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Archives (2002)


This page contains a listing of all my "Christian Commentary" postings for 2002. The archive of current postings is here.


A separate page contains an index to archives of my weblog, which ran from April 2002 (when I launched this site) to around August 2002, and briefly again in May 2003. Another page has links to several articles that I have written.

Wisdom from the Ages

The decline in biblical literacy continues. Many British schoolchildren believe that "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" is a story from the New Testament. Others wonder why Jesus could not "fly like Superman".

December 28th, 2002

An Australian Christmas – Sushi and Kimchi

Christmas down-under is going multi-cultural.
December 23rd, 2002

Hey, We’re Going to Steal Your Pastor

Aren't there some ethics involved, when stealing a pastor from another church?
December 17th, 2002

Biblical Literacy - Declining through the Ages

Hard to believe, but just 40 years ago our newspapers often used stories of the Bible in their editorials.
December 13th, 2002

What Did I Know and When Did I Know It?

The decline in biblical literacy in our society is a disaster.
December 10th, 2002

Best Christian Websites – “Christian Monitor” and the Persecuted Church

A new website monitors the persecuted church.
December 6th, 2002

Praying the Online Psalms

Can we really get our spirituality from the internet?
December 2nd, 2002

“Religion Goes Better When You Don’t Think About It Too Much” - Derbyshire

Muddling through the Christian life. 

November 29th, 2002

Anyway, How Many Mobile Phones Does a 13-Year-Old Kid Need?

Our kids take money and mobile phones for granted. Christian parenting isn't getting easier.

November 22nd, 2002

What is a Christian Education? (And, By the Way, What is a Christian?)

The Presbyterian Church is trying to persuade a judge that only Christians should be appointed to the council of one of our oldest and poshest boys’ schools. But what is a Christian?

November 19th, 2002

Sons of Korah – Worship, Psalms and Lament

Do we lament enough when we worship? The Sons of Korah performance group teach us about true, biblical worship.

November 16th, 2002

Bali Bombing - Laying the Blame
An archbishop blames Australia, for our support of America. Will he apologise?
November 13th, 2002

Driving into the Future with Our Eyes on the Rear-View Mirror

Christians are being hammered by change. We need to think more about the future.

November 12th, 2002


And God Said: “Start a Newspaper!”

Do Christians really want to get their news from a Christian newspaper?

November 8th, 2002

Gaither Vocal Band – Bringing Southern Gospel to Sydney, While Avoiding All the Crocodiles

The Gaither Vocal Band crowd have returned home safely after Saturday night’s Sydney Opera House concert. Praise God that they avoided getting eaten by all the crocodiles.

November 5th, 2002

War, Just War and Christians

South Koreans welcome North Korea's nuclear bomb, the spirituality of military power, and other reflections.
November 1st, 2002


Just War, Christians and Iraq – Where Is the Justice in Not Attacking?

Haven't the people of Iraq suffered enough?
October 29th, 2002


Saints in Waiting – the Christian Martyrs of North Korea

Christianity could boom in North Korea in a way that will dwarf its spectacular growth in the South.
October 25th, 2002


Best Christian Websites – Chosun Journal and Righteous Violence

The Drudge Report meets the Gulag Archipelago. That’s how the Chosun Journal website describes itself. It is appropriate. For the Chosun Journal is devoted to the continuing online exposure of the horrors of the brutal North Korean regime.

October 22nd, 2002


Best Christian Websites – John Mark Ministries

John Mark Ministries has got be one of the best Christian websites around. With some 7,750 articles – and more added each day – it also has to be one of the largest.

October 18th, 2002


Top Ten Christian Blogs Revisited

Everyone loves a top ten list. Here are the ten most popular Christian blogs.
October 15th, 2002


Salt to the World – Reclaiming Our Compassion

If the church truly wishes to be salt to this world, then one of its most urgent tasks must be to address our society’s post-modern, post-Christian drift away from a biblical worldview.

October 11th, 2002


Living Our Stories – Reclaiming Our Biblical Heritage

Our Christian heritage is made up of stories from the Bible. They also undergird Western culture. We must not let them die.

October 8th, 2002


Let Our Spirituality Shine (Part II)

Australia has a rich spiritual heritage. One of our 20th-century heroes, Weary Dunlop, was touched by God in the World War II death camps. Yet even Christians seem unaware of this.

September 27th, 2002


Bourbon and Rattlesnake – The Attractions of Southern Gospel Music

Why don't more Australians appreciate Southern Gospel?

September 24th, 2002


Does God Still Speak to Soldiers?

In Old Testament times God spoke regularly to Israel’s military commanders, directing their battles and bringing about the defeat of their enemies. But what about today? Does God still take sides?

September 21st, 2002


Soldiers for God – Evangelising a Nation through the Military

General Pil-Sup Lee, formerly chairman of the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, not only believes that Christians can make a difference in the military. He is showing how it can be done. And more - he believes that through the military the entire nation can be evangelised.

September 17th, 2002


Onward Christian Soldiers (Part II)

Can a senior military officer truly follow Jesus and still be an efficient and effective soldier? An emphatic “yes” is the answer from Major General Tim Cross of the British Army.

September 13th, 2002


Onward Christian Soldiers

God loves soldiers. Christians should, too.

September 9th, 2002


Blessed Is the Cheesemaker

Andrew Ronalds and his family are active in Christian work. They also make the best cheese in the world.

September 6th, 2002


Too Much Information (And Way Too Much Football) – Why Ignorance Is Power

Aussie Rules football leaves me cold. How come I won a popular football tipping contest?

September 3rd, 2002


Let Our Spirituality Shine

Australia has a rich spiritual heritage. So why don’t we shout about it?

August 30th, 2002


Faith in Football – An Interview with the Essendon Football Club Chaplain

He says it has helped make him a better pastor.

August 27th, 2002


The Bible vs. the Ikea Catalogue – Which is Winning Hearts?

The Ikea catalogue possibly now reaches more people than the Bible.

August 22nd, 2002


The Koreans are Coming, The Koreans are Coming

Koreans are moving into leadership roles in international Christian bodies. Welcome.

August 20th, 2002


Making Money on the Internet – A Christian Success Story

An internet business operating from a church basement is set to make millions.

August 16th, 2002


Korea’s Dynamic Christianity – Reflections on an Explosive Revival

Christianity continues to grow in South Korea, as it stagnates in much of the West.

August 13th, 2002


Cry Indonesia – The Tunnel of Despair Continues

While the world watches the Mideast, attacks continue on Christians in Indonesia.

August 9th, 2002


Attack on Iraq – Just War or Just Plain Wrong?

The Anglican Bishop to the Australian Defence Forces says it is time to rethink just war doctrines.

August 6th, 2002


Christian Blogging - Future Directions

Are Christian bloggers just indulging themselves in a fad, or is this an important new trend?

August 2nd, 2002


The Christian BlogList – Some Reflections

The new blogs4God web portal could develop into an important Christian ministry.

July 30th, 2002


The Top Ten Christian Blogs

Some are excellent.

July 26th, 2002


Black Sheep of the Family

As a Christian I sometimes wonder if I'm the black sheep of my family.
July 23rd, 2002


A Conversation with Michael Graham

Michael Graham spent 28 years at the heart of Indian religions before becoming a Christian, about five years ago.

July 19th, 2002


The Pain of Becoming a Christian

At the age of 57, Rabbi Harold Vallins turned to Jesus. That's when the pain began.

July 16th, 2002


HIV/AIDS and Christians in Africa

Why do Africa's Christian countries seem to have the world's highest HIV/AIDS rates?

July 12th, 2002


Is This Revival?

Long decades of decline have made many Christians in the West defensive and insular. Could we be missing a major movement of God in our midst - the surge in Chinese congregations?

July 9th, 2002


One Big Mac and a Medium Fries for Jesus

Would Jesus eat broiled salmon and cilantro salsa? Does it matter?

July 5th, 2002

With God on Their Side
In 1989, Chinese students and workers confronted the authorities in Tiananmen Square. The government called in the army, and in a brutal crack-down thousands of demonstrators were killed. The leaders were forced into exile. Writer Ian Buruma tracked them down, and he made an interesting discovery – a surprising number have become Christians. In this article I look at the leaders of the uprising. Is it not intriguing that their initial goal was to change the government -  now they are working to change people’s hearts? I conclude: These people almost overturned the Chinese Communist dynasty on their first go. What might happen now that they have God on their side?
June 3rd, 2002

Going to Heaven

Papua New Guinea is reckoned to be one of the most Christian countries on earth. Why is it facing an Africa-style AIDS crisis?

May 16th, 2002


Last Things for Israel?

When a gang boss moved next door to Dave and Jane, they moved out. Might Israelis do the same?

May 12th, 2002


Everybody Needs Neighbours. Do We Need Church Buildings?

The super-successful TV soap opera "Neighbours" filmed their 4,000th episode at my church. I wish they hadn't.

May 11th, 2002


ABC - Going to the Dogs

Dog meat, pet care, TV documentaries and life in South Korea. A posting that drew a big reader response.

May 8th, 2002


Shhh – Don’t Disturb the Christians

Keep it very, very quiet, but those Mayday protestors demonstrating against McDonald’s, Nike and other symbols of US-led globalisation have picked the wrong target. If you want to see some local retailers where American hegemony reigns supreme, just check out our evangelical bookstores.

May 5th, 2002 


How a Stamp-Collecting, Church-Going, Teetotal Suburban Solicitor Got Me into Blogging

Philip Ruddock and me.

May 3rd, 2002

Blogging for the Lord
Growing numbers of Christians are starting their own weblogs. Who are they? Why do they do it? What sort of audience do they attract? What's the future for Christian blogging? This commentary attempts some answers.
April 30th, 2002


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