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Author Archives: Ben Rogers

Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.   Shifting Christian cinema’s focus to mainstream appeal Buzzfeed News puts the spotlight on Christian cinema and its growing mainstream appeal, and ponders how the Christian movie industry will fare when it has traditionally been “fuelled by a sense of neglect”? In 2018 I Can Only Imagine, a biopic about Christian musician ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.   Don’t be a fool; religion has a place in school  The Sydney Morning Herald has an opinion piece arguing that religious education still has a place in Australian schools despite critics waging an ideological war to have it removed. Christian SRE CEO Murray Norman examines the Census data and finds that while ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 30 April

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

So Easter Madness “went off” and it was a wonderful time of discipleship, fellowship, and worship for 180 young people. I popped in on the Sunday to have a yarn with those who wanted to talk about “the big questions”. One came to me that I didn’t expect: “Was Jesus ripped?”. I needed a bit of help. “Ripped”? “Yeah, you ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 15 April

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

Here we are in the week of weeks. Did anyone think it would come to this? Certainly not his followers, nor the Roman authorities, nor, maybe, even the religious authorities. Some on the margins could see it; notably Martha and Simon’s sister, Mary. Also, arguably, Thomas, who said, “Let us also go up to Jerusalem that we may die with ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team explores the stories that got us talking this week.  Yoga’s link to homosexuality a bit of a stretch Newsweek reports on Russian prison authorities’ decision to reinstate yoga classes after an initial ban due to theological concerns the practice could lead to homosexuality. Theological professor Alexander Dvorkin raised the issue when he wrote that yoga “could cause ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  Cash splash on religious security after terror attack The Conversation reports on Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement of $55 million for enhanced security measures at religious premises. In the wake of the Christchurch massacre, Morrison spoke of tribalism and managing differences but was ready to put money towards ensuring that religious ...

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Book review: Two Elephants in the Room

As mainline Christianity declines in Australia what does the future hold for Christians in this nation and more broadly in western societies? Rodney Eivers reviews John Bodycomb’s latest and last book Two Elephants in the Room and ponders the way forward for Christians and especially, the Uniting Church. Written and published by John Bodycomb in the years leading up to ...

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Climate Change … But Were Afraid To Ask

In recent news schoolchildren around the world have been striking to draw attention to climate change issues as scientists continue to send warnings about the catastrophic emergency facing the planet. Marguerite Marshall explores the current state of climate science and answers common questions regarding Australia’s part to play, the costs involved with greening our economy and what everyday Christians can ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week. Christianity gets starring role on SBS TV Blackbox reports on an upcoming television series on SBS which puts (pits?) 10 Christians in a house for a week and lets them debate the big issues relating to the faith. Christians Like Us follows on from SBS’s previous foray into religious-themed programming, Muslims ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Church turns to Taytay after anti-gay spray Daily Mail Australia reports on vandalism at a Brisbane church and their pop-music inspired comeback to the hate. The Metropolitan Community Church Brisbane in New Farm was the victim of a spray paint attack with hate symbols and Bible verse numbers painted over their signage. Given that the first spray paint attack was ...

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