Bullies, Healing, Sin, and The Residue of Trauma

Only a week out from 30, I am reflecting on how deeply my childhood has had a role in shaping who I am today. I assume we all downplay the effects of our childhoods, especially the bad and the traumatic, on who we are today. But of late my childhood has surfaced, and maybe in... Continue Reading →

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Shame, Songs of Praise

Ever since Punk came on the English scene, it was never characterised by particularly good-looking groups (although The Smiths may be fronted by the charismatic Morrissey). It was about making rock 'n' roll filthy again; its edge lost to the degeneracy of glam rock and other watered-down, über-polished forms. In England, it was your average... Continue Reading →

Smoking a Pipe

En route to meeting friends, I was in the consumerist paradise of Tokyo, Ginza, and happened upon a pipe shop. But firstly... I was aghast to find that Japan was full of smokers. Sydney-and maybe all of Australia-has successfully pushed smoking to the fringes of society. Pubs, one of the bastions of beer and cigarettes,... Continue Reading →

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

From the legacy of Japan's Studio Ghibli comes sister company, Studio Ponoc, with their debut film, Mary and the Witch's Flower. From the opening with a Ghibli-esque logo of Mary, rather than Totoro, the comparisons between the studios was inevitable. After all, director Hiromasa Yonebayashi was an animator under the supervision of the great Hayao Miyazaki,... Continue Reading →

Podcast Reco’s: Martyn-Lloyd Jones Sermon Podcast

I first came across David Martyn-Lloyd Jones in a season where I was experiencing considerable spiritual difficulty. 'Spiritual Depression: It's Causes and Cure' was the book I first encountered by the man - a series of sermons delivered in the mid-20th Century on how defective spiritual understanding can affect one's relationship with God. The book spoke... Continue Reading →

My Favourite Movies of 2017

2017 wasn't a stellar year for films. Many films got released: Wonder Woman, It, Justice League, War of the Planet of the Apes, to name a few. The list below is my cream of the crop, but I also haven't seen films like The Disaster Artist or Blade Runner 2049 - films that are apparently very... Continue Reading →

Podcast Reco’s: Philosophize This!

I studied Philosophy as part of my undergrad at The University of Sydney. I did not take me long to realise that I wasn't particular great at 'doing' philosophy, but I could understand the concepts reasonably well and especially how they conflicted with a Christian Worldview. I undertook studies in Critical Thinking, Logic, Phenomenology, Critical... Continue Reading →

My Favourite Albums of 2017

2017 is weeks away from ending. Here are my favourite albums of the year (in no particular order). Please let me know what yours are! Queens of the Stone Age, Villains The lead single of Queens' new album Villains was 'The Way You Used To Do', a funky number with plenty of swagger. Although upbeat, it was kind of forgetful,... Continue Reading →

Podcast Reco’s: Sheologians.

  Every week, I listen to a wide variety of podcasts during my commute to work. Here's one of my recommendations. Sheologians. Joy Temby and Summer White discuss current issues affecting the Evangelical church in America. I'm not really sure how I stumbled across Sheologians, but I'm glad I did. As a listener, you and... Continue Reading →

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