Theology

UPDATE: See end of blog post. At times find­ing quotes and ref­er­ences in stu­dent essays, and even in aca­d­e­m­ic works, can be a bit like the old gameshow Catchphrase. Although on the whole quo­ta­tions should be clear­ly ref­er­enced, and there­fore rel­a­tive­ly eas­i­ly found, there are occa­sion­al­ly those which send you…

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Book Review: Understanding Gender Dysphoria — Mark Yarhouse

Understanding Gender Dysphoria Mark Yarhouse; 2015. | IVP Academic | 191 pages 978–0–8308–2859–3 Gender dys­pho­ria (GD) and trans­gen­der issues are cur­rent­ly a hot top­ic in the media and every­day dis­course, thanks in no small part to the top­ic being thrust into the lime­light by celebri­ty events. However, the cur­rent media…

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Personal Stories and Narrative Identity

Identity is a hot top­ic in our soci­ety, with reg­u­lar arti­cles on ‘How to find your iden­ti­ty’ and what iden­ti­ty means in a shift­ing cul­ture. Advocates on all sides of the cul­ture, gen­der and sex­u­al­i­ty wars also appeal to iden­ti­ty as a core ide­al worth defend­ing. However, from the broad usage…

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Book Review: Esther and Her Elusive God

One of the many joys of hav­ing chil­dren is get­ting to expe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent aspects of your child­hood all over again, albeit in a dif­fer­ent form. I have allud­ed to some of these via the var­i­ous rein­ter­pre­ta­tions of children’s sto­ries and nurs­ery rhymes on this blog. However, giv­en my cur­rent train­ing…

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Perfection and Excellence — What do we strive for?

Perfect’ it seems has become a dirty word today, and even amongst Christian cir­cles, which I find exceed­ing­ly curi­ous. On Sunday I preached at my church (St Matt’s Prahran) on the line in the Lord’s Prayer ‘your will be done, on earth as in heav­en’, as part of our series on…

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