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The population debate heats up

It’s been simmering away, but our political leaders have turned up the heat.  The population debate is on again, raising questions like: Can our continent really sustain a substantial human population? Should we increase or decrease immigration quotas? Are we already over-stretched in the number of refugees we accept? Would […]

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 […]

A biblical view of death

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 […]

Easter message

The long weekend is almost upon us, offering time to catch our breath and reflect on where we’ve come from and where we’re heading.  We all have hopes for the future – whether private or public, small or large.  What are your hopes for 2010?  What are your hopes for […]

Michael Kirby on sex and the church

Former High Court judge Michael Kirby spoke to a symposium on AIDS and religion this week, arguing that church leaders misrepresent biblical teaching on sexuality, and promote an “irrational hatred of sexual minorities.”  He claimed “the stigma over sexual conduct often taught by religious people” was “a major cause of […]