Homosexuality as Dividing Line — The Inescapable Issue

Albert Mohler“The vote to declare that the New Heart Community Church of La Mirada, California ‘does not presently meet the definition of a cooperating church’ came unanimously as the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention met this week in Nashville. It was a solemn moment and a moment perhaps to be repeated any number of times in coming months and years. Homosexuality was the dividing line…”

Albert Mohler reflects on the issue which has torn the Anglican Communion, and is now doing the same in his own denomination.

The worst media Christian bashing this year?

Phillip Jensen“There’s probably no point waiting to the end of the year to award the prize for the worst media monstering of a Christian for 2014. Because the Sydney Morning Herald has published such an egregious story on Dean Phillip Jensen… that any other winning entry is unlikely.”

– Phillip Jensen has been criticised by the media before, and John Sandeman catalogues yet another example.

See also the article in question – The truth behind ISIL – by the Dean.

Leaders need wisdom, diplomacy and resolve to find the way of peace

Phillip Jensen“Any sensible person wants peace, but the way of peace is not as easy to find as the way of war. The Prime Minister calls Australia a carefree nation yet we have to confront the Islamic State overseas and, it seems, at home.

I would not want my words twisted again in public debate so let me be perfectly clear. Our leaders need our prayers for wisdom, diplomacy and resolve as they seek to find the way of peace. The evil deeds of recent weeks cannot be left unanswered, but what is the best way to protect innocent people on the other side of the world? …”

– Dean of Sydney Phillip Jensen writes in The Daily Telegraph.

The War of the Cross

war-of-the-cross“When ISIS changed its name in June from ‘the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL, or the Arabic acronym ISIS) to simply ‘the Islamic State’, this was a shift of enormous theological and eschatological significance. …

The Islamic State sees itself … playing a key role in the End Times in fulfilment of many prophecies, when all the enemies of Islam (particularly Christians) will be defeated.”

– Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, writes that the theology and eschatology of ISIS explains a great deal about their actions. (Photo: Barnabas Fund.)

The truth behind ISIL

Phillip Jensen“Two questions for today: Is ISIL Islamic? Is ISIL a State?

President Obama objects to the name ‘Islamic State’ (IS) because he says it’s neither Islamic nor a State.

This may well be good politics and wise diplomacy in a time of great world crisis. However, as truth is ‘the first casualty of war’ so truth has little to do with either politics or diplomacy. The patron of all politically wise diplomats is the man who asked the rhetorical question ‘What is truth?’ (John 18:38). …”

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

Another bite of the Apple

live-event“The excitement is building and the tension is mounting. We have been eagerly anticipating this day, a day on which we get to consider marvels and receive blessings…”

– If you are planning on getting up at 3:00am to partake of the live stream, maybe this would be good to read.

Don’t leave us Fatherless

Phillip Jensen“The calendar of modern Australia carries some of the old, Christian celebrations such as Easter and Christmas as well as some modern, religious celebrations such as ANZAC day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

Both Mother’s and Father’s Day, as we now celebrate them, were started by American Christians and began as celebrations in their churches. Mother’s Day was begun by Anna Marie Jarvis in 1908, and Father’s Day was started by Sonora Smart Dodd in 1910…”

– Dean of Sydney, Phillip Jensen, looks at the key role of fathers.

First reflections on ‘Living With the Enemy’

David Ould“So what to say? I woke up this morning to an inbox full of responses; facebook tags, twitter responses and a number of emails…

So many people have so many opinions but the truth is that there’s really only three of us who have the fullest reflection upon what actually happened and how well the show reflected it…”

David Ould reflects on his appearance on SBS TVs “Living With the Enemy”.

The Osteen Predicament

Albert Mohler“America deserves the Osteens.

The consumer culture, the cult of the therapeutic, the marketing impulse, and the sheer superficiality of American cultural Christianity probably made the Osteens inevitable.

The Osteens are phenomenally successful because they are the exaggerated fulfillment of the self-help movement and the cult of celebrity rolled into one massive mega-church media empire. And, to cap it all off, they give Americans what Americans crave — reassurance delivered with a smile…”

Albert Mohler comments theologically on that video of Victoria Osteen.

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