God made me this way

Phillip Jensen“The nature argument is expressed: ‘I was born this way.’ ‘This is how God made me.’ ‘I can’t help it; it’s not my fault; it’s in my DNA.’ …

The nurture argument is expressed: ‘I am free to do whatever I like, however I like to do it.’ ‘You mustn’t restrict me from, or require me to do, anything because of my race, sex, or biology.’…”

– Phillip Jensen writes in his weekly column for the Cathedral newsletter.

The Pen is mightier

mightier“A student entering a lecture room today would consider taking notes on a laptop entirely natural. Why would anyone in their right mind question that activity?…”

– a thought-provoking piece from George Whitefield College.

Committed to actually reading the Bible?

NCLS 2011 Bible Reading statsIn an article at SydneyAnglicans.net, Archbishop Glenn Davies observes,

“It is a strange phenomenon that we Sydney Anglicans, who are so devoted to our commitment to the teaching of the Bible, do not appear to be as devoted to our personal reading of the Bible…”

– Read his article, and then check out these resources –

Permanence before experience — the wisdom of marriage

Albert MohlerRightly understood, marriage is all about permanence. In a world of transitory experiences, events, and commitments, marriage is intransigent. It simply is what it is – a permanent commitment made by a man and a woman who commit themselves to live faithfully unto one another until the parting of death. …”

– Albert Mohler writes at Southern Seminary’s blog on the wisdom of marriage.

Asylum seekers

David Cook“I don’t want to be too controversial in this column but I think the time has come to write something about asylum seekers…”

– Presbyterian Moderator-General David Cook challenges not only the government but also the churches and individual Christians in his latest (29 May 2014) Pastoral Letter.

(Image: St. Helen’s Bishopsgate.)

Religious Violence and the Kidnapped Girls

Phillip Jensen“It is an unmitigated horror. There is no excuse and no way of justifying the dreadful kidnapping of the girls in Nigeria. The terror, pain, suffering of those poor young women is beyond comprehension. We must continue to pray for them, support whatever actions are available to rescue them and bring the perpetrators of such a barbaric act to justice. …”

– Dean of Sydney Phillip Jensen writes in his weekly column.

Reading the Bible — Regularly, carefully, prayerfully

David CookThe latest two posts by David Cook, Moderator General of the Presbyterian Church, deal with sin, and reading the Bible (respectively). Here’s a quote from “Reading the Bible – Regularly, carefully, prayerfully”.

“Do you wonder how many people in church read the Bible regularly? The latest statistics I could find from the Bible Society are 19% read on a daily basis, 14% several times a week, 10.5% several times a moth. That means that more than half are not reading the Bible at all. We need to do something about this.”

The church David attends is seeking to do something.

Both posts are under Moderator General’s Comments (you may need to scroll down to 20 May 2014 to find them).

Lord Carey calls for the right to convert from Islam

Bp George Carey“Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, has called on leading British Muslims to support the right to convert from Islam to another religion after a court in Sudan sentenced a woman to death for apostasy…”

– Story from The Independent.

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