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Bible App has Astonishing Reach

One of the stories carried in the media in the past weeks was the enormous success of the Bible app called You Version. I use it extensively, both on my phone and on my home speaker where I listen to the bible. Turns out – so do a lot of people around the world. Users … Continue reading

Christmas Songs too Religious for a Joyless Word

Now that we are into December, I hope that this year we will not see any stories about banning Christmas carols. Since it is the start of the media silly season, silly stories like that seem to abound. There was one story from California this week, where a 13-year-old student was stopped from choosing Joy … Continue reading

Government Showing Signs of Listening

People of faith, like me, appreciate the fact that Scott Morrison and his government have allowed more time to get the new religious discrimination laws right. Considering the number of complex issues involved, they are something that shouldn’t be rushed. Of particular concern was the fact that under the draft laws as they stood – … Continue reading

Younger Generation Lead Way For Supporting Religious Freedom

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

Long Road Ahead Supporting Fire Victims

I was speaking recently to some people helping bushfire victims in northern New South Wales. They were part of the Anglicare disaster recovery response, which helps in the immediate aftermath of fires, floods and the like. Several religious organisations like the salvos help in this effort and they do a valuable job in meeting people … Continue reading

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

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