Leviticus 19:19 and why Christians should wear poly / cotton socks and undies

Leviticus 19:19 and why Christians should wear poly / cotton socks and undies

A friend sent me a meme on Leviticus 19:19. The meme was confrontational and deliberately offensive. Since Christians wear polyester and cotton socks which are a blend of two materials – they break Leviticus 19:19. ‘Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.’ So, how can Christians say anything about sexual ethics or anything else that might spring from Leviticus as a standard since they break the rules themselves?

Understanding the Whole Bible and reading the Old Testament

Understanding the Whole Bible and reading the Old Testament

The Bible can seem overwhelming but once you know the key theme that gives a framework for the Bible things really start to change. And once you start to understand the timeline (chronology) even more things fall into place. Download these two PDF files to help you read the whole Bible and understand it.

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Children's Bibles

Children's Bibles

A review of three Children’s Bibles that will help kids understand God’s great love for them in Jesus.

 Will you worship Steve Jobs or his iPhone?

Will you worship Steve Jobs or his iPhone?

You stand there marvelling. It is everything you heard it would be, but more. The form and the function are perfect. But then, you notice a presence in the room. You turn around and there HE is. The legendary Steve Jobs.

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You don't need to fear the future

You don't need to fear the future

Most of us fear the future. We fear the unknown. The future is an undiscovered country and no one has been there.

And this fear of the unknown future has caused untold misery in the world. Nationally and internationally as tribes, nations, rulers, companies and individuals have all jockeyed for positions of power and security.

But we don’t need to fear the future.

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Get more gold from Luke's gospel

Get more gold from Luke's gospel

This is a reading guide for Luke’s gospel. It’s goal is to help you get the most gold as you read Luke. Luke is a beautiful piece of writing. It reveals Jesus as the suffering servant king who comes to fulfil God’s promises. We, humanity, are revealed to be lost and far from God, oppressed by spiritual forces of evil and captive to our own sinfulness. Jesus comes to free us - to bring forgiveness. It’s great news worth reading for yourself.

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I can't believe in God

I can't believe in God

A dear friend wrote an email to me saying they are not sure if they can believe in God. Here is how I responded: you can’t trust someone if you don’t know them.

Would you act to end evil?

Would you act to end evil?

What will you do? A young man, bulky with muscle, skin blackened with Nazi tattoos, full of rage and spitting hatred is bent over and brutally beating a young woman. His hands are red with her blood. She is screaming for help. No one is coming. The man stands up to start kicking her with his boots. What will you do? Will you act to end evil?

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Explore Jesus online

Explore Jesus online

There is a lot of gold on the internet. And there is a lot of dross! Slowly but surely I’ve kept a list of some of the gold. As they say - just click on the links.

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Jesus and toxic masculinity

Jesus and toxic masculinity

Two types of masculinity – toxic and Jesus – are on display in the Bible. Toxic masculinity is everywhere. Cain smashes the life from his brother Abel with a rock, Lamech celebrates his violence, Abraham risks his wife because of cowardice and so on. The list goes devastingly on and on. Even the great heroes of the faith show soul shuddering weakness. But there is also Jesus. And he reveals another masculinity.

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'This is water' is deep but the solution is not deep enough

'This is water' is deep but the solution is not deep enough

‘This is Water’ by David Foster Wallace is one of the most read speeches on the internet of all time. And it is deep. But he fails to understand that we are shaped and driven by love not thinking. His solution is not deep enough.

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I like junk food until I don't.

I like junk food until I don't.

Looking for a church? What is the teaching like - is it junk food or real food?

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A real yes could change your life

A real yes could change your life

Letting your yes be yes.

This small act of clarity and love in our communication, and the courage to live it out, could be the small but powerful cornerstone that makes you think about your life, what matters to you, why it matters and what you spend your time on.

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Everything has changed

Everything has changed

Everything has changed… That’s a big claim. It’s the kind of claim that gets you into trouble because it so big. As they say in sales, ‘under promise and over deliver’. This claim seems to make the opposite mistake. It seems to over promise and have no hope of delivery. Until you consider the resurrection of Jesus.

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Isolation destroys us

Isolation destroys us

Our self-existence is in relationship with others. Or to put it another way, it is paradoxically with others that an individual exists. Where there is no shared life a single human life disintegrates from the inside out. 

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Jewellery Jesus or Genuine Jesus

Jewellery Jesus or Genuine Jesus

It was a Buddha’s head that started the thought. The head was in Bunnings ready to receive your newly purchased soil and spring bulbs.

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