space with the other. ...

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