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Relevance Deficit Syndrome

Al Stewart reflects on relevance deficit syndrome and its effects on all of us.

Three tips in transition period

Dr Sam Chan shares his 3 things he hold onto in transition period

Certainty in uncertain times

Dr Natasha Moore & Dr Sam Chan

Certainty in uncertain times? Each day seems to bring a different perspective on our lives. From the moment you wake up, you have to respond to the latest media report. Some stories bring despair, while others try to give things a positive spin. How does this influence your views of the future?

Glass half full, glass half empty? Pessimist or optimist? Anxious or resilient?

Dr Natasha Moore and Dr Sam Chan address these varying human experiences at The Edge. Considering the answers to how we can look at our future.

The Public


Making the unseen seen

3.5 out of 5 stars

In our modern society, it would be fascinating to know how many people know that libraries even exist within their communities. They have been an integral part of western culture throughout the centuries, but many have been forgotten. They provide public access to knowledge and open the door to resources to assist anyone who is looking for ‘that book’ or reference guide. As they have been marginalised by search engines and e-readers, it is no wonder that the marginalised of society have found their place within their walls.

Ministry Centre: Sydney

A different definition of Revenge Porn


Where is the line with violence in film against women?

‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’ - The Mourning Bride, William Congreve

In the current cultural climate, it is difficult to critique female characters in film. This challenge is especially true for those who are attempting to make in-roads into genres that have been historically occupied by men. This difficulty became painfully evident after watching two films that dealt with revenge performed by female leads. These movies put a whole new edge on the topic of ‘revenge porn.’

Ministry Centre: Sydney



A courageous journey of faith and self-discovery

4 out of 5 stars

Remember seeing Peter Weir’s film, Witness (1985) starring Harrison Ford for this first time? This was when the world was able to see a dramatised glimpse into the secluded and mystifying world of the Amish. For better or worse, it was able to respectfully portray this relatively unknown religious community. Unorthodox provides a similar opportunity to see behind the curtain of the Satmar sect of Hasidic Judaism in Brooklyn, New York.

Ministry Centre: Sydney


In film and the Bible

On Mothers Day, everyone is running around wondering what to get their beloved mums on this day.

Here is an unique gift option to consider. A message from cultural commentator and writer Ben McEachen on the subject of mothers. Specifically, mums in films and the Bible.

Ben digs into his vast encyclopaedia knowledge of films. Then he looks into Luke 8 to discuss how mothers are represented in our lives and the media.

The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story


Hope at Home Film Festival edition

“I feel sad that I do not get to see my sons growing up. Christ has been my companion, but at times I miss the support of my husband. God gives me great support, and the prayers of people has been a source of great consolation…It is Jesus who is the source of every consolation and support.' - Gladys Staines

Ministry Centre: Sydney

God not Superstition

Superstitious Mumbo-Jumbo?

In the remote highlands of Papua New Guinea, there is a saying that no one dies a natural death. A fairly recent media report noted that: ‘The belief in sanguma, a catch-all local word that describes a method of causing harm to someone without laying hands on the person, has been around for centuries as a customary belief in this Pacific island nation...But in many areas of the country, accusations of using black magic are intensifying’. What is the relationship between religion and superstition? Isn’t formal religion just dressed-up superstition?

God's Reconstruction Blueprint

Is change possible? If so, how?

What do you do when you get knocked down? We are often told to pick yourself up again! Pull yourself up by your bootstraps, dust yourself off and keep going. But what happens when you can't pick yourself up again? What happens when the essential task before us is beyond us?

This week at Bible Shots, Steve McAlpine continues to take us through the book of Haggai and considers how God enables us to do what we cannot do for ourselves. Join us as we examine God's reconstruction blueprint.