Behind the news

10 things about Redeemer

June 14, 2009 | Justin MoffattChristianity Today reported last week of 'How Tim Keller Found Manhattan'. It is easy to idealise a church overseas. But here are some reflections on Redeemer from my experience.

The Chaser’s War on the Afflicted

June 6, 2009 | Justin MoffattThe team at The Chaser has been declaring war all over the place, and that is precisely their problem.

Tech-heads face “permanent puberty”

May 30, 2009 | Justin MoffattShane Hipps says the Internet "creates a permanent puberty of the mind". The speed at which it delivers information limits our capacity to understand and hampers wisdom.

Secret affairs with ‘priests’

May 23, 2009 | Justin MoffattA friend of mine saw the Sydney Morning Herald article '500 women in secret affairs with priests'. He wondered if I'd ever thought of the clerical collar as a 'bird catcher'.

I lost my job

May 16, 2009 | Justin MoffattActually I just started mine. But employment is not a given, and many who live and work in the city may not be sharing my sense of hope and newness.

League, sex, Holy Spirit

May 10, 2009 | Justin MoffattRugby League's latest scandal, set to see Matthew Johns in the spotlight on tonight's Four Corners, raises questions about mission, morality and motivation.

Our hidden ‘baby pain’

May 2, 2009 | Justin MoffattHugh Jackman's revelation of the difficulties he and his wife have had adopting a baby highlights the silent suffering known by many in our churches.

What my friend Habbukuk tells me about the Recession

April 25, 2009 | Justin MoffattHabbukuk and I have been friends since 1994, when I first got to know him and a few of his mates. He told me some fresh things this week about losing in crisis.

Post-Christian Australia: a taxi-driver’s perspective

April 17, 2009 | Justin MoffattNews out of America: there has been a discussion on whether the US is still a 'Christian country'. This takes me back to lessons from my taxi-driving days.

Allah/Christ ‘follower’ defrocked in Seattle

April 11, 2009 | Justin MoffattDefrocked episcopal priest, the Rev Ann Redding's description of herself as merely a 'Christ follower' jars with the message of Easter.

Gingrich swims the Tiber

April 4, 2009 | Justin MoffattNewt Gingrich's decision to become Roman Catholic as Tony Blair has done raises questions about the appeal of Catholicism, especially for Protestants.

Einfeld’s story is my story

March 25, 2009 | Justin MoffattMarcus Einfeld has appeared to be asking the public for forgiveness, while saying: "I lied, but I'm basically honest". I believe that his story is the human story.