Finally Friday. I’ve been visiting Sydney this week, which means I’ve spent most of my time sitting in traffic or on the train, not blogging. How was your week?
On the Catholic Church
Simon Smart Whatever it Takes; Sexual Abuse and the Church
Michael Mullins The Church should Accept its Humiliation
I’ve been visiting an Aboriginal community for my fieldwork. When surveyed on what they want their linguistic centre to offer there was an overwhelming consensus – language on ipads! Fair enough, I want an ipad too. This technology could be great for Bible translation and the gospel. AuSIL , of course, is on to it already – they’ve got a whole lot of dictionary phone apps.
The Hoopla The Day that Einstein Feared
I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.
On the psychology of evil
Alex Haslam Rethinking long held beliefs on the psychology of evil. Rather than the ‘banality of evil’ theory, he looks to the power of charismatic leaders to convince people that the ends justifies the means. What do you think? Is it something for Christians to look out for (it perhaps explains things like the cover-up of sexual abuse)?
On how to read the Bible
Here’s Helen Keller teaching Charlie Chaplin the manual alphabet.
On important days
A friend once mentioned to me that she didn’t want to get baptised because she didn’t want people to think you need to be baptised to be saved. But then why are we commanded to be baptised? Josh Stahley Does the Bible Separate Salvation from Baptism – he argues it’s a sign of salvation.
Pray for Palestine and Israel – thank God for the ceasefire. This man lost his son. It’s just awful.
Tracey Spicer The Futility of War.
Australian New Testament Scholar Most Likely to be Mistaken for Brad Pitt
Spot the difference:
oh Con. We’ll miss you.
For twenty-somethings on our fear of not achieving everything we hoped
Sarah Lebhar Hall The Key to a Purposeful Life (it’s in Christ).
On single parents and Newstart
Eva Cox Sole Parents are not a Workforce
And finally – on Santa