Thursday, July 27, 2017

Transformed Marriages - On Ephesians 5: 21-23

The issue of equality between men and women, both inside and outside marriage, it one of the more challenging and significant social and theological issues for Christians in our day.  It is a subject on which Christians do not all agree.

Julia Baird on Christianity and Domestic Abuse

There has been media attention this past week to an article by Julie Baird on the ABC website about links between domestic violence and church teachings. There was also a recent 7.30 report on the same topic by Julia Baird and Paige MacKenzie. These reports document cases where religious claims are used to justify domestic violence. I was interviewed on the Bolt Report for Sky News on Tuesday about this, and my opening response to Andrew Bolt was “To be fair, on this particular issue, I do feel Julia Baird has a point …  I’ve encountered many women with stories like the one she describes, and it is the case that there are churches through their theology and practices that do make the abuse of spouses worse. And we do need to have a public discussion about it.”


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Trump thoughts — Whither America?

I don't usually write about general political issues. That's way out of my pay grade.  But Trump has done the inconceivable, and put his celebrity to use to grasp the presidency of the United States of America. What lies ahead?

Monday, March 21, 2016

'Safe Schools'

I wrote something about this, but am unhappy about what I wrote, and need to think more about it.
I will try again later.

Mark

Friday, June 26, 2015

Shoeless Katie

Katie Boom with Alan Vink in Wellington
While in New Zealand traveling with Alan Vink of Willow Creek New Zealand I had the great pleasure to meet Katie Boom, who has been going shoeless for more than two years, raising awareness and funds to help kids get to school in Cambodia.

Her blog is shoelesskatie.com

Katie's an amazing person going shoeless in "chully" New Zealand with a heart for the most vulnerable.

She says that with such complex problems in the world "We need all types!" So true. 

If you can support Katie's cause – go for it!