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The Blasphemy of Grace

The Blasphemy of Grace | Gospel Brew

Why do Christians have such a love-hate relationship with grace? It is the pinnacle of Christianity – what sets it apart from the other major religions and yet we struggle with it so. Buddhists eight-fold path must be walked, the Hindu must pay the price karma demands, Jews and Muslims must obey their own law codes. Each of these offers a way to ...

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Grace for Tools: Money and Morality

Grace for Tools | Gospel Brew

Occasionally, my wife can tell you, I can be a bit of a tool. And if there’s one area, in our first world countries that we can be a tool – it’s money. “Money can’t buy you happiness”, spoke the great Spike Milligan, “but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.” They say that Jesus spoke more about ...

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Harambe and Our Culture of Shame

An endangered Silverback Gorilla was put down to protect the life of a young child

I think a lot of people view the idea of shame in terms of the Disney classic – Mulan. We loved that dragon Mushi, and we’re sure we know how shame works. I do something wrong, and I bring shame upon my whole family. Something right and; “you’ll bring honour to us all”, or so the song goes. We think it’s stuff for simpler, ...

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The Death Penalty

The Death Penalty | Gospel brew

Much of Australia is now mourning the deaths of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the two Australian nationals executed in Indonesia this week. There is much to be said about ethics surrounding the death penalty, but that has already been covered by others. These men and their story have impacted me deeply, and remind me so much of the gospel. Like ...

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The Gospel of Fear

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Why should you do the right thing?  Have you ever stopped to think about it? Even if you aren’t a practicing Christian, the vast majority of us will have a fairly similar moral compass – we know WHAT we ought not to do, even if we’re a bit hazy on the why. We know that we shouldn’t steal, murder, rape, cheat, bad mouth, ...

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Team Australia or Team Jesus?

Jesus Christ or Australia

Muslims. Extremists. ISIS. Terrorists. Our news sites are filled with stories about the latest terrorist news; atrocities, and the comments filled with anxiety about what might happen to us in Australia and Muslims not integrating into our communities. Recently, our Prime Minister coined the phrase ; “Team Australia” (reference) and said that new migrants are welcome as long as they are ...

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The Gospel Vs. Performance-Driven Christianity… Jesus Wins!

Performance based Christianity versus the Gospel Jesus Wins | Gospel Brew

I was reflecting on a great discussion that we had one night at one of our GC’s (Gospel Communities) and thought I would share my thoughts with you all, hopefully for your joy and progress in the faith today! One of the main points of discussion that we had was around this section of “The Gospel Centred Life” study material ...

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What are we to do with _______? Leadership failings and the cross.

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If you keep tabs on what is happening in the worldwide church, then you’ve probably heard about the increasing controversy surrounding Pastor Mark Driscoll, from Mars Hill Church in Seattle (Update, Pastor Mark has stepped down as of Sunday 24/08/14). It’s even made the front page of the New York Times. Claims of his creating a culture of fear to ...

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