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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.

The Lord’s Prayer is subversive…

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POVERTY and MARGINALIZATION AROUND THE WORLD, WITH A SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE LIFE OF ARCHBISHIP OSCAR ROMERO (EAST DONCASTER BAPTIST CHURCH, Melbourne: February 14, 2014) First thanks to all of you at EDBC for your wonderful support and prayer for Jan and me, her carer over the last couple of fairly traumatic years. For those […]

The End of Materialism

By Thomas Scarborough Imagine a game of fast chess, in which a timer is used.

The Advocate – historical fiction at its best

by Nils von Kalm http://nilsvonkalm.com I think more Christians need to read historical fiction. I know I do. Having recently finished Randy Singer

Rene Girard and the Jesus-Driven Life

The Gist of Michael Hardin


Which Secularism? Australia Has a Serious Religious Literacy Problem Michael Bird

Review/summary: Changing our Mind, David P. Gushee, 2nd ed., 2015

Throughout history the three major branches of the Christian Church – Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant – have disagreed on many things, but they have shared a rare point of unity in their antipathy towards the ‘Christ-killing’ Jews. For two millennia this anti-Judaism/anti-Semitism was fuelled mainly by three New Testament passages: Matthew 27:25 (‘his […]

Abortion: Pope Francis’s Message of Mercy

True and Generous Forgiveness’: Pope Francis’s Message of Mercy to Abortion Survivors Austen IvereighABC RELIGION AND ETHICS3

The Trinity: One God in Three Persons… ed. Bruce Ware and John Starke (review)

An extended review of One God in Three Persons: Unity of Essence, Distinction of Persons, Implications for Life, edited by Bruce Ware and John Starke (Wheaton: Crossway, 2015), pp. 265. By KEVIN GILES Wayne Grudem says that for twenty-five years he has believed that how the Trinity is understood