Author: Annelise Stephenson

Christian Community: A Gift From God

I live in an apartment in a city of almost 2 million people. I am surrounded by apartments filled with people, in streets filled with people, in a city filled with people. I know everyone in my block of units, and wave to a few in other blocks, but I am never home long enough to meet and know everyone. For those I haven’t met, but see daily through my kitchen windows, I feel as though I know them. I know when they wake up and go to bed. I know what their pyjamas look like as they water...

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He Will Bring Justice

  Watching the news has always been depressing, but what has really struck me of late is the world’s call for justice. Justice. What does it even mean? One of the definitions of justice from the Oxford Dictionary is “the quality of being fair and reasonable,” and another is “a concern for justice, peace, and genuine respect for people.” [1]The Oxford Dictionary online. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/justice So ultimately, justice is a desire to see all people treated well, and in a manner that is fair to all. Now this is where it becomes tricky, because we need to determine what fairness is,...

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Another Golden Image?

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.  But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-18 Through the US election this year, we have witnessed history in the making. A billionaire reality-TV star with his dyed...

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Spiritual Malnutrition

It’s hard to believe that in Australia, the ‘lucky country’, so many people are either malnourished or over-nourished. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) published a Food and Nutrition Report in 2012[1]Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (5th September 2012). Australia’s Food and Nutrition Report 2012  http://www.aihw.gov.au/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=10737422837, and their findings revealed that the major cause of death and morbidity in Australia are diet-related diseases, and this was on the increase. In 2016 they also reported that 63% of Australian adults are obese or overweight (that’s 2 in 3 people), as are 25% of children (that’s 1 in...

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Book Review: None Like Him

It’s no secret that Jen Wilkin is my favourite female Christian author. She writes with such clarity and conviction in a way that is easy to understand and relate to. In her latest book, None Like Him- 10 Ways God Is Different From Us, she does not disappoint. I can best describe this book as a modern version of The Attributes of God, by A.W. Pink. Jen chooses ten of God’s characteristics; He is Infinite, Incomprehensible, Self-Existent, Self-Sufficient, Eternal, Immutable, Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omnipotent, and Sovereign. Then she gives a description not only of how God displays these characteristics, but...

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