Wednesday, August 15, 2018

My fingers must have slipped

When Nine takes over Fairfax later this year, one hopes that there will be less spelling errors in their newspapers. These are particularly embarrassing in the Letters to the Editor section. 

Thursday, August 09, 2018

China's exercise in futility

China's ruling Communist Party has started a new crackdown on Christianity.

Churches were raided and demolished, Bibles and other Christian literature were were confiscated and new laws were established to monitor religious activities in Henan province, which has one of the largest Christian populations in China.

Under President Xi Jinping, China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, Christians are seeing their freedoms, such as they were, eroded even further. 

Experts and activists say that as Xi consolidates his power, he is waging the most severe systematic suppression of Christianity in the country since religious freedom was written into the Chinese constitution in 1982.

Open Doors, which supports persecuted Christians around the world and monitors persecution of Christians, publishes a World Watch list annually. The 2018 World Watch report ranks China as the 43rd most repressive country in the world for religious freedom. 

One motivation for this suppression is to clamp down on Western infiltration of Chinese society. 
Western missionaries may have brought modern Christianity to China, but Christianity is not Western in origin. It is estimated that there are 97 million Christians in China, and if trends continue, in coming decades it will become the country with the world's highest number of Christians. This suppression will fail.

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Date night movie

Somehow I didn't know about this movie until today. Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley star in Operation Finale, based on the true story of the manhunt, capture, and trial of Adolf Eichmann, one of the key Nazi officials involved in the Final Solution. Eichmann will be played by Kingsley. It speaks to his acting talent and versatility that he has previously played victims of the Holocaust, such as Simon Wiesenthal (Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story), Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank (Anne Frank: The Whole Story), and Itzhak Stern (Schindler's List).

There have been other films made about Eichmann, It will be interesting to see how this film handles its subject matter.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Thank you very much

The other day I randomly came across a lifestyle and entertainment website aimed at retired people. One of the articles was about Elvis Presley's 1968 comeback special, which was filmed just over 50 years ago. It relaunched his singing career, after years without chart hits, and appearing in low quality movies. 

I noticed an error in one paragraph. Presley's first single was That's All Right, released in 1954In this article, it is erroneously titled I'm Alright Mama

Thursday, July 26, 2018

End of an era

Fairfax Media (logo).pngFairfax Media, publisher of The Age, is going to merge with Nine Entertainment, owners of Channel Nine, to create a new company encompassing print, digital, free to air television, and streaming services. While am I not a business analyst, it seems to me that Fairfax had no choice but to take this step, with declining circulation and advertising revenues. As sad it is for the Fairfax name to disappear, the alternative would have been for the company to down altogether.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Hmm, fascinating

When you spend enough time in Christian circles, whether it's listening to sermons, or engaging with other Christians on social media, and especially talking to unchurched people, either face to face, or online, you learn how important careful and sound Biblical interpretation is. A friend of mine told me about the Naked Bible podcast, hosted by scholar, Mike Heiser.

Having listened to a couple of episodes, it certainly gives me a lot to chew on, and also reminds me that the Bible is an inexhaustible treasure. Learning and applying it properly is a lifelong pursuit.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Dark days

For several reasons, July 18 is a bittersweet day in Jewish history. On July 18, 1290, King Edward I issued the Edict of Expulsion, banishing all Jews from England. The Spanish Expulsion by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella occurred on the same day in 1492. Back in 133 AD, Betar, the last stronghold in the Bar Kokhba rebellion, fell to the Romans after being under a three year siege. 580,000 Jews died by starvation or the sword, including Simon Bar Kokhba, the leader of the rebellion. His surname meant "son of the star" in the Aramaic language.