God Gave Them Over: Moral Decline & Romans 1

Thoughts and Reflections

To ring in the new year here in Sydney, I like to watch the fireworks. They always set off a fiery cascade tumbling down from the bridge into the harbour, which is pretty awesome, even though I’ve inevitably become desensitized to the novelty over the years. A TV broadcast covers the evening’s official entertainment: usually some B-grade TV personality spends hours roaming the crowd getting vox pops of party-goers in the lead up to the midnight fireworks, and as the night progresses, the crowd gets rowdier. People push their way in front of the camera yelling drunken frivolities; kissing, dancing, and miming obscenities while exposing an indecent amount of flesh. Of course, this is only the tame stuff that’s fit for family viewing. Everyone knows the real stuff happens later on, and in the morning, they all wake up with hangovers and regrets. Happy new year.

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“Lyrical Theology Pt. 1” by Shai Linne

Album Review

My introduction to Shai Linne was when a friend showed me “Jesus Is Alive”. I was deeply moved by the sheer triumph of Jesus over all other world, historical and religious leaders. I was quite humoured by the cheekiness of some of the lyrics, and I found the music quite groovy and old-school. My interest had been piqued, so I gave his first record, The Atonement, a spin. Rappers on limited atonement? This was not like other Christian music artists, sticking to their own personal praise. This was a guy who was delving deeply into the Word, yet doing so in the hip hop format. What a concept!

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The Quick & The Dead: Ephesians 2:1-10

“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.”

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