A late Christmas present

One of my favourite podcasts is The Drabblecast, which features short fiction and a heap of other other whacky and unusual stuff. The Drabblecast is produced by the multi-talented Norm Sherman. As well as doing some incredible voice work on a few projects, he’s a half-decent singer/songwriter with a flair for the less than normalContinue reading “A late Christmas present”

Church boycotts carol service over popular hymn

HYMNALS STARTED TO FLY when Brokeback Community Church, situated in the town of Colac in Victoria, Australia, decided to boycott a local community carol service because organisers insisted on singing a controversial verse in the song ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing.’ The church, which is a vocal critic of the idea of same-sex marriage, believesContinue reading “Church boycotts carol service over popular hymn”

Wait—it’s Christmas!

Christmas is a time for many things, but I’ll always associate it with waiting. It starts back in September, when the Fathers’ Day displays disappear and shops begin to fill with Christmas merchandise. So we say, ‘That can wait.’ December comes along. The kids, surrounded by glitzy ads ask for more and more, and weContinue reading “Wait—it’s Christmas!”

Cameron’s top ten Christmas songs

Over the last three weeks I’ve been to a huge number of carol services, carol sing-a-longs, Christmas parties involving the heavy use of carols, Christmas concerts and, of course, church on the four Sundays of Advent. I can cope with the busy-ness of Christmas. For musical reasons I’m over it for 2008. Still, while atContinue reading “Cameron’s top ten Christmas songs”

A meeting of the Heavenly Host

This is a piece I wrote for a corps newsletter a few years ago, and it’s also appeared in the OnFire magazine. It’s just sitting wasted on my hard drive right now, so I thought I’d release it to the world! Once upon a time, about two thousand years ago, the Captains of the HeavenlyContinue reading “A meeting of the Heavenly Host”

‘Tis the season to be sneaky

Okay, ‘sneaky’s’ probably not the right word. David Malki of Wondermark has an idea—why not send your left over Christmas cards to total strangers? He recognises there are risks involved, for the person receiving the card as well as sending it. And you’ll probably never know what the effect of the surprise will be. Still,Continue reading “‘Tis the season to be sneaky”

What real evangelism looks like

A few of my readers would be familiar with Penn Jillette, a gifted illusionist and very outspoken skeptic and atheist. You might have caught his late-night show ‘Bullshit’ (hey, I didn’t name the show!). If you’ve seen the aforementioned show you’d know he can be a little, um, abrasive. That, and the fact that he’sContinue reading “What real evangelism looks like”

Enough with the Bible Already

Adam Walker Cleaveland has a provocative piece up today about the way way Christians should deal with homosexuals. From the article: For some, I believe the Bible has become an idol. Some place the Bible above Jesus’ compassion and love, Jesus’ radical inclusivity, and hold steadfast onto what they believe to be the correct interpretationContinue reading “Enough with the Bible Already”