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Author Archives: Ben Rogers

Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  Egos may be bruised: Survey shows evangelicals deeply confused   Christianity Today reports on a new survey by Ligonier Ministries which explores what Americans “believe about God, salvation, ethics, and the Bible”. The results indicate that there’s a deep confusion within the minds of American evangelicals about Christian core doctrines.   “Overall, US adults appear ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  The (don)key to understanding the cross   ABC News explores the religious significance of the cross which appears on all donkeys, running down the spine and across the shoulders. A popular figure in fiction such as Winnie the Pooh and Shrek, the donkey is often portrayed as a hardworking and loyal animal and in Israel it ...

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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.      Lebanon is having Nun of that movie The New Arab reports on the banning of the Hollywood horror film The Nun in Lebanon after the film failed the nation’s censorship test, apparently due to its offensiveness to Christianity. Georges Asmar, who runs a media agency specialising in the region’s ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 20 September

Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker. Photo: Ben Rogers

Just did a run through Mary Burnett, Central Queensland and the Central West last week with Rev Peter Armstrong, UnitingCare Queensland’s Associate Director of Mission, Community Engagement. In the midst of drought that we have all been reminded about—thanks to the media paying attention to what’s happening in New South Wales—I want to add some nuancing to what we’re hearing ...

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Nathaniel Buzolic: Christian, actor and Insta influencer

This article originally appeared on Insights. Special thanks to Adrian Drayton.  While he may not be a household name, Nathaniel Buzolic’s 1.9 million followers on Instagram are both avid fans of the TV shows he has been involved with and his openness to share his faith on the social media platform. An Australian of Croatian heritage now living in Los ...

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My Response to Progressive Christianity

As part of the UC Forum’s Bursary Application process, interested parties were asked to write an essay exploring issues relating to progressive Christianity and traditional orthodoxy. Successful bursary recipient Deon Naudé writes his response to progressive Christianity. “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one ...

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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.  Theocracy won’t grow under PM ScoMo ABC News explores Christianity in public life after Scott Morrison, a noted evangelical, became Australia’s Prime Minister. Simon Smart writes many of Australia’s top leaders have been Christians (Julia Gillard being one big exception) and there’s very little chance the nation will be plunged into a ...

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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.      Keep it strange if you want the change The Christian Post reports on a new book by Michael Frost which claims that eccentric actions may be key to growing the church. Keep Christianity Weird is Frost’s take on rule-breaker movements and he sees pastors using unconventional methods in their ministry ...

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Social Responsibility Review – 4 September 2018

What’s coming up The Merger: A message of inclusivity  “A former star footballer returns to his home town, but finds his political views aren’t welcome. When he is persuaded to take over coaching the struggling local footy team, his idea to recruit refugees to make up the numbers takes the community on a journey of change.”    This film will ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 3 September

Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker. Photo: Ben Rogers

Part two of my trip up north was to “Walk on Country” with Rev Richard Cassady, a few Synod folk, and “Australians Together”. What inspired me about this trip was engaging with Indigenous leaders who are getting on with the job of providing opportunities for their people to find meaningful purpose in life. The Girringun Aboriginal Corporation at Cardwell runs ...

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