Top 5 news review

Atheists start decking the halls

December 8, 2011 | Russell PowellYou might find yourself sitting next to an atheist in church this Christmas.

What’s going on?

December 1, 2011 | Russell PowellAs one who spends hours scouring the papers, the Internet and electronic outlets, I keep being reminded of the shortcomings of the media.

Tech rich, time poor

November 25, 2011 | Russell PowellI keep running into people who say they enjoy this weekly round up of news. I'd like to think its the quality but I think it's also the convenience.

Conscience votes and prisoners of conscience

November 18, 2011 | Russell PowellIn the top five stories this week at, the latest on same sex marriage and persecution of Christians in Asia and the Middle East.

When ignorance is not bliss

November 11, 2011 | Russell PowellA couple of stories this week point to the idea that the biggest challenge for Christians may not be hostility, but ignorance.

Plundering egyptians or a step too far?

November 4, 2011 | Russell PowellThis week's Halloween celebrations were everywhere - even in churches.

Get set for gay November

October 27, 2011 | Russell PowellThe media agenda is already being turned toward gay issues, with just over a month till the ALP conference.

What a wonderful world - not

October 20, 2011 | Russell PowellWhen I worked in the secular media people often asked me how I could believe in such outmoded things as 'original sin'. I said it's easy. I'm a journalist.

A story you can’t ignore

September 29, 2011 | Russell PowellIn choosing the breaking news links for, I use mainstream media. But sometimes, they will not report stories you should know about.

Trends you need to watch

September 22, 2011 | Russell PowellThis week's news turns out to be a case study in some of the significant trends and topics of 2011.

Blind Spot Part Two

September 15, 2011 | Russell PowellA couple of weeks ago I wrote about the book Blind Spot. Several stories this week prove the point Marshall and his co-authors were making.

Is Gruen off the hook?

September 12, 2011 | Andrew CameronA good way to check your reality is to hear what kids think.

When Gruen crossed the Rubicon

September 8, 2011 | Andrew CameronIn this week's Media spot, Andrew Cameron, argues that The Gruen Transfer has gone a step too far.

Writing God back into the story

September 1, 2011 | Russell PowellThere are none so blind as journalists who will not see past their 'blind spot'.

Marriage, family and the brothel

August 18, 2011 | Russell PowellTalking points from this week's news are mixed, to say the least.