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This page contains a listing of all my "Christian Commentary" postings for 2003 onwards. An archive of 2002 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 and July-August 2003. Another page has links to several articles that I have written.

 

Jesus: The Final Journey
An actor writes a book.
February 5th, 2008


Being, Not Doing - Rande Howell's New Book
Maintaining inner peace while living in this raging world.
July 22nd, 2007
 

Pastor Shirley Baskett - Outrunning the Devil
Shirley Baskett was a lesbian - until she outran the devil.
June 9th, 2007

Online Bible Colleges
Are online Bible colleges the wave of the future?
November 17th, 2006

The Bible Illustrator
An interview with Graham Kennedy, a full-time Bible illustrator.
October 20th, 2006

The Christian Suicide Bomber
What does a devout Christian do when his country’s authorities force him to become a suicide bomber?
September 20th, 2006

War on Iraq – How Did I Get It Wrong?
I supported an invasion.
September 20th, 2006

Messages of Hope and Forgiveness – Writer and Illustrator Kevin Collier
Books for our children.
September 16th, 2006

 

Christians in Debt - Going for the Good Life
Why have Christians bought into the myth that debt is necessary?
June 10th, 2006

 

Christian Mortgage - What Is It?
What is a Christian mortgage, what is a Christian mortgage company - and can they help you?
May 23rd, 2006

 

Christian Real Estate – A Blossoming Industry

A Christian real estate agent can ease the trauma of selling your property.
May 18th, 2006

Christian Matchmaking Services – Aiming for True Christians

A new service says it is based on discipleship and obedience.
May 13th, 2006
 

Christians in Debt - Seeking Help

Where do Christians turn for relief when they face debt burdens?
May 8th, 2006
 

Christian Debt Management Services – Do They Help?

A dear Christian friend has gone bankrupt. Should he seek out the services of a Christian debt consolidation service?
April 5th, 2006

 

Christian Dating Sites

My friend has found happiness again, three years after the tragic death of his first wife.
April 5th, 2006
 

Online Bible Schools

An impressive array of courses is available on the internet. Here's a look at some of them.
December 22nd, 2005

Bible vs. the Ikea Catalog – This Website’s Most Popular Commentary Revisited
It seems that the annual Ikea catalog is much more widely distributed than the Bible.

November 1st, 2005

Christian Blogging – Bigger and Better
New trends in Christian blogging.
October 13th, 2005
 

Christian Singles – Looking for Love in All the Right Places?

Christians are finding love on the internet.
October 2nd, 2005

 

Scoliosis - Should We See a Chiropractor?

We sent our son to a chiropractor for scoliosis (spine curvature) treatment. Are we wasting our money?
September 23rd, 2005
 

NZ Singer’s Dream – to Join a Southern Gospel Group in the US

Dean Roberts has been blessed with a beautiful voice. He wants to use it to serve the Lord.
January 22nd, 2004

 

Anything But Christianity

The ABC's Compass programme was supposed to be about science and religion. Why did the presenter allow it to become a long litany of religion-bashing?
January 20th, 2004


When Will President Bush Liberate North Korea?

Or should Christians have more faith in God?
January 8th, 2004

 

Spurgeon and the Power of Prayer

An article contributed by Baptist pastor Larry J. Michael.
January 5th, 2004


The Most Popular Commentary of 2003
My article on the rise and rise of the Ikea catalogue gets up to 150 hits a week.
December 31st, 2003
 

Holiday Reading

Evangelical Christian books are so cheap in Australia. That may not be good.
December 26th, 2003

 

Worshipping God Imperfectly, Sunday after Sunday

Why do we keep going to church?
December 22nd, 2003

 

Christian Calligraphy on the Internet

Some gorgeous examples.
December 20th, 2003


The Best Religion Weblog, Period, and Other Year-End Notes

Triumphalism at Christianity Today.
December 16th, 2003

 

What are Your Events of 2003?

Here's my list.
December 13th, 2003

 

More New Kids on the Blog

Christians just wanna blog.
December 11th, 2003

 

Cybermonks and the Liquid Church

Changing the way we do church.
December 8th, 2003

 

Order of Centurions – Reclaiming Ancient Christianity

Jesus wasn't just a lamb. He was also a lion.
December 4th, 2003

New Kids on the Blog

Exciting new blogs keep coming.
November 30th, 2003

 

The Sacred Art of Bowing

We need more ritual at church.
November 25th, 2003
 

Gospel Lighters - Impassioned, Hellfire Preaching Mixed with Raw and Gutsy Music

Duane Smith's music ministry returns to the internet.
November 21st, 2003

 

Auditory Processing Disorder – Changing Our Life

We've just learned that our son has APD.
November 18th, 2003

 

Christian Blogs – Getting Noticed

Tips on becoming (relatively) famous.
November 14th, 2003


All Life is Precious
A reader is right when she says I was wrong in my comments on Buddhism.
November 10th, 2003
 

The Pentecostal Shaman

Can we tease apart religion and culture?
November 3rd, 2003

 

Half-Price Beer

Why do young people just want to get drunk?
October 22nd, 2003
 

My Lucky House

Do I listen to the Indian Sikhs who tell me I live in a lucky house?
October 17th, 2003

 

Fourteen Ideas to Inspire

Chosun Journal provides these inspiring quotes.
October 14th, 2003

 

Rugby World Cup – Six Weeks of Heaven

Random comments on a great sporting festival.
October 10th, 2003

 

Berating Christian Leaders, Part II

Readers' comments on whether we should consult Christian leaders before criticising them.
October 6th, 2003

 

Second Coming – A Spiritual Moment on the Internet

Online spirituality - yes, it's possible.
October 1st, 2003

 

Which Footy Team Would Jesus Barrack For? 

A light-hearted article written before football finals weekend.
September 26th, 2003

 

Should I Consult Christian Leaders before I Berate Them?

I attacked Rev Fred Nile without telling him? A reader tells me I was wrong.
September 22nd, 2003

 

Genius and Passion – Spurgeon on Leadership

A new book with important lessons for the modern church - and for the world.
July 24th, 2003

 

Climbing the Blogging Tree – When Do We Stop?

How does a Christian blogger apply Gospel principles?
July 22nd, 2003

 

Monday Mornings are Pleasurable

We need Bible studies about the persecuted church.
July 14th, 2003

 

Books for Boys Who Don’t Like to Read

Film producer Max Anderson plans an exciting new series of books.
July 10th, 2003

 

Southern Gospel Music – What Kind of Future?

A provocative interview with Carl Ramsey of All Quartets Radio.
July 4th, 2003

Great Southern Gospel Music – “Land of Dreams” from The Brainards

Lori Brainard tells us how she writes her songs.
July 1st, 2003

 

Where Would Jesus Hang Out?

Would He shun the wealthy parts of town?
June 27th, 2003

 

News Out Of Africa – Sport and Big Brother

The media don't care about Africa.
June 24th, 2003

 

Don’t Forget Iran’s Christians

They remain a persecuted minority.
June 20th, 2003

 

North Korea – Much to Pray For

More resources for your church.
June 14th, 2003

 

Don’t Confuse Me with Facts – I’m a Teacher

Teachers' unions launched an anti-war scare campaign. Why won't they admit they were wrong?
June 13th, 2003


Praying for North Korea – Online Resources for Your Church
Helping your church get involved.
June 10th, 2003


Freedom Now – Working Online to Free the Enslaved Christians of Sudan
One woman's amazing ministry.
June 6th, 2003
 

Facing Facts – “In Sudan You See a Resurgence of One of the Greatest Crimes Against Humanity”

How much more evidence does the West need before it takes decisive action?

June 3rd, 2003

Living Our Story - the President, the Prime Minister and the Pop Star
As the biblical foundations of our culture crumble, pop singer Bob Geldof speaks the truth.
May 30th, 2003

 

Has God Forsaken Africa?

No, God hasn't. But too many Christians have.
May 27th, 2003


Do You Really Need Your Youth Pastor?

How about pastors for the elderly?
April 29th, 2003

 

Getting Better – Dr George Lazenby Turns 90

On Tuesday, Baptist pastor Dr George Lazenby turned 90. This Sunday he’ll be preaching from Ezekiel.
April 25th, 2003


Growling at an Angel – My Neighbourhood Passion Play

Australia's magnificent annual Passion Play.
April 22nd, 2003

 

Christian Monitor – A Website for the Persecuted Church 

Using the internet to help oppressed Christians.
April 18th, 2003

 

Christians and War – Confronting Evil

Evil looked Christianity in the eye, and here in Australia the church blinked.

April 14th, 2003

One Year Old Today

This website began one year ago.
April 8th, 2003

 

Random War Notes

Hitch-hike monkeys, uncommon commonsense and more.
April 4th, 2003

 

Six of the Best – Popular Christian Blogs Cover the War
How are Christian bloggers writing about the war? With honour.
April 1st, 2003
 

A Plea to All Christians – Do Not Forget the Assyrians

Will a free Iraq really mean a free Assyria?
March 28th, 2003


Blogging up a (Christian) Storm – Donald Sensing’s One Hand Clapping

A Christian/war blog that's required reading.
March 25th, 2003

 

Gulf War II – Exposing the Hypocrisy

Why are our church leaders so selective in which wars they oppose?
March 22nd, 2003


Correcting, Rebuking and Encouraging – and Getting the Rough End of the Pineapple

Dean Peters helps make the internet a better place for Christians.
March 16th, 2003

 

Divine Energy and a Dramatic Spiritual Encounter

Touched by an Indian guru.
March 14th, 2003


Gospel at the Coalface - Michael Graham in San Quentin

After 28 years practising Eastern spiritualities, Michael found the Lord. Now he's ministering to prisoners.
March 11th, 2003

 

AIDS, Africa and Christians

Why is HIV/AIDS worst in Africa's Christian countries?
March 7th, 2003


The Christian Conscience of a Fallen Football Hero

A drug and alcohol binge, a dead girl, and a football star reaching out to God.
March 3rd, 2003

 

Christians and the Shaman

A Korean shaman with a surprising message.
February 28th, 2003

 

Throw Away That Old Coat – Jewish Legalism and Freedom in the Lord

Why do some new Christians want to return to their old legalistic ways?
February 20th, 2003

 

Repent, President Bush, and Then Start Fighting

America should humbly repent for past actions in the Mideast, before starting a war.
February 17th, 2003
 

False Witness – An Excellent Christian Newspaper Suddenly Says NO to War

Does following Jesus really mean saying NO to all war?
February 10th, 2003
 

Online Southern Gospel Music - All Quartets Radio

An interview with Carl Ramsey, the man behind some of the internet's best Southern Gospel music.
February 8th, 2003

A Mobile Church for E.P.I.C. Times

In his new book, Fred Peatross calls on the church to reconnect with the community.
February 5th, 2003

Which Shares Would Jesus Buy?

What should the Christian's attitude be to money and the stock market?
February 1st, 2003
 

Just War, or Just Do It

Former UN Chief Weapons Inspector, Australia’s Richard Butler, cuts to the chase in his assessment of the Blix report.

January 29th, 2003
 

Best Southern Gospel Music – Online Recommendations

My favourite Southern Gospel online radio stations.
January 26th, 2003

Racism,“White” Theology and Hope

Do white theologians ignore racism?
January 24th, 2003

Establishing Your Credentials – Feminists and Islam

A powerful new book exposes some of the problems of Western feminists struggling to deal with the anti-woman stance of militant Islam.

January 21st, 2003
 

Why Aren’t Christians Passionate About What’s Happening to the Assyrians?

Few Christians seem to know about the continued persecution of the Assyrians.
January 17th, 2003
 

War in Iraq – the East Timor Connection

We helped the East Timorese gain liberation. Why shouldn't we help the Iraqis?
January 14th, 2003
 

War in Iraq – Justice Or More Suffering for the Assyrians?

The Assyrians of Iraq are among the world's persecuted Christians. But freedom for Iraq may not bring them justice.
January 10th, 2003
 

A Believer Sings the Truth – Belgian Beer and Johnny Cash

Did the music of Johnny Cash make me a Christian?
January 6th, 2003



The archive of 2002 commentaries is here.

 

 

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