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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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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 #2: Excise the Australian mainland from the migration zone

This is the second in a series of blogs that seek to explain Australian refugee policy and to offer critique from culture and scripture. These blogs are prompted by the Rudd Government’s recent decision to remove all asylum seekers arriving … Continue reading

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What is a Christian response, or a biblical ethic, regarding refugees?

A famous passage, perhaps the most famous, that speaks into the issue of welcoming refugees is: He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving them food and clothing. Love the stranger, therefore, for you … Continue reading

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Should Christians be interested in tax policy?

Should Christians be interested in politics? Or tax policy? It is always interesting to see how the Christian scriptures are read through the eyes of other traditions. Jewish Scholar Leonard Fein writes: Our tradition knows no radical distinction between politics … Continue reading

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Generosity and justice are a reflex of thanksgiving

Previously I blogged that this three part dynamic is central to Israel’s worldview: 1. God has given generously 2. His people respond with thanksgiving 3. Thanksgiving results in generosity, justice and inclusion We may describe the dynamic in shorthand: gift … Continue reading

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Is the election of Israel in the OT an exclusivist outrage?

The election of Israel is an embarrassment of the Old Testament for some. In Deuteronomy 10: 15-16, however, the election of Israel not exclusivist. Rather it is a vital step in the mission of God to the whole world. Although, … Continue reading

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