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I just feel overwhelmed,” I said to my wife, trying to explain the weight I felt pressing on me during the first couple of weeks at work for the year.

Part of it was reminiscent of the first week of a university semester, when all the lecturers would outline the breadth of reading and the number of assignments to be completed over the few short months following. And perhaps that feeling was somewhat justified as another busy year stretched ahead.

Generic Christianity? I Don’t Think So!

Written in response to a report by Dennis Hokama in the most recent issue of Adventist Today.

She: Hear you’re getting a new dog!

He: True.

She: Looking forward to choosing it?

He: Yes.

She: Bet you’re going for a puppy, not a grown up.

He: Exactly.

She: What kind are you looking for?

He: None.

She: Pardon?

He: None.

She: I ask you what kind of puppy you want and you say “none?”

He: Right.

She: You don’t care if the puppy comes with papers. Is that what you mean?

He: No.

The "Family" Myth


In any significant election campaign, such as that we have recently endured in Australia, it does not take long to hear politicians of all types wanting to claim “family” as a particular marker of their cause. From an appeal to “working families” to the ubiquitous “family values,” this terminology is invoked—however vaguely—to urge the importance of our voting behaviour. As Amanda Lohrey puts it, “‘family’ is the most powerful metaphor in politics today” (“Voting for Jesus,” Quarterly Essay, 2006).

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