Sharing important aspects of the Christian faith
"CHRISTIAN FAITH" is a growing, non-commercial, evangelical website: run totally by keen volunteers. Our site has the occasional blog and article but it’s more like a large evangelical filing cabinet. We provide a variety of articles, free Christian resources and mp3 sermons.
Our main aim is to help you to grow in your relationship with the Lord Jesus. Maybe for some, to actually find saving faith in Jesus. (What is faith?)
We warmly welcome you to our site. Five local Christian blokes, from two different churches, serving the broader community together. (A 'bloke' is an Australian term for a 'man'!)
Which dangerous idea has the greatest potential to change the world for the better?
Consider this atheist's response,
"I can say without fear of contradiction that the original Easter was the most important long weekend in the story of humanity."
Atheist Dick Gross
The article, The Most Dangerous Idea, is written by Phillip Jensen and compares two radically different world views: Christianity and atheism. Based upon Australia's Q & A (ABC TV).
A highly recommended Easter 'read': The Most Dangerous Idea
That's right dear readers; we apologise!
After resisting, for some years, the alleged 'need' to acquire the services of 'Facebook' - we have finally relented.
What have we done? Are we mad?
Emerging from the wonderful, tranquil bliss of the dinosaur era, we now have this service up and running from today (see top left hand corner) should you wish to contribute to this website - which is freely published for you anyhow!
Who wants to be first?
At the time of writing - less than an hour ago - Mike Baird was elected by his Liberal colleagues to be the 44th Premier of NSW (the most powerful state in Australia). It's a high honour with tremendous responsibilties given the current public distrust of politicians in NSW thanks to ongoing corruption enquiries.
What sets Mike Baird apart from the average politician is that he is a committed Christian. A strong admirer of William Wilberforce, Baird once left his career as a 'high-flyng' investment banker in order to study the Bible (Regents College, Canada) with a goal to become an Anglican minister. However, like his well respected father (Bruce Baird), politics was to draw him into a realm of service; the proper attitude for a politician – according to Mike Baird.
So how does the secular press regard him? Not too bad at the moment considering his opposition to same-sex marraige, embryonic research and euthanasia. Consider this recent quote from 'The Australian' newspaper: 'NSW Treasurer Mike Baird is a thoroughly decent and principled person, and he's a strong Christian who takes his beliefs very seriously.'
But the problem for many of us here in NSW is that we don't really know much about him at all. Who is Mike Baird and what does he see as the inextricable connections between an evangelical Christian and a politician? Best that he answer that himself (without clever editing).
The following is an informative interview with Mike Baird from ‘The Centre of Public Christianity':
Please read on for worthwhile news links ...
The earliest testimony of what Christians believed is recorded by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15. The initial verses recite a creed which was formulated within a few years after the death of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul (converted to Christianity around 37AD) says to the Corinthians
“I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died ... that he was buried..”
The opponents of Christianity certainly called the day they crucified Jesus 'good', but why do believers celebrate this day?
We are 5 years old today! That is, 16th April 2014.
So what? I hear you ask! Well, we want to actually thank YOU for taking the time to visit our FILING CABINET style website (our site is full of excellent website links). We really do appreciate the fact that many of you return to check out our humble site and many (most) of you are brand new.
To those of you who are Australians, I need to inform you that our number one visiting country is now the USA. But to all who visit our site - from many different countries - we simply want to say 'G'day; great to have you visit us! Go on ... have a good look around!'
Then, CONTACT US - and tell us what you think ... be really nice to hear from you!
'The Sacred Sandwich' has just made a return to the world of the internet! This is big news to small minded people like me!
In fact, this is great news for those who like humour and serious theology blended in such a way that the end result can be very interesting - much like a rocky road chocolate!
For the unitiated, 'The Sacred Sandwich' (Illustrated Journal for Small-Town Christians in the Big Bad World) is a Christian blog run by team of bloggers who appear to be very old and conservative. They're not, of course, but what the heck - we can all pretend can't we?
Check out 'The Sacred Sandwich' - it's a very clever and engaging website!
We had a brief 'holiday' for the month of March but we are back with brand new links!
Remember, we are a 'filing-cabinet' style website. This means that our site has hundreds and hundreds of links on many differnent topic areas.
And we have just added some more!
For example - check out these 3 articles:
- "Predestination: Should We Even Talk About It?" by Daniel Hyde (Ligonier Ministries).
- The Case for the Reliability of the Old Testament (Free Bible Insert) (Cold-Case Christianity)
- 'The Conflicting Genealogies of Jesus' by Sean McDowell (Conversant Life).
Please read on for more additions...
It was towards mid-afternoon in the Middle East. You know, the sleepy section of the afternoon where you feel like resting and letting your thoughts wander, as in a dream.
Well, that’s exactly what I was doing. Just walking lazily through the desert oasis at Ein Gedi in Israel; allowing my restful mind to wander before an abrupt stunned fear grabbed hold of me in a controllable, yet unbelievable way.
Why? What happened? You will have to read on…
You might think the doctrine of original sin is a given amongst Christians. Perhaps it is up to a point, but that depends on your definition.
Did Adam sin for us or simply before us?
Do we sin because we are like Adam or because we were there that day 'in Adam' (ie sinning with him)?
Can Christians achieve a sinless life now or only at the second coming?
Just a few questions and already you can see the problem. There is widespread confusion on the doctrine of sin in today's Church.
We are at it again! New additions this month abound! This one, for example, is one of the best sites we have linked: Third Millennium Ministries.Their mission is to prepare Christian leaders by providing biblical education, for the world, for free. The gospel of Christ is their passion so you will find in-depth biblical education for Christian leaders around the world in their languages, for their lands, and absolutely free.
We have also linked a CHRISTIAN PARENTING BLOG by Natasha Crain and other great links. Please read on ...
Fast forward to 13 minutes 13 seconds - the beginning of the debate.
'Illogical Atheism.' A Comprehensive Response to the Contemporary Freethinker from a Lapsed Agnostic
David Bentley Hart says that the new atheism has "now proved itself to be so intellectually and morally trivial that it has to be classified as just a form of light entertainment."
The philosopher Alvin Plantinga refers to Richard Dawkins and Peter Atkins as “dancing on the lunatic fringe” and "in terms of intellectual competence, the new atheists are certainly inferior to the ‘old atheists’ – Bertrand Russell and John Mackie come to mind. They are also inferior to many other contemporary but less strident atheists – Thomas Nagel, Michael Tooley, and William Rowe, for example. We may perhaps hope that the new atheists are but a temporary blemish on the face of serious conversation in this crucial area" Source: Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion and Naturalism.
The book by Bo Jinn, Illogical Atheism: A Comprehensive Response to the Contemporary Freethinker from a Lapsed Agnostic (presently, Kindle only) gives a wide-ranging response to the new atheists in a style that is fluent and to the point.
His book is well written, very comprehensive and his points are logically structured in the form of premises and very well argued.
I have read the book twice and loved it. Highly recommended!
....for the scientific atheist
It's interesting that some atheists, who hold 'science' as the supreme fount of wisdom, demand that Christians give solid 'empirical evidence' for the existence of God. Now, by empirical evidence they mean 'knowledge acquired by means of observation or experimentation'. i.e. "science".
A good way to answer such a question is to ask the following:
1. What is the empirical evidence for atheism? (Please read on...)