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If you reflect on life right now, I’m sure you’d find a mixture of good and not so good. For example, I’m enjoying the slower pace of life, even though my workload has increased. On the downside, people have lost […]
One of the major problems I see in the world today is the politicising of the issues that face us. Even Christian people get caught in this trap. Let me give you four examples: Climate change Asylum seekers Conservation Racial […]
In last week’s blog, we looked at the things Aussies love about the church and there’s quite a lot. I wished the story ended there, but it’s only half the picture. There are several things that Australians dislike about Christians […]
There seems to be a lot of confusion amongst Christians as to the proper place for judging – or not judging. I was reading a Facebook thread on the weekend on Ireland’s vote for gay marriage, and especially U2’s Bono […]
Why are women allowed to speak in the church when the Bible says they should be quiet? There are two passages of Scripture that teach this very clearly: 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 and 1 Timothy 2:11-12:
“Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.”
“A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.”
Burning the Koran is the latest example to hit the news of unchristian Christianity! A Florida pastor last week announced that he would stage a Koran burning day (on the ninth anniversary of 9/11) as a protest over the proposed building of an Islamic Cultural Centre near the World Trade Centre site.
It is my personal opinion that building an Islamic Cultural Centre so close to the area where thousands of people lost their lives because of the action of Muslim extremists is insensitive and inappropriate. But to threaten to burn the Muslims’ Holy Book is also insensitive, inappropriate and flies in the face of Jesus’ teaching – especially the Golden Rule: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12).
It’s time for the church to face facts. The fact that many people’s perception of the church is that it's too sheltered, boring, unintelligent and out of touch with reality.
This perception has come because of an unnecessary and unbiblical separation of the church from the world. The perception is that the church is like a club that only certain people – good people – can join. How wrong this is.
Last week I posted my blog on the Bayside Church website as usual but, for the first time, I also posted it as a note on my Facebook page never thinking for one minute that my comments would stir up so much emotion.
One person in particular – a prominent American Evangelist – misunderstood my comments as being unsupportive of Israel. He said the Church has a Scriptural mandate to always be Pro-Israel and he cited Genesis 12:3 to support his view: “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse.”
One of last year’s biggest selling books was The God Delusion by prominent British atheist Richard Dawkins. In the preface Professor Dawkins states his purpose – to convert religious people to atheism.
Well, he’s now promoting his atheist gospel again by endorsing an advertising campaign on London Buses declaring the slogan: "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." The slogan started as an aside comment from a comedian in response to a church campaign that pointed people to a website that indicated they’d be going to hell if they didn’t believe in God. The comedian suggested a response to “assure people”, which was picked up by Richard Dawkins and has ultimately generated funding from the general public for about $50,000 in donations.