nswchs has written 846 posts for NSW Council of Churches

Back Off Those Millenials

Much has been said about the youngest generations, the Millenials and Gen Z, and their apparent lack of faith. I’m not sure that’s entirely true. Those generations may have their weaknesses, but don’t the other generations as well? After all, we haven’t left them a spotless record or, in many ways, a very good example … Continue reading

Latest Study Says Religion Good For Society

You know what they say about statistics – well I won’t repeat it but it is not complementary. There are a lot of statistics, fuelled by some bias, about a decline in Christianity. It just depends where you are speaking about. Some places are in decline, some areas are seeing a boom in Christianity. But … Continue reading

ABC Finds Religious Discriminated Against

The ABC this month posted the results of a survey on Australian society and it had some interesting results on faith and public life. Notably, it found some 70 percent of those surveyed believe that people of faith are subjected to discrimination. It is a strong indicator that there is a need for religious discrimination … Continue reading

Loneliness Not a New Thing

I read in a British newspaper this week a story about the elderly in England – skipping meals because they didn’t want to eat alone. This, the newspaper said, was part of a loneliness epidemic among Britain’s elderly. One in five over 70s ate all their daily meals alone each week, I don’t think this … Continue reading

A prayer for Our Country, in drought and fire

Our heavenly Father, creator of all things and especially the creator of this land and its original peoples, we call out to you in these desperate times as we see the first catastrophic fire warnings for New South Wales, as fires have already swept across several parts of our land. Our hearts cry out to … Continue reading

Religious Freedom Not About Special Rights

It is time to take a long hard look at the religious freedom debate and for some to stop misrepresenting what is going on. The debate is not about giving special rights to some people or groups but to ensure there is genuine diversity in our society. There are all sorts of religious beliefs and … Continue reading

Calls to Abolish the Lord’s Prayer

The Greens have raised in State Parliament the issue of scrapping the Lord’s Prayer at the opening of sessions. The Lord’s Prayer has been said at the opening of the Upper House for almost two centuries – but instead a handful of Green MPs want instead to introduce a meditation-style ritual where members “stand in … Continue reading

Kanye West, the Real Deal?

I can’t claim to be a fan of Kanye West – or even to be able to name one of his songs. But I am interested in the fact that he now has emerged singing what appear to be Christian lyrics. His latest album is called Jesus is King. Now I know that many singers … Continue reading

Is Rugby Still Played in Heaven?

I think it is time for a bit of perspective about social media. The space is now chock full of so many things. Some of it helpful – quite a lot of it trivial and some things you would prefer not to see. Some things are thought provoking and whether or not you agree with … Continue reading

Declining Numbers Not the Whole Story

There is no doubt that the age of nominal church attendance is over – people don’t go to church anymore because it is fashionable as it might have been in the 20th century and earlier. But as I have often said, the statistics about church attendance declining in some areas also reflect the fact that … Continue reading