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Friday’s religion wrap

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The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  Christchurch woman concerned about religious influence Radio NZ reports on the looming battle in New Zealand between the Secular Education Network and the government over religious favouritism in state schools. A spokesman for the Secular Education Network claimed that Christianity is being given preferential treatment in the classroom and that, “it is ...

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The Fault in Ourselves: Trump, the Media, and the Modern Malaise

Trump, the media and our modern malaise

Donald Trump’s presidential win shook the foundations of the global political establishment and forced much contemplation about how his brash, America-first campaign successfully connected with many voters despite the torrent of scandals surrounding him. Scott Stephens examines the media’s role in the US election and the “fake news” hysteria generated in the wake of President Trump. If there is 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.  Novelty Air Pontiffs are a slam dunk hit   Relevant Magazine reports on a pair of interesting gifts given to Pope Francis from the University of Michigan’s Wolverine football team: a Michigan helmet and a custom pair of Nike Air Jordans. It is unclear whether Pope Francis will indeed wear the popular ...

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What if every church … engaged young people meaningfully?

Engaging young people meaningfully

The youth will inherit the future but they are also a vital part of the present. Have our churches done enough to meaningfully transition leadership and responsibility from one generation to the next? Scott Guyatt writes. “Young people are the future of the church,” as the saying goes. Sometimes the implication is that we have to get the youth involved ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Magnifying glass over an open Bible.

NFL star’s end of life marked with John 3:16 The Washington Post reports on the suicide of controversial NFL star Aaron Hernandez and the alleged Bible citation written on his forehead. Hernandez, a former New England Patriots tight end, was found dead in his prison cell with John 3:16 written in red across his forehead. He was serving life without ...

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(Good) Friday’s religion wrap

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The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  Palms wave in glee as Jesus visits the Quay Insights covers a special appearance of Jesus (well, an actor playing him) at Circular Quay to commemorate Palm Sunday. Wesley Mission congregation members, supporters, volunteers and staff gathered in the iconic Sydney district to wave palm fronts and sing praises, much to 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.  Islam on the rise as Christians downsize Daily Mail Australia reports on a latest Pew Research Center report which finds Islam could overtake Christianity as the world’s largest religion by the end of the century. The Muslim population rose to 1.8 billion by 2015 with a rise of 150 million over the ...

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Book review: The Beauty and the Horror

The Beauty and the Horror

Negotiating a belief in a powerful, loving God with the existence of evil in the world can often be a thorny task but in Richard Harries’ latest book The Beauty and the Horror, the author tries to address faith and theodicy. Nick Mattiske reviews. If you are going to write an apologia for the existence of the Christian God in ...

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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.  Lent for Gen Y: junk food and tweets get the goodbye ABC News explores Lent for millennials and what they’ll be giving up for the season. While some have chosen to abstain from drinking alcohol to mark the occasion, many young Christians are choosing to boycott social media, junk food and even ...

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A prayer for those impacted by Cyclone Debbie

Cyclone Debbie

As Cyclone Debbie approaches North Queensland, many are anxiously preparing for what is predicted to be a “monster storm” with potentially destructive rain, flooding and winds exceeding 250 km/hr. Rev Garry Hardingham, North Queensland Presbytery minister, offers words of support and a prayer for those impacted. Today we need to be in prayer for those who are in the path ...

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