‘Submission’ to my husband allows us both to flourish in our marriage

SMH Comment“Recent articles in this newspaper about evangelical churches’ “oppressive” doctrine of male headship reveal a complete failure to understand the Christian psyche…

Some see inconsistency between the Bible’s teaching of “Christian freedom” on the one hand, and female submission on the other.

However, it is precisely the Bible’s teaching on freedom which so transforms a person’s thinking once they become a Christian that they are ready to submit to others.”

– Sarah Colyer writes this helpful opinion-piece in The Sydney Morning Herald.

For Christians who missed the memo: the Bible abhors all domestic abuse

Canon Sandy GrantI’m thankful for the many in our community from Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, to the Sydney Morning Herald’s ‘shine a light’ campaign who are speaking out on domestic violence. Even if it makes me and my own tribe – more theologically conservative Christians – uncomfortable.

I’m grateful since one of the best-known facts of Jesus Christ’s life is his compassion to women, especially those in need. Jesus protected women.…”

– Sandy Grant writes an opinion-piece for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Phillip Jensen on Anglican Evangelicalism

Phillip JensenIn the latest Preaching Matters video from St. Helen’s Bishopsgate, Phillip Jensen speaks about what it is to be an Evangelical Anglican.

In doing so, he explores the difference between ‘followers of Calvin’ and ‘followers of Calvinism’. (Mike Ovey responds here.)

Bearing the cross: a letter to the Islamic State

Dr Mark Durie“The Islamic State sent me a letter this week. This letter was in the form of a short film produced by the Islamic State’s Al-Hayat Media centre.

This was not addressed to me personally, but to all Christians everywhere…”

– Mark Durie reflects on the meaning of the message sent by ISIS in their murder of Coptic Christians.

Related: What ISIS really wants (The Atlantic)

Notes from another country

adrian-reynolds-sm2“I’ve been leading a small Cornhill missions team this last week. We’ve been abroad somewhere hot and somewhere increasingly difficult to be a Christian. It’s probably not appropriate for me to say where (or necessary, even) because I don’t want to put believers at risk.

But, as ever, my heart has been stirred and my faith has been challenged by being with believers from a different culture. For sure, other cultures have their blind spots – and they are painfully obvious. But, more to the point, being with Christians in another culture allows us to see our own blind spots more clearly. And it’s this I want to write about this week.”

– Adrian Reynolds briefly shares some challenging observations at Proclamation Trust:

Part 1 – Preaching.
Part 2 – Salvation.
Part 3 – Prayer.
Part 4 – Colonialism.
Part 5 – Persecution.

50 Shades of Confusion

confusion“The coming days offer an extraordinary opportunity for Christian growth. As the trailer hits our screens, as the chance to buy tickets drops into our inbox, we each have a choice to make… Let’s make choices that help us – and those around us in church – grow in Christ.”

– at The Good Book blog, Helen Thorne has some much-needed advice for Christians regarding a certain film and book.


Fifty Shades of Shame — The Evolution of Pornography – Albert Mohler.

“Going to see Fifty Shades of Grey, or reading the book series, is an exercise in pornographic intent and effect. It is also an act of defiance against the goodness of the gift of sex as granted to humanity by God. Furthermore, the series is an assault upon the dignity of every human being.”

The Real Abuse at the Heart of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ – Relevant Magazine.

“The message is clear: by turning these same behaviors around to market them as ‘romance,’ this film effectively silences the experience of millions of victims of abuse.”

NZ church offers to exchange Fifty Shades of Grey tickets – Bible Society.

‘How euthanasia advocates will never stop at the terminally ill’

Tom Mortier“Tom Mortier never paid much attention to the discussion about voluntary death in his country.

‘I was like just about anyone else here in Belgium: I didn’t care at all,’ he said. ‘If people want to die, it’s probably their choice. It didn’t concern me.’

But in April, 2012, ten years after the law changed to allow euthanasia, Mortier, a university lecturer, received a message at work…”

Anglican Mainstream links to this article in The Telegraph. (Photo: HOPE.)

Challenging the C of E to believe that ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’

Church of England“It’s not often that there’s a good Christian article in the otherwise secular press. But today’s Thunderer in The Times is an exception to the rule.”

– Adrian Reynolds writes at the Proclamation Trust.

Why can’t the voice of Christians be heard?

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali“So, it has come to this! For more than 1,500 years, Christianity has formed and undergirded the public law of this land.

Now, the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice, by disciplining Richard Page JP, have declared war on even residual notions of the faith having any place in our legal processes…”

– Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali comments on the disciplining of a British magistrate.


Is glorifying God a hate crime now? – Russell Moore on the firing of Atlanta’s Fire Chief.

“Now, I don’t expect the American people to enroll in Sunday school en masse to understand biblical references (although we’d be glad to have you).

I do expect that when we are castigating and caricaturing and firing each other that we will do so with at least some inkling of what we’re talking about.”

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