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Steve McAlpine has contributed 14 articles

Indefensible? Saul and the Amalekite Genocide

by Steve McAlpine

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The Old Testament are eschatological judgement “intrusions”: judgement events that break into history at certain times as precursors to the final judgement of sin. This intrusion theology is fulfilled by the ultimate eschatological judgement intrusion—​the cross of Christ. There on the cross Jesus takes on the force of God’s judgement upon himself, despite his obedience to God and our disobedience.

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My Year in Books

by Steve McAlpine

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I 80 per cent finish a lot of books. I read a lot of books, but while I would never 80 per cent mow the lawn, 80 per cent do the dishes (I have 80 per cent finished a race to my eternal running shame), books get my worst side (80 per cent of it at least).

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Jesus, a Broken Car Window and a Girl from Oman

by Steve McAlpine

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We talked about doing community life around meals and how that made things feel different, and how Jesus did life like that. She seemed wistful, sad, as if life had shrunk from the jet-set life of the Middle East and Europe to this small factory unit in a working class suburb of a city on the edge of a lonely continent.

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Vengeance, God and The Federal Election

by Steve McAlpine

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Stephen McAlpine encourages us to think theologically about the federal election, and how belief in God changes positively the way we view politics and governing. Of the current political scene in Australia he says, "vengeance is the new modus operandi of the political agenda in Australia at the moment"

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Ministry To Homo-Liturgicus (Part 2: Time Redeemers)

by Steve McAlpine

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If only we had the luxury of slowing this down so as to be able to assess our busyness from within it, but apart from it. To stand simultaneously in and above the frantic, observing ourselves and to determine whether we are using time well. But we do not have that luxury. The busyness of life sweeps along Christian and non-Christian alike. We keep saying we don’t want to be this busy, but seem powerless to change it. What can we do?

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Ministry To Homo-Liturgicus (Part 1: Time Worshippers)

by Steve McAlpine

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And the aim of any liturgy is to, as Jamie Smith states, “trump other liturgies”: to make them the guiding force in your practices as opposed to anything else. And once you realise that, you can see how our culture is positively full of liturgy—from the ads that sell us wares, to the self-help books that set us our goals in life.

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Kingdom Syndrome and the Incredible Church

by Steve McAlpine

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In his new book, Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church, Scot McKnight tackles head on a theology of kingdom that has included everything in its definition and is quickly heading towards meaning nothing.

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