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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

Archbishop’s Controversial Challenge to Church Leaders

The Anglican Archbishop Glenn Davies made headlines this week when he said leaders trying to change church doctrine should leave to find another church. He was talking about the doctrine of marriage. He was talking about leaders such as Bishops – not those in the pews who probably have a range of views (depending where … Continue reading

Amen, Mr Morrison. Amen

For the first time I can remember, the Prime Minister has talked about prayer. Not the American-type-we are sending our thoughts and prayers – Scott Morrison addressing a Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast in Canberra said prayer could bring about nonpartisan unity by reminding MPs of their vulnerability and humanity. I agree – I have seen that … Continue reading

Pushback on Religious Freedom Bill a “Positive Sign”

There have been headlines recently saying that the draft religious freedom bill has pleased nobody, churches included. Well, that’s not quite right. As Senator Amanda Stoker pointed out the strong pushback on some aspects of the bill is actually a “positive sign”. After all, she said, it was released as an exposure draft and was … Continue reading

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