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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.    The devil flows through Celine’s clothes?  The Christian Post has news of a senior Catholic priest/exorcist who sees the devil in Celine Dion’s new gender-neutral kids’ clothing line. Msgr John Esseff who was once the spiritual director to Saint Teresa of Calcutta, spoke to The National Catholic Register about “the way this gender ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.    Texans pray: Send Ghost away Arty metal band Ghost are set to tour Texas and not everyone is that thrilled, according to Consequence of Sound. Numerous members of the Midland, Texas community are gathering for prayers to seek God’s protection against what they see as devilish spiritual forces accompanying the ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.   Yoga: healthy pursuit with a demonic route? Christian Examiner has news of a Missouri megachurch pastor and his warnings about yoga, specifically that “positions associated with exercise and meditation activity were designed to ‘open you up to demonic power’”. Pastor John Lindell told his 10 000 member congregation in a sermon, ...

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Living the change for our environment

While the ongoing effects of climate change continue to bring devastating consequences for the planet, what can Christians do to mobilise and force change for a better tomorrow? Marguerite Marshall writes. Christians have led many important social movements including the anti-slave trade, apartheid and black equality in North America and now we have a new and urgent challenge. Last month’s ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.   Sex ed fills CoE with dread   The Telegraph reports on United Kingdom government plans for sexual education which has the Church of England concerned that religion could be “ghettoised”. From 2020, English secondary schools will be forced to teach relationship and sex education (RSE) but the church believes that the proposed guidelines “problematise religion” and “exceptionalise people of ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  I think it’s gonna be a long long time … before little Rocket Man accepts Christ  The Christian Post explores the reasons why North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is afraid of Christianity and persecutes the faithful in the secretive nation. Open Doors USA lists North Korea as the world’s worst persecutor of Christians and says that ...

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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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