Category Archives: justice

Ancient Laws for New Challenges: The Ten Commandments as a Critique of Inequality

You might be interested in reading my new article, “Ancient Laws for New Challenges: The Ten Commandments as a Critique of Inequality,” Ethics in Brief 22 (2017). Abstract: This article argues that the Ten Commandments summoned ancient Israel to live … Continue reading

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A Stranger Kind of Love: Responding to the Global Refugee Crisis

Perhaps you might have some time to read through my recent article, published in Mosaic? “We are facing the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time. Above all, this is not just a crisis of numbers; it is also a … Continue reading

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New Directions for Aimless Politics

Many Christians feel lost at sea this (U.S.) election. For some, the traditional loyalties that have anchored us have been severed. We have been thrown off-course, with no obvious way forward. Perhaps our disorientation is prompting us to inquire freshly … Continue reading

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A Jazz Talk | How Biblical Law Shapes Missional Communities

In this jazz-talk I speak from the piano about how to read the laws of the Old Testament, what is known as biblical law. I illustrate the nature of biblical law by comparing the development of biblical law to the … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Christmas: Clandestine Celebration

Christmas day is a celebration, which Herod must not hear of. Christmas is a whispered celebration. I am not sure that we understand Christmas yet, we western Christians. May I try and unpack this season theologically? I begin with the seasons – please … Continue reading

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Voting and the Kingdom of God

I have had a short article published in light of the upcoming Canadian elections: “Voting and the Kingdom of God.” At the polling booth this election, Christ followers can be guided by the biblical story, which unfolds Christ’s restoring purposes … Continue reading

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Does Obamacare match with Biblical ethics? The Government shutdown may be a fitting time to reflect.

During this U.S. Government shutdown, it may be an fitting for American Christians to consider how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, at the centre of the dispute, matches up with Biblical ethics. It seems that Biblical … Continue reading

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“Blessed are those who mourn”… the mourners are aching visionaries – Nicholas Wolterstorff

‘“Blessed are those who mourn.” What can it mean? One can understand why Jesus hails those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, why he hails the merciful, why he hails the pure in heart, why he hails the peacemakers, why he … Continue reading

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New article with CASE magazine: Laws of Inclusion and Strategies of Exclusion

CASE magazine has just published my article, ‘Laws of Inclusion and Strategies of Exclusion: New Australian Asylum Seeker Policy Under the Scrutiny of Deuteronomy.’ (3,500 words) It is an extensive discussion both of Australian asylum seeker policy and biblical ethics … Continue reading

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Australian Refugee Policy for Dummies #5: A positive policy solution

Critiquing Government policies is easy; finding positive solutions is more difficult. Yet positive solutions to Australian asylum seeker issues have been recommended by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for years, centring on regional collaboration. The Bali Process, … Continue reading

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