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What is Pure Religion?

Tension welcomed the First-century church. On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out specifically to bring power and anointing to the Bride of Christ, the Church. But the new entity was soon in conflict.
  • Evolution of Christian Music

    When Pentatonix published their Evolution of Music clip I was delighted to hear that it started with a couple of bars from an 11th century Gregorian chant. This was a wonderful acknowledgement of the beginnings of music as we know it.
  • Victim

    When Jesus said, "the sons of this world are shrewder in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.", he highlighted the naivety of many religious people towards the workings of the world (Luke chapter 16 verse 8).
  • Sunni Arabs "Israel's Allies."

    Dore Gold, the Director General of the Israel Foreign Ministry captured headlines when he described the Sunni Arab nations as "Israel's Allies." He was in New York (2015) lobbying against the proposed US-Iran deal which was finalised despite international objection.
  • "There are no atheists in a foxhole."

    It's certainly an old saying which appears to me to have originated in the USA; our Australian fighting forces dig into a 'shell scrape' rather than a 'foxhole' however the meaning is the same, no matter which side of the two-way shooting gallery you are on.
  • How to recover from your FOMO

    Do you sometimes feel like, no matter where you are, you want to be somewhere else? I do. I was talking with a friend recently about FOMO - Fear of Missing Out. It is the disease of the age.
  • Anti-Social Contracts

    I enjoyed following the latest Cricket World Twenty20 competition. There was some amazing cricket played, and some standout individual performances. Most of all, I was delighted to see the West Indies win.
  • Politics in Perspective

    Rendering to Caeser is a challenge. No matter which candidate becomes President of the United States, I think I will be disappointed.
  • Are 'Plunderers' being Plundered by the 'Plunded'?

    We see and read much about genuine humanitarian refugees of all ages from breastfed babies to the elderly, arriving en masse from Africa and the Middle East into many parts of Europe, into cold, unsanitary conditions, uninvited and unwanted.
  • Are 'Plunderers' being Plundered by the 'Plunded'?

    We see and read much about genuine humanitarian refugees of all ages from breastfed babies to the elderly (including the seriously disabled - amputees, wheelchairs), arriving en masse from Africa and the Middle East into many parts of Europe, into cold, unsanitary conditions, uninvited and unwanted.
  • Unlimited Sex

    During a recent visit to the Gold Coast, where I met with my brother, after we'd discussed the Big Questions of Life, we fell into a deeper discussion, commiserating together about the moral decline of the West and in particular Australia.
  • On-Line Bible Series, Highlights Israel

    When my grandson Ezekiel decides to go to bed and read, he takes his computer or iPad with him. Times have changed. I remember reading a book under the blankets with a flashlight.
  • "Ya mon, no problem!"

    "Don't worry, be happy. Everything gonna be all right!" So sang Derek, our bus driver, as he cheerfully transported a dozen tourists, including myself, up Jamaica's famous Blue Mountain. By the time we reached the top he had us all singing it.
  • Don't feel sorry for Jesus

    As Christians celebrated Easter, I noticed again a missing link in the meaning of the season. The message from pulpits and online articles suggested Easter's focus was the physical agony of Jesus dying on the cross.
  • Who am I?

    Questions of identity concern us all. Who am I? Where do I come from? As we grow up we tend to take our identities for granted. But later on some of us start to question.
  • Days of Noah Part 3.

    The Jewish wise man Maimonides said, "Each and every Jew should strive to become as great as Moses."– (Maimonides, Laws of Teshuva 5:2). Christians are instructed to grow each day to be more like Jesus!
  • We live in a beautiful world

    Don't laugh now, but the thought of snorkelling has always made me a little nervous. Breathing through a pipe while having your nose blocked made the word 'claustrophobic' come to mind, so I never felt the need to go out of my way to try it. That was, of course, until we recently visited the Great Barrier Reef.