“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt 6:33)
It’s budget night. The election is about to be called.
The government couldn’t be happier about the timing, because many people vote with their hip-pocket.
The Australian Christian Lobby is concerned the Andrews government is considering removing the century-old tradition of reciting the Lord’s Prayer before parliament deliberates.
Some weeks back, James Boyce penned an opinion piece for The Monthly titled, “the Devil and Scott Morrison.”
Boyce “outed” the Prime Minister’s beliefs in a personal Devil, the return of Christ, the fall of man, and the depravity of the unregenerate soul, to name a few.
To which I say this: if that’s what it takes to be “outed” as a fruitcake, then put me on the fruitcake menu.
These are nothing more than timeless, mainstream Christian beliefs.
The issue comes with what Boyce claims to be the implication of these beliefs.
"I’ve had the privilege of being able to operate on little babies that were 25, 26, 27, 28 weeks’ gestation, and I can guarantee you they can feel. They can react. You have to give them anesthesia if you’re going to cut them, believe me. But they can also respond to comfort and to warmth. And for somebody to say that’s a meaningless bunch of cells, honestly, is just totally ignorant.” - Dr Ben Carson
It took me a while to realise that people mostly assume your actions are all about you.
The assumption is that a person’s motives are basically self-interested.
I recall dining in a small town called Lititz, in rural Pennsylvania. After a particularly good meal and great service, I left a very large tip on the table for our waitress to find after we’d left.
I walked away hoping it would make her day.
But when my travel companion saw it, I was loudly accused of trying to boost my own ego.
“Professor Peterson has really helped me rediscover meaning. He’s been like pastor Peterson to me.”
Marcus is a young man in his mid-30s, sitting next to me at Dr Jordan Peterson’s sold out Sydney lecture. Like the scores of others present – many of them young men – he has paid a handsome fee and battled Sydney’s congestion to be here.
And he’s keen. Really keen.
I wonder what Pilate’s tone of voice was as he asked Jesus that famous question.
Sarcastic? Pensive? Scoffing?
I am late for International Men’s Day but felt compelled not to miss it.
So much of our public discourse now touches in some way on maleness and femaleness.
Toxic masculinity, Jordan Peterson, gender quotas, privilege, power…
After a gruelling political campaign, Daniel Andrew’s incumbent ALP Government clearly defeated Mathew Guy’s Liberal/National Opposition to form government in Victoria.
Most Victorians evidently form their voting decision around how they feel the state is at and what will affect their family. Employment, economic growth, traffic, health and hospitals and crime all weigh heavily on why people vote the way they do.
For years I wondered why, of all the attributes of God, Jesus chose mercy for the fifth beatitude.
There is a logical progression to the beatitudes – they are not random statements. Nobody teaches or makes a point by way of random statements. This blog doesn’t, you don’t, and neither did Jesus.
Taken together, in order, they describe the character traits of the heart into which the kingdom of God has come. They are the Christian’s character reference.
They are profound.
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