Did the prophet Jesus consider any food forbidden?

Many have suggested to me that Jesus advocated the same food laws as Mohammed and Moses. The gospel of Mark, however, tells another story: The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (TheContinue reading “Did the prophet Jesus consider any food forbidden?”

The Yin Yang of World Hunger

“The yin and yang of world hunger” by Imgur I think this yin-yang inspired image nicely illustrates the complete lack of balance between developed and developing nations! And as a citizen of a developed nation I find the prophecy of Jesus quite sobering: “Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will goContinue reading “The Yin Yang of World Hunger”

Is it OK for Christians to eat Halal Meat?

Here is an answer I have given to Muslims, based on my understanding of New Testament teaching: I would approach the food issue on a case by case basis. I have no problem with eating halal per se. I would have no problem being served it by a butcher. It would become problematic, however, ifContinue reading “Is it OK for Christians to eat Halal Meat?”

Aghast at the Aghori

Every path has its extremists and Hinduism is no exception. The first I heard of the Aghoris was in a book called, “Yoga: The Essence of Life,” which I read back in 2005. The book was based around interviews of Australian yoga instructors, one of whom, Robert Svoboda, spoke of his own experience with Aghora inContinue reading “Aghast at the Aghori”

Katter candidate’s anti-Halal comments have the attention of this Greenway resident

Having just arrived back from an interfaith conference and opened my waiting email in-box, I find this news report from the Sydney Morning Herald about Jamie Cavanough: A candidate for Bob Katter’s fledgling political party declared his preference  for buying ”guaranteed non-halal meat” so his money does not ”go to the Muslim community”. Jamie Cavanough, who is standing forContinue reading “Katter candidate’s anti-Halal comments have the attention of this Greenway resident”

Should we observe Ramadan?

Brian McLaren has decided to celebrate Ramadan this year: This year, I, along with a few Christian friends … will be joining Muslim friends in the fast which begins August 21. We are not doing so in order to become Muslims: we are deeply committed Christians. But as Christians, we want to come close to ourContinue reading “Should we observe Ramadan?”

Deepavali in Australia

Apparently its Deepavali today. I have had my head buried in my computer, completing my counselling assignment on child sexual abuse, only coming up for air for some occasional blogging. But this evening our neighbours came and gave us some Indian sweets and other indescribable food that tasted nice and spicy and sweet. Food offerContinue reading “Deepavali in Australia”