Left Behind – by La Haye & Jenkins – Martial Christianity

The Left Behind series by Tim La Haye & Jerry Jenkins is a phenomenon that has just recently been noticed by some in the mainstream press.  It is a 12 book series commencing with Left Behind (ISBN: 0842329129) and culminating with Glorious Appearing: The End of Days (ISBN: 0842332375).  But the series has been about since the mid-1990s and has spread throughout the evangelical and biblically based church communities … Continue reading Left Behind – by La Haye & Jenkins – Martial Christianity

Cultural Gap Between US & Australia

It is not always apparent to the casual observer how significant the cultural differences between Australia and the United States really are. One particular difference that really strikes me is the respect for authority. Americans seem to have a high level of respect for authority & for the apparatus of the state. In Australia respect for authority is not so high. Instead there is an … Continue reading Cultural Gap Between US & Australia

ALP Politics in Australia Getting Weirder …

Just when you think politics here is settling down to the usual pre-election party favour handout phase someone somewhere does something entertaining. This last week it has been the adoption of ex Midnight Oil front-man and sometime greenie, Peter Garrett, as an ALP candidate for a safe federal seat in Sydney. As a person who has always appeared quite idealistic it will be interesting to … Continue reading ALP Politics in Australia Getting Weirder …

John Howard, Australia and the United States

I keep wondering when John Howard will go to the next logical step? First we became the deputy sheriff for the US in Asia, then we went to war by their side in Afghanistan and Iraq, now we are making a free trade agreement with them. Surely the next logical step is Australia becoming a US state. Perhaps then we could remove some layers of … Continue reading John Howard, Australia and the United States