nswchs has written 813 posts for NSW Council of Churches

Slovenia follows Austria on gay marriage

#1174 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 3 January 2016 Slovenia is a republic in south central Europe. Two weeks ago Slovenians followed their Austrian counterparts in voting decisively against gay marriage, with more than 60 per cent of those who cast their vote in a referendum saying No. The Slovenian parliament had earlier passed legislation giving … Continue reading

Christianity faces death in Middle East

#1173 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 3 January 2016 At a reception for Christians connected to the Middle East, Prince Charles gave graphic descriptions of the suffering faced by Christians under attack from terrorists. The Prince described the plight of Christians he has personally met who have been kidnapped, tortured, threatened with beheading but who … Continue reading

Alcohol is our worst drug menace

#1172 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 3 January 2016 In our efforts to protect kids and adults from the serious harmful impact of drug use, the widespread availability and abuse of alcohol must not be sidelined. In a recent opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Benjamin Veness, who works in the emergency department of a … Continue reading

Biblical values and American politics

#1171 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 27 December 2015 For good or ill, we will continue to be bombarded by media reports of the lead-up to the 2016 U.S. federal election. Sadly the gap between party rhetoric and the professed faith of candidates has never been wider. During a recent Republican presidential debate in Las … Continue reading

Research counters expectations on abortion

#1170 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 27 December 2015 According to research from the MELISA Institute, since Chile’s ban on abortion in 1989, not only has maternal health improved but the number of women seeking illegal abortion has plummeted. This places Chile in an enviable second place for the lowest maternal mortality rate in the … Continue reading

Small ripples make a difference

#1169 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 27 December 2015 A few days before Christmas, social justice advocate and blogger Scott Higgins observed that while there are many things to be thankful for today, compared to the time of Jesus’ birth, we might ask, “Where is this kingdom of justice and peace that Jesus proclaimed?” He says … Continue reading

Christian drug rehab centres miss out

#1168 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 20 December 2015 Christian faith-based organisations tackling drug addiction are suffering “official discrimination” and failing to attract government funding because their drug rehabilitation programs are based on Christian principles. Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie said this week that the not-for-profit, Teen Challenge, was told if they became “less Christian” they … Continue reading

Christmas is a time for positive change

#1167 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 20 December 2015 Christmas and New Year provide an opportunity to assess the past and make the changes we need for better times ahead, especially at work. Kara Martin, Associate Dean of the Marketplace Institute at Melbourne’s Ridley College, says this is a time to live out the themes … Continue reading

Sydney siege survivor seeks unity

#1166 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 20 December 2015 One year on from Sydney’s Lindt Cafe siege, which claimed the lives of Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson, one survivor is taking extraordinary steps to bring healing from the tragedy. Louisa Hope, who was shot in the foot during the siege, has joined Common Grace as Ambassador … Continue reading

What is the value of SRE?

#1165 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 13 December 2015 The current issue of Presbyterian Pulse reports that when a Christian teacher delivers Special Religious Education in NSW schools, parents and schools can be sure that students in their care will receive high quality, engaging and beneficial teaching. As well as contributing to a child’s broader education, … Continue reading