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‘Let no one who is not eager for truth and peace enter here’ (Plato)

Articles on this site express varying points of view, to encourage mature thinking on serious issues. The assumption is that you will want to study a controversial topic from various angles before you arrive at a conclusion, rather than simply believe what someone told you when you were impressionable! (So some stuff here is ‘hot’. Proceed at your own risk!). See the Statement of Faith for John Mark Ministries' theological stance.

Religion in America (Martin Marty October 2014)

Religion Unites or Divides by MARTIN E. MARTY Monday | Oct 20 2014 Rally in Pensacola to support educators on trial in federal court for praying in school (2009) Image Credit: Cheryl Casey / shutterstock.com “ISIS CRISIS.” . . . “EBOLA CRISIS” . . . “ECONOMIC WORRIES” . . . Headlines about these and others […]

WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?

Preachers could learn from TED / TEDx talks. Their motto: ‘ideas-worth-spreading.’ The world’s leading ‘thinkers and doers’ – like Bill Gates and Richard Branson, and a few hundred others – speak for 18 minutes or less. The talks are then posted daily, free, on TED.com – or you can follow them on Twitter and Facebook.  These speakers share their […]

Left Behind…

  Warning: if you open the links mentioned in the “Sources” section at the end of this column, your agenda of other things to read may well be left behind. The “Sources” list just a few reviews out of many dealing with the film that opened over the weekend, Left Behind. I, for one, became […]

Acceptance, Repentance: subject/object relationships

If you put love-before-worth jmm into Google you’ll read three of my most controversial sermons!   Excerpts: ~~ From a wedding homily at http://www.jmm.org.au/articles/33687.htm  :     2. ACCEPTANCE. This is the basic idea in the Christian concept of ‘grace’. I am loved by God before I change, before I ‘deserve’ to be loved. This love-before-worth […]

BLACKBURN BAPTIST CHURCH: fond memories…

CROSSWAY’S 60th (14th September 2014): Some notes in preparation (with four other senior pastors of this church throughout its history) for an interview this Sunday, based on two questions: [1] What was the church’s focus at that time? [2] What do you believe God was doing in the church? Update: (A day later: Monday September 15, […]

Words that build or destroy

by Nils von Kalm http://nilsvonkalm.com On the morning of September 11, 2001, theologian Miroslav Volf was just finishing a talk to the International Prayer Breakfast of the United Nations in Manhattan. The time was 8.34am. The topic was reconciliation.   The minutes following would see some of the greatest chaos and turmoil ever on American soil […]

Review: Ken Wilson, A Letter to My Congregation: An evangelical pastors path to embracing people who are gay, lesbian and transgender…

“I found myself saying to pastors with growing conviction, ‘this issue is not going to be settled in the academy.  This is ours to deal with and we can no longer avoid our responsibility’…  I am the pastor of Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor.  And I realised that I had to face it squarely and […]

‘Happiness’ vs ‘Joy’

​HAPPINESS AND JOY ARE NOT THE SAME  In a memorable Peanuts cartoon Lucy asks Charlie Brown ‘Did you ever know anyone who was really happy?’ Before she could finish the question Snoopy the dog comes dancing into the next frame. As only Snoopy can he dances his merry way across all frames while Lucy and […]

ACCEPTING DIVERSITY

Those who depend on obeying the Law live under a curse… the Law has nothing to do with faith (Paul). If [faith] is alone and includes no actions, it is dead (James). We have many parts in the one body, and all these parts have different functions. In the same way, though we are many, […]

QUESTIONS & RESPONSES: RAW MATERIAL FOR A NEW BOOK/BLOG

NOTE: THIS BLOG IS A POT-POURRI OF ARTICLES, NOTES, IDEAS – MANY STILL TO BE FULLY FORMED. I’M DRIBBLING SOME ARTICLES INTO THIS FOLDER ON jmm.org.au WEBSITE FROM TIME TO TIME… DEADLINE FOR FINISHED MSS.: was to have been OCTOBER 2014, but Mosaic Press (with whom I had a contract) has gone into liquidation, so […]