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Review: Gospel Fluency, by Jeff Vanderstelt

by Pete Greenwood

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In Gospel Fluency, Vanderstelt argues that becoming a mature Christian requires the ability to ‘believe and speak the truths of the Gospel…in and into the everyday stuff of life.’ (23) The Gospel is not something to be merely understood propositionally. For it to be truly transformational it must be applied, ‘spoken’, directly into life experience.

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Review: Empires of Dirt, by Douglas Wilson

by Simon Kennedy

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What would happen if, in speaking the truth to power (prophetically, of course), power listened? What if the king, or the entirety of Malcolm Turnbull’s cabinet, or Donald Trump, actually turned to Christ and publicly confessed him?

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Review: Phenomenal Sydney by Marcia Cameron

by Graham Cole

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In short, whereas so much of Anglicanism in the West is in decline, here is a diocese with a robust evangelicalism, with a high view of Scriptural authority, with a deep appreciation of its Reformation heritage and with a growing influence both within Australia and well beyond it.

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Review: A Better Way to Live, by Graham Hooper

by Kara Martin

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Hooper hopes that following the Proverbs and Psalms, and living a better way, would reveal Christians as so distinctively different and good that we will challenge and change the contexts we live in: our workplaces, neighbourhoods and communities.

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Book Review: When Santa Learned the Gospel by Simon Camilleri

by Jean Williams

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Simon Camilleri’s When Santa Learned the Gospel is a wonderful antidote to the message of Santa that kids absorb every Christmas through school, in the media, and at shopping malls. I wish it had been available when my children were younger, to read together after all those school Christmas concerts, where we always had to listen to Santa Claus is Coming to Town, a song that Simon engages with in his book.

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Review: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

by Belinda Grant

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I read it because I love Harry and his world and I wanted another visit. But rather than offering us a Time-Turner, God offers us a better world. Not a second attempt but a renewed creation, free from pain and suffering and sin. A reality more compelling than any fantasy, where our greatest foe will be vanquished for good (Revelation 20:10) and we can sing “all will be well” with confidence.

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