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About Jim Reiher
We all know that there are two taboo topics we are not meant to talk about - Religion and Politics. But, they are two of Jim’s most passionate interests. He has been a candidate in various elections between 2004 and 2010, and he was a founding member and the first President of the Casey Multi-faith Network in 2007 (and remains an active member to this day). Jim has a Bachelors of Arts (double major in history) and a Diploma of Education, and also a Masters of Theology (with honors). In recent years he has had a number of journal articles (historical, biblical, and the gender debate) accepted and published after peer review.
Read this at your peril. It is a very confronting personal story of how someone just had to quit working for the Department of Immigration in Australia because of the cruel policies we are implementing against asylum seekers.
This compelling story was written by Lauren Smith. She worked as an administration officer for the Department of Immigration. She now works in refugee support services, and is the co-founder of non-profit group Learning & Ideas for Tibet. She is calling for signatures on a Change.org petition to protest government policy. (The story was in Crikey.com today: Jan 30th 2014.)
"We knew for a week they were close to our shores, we were constantly monitoring them, and we let them die."
‘Beware of practicing your righteousness before people, to be noticed by them, otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven… when you pray, you are not to be as the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners, in order to be seen by people. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in heaven, and your Father who sees in secret, will repay you. And when you pray, do not use meaningless repetition, as the Gentiles do, for they suppose they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then in this way: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen’ (Jesus, recorded in Matthew 6:1-13).
This book is now my best example of how scholars go to the most desperate lengths to promote a view. It typifies how one can manipulate evidence and arguments, to promote a position, and the extremes of dogmatism that can be packaged as if it is even-handed research. The scholars who contributed to this volume know that there are many sound arguments that could have been raised against their material, but they do not tease them out with any genuine attempt to weigh the evidence. No, this book is dogmatic theology at its worst. It has an agenda to promote, and it pretends to be studying all the evidence in so doing. There are so many examples of how this particular book argues poorly, ignores evidence, and pushes a predetermined view that it is hard to decide which specific issue to highlight by way of example. But let me settle for their discussion of Junia(s) – the person mentioned in Romans 16:7. It is a manageable length in their book, allowing us to evaluate it in a relatively short article.
‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.’
Gordon Fee rightly sums up the major controversy about this passage when he writes: ‘Is the equity, or the oneness, of the three pairs – Jew and Greek, slave and free, male and female – to be limited to the justifying work of Christ alone, or does it include other aspects of life in the believing community as well?’ These two key options are clearly at loggerheads: it is either talking about a wide application including both salvation and social relationships, or it is limited to a narrow theological application that restricts itself to our salvation alone. Every reader has to make a decision which ‘school’ they will choose to belong to.
I have put off writing this for a while... but you know what? It needs to be said. The following is a paper I have put together that explains why it is that some of us who call ourselves Christians (Christ followers) actually do support gay marriage. Happy for discussion so long as you actually read it first! :-)
"Never put off helping simply because you can't address every issue and every problem. Never put off helping because you can't help everyone who needs it. If everyone just did something, everything would get done. Do your part without regard for those with idle hands."
- Jim Reiher