‘Jesus’ Category Archives

2
Feb

BROOKE FRASER FROM HILLSONG AND HER GRAMMY: good news perhaps.

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Entertainment, Jesus, Music

The other day, at the 60th Grammy awards in New York, Brooke Fraser received a Grammy for her now-famous song “What a Beautiful Name”.
It’s popular all right – having so far had 115,124,286 Youtube views.
Interestingly, Fraser has two separate careers on the go.
Calling herself by her married name, Brooke Ligertwood, she does “Christian” music.
But also stage performances and folk-pop-electronic albums — including “Brutal Romantic” — as Brooke Fraser.
With all this apparent worldly success, questions can’t help arising.
Like who is who is putting in — and who is scooping off — the big money involved?
Is this lady genuinely a Christian or not?
Well I don’t know. And neither you nor I are probably ever going to know.
Lots of her lyrics come more or less straight from the Bible.
Surely that can’t be bad.
Best perhaps to give her the benefit of whatever misgivings one may have.

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21
Dec

XMAS? FESTIVE SEASON? YULETIDE? this season has got a proper Name.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, History, Jesus

Use the word “Christmas”.
With a capital C.
Remember the Baby who grew up to defy a Roman governor — telling him that he, the governor, had no power.
That governor was soon gone.
Then the Roman Empire ceased to exist — 1500 years ago.
The influence of Jesus Christ lives on.
And will outlast any “progressives” who hope to wipe him out of Australia’s present and future.

1
Dec

PRINCE HARRY AND MEAGHAN: have they got a problem?

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Family, Jesus, Modern Church, Sacraments

The other day it was officially announced that Prince Harry intends to marry Meaghan Markle next May in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Meaghan Markle, who identifies as Protestant, is also going to be baptised as an Anglican.
The fly in the ointment here is that Ms. Markle is divorced and therefore not eligible for Christian marriage.
Such is the teaching of Jesus Christ himself — as recorded in the Bible (Gospel according to Saint Matthew, chapter 19).
The situation seems like a lose-lose state of affairs (spiritually) for all concerned.
To convert it to a win, would not step one be to cancel the wedding?

30
Jul

A HISTORY LESSON: religion, midlife crisises and violence

by Arnold Jago in Faith, History, Jesus, Persecution, Truth

In the year 622AD, the Prophet Muhammad, a 52-year old preacher of peace, was gaining very few converts among his community in Mecca.
Should he just go on preaching until he got too old — or until perhaps irate unbelieving enemies killed him?
No. He changed tactics, moving north to Medina – now as a warlord – raiding, enforcing conversions, killing men, women and children.
Tactics still in use today….
In the year 29AD, Jesus Christ, aged 30-odd, a moderately successful preacher in rural Galilee, took his disciples south to confront his opposition in Jerusalem.
No violence – still simply preaching God’s “kingdom” and condemning hypocrisy.
These methods soon led to his death on a cross.
Which of these two teachers was strong and which was weak?
Today’s professing Christians seem weak.
Not so much because they fight badly, but because they compromise with secularism and hypocrisy….
Which includes the use of violence in ways incompatible with the gospel of their Founder.

3
Jan

GOOD THOUGHTS FOR THE COMING YEAR: from Queen Elizabeth II.

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Faith, Jesus

Did you watch/hear the Queen’s Christmas speech?
I think it is very good.

31
Dec

MURDER OF CHILDREN: holy innocents, then and now.

by Arnold Jago in Death, History, Jesus, Multiculturalism, Persecution, Recent Developments

For Christians, December 28 is/was the Feast of the Holy Innocents”.
The “innocents” being babies murdered by King Herod, who feared a possible new-born alternative king.
“When Herod realised that he had been outwitted by the Magi (wise men) he gave orders to kill all boys in the Bethlehem region aged two years and under….” (Matthew’s gospel, chapter 2)
We know who killed those Bethlehem victims.
Who is murdering the hundreds of innocents being killed right now — daily, week in, week out?
Don’t we and our politicians and media bend over backwards to avoid suggesting that it’s mostly done by Muslims?
Is Islam, in fact, an ideology of violence dressed up as a religion?
We’d like that not to be true. Don’t we all long for a day when all Muslims renounce violence?
But we see little reason to expect it.
Denial and lies certainly aren’t helping.