There are many examples of anti-Christian works in our culture that depict what the world would be like if Christians took over. They paint a bleak and oppressive theocratic regime – The Handmaid’s Tale or Priest movie – an image that would make many question whether they want to be Christian. However, upon rational analysis all these examples are based on biased speculation and unbridled contempt towards anything Christian. But when one looks at history that has actually occ
The Australian public was promised that same-sex marriage (SSM) would not interfere or encroach on the rights of others. It was about ‘equality’, ‘diversity’, ‘love’ and nothing else. Unfortunately, this goodwill has quickly soured. Given that the Federal Parliament is currently discussing new anti-discrimination laws that will affect the rights of religious schools, a recent incident has raised concerns for the rights of all Australian citizens, especially Christians. White,
The Internet has empowered people with access to more information than any other generation in history, but there is a growing trend, especially amongst Millennials (born 1981 to 1996) and post-Millennials, who prefer not to follow a traditional, communal-based faith, such as Christianity, but create their own personalised spirituality or follow atheism and be labelled as a ‘none’ on the Census. According to results released in 2016 from an extensive survey conducted by Baylo
During the past few weeks there has been a significant increase in the number of vicious and insensitive anti-Christian public ‘artworks’ and vandalism of churches across Australia. It would be naïve to think Christianity is not frequently insulted or targeted by artists and the media, however, this spike occurred during the rapturous celebrations of the recent same-sex plebiscite when, supposedly, ‘love’ and ‘tolerance’ won. Republishing images of these religious assaults wo
** Podcast transcript from The Moving Icon show on Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) ** Broadcast Sept 2015 Most of you are aware of the intense persecution being experienced by Christians in the world. Whether it be the genocides in Iraq and Syria or the frequent turmoil in occupied-Palestine, much has been said in the media about their suffering and many of us have seen the graphic photos online. However, you ever thought about what happens afterwards to those who survive? E
When you visit my website many of you will read my profile because I am a stranger. You have no idea who I am or my agenda. You want insight into what kind of person I am and what I think. I can assure you whatever I post, it’s done in complete honesty and openness. I’m fully accountable for what I post and its effect on both you and the world. Understanding someone’s character is vitally important. In life you’ll have to rely on people: family, friends and strangers. Sometim
I’ve often wondered how authors who have undergone later-in-life conversions come to regard their earlier works. Do they regret publishing them? Would they re-publish them—and, if so, with or without changes or some kind of disclaimer? Would buying up all the copies and burning them be the responsible thing to do, especially if those older works contained teachings that might be harmful to readers? Or would it really amount to nothing more than “saving face” and protecting th
"Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased." - C.S. Lewis, from “The Weight of Glory” How did they know? When Arcade Fire sing about those “wasted hours” of suburban teenage life
A five-part collection of photos taken during one glorious afternoon in the great city of Melbourne, Australia.
The goal was to not to take “tourist pictures” but capture snapshots of the elements that make up Melbourne. However, what gives a city its character is not chosen by accident; they are influenced by the history and culture of the individuals who make it their home.
If you understand the city you will understand the people.
Part 1: Coffee
There has been no other time in human history where information has been made so readily available, where a general web search can yield millions of pages of possibilities. Its growth has been exponential, especially since 2000, with its main uses divided into four key areas: commerce, social, education and information. This article is not concerned with the commercial aspect of the Internet, but its contribution to human knowledge and culture. In today’s world the way in whi
At a busy youth fellowship the local priest screened from his iphone a short YouTube clip from the recent 2012 Emmy Awards. Projected onto the big screen was the acceptance speech of an actor who none of us knew. He did not go with the usual run-of-the-mill speech of thanking all his producers, family and viewers, but he had something more to say. Jonathan Jackson, standing before a full auditorium and broadcasted worldwide, made the sign of the Cross and professed his Orthod
If Scarface has anything to offer it is excessive violence, full-on drug use and a record score-card of using the ‘f-word’ 226 times – but does this cult-classic maybe offer something a little more? Was Tony Montana (played by Al Pacino) really the “very bad man”? Set in early 1980s, Montana is a determined man to make it big. Upon reaching America his philosophical view is: ‘you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the
Several months ago a good friend of mine visited a small art gallery in Melbourne. At first he enjoyed himself until he entered one of the exhibit rooms – on display was a large steel-cast crucifix with a topless woman wearing a crown of thorns. He was so offended he left the gallery in disgust.
Now, one wonders why did the artist create this ‘artwork’ and what was it trying to say? Many, especially un-Christian, things may come to mind but it can be concluded the artist’s
It is difficult to know to what extent we should refuse or accept to be a part of a project – that is, will this project create conflict in my relationship with God? If we have a concern we must first speak with our spiritual father or local priest for instruction. However, I also want to tell you a powerful and inspirational story told to me by my spiritual father of the Oscar winning actor Sidney Poitier.
Even before becoming one of the most respected actors of our time M