Jesus Was A Community Organisor, Pilate Was A Governor

So (blinding flash of religious insight) Barack Obama must be wonderful, and Sarah Palin is really, really bad. Just overlook the fact that Bill Clinton was also a governor. Because he was like, you know, cool and stuff. And so supportive of women. Lots of them. But just ask yourself: ‘Who of Obama or Pailn …

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Mary MacKillop’s Second Miracle?

David Keohane, 29, was on his way home from a party in Coogee in Sydney when he was beaten beyond recognition in August last year. He had been in a coma in a hospital in his home town of Cork in Ireland, but awoke on St Patrick’s Day and is now talking. Doctors had been …

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Safran Crucifixion Offends Villagers

I have enjoyed some of Safrans’ work. He can be genuinely funny. But when people are kind and harm no one, mocking their values and beliefs is not funny. It’s just try-hard. I can sort of understand the practice in some parts of the Philippines of being crucified on Good Friday. It’s a symbolic identification with Christ in …

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Were You There When he Rose From Out The Tomb?

Now that’s a question. We were all there when he was crucified. Every person who has ever lived and ever will live. Our cruel words are lashes on his back, our contempt for others the spit in his face, our self-righteousness the nails in his hands. But were you there when he rose? Because if …

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Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?

Kathy and Amanda and I just finished watching Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ. I remember Mel being asked who he thought was responsible for the death of Jesus. He answered: ‘All of us.’ Mel Gibson did not appear in the film, except for a brief moment when his hand held the nails as …

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Collects for Good Friday

In Anglican usage, the ‘Collect’ is a prayer that collects together the themes of the liturgy and readings for the day into a single short prayer. Good Friday is unique in having not one but three collects, each of which expresses a different aspect of the celebration of that day. It is a celebration, even …

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OK to Pick on Christians

I read the latest Adelaide Church Guardian this morning. It’s dismal, of course. More breast-beating about no-one going to church. The yawn-inspiring PC nonsense the Guardian constantly parrots might give church leaders some clues about declining attendances if they were really interested. But there is an article about ‘Jesus Week’ at the University of Adelaide and Uni SA. It’s …

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The Shroud of Turin and the Knights Templar

Whatever one thinks about its authenticity, the Shroud is a fascinating object. Carbon dating tests conducted in 1988 indicated the Shroud could not be dated any earlier than 1260. That figure was immediately disputed (and not just by Shroud believers) because it was claimed that the very small parts of the Shroud removed for dating had been taken …

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Bishop Backs Rudd on Bushfire Climate Lessons

I know George Browning slightly. He is a a personable and apparently intelligent man. He has also been pushing the global warming agenda pretty relentlessly for the last ten years. Understandably, since he is convenor of the ‘Anglican Communion Environment Network.’ I assume the right (that is, the wrong) views are required, before anyone is invited to occupy this position. I …

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