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Pleasure- Pain and the Seduction of the church – Part 3

Pain-Pleasure and the Seduction of the Church – Part 3 By David Williams In this series of articles, I have argued that we are living through a radical change in the Western worldview. We are moving from being a guilt-innocence culture to becoming a pain-pleasure culture. Western societies increasingly are making their most fundamental decisions based on what brings us pleasure and…

Amos 5:1-17 – Tragic Truth

Tragic Truth – Amos 5:1-17 Deep sadness? … laments the death of Israel. … but Israel feels they are anything but dead. … so the inevitability of this judgement brings Amos a deep sense of sadness. The terrible destruction verse 3 … total destruction of their armies. verse 4 … “Seek God and live” The cause of the problem verse 5 &…

How the Pleasure pain Worldview attacks Christianity – Part 2

How the Pain-Pleasure Worldview Attacks Christianity – Part 2  By David Williams  In the first article of this series, I suggested that the Western world is moving away from being a guilt-innocence to a pain-pleasure culture. This article explores the ways that guilt-innocence and pain-pleasure worldviews attack Christianity in different ways. The Double Assault Of Culture In 2018, God’s people in Australia are facing…

Amos 4:1-13 – Prepare To Meet Your God

Prepare To Meet Your God Amos 4 Israel on trial… time for the verdict “Hear this word” – Speaking to those in power and privilege about how they’ve used it. – This is the behaviour that led to the exile. Empty worship (Amos 4:4-5) – Bethel and Gilgal as places of worship – Equivalent places of worship for the modern church? This…

Introducing the Pleasure- Pain Worldview – Part 1

 Introducing the Pain-Pleasure Worldview – Part 1 by David Williams At St Andrew’s Hall, we train future missionaries to understand and engage cultural worldviews with the gospel. Perhaps the broadest categorisation used by missiologists and anthropologists is to divide human cultures into three predominant worldviews: guilt-innocence, shame-honour and fear-power. Ruth Benedict is credited as the first anthropologist to distinguish guilt-innocence and shame-honour…

Amos 3:9-15 – Terrified By Truth

Amos 3:9-15 – Terrified by truth Privileged position was about to end in a catastrophic way 1 Kings 12 … a bad start. … Deut 28 … covenant blessing and curses A nation that does not know how to do right – v 9-10 Map – Philistia and Egypt Verse 10, “they do not know how to do right”. … “they store…

The Pillars That Grace Built – Part 2

The Pillars That Grace Built – Part 2 (Chris Thomas concludes his two-part reflection on Law and Grace) Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge,  the water from upstream stopped flowing … (Joshua 3:15-16, NIV) A flooded Jordan was no…

The Walls that Law Built – Part 1

The Walls That Law Built by Chris Thomas Like many of my generation, I’ve remembered my fair share of lines from ‘The Princess Bride’. But as an Australian, I always took a small amount of offence at Vizzini’s dizzying intellect. Man in Black: You’ve made your decision then? Vizzini: Not remotely. Because iocaine comes from Australia, as everyone knows, and Australia is…