Resurrections and Christmas parties

December 19, 2010 | People don't often think of the resurrection as a very practical doctrine. But here, just in time for Christmas, is one good example of how it is.

Passion for life in England

April 2, 2010 | Phillip JensenAcross England in March this year there has been a national evangelistic campaign called 'A Passion for Life'. Here is my first-hand report.

Evidence-based decisions

February 26, 2010 | Phillip JensenWhat is meant when social scientists, and especially politicians, speak of evidence-based decisions?

Two models of church organisation

February 19, 2010 | Phillip JensenOrganising congregational life is one of the difficulties of modern churches.

The ‘Brutal’ Missionary

February 12, 2010 | Phillip JensenInside St Andrew's Cathedral is a large monument recounting the many ways God used Samuel Marsden. It does not call him the 'flogging parson' but the 'Apostle to New Zealand'.

Football and Religion

February 5, 2010 | Phillip JensenA debate about rival football codes at a local primary school P&C meeting ran something along the following lines...

Experience or the Bible?

January 29, 2010 | Phillip JensenLast week, on this website, Mark Gilbert wrote a helpful article on how to talk to our Roman Catholic friends about this miracle. But what are we to make of it ourselves?

Ignorance or historical censorship?

January 22, 2010 | Phillip JensenRecent conversations have made me wonder whether we still share knowledge of historical events.

Mae West, Jerry Seinfeld and the Bible

January 17, 2010 | Phillip JensenLike everybody I have a problem with temptation. But the problem is not just the difficulty of facing temptation: the problem is of understanding what is meant by the word 'temptation'.

Preaching our Theology

January 8, 2010 | Phillip JensenThe 'Calvinist on knees and Arminian in pulpit' saying appears to take the best from both theological systems. Unfortunately, instead of complimenting the two systems on their strengths, the saying insults both.

Christmas Contradictions

December 18, 2009 | Phillip JensenMost Christians find a degree of contradiction in the celebration of Christmas which at root reflects the profound contradiction between natural and revealed religion.

Good Politics. Poor Theology

November 13, 2009 | Phillip JensenJoe Hockey has followed his old sparring partner Kevin Rudd by going public about religion while serving as a member of the shadow cabinet.

Two Tales of Two Brothers

October 30, 2009 | Phillip JensenJesus led the Christian well beyond the concept of 'rights' with two tales of two brothers.

One Blood

October 23, 2009 | Phillip JensenAn agnostic Australian politician once defended his anti-racist views by saying his father had taught him that because God was his father, all men were his brothers. It was an illuminating comment...

Church Planters, Founders and Sponsors

October 16, 2009 | Phillip JensenPlaying one round of golf does not normally qualify you as 'a golfer'. So it is a little strange to call somebody who has only planted one church a 'Church Planter'.