Kevin Rudd on his Christian faith

In view of the series of policy reversals by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd over the last few weeks, most notably his decision to abort the proposed emissions trading scheme (despite casting climate change as "the greatest moral issue of our time"), I thought it was worth reminding the real world of what Mr Rudd said on air …

Catherine Deveny on ANZAC Day

This afternoon, between 3.01 pm and 5.16 pm, Catherine Deveny (@CatherineDeveny), a columnist for The Age newspaper in Melbourne, posted 14 interesting tweets about ANZAC Day.  One she deleted before I could save it. Here are the rest (warning: this post contains strong language): Don't support Anzac Day. Refuse to celebrate a glorification of war that ignores the suffering …

Famous quotes on the Eyjafjallajökull eruption

Pat Robertson: "It's God punishing Europe for having abandoned their Christian history!" Joel Osteen: "If you just have enough faith, it will stop erupting." Tim LaHaye: "It's a fulfillment of Revelation 6:15-16. Watch out for falling airplanes!" Hal Lindsey: "It's the end times and directly caused by Satan. Didn't you see all those 'ell's in …

The limits of dissent among Baptists

The Council of the Baptist Union of Great Britain recently spent three days discussing “Women in Leadership among the churches."  This wasn’t a debate about whether women can exercise ministerial leadership.  That was established back in the 1920s and affirmed many times since. It was about some of the attitudes women encounter when they explore a leadership calling, …

A biblical view of death

A sermon by Rod Benson Writing on mortality in the journal First Things, graduate philosophy student Anna Mathie relates what she describes as “the most exquisitely sorrowful moment in a book filled with exquisitely beautiful sorrow” (the book is J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings). In the story, Aragorn is at death’s door, and …