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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.

Album review – The Inbreaking, Eden Parris 

by Nils von Kalm http://nilsvonkalm.com The Inbreaking is Eden Parris’ third album, and his music still impacts me the same way it did when I first heard it about five years ago. Having known Eden for quite a few years now, I have seen how his music and lyrics arise out of a genuine, searching […]

British doctor: I cannot forget Syria’s dead and dying children

I have seen the horrors of Syria. This Friday we can end them During heart-rending medical missions to Aleppo, I operated on the innocent victims of a war the West has failed to stop. This week’s peace conference must replace inaction with action The remains of the Great Mosque in Aleppo. The great minaret – […]

Southern Baptist Missionaries come home

Missionaries Come Home By MARTIN E. MARTY NOV 2, 2015 2015 Conference poster, Grace Baptist Church of Kankakee, Illinois (creative commons license) Newspeople and commentators outside the South ordinarily pay little attention to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). They find little reason to notice this church body if they are geographically remote from, or see […]

ISLAM vs CHRISTIANITY: Truth and (or?) love?

Two issues are probably well ahead of all others in terms of public policy debates around the world: Islamic Terrorism and Marriage Equality for LGBTI

Allan Penn: eulogy for an amazing, humble man…

– by his son (‘Chewie) at a packed Thanksgiving Service, Heathmont Baptist Church, 25th May 2015. ~~ Since as early as I can remember, my father started each day by preparing a cup of tea, and a slice of toast, and taking it to my mother in bed, to help ease her into the day. […]

Interfaith Dialogue: Conservatives vs others…

Religious Conservatives, “Nones,” and Interfaith Dialogue By JOSEPH DeMOTT MAY 14, 2015 Too often, interfaith programs fail to attract broad participation and have little social impact. One major reason for this is that they tend to take place in an echo chamber of religious progressives. Local and regional interfaith associations are typically made up of […]

Billy Graham by Martin Marty

  By MARTIN E. MARTY APR. 13, 2015 Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation is the subtitle of the book, America’s Pastor, an acclaimed sort-of-biography by acclaim-worthy Duke University historian Grant Wacker. Last weekend Wacker discussed his book at the Cushwa Center of the University of Notre Dame with a crowded, hall-full of […]


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 […]

Islam: reacting with *both* truth and love (Mark Durie)

1. Fear and the rhetoric of ‘unprecedented’ barbarity Posted: 26 Sep 2014 03:43 PM PDT By Mark Durie Many leaders have been stating that the Islamic State’s actions are ‘unprecedented’, ‘extreme’, ‘unique’, or even ‘eccentric’.  Western leaders who are intervening in the Syria-Iraq conflict justify their actions by declaring the Islamic State to be uniquely […]

Short-term Mission Trips

I Survived a Short Term Mission Trip to Honduras! by BRIAN HOWELL Thursday | Sept 18 2014 This past summer, as I waited for my plane in Tegucigalpa, I browsed one of the airport’s many gift shops looking for something for my 14-year-old son and found, among the soccer jerseys and dried toads, a bright […]