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And the Beat(itudes) go on …

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

I’m still ruminating on the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1–12) and feeling called back to them again and again. I was reflecting on them at Kings College’s Commemoration Service last month. Matthew certainly draws a picture of Jesus as the new Moses, the new law-giver for a new community, and what we have come to call the beatitudes are the opening statements ...

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Crossing the cultural divide

Rev David J Hawke explores cross-cultural mission in the 21st century by looking to historical figures and how they humbly and respectfully interacted with those yet to hear the gospel message. Our world view affects us in the same way our autonomous body functions work: silently and unnoticeably. Defining our world view is hard. It is not until we encounter ...

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Book review: “Haunted by Christ” & “The Year of our Lord 1943”

Nick Mattiske reviews two new books (by Richard Harries and Alan Jacobs) featuring acclaimed writers W.H. Auden and T.S. Eliot, primarily for their work in thinking about the role of writers and artists in speaking into modernity about the deeper questions. Harries writes from within Christianity, as it were, but the various writers he discusses in the chapters of Haunted ...

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34th Synod in Session: Norman and Mary Millar Lecture

The challenge to form unconventional alliances, collaborate across boundaries and embrace our responsibilities as active citizens formed the heart of a compelling 2019 Norman and Mary Millar Lecture from Professor Anne Tiernan as the 34th Synod continued last night. Scott Guyatt reports.  Offering her thoughts against the backdrop of a Federal Election count and drawing out careful analysis of the Australian political ...

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Confessions in the wake of tragedy

In the days following the horrendous events in the two mosques of Christchurch I have struggled to make sense of my internal responses. I have visited Christchurch before and after the earthquake and felt for the people who are trying to re-build their city on shaky ground. There was the immediate feeling of empathy and horror that several hundred people ...

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Retired Uniting Church ministers confront politicians over slashed incomes

Two retired Uniting Church ministers are taking up the cause of more than 1000 ministers and spouses whose retirement incomes were slashed by aged pension changes in January 2016. Journey reports. The federal policy change affected the treatment of income in defined benefit superannuation schemes. National Assembly estimated in December 2016 that more than 80 per cent of retired members ...

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Mt Louisa church opens doors to flood-affected Townville residents

When heavy monsoonal rain caused massive flooding in Townsville in early February, the new Uniting Church community church at Mt Louisa immediately opened its doors to help. Journey reports. The flooding in the North Queensland coastal city of Townsville was unprecedented, with hundreds of people evacuated and thousands of homes inundated. Members of the newly formed Mt Louisa Community Church ...

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New faces in ministry

Iris Marais I come from humble beginnings and grew up in Johannesburg. My awareness of Jesus’ love for me led me to become a Christian when I was 16-years-old through a confirmation course in the Methodist Church in South Africa. This gave me a solid foundation in Christianity, but my time at Holy Trinity Brompton Church in London exposed me ...

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Reflections on the Word of God

Does the “way” of Christ and his teachings constitute the authoritative Word of God or are other parts of the Bible (such as the Old Testament) also included as the authoritative Word of God? Journey sat down with three theologians from Trinity College Queensland and Uniting College to explore the issue. Dr John Frederick When difficult theological issues arise we ...

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When the Bible says something I don’t like

We have all read some passages in the Bible that make us uncomfortable. Do you treat the Bible as an all-or-nothing proposition in the way you live your life? If not, why is that? How did you come to that decision? Do you have an informed theology? Rev Prof Andrew Dutney explored questions like these in a presentation he delivered ...

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