Essendon’s CEO-for-a-day Andrew Thorburn has engaged with lawyers and is reserving the right to sue the Essendon Football Club. Perhaps you’re wondering why the bloke who wrote “Being the Bad Guys” thinks we should be pushing back. Aren’t we supposed to be like Jesus? Isn’t our stance towards the hardening secular world not to assert […]
Strange Rites, Stranger Things and Even Stranger Bedfellows
If you haven’t read Tara Isabella Burton’s book Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World, you must. It’s an exceptional socio-cultural exploration of the shift in the West away from institutional religion to what she terms (and it’s a self-explanatory great term), intuitional religion. Yes that’s right. Just as with my term “A Sexular […]
Some Short Thoughts about Kurt Cobain, Nick Cave and a Ministry Fail
Let me tell you about a pastoral ministry fail of mine. A small one, nothing major, but, in hindsight, a fail nonetheless. It has to do with Kurt Cobain. Or at least it has to do with his death. I remember the day that Kurt Cobain died. Many of my generation do. My generation is […]
DeLorean Philosophy Latest Ep: Faith Under Fire
The latest episode has just dropped. You can find it here. We’re exploring the increasing level of suspicion and hostility towards orthodox Christian views on sexuality and gender. Send it to a friend.
Disturbing New Development: Christians Seen Attending Church Wearing Casual Clothes
In a disturbing new development in the religious bigotry scandal in Australia, evangelical Christians have taken to wearing casual clothes in order to “fit in.” While there have been reports in the past of this fundamentalist cohort wearing stylish clothes, though usually about four months after the general populace has moved on to another fashion […]
The Dust Will Settle – Before the Next Round
Am I using a boxing analogy? Yes, but I’ve been saying it’s Babylon all along, and not Athens. If anyone thinks that is not the case, then Kochie’s interview of City on a Hill’s Guy Mason on the Sunrise show yesterday morning – and I use the term “interview” advisedly -, didn”t sound much like […]
Eight Short Lessons From the Essendon CEO Saga
It’s been a breathless 24 hours. Essendon CEO, Andrew Thorburn was barely in the job a day and then he resigned. And lots of media and social media flurry around it all. I’ve obviously had a bit to say on it, but while the virtual ink is still a bit damp on my previous posts, […]
Well They Got Their Man: And It Only Took One Day
Sometimes I just get weary of Christians who say that if we were only winsome enough in the public square then we could be up front Christians and take our place in meaningful corporate roles with no pushback. As if we never are winsome. And as if winsome is even a strategy that will stave […]
Good News: Incoming Essendon CEO Won’t Pressure Players’ Partners to Have Abortions.
Well you can say what you like about the new Essendon CEO, Andrew Thorburn and his bigoted hate-filled ideas around sexuality (The ever irenic Premier of Victoria’s, Dan Andrews’, descriptors not mine), but rest assured he won’t be pressuring the club’s indigenous players to get their partners to have abortion for the good of the […]
Okay, So it’s a Secular Age, But Jesus is Still Working
I had the sweet opportunity to have a long chat with a “baby Christian” the other week at a church gathering. Standing outside on the lawn in the warm sun, live music in the background, a long conga line waiting in the food queue beside me, I was introduced to a woman in her thirties […]
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