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.

Dying with Dignity?

Canon Sandy Grant“Here’s the submission I made to the relevant committee of the Senate of the Australian Parliament regarding Senator Richard Di Natale’s private member’s Exposure draft of the Medical Services (Dying with Dignity) Bill 2014…”

– Sandy Grant at St Michael’s Cathedral, Wollongong, shares what he’s written – at The Briefing.

Dear prime minister: what is the UK government’s strategy in Iraq and Syria?

bp-nicholas-baines-leedsDear Prime Minister …

The focus by both politicians and media on the plight of the Yazidis has been notable and admirable. However, there has been increasing silence about the plight of tens of thousands of Christians who have been displaced, driven from cities and homelands, and who face a bleak future. Despite appalling persecution, they seem to have fallen from consciousness, and I wonder why…”

– Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, writes to Prime Minister Cameron.

Christian spirituality, British values, and contemporary teachers

The Rev Andrew SymesIn his latest essay, Andrew Symes, Executive Secretary of Anglican Mainstream, reflects on the place of God’s written word in the Christian’s life – with reference to a recent story in the (UK) Telegraph about former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, “How Buddhism helps me pray”.

‘The West must face the evil that has revealed itself in the Iraq genocide’

Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali“A beautiful mosaic of ancient religions, cultures and languages in the Middle East is being systematically destroyed. Until now, the world has watched mutely. …

So will the world just stand by and watch this unprecedented onslaught on freedom or will we do something beyond airdropping food and medicines and protecting our own personnel who may be caught up in the conflict?…” – Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali writes in The Telegraph.

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