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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.  Jesus fit and ready for 33 kit The Manchester Evening News reports on rising football star striker Gabriel Jesus and his jersey number’s religious significance. Jesus has joined Manchester City and is ...

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Faith in the Oval Office: Is this the final trump?

Faith in the Oval Office

As Donald Trump settles in as the 45th president of the United States of America, what do we really know about his faith? Ben Rogers looks at the complex relationship between Christianity, the Oval Office and the American electorate.   The 2016 presidential election provided an intriguing insight into the role of religion in America, where the credo “In God ...

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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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