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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.


LET’S MAKE IT SIMPLE: WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? (A sermon) 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 […]


 Christians come in about 13 varieties. These varieties (or mindsets) can be found in all religions. You mustn’t judge any religion simply on its caricatures. My theses: Each mind-set makes part of Christianity the whole of it. There’s nothing wrong with the parts. But like a car, if […]

Book review – Man Enough: How Jesus Redefines Manhood

by Nils von Kalm http://nilsvonkalm.com

Are the commands of Jesus only for Christians?

Nils von Kalm

Phillip Adams versus God

These days I listen more to two individuals than to anyone else: my wife of 55 years is a fellow-Christian. And Phillip Adams – Australia’s best-known public atheist.   Each week, on my iPod, I listen to the world’s experts via Phillip’s ‘little wireless program’ on Radio National. And I learn a lot about Phillip […]

The Easter Anguish of Jesse Adams

Review: The Songs of Jesse Adams, Peter McKinnon, Acorn 2014. We are so fortunate that God has come to Earth in the form of Jesus. If we want to know what God is like, we need only look at Jesus. How did Jesus treat people? He went to the outcast and the poor. Most importantly […]

What Would Jesus Do? Try this: The Songs of Jesse Adams

Book Review: The Songs of Jesse Adams, Peter McKinnon, Acorn 2014.   ‘WWJD?’ has been a very popular slogan in Evangelical Christianity since the days of the Jesus People in the 60s/70s. Every Christian pastor has preached or counseled asking “If Jesus came to [our town] what would he be doing? Who would he be […]

LGBTIs and the Bible: Pieces of Ease and Grace

Note from Rowland: I’ve had a quick read of this interesting book; below are very rough jottings / ideas I want to think more about… When I get time, I might write a proper review… PIECES OF EASE AND GRACE, Ed. Alan H Cadwallader, Adelaide: ATF Theology, 2013. We now have a trilogy of books […]

10 Things You Can’t Do While Following Jesus

10 Things You Can’t Do While Following Jesus by Mark Sandlin Lots of people claim to be “following Jesus” and then they do stuff like this. Sure, people who follow Jesus do these things all the time, but you can’t say you are doing them because you are trying to follow Jesus’ example. (Clearly, this is not a […]

McLaren’s Jesus

A NEW KIND OF CHRISTIANITY – Brian D McLaren        (Jan Croucher)  CHAPTER 12: - Who is Jesus, and why is he important? Jesus is the climax of the experiences/teaching of Adam, Abraham, Moses, David, Amos (or Isaiah, Jeremiah), and John the Baptist. Jesus offers the most mature view of the character of God. Elton Trueblood: ‘The doctrine […]