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The ethics of giving

IN HIS book Beyond the Boundary, Christian ethicist Dr Noel Preston AM explains that the essence of love, and therefore charity, is deeper than we may realise. “Perhaps the core of loving … is to understand the needs of another being and to be actively willing to meet those needs,” Dr Preston said. Director of UnitingCare’s Centre for Social Justice ...

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Faith, hope, and tax deductions

IN THE King James Version of 1 Corinthians 13:13, we are told to uphold faith, hope, and charity. “But the greatest of these is charity.” The Apostle Paul and the members of the early church strived to live as Jesus had lived. Paul, particularly in 1 Corinthians, encouraged people to look at the life of Jesus as an example of ...

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State under water: Queensland floods follow-up

“I SEE A cloud no bigger than a man’s hand.” (1 Kings 18:44 ) Elijah might have been standing near Bedourie late last year near the end of four years without a wet season. Drought had crippled both properties and people throughout northwest Queensland. But by Easter 2009, the area was struggling to recover from floods. Some rain may have ...

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Last post for God and country

While some argue about public holidays and pay rates, ‘high’ days and holy days are sensitive topics in the Christian church for entirely different reasons. The Uniting Church is no exception. WHILE CHRISTIANS often bemoan the secularisation and commercialisation of ‘our’ special days such as Easter and Christmas, we struggle to identify with some of the milestones on our community’s ...

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Easter for Gen Y Social Networkers

TOMB EMPTY. BODY GONE. That is all the Twitter message said. Then longer SMS messages began to fly. What’s happening? :-(. BTW guards gone 2. The photos appeared first on Facebook. Grainy mobile phone picture taken in the half light of dawn. Somebody started a Facebook page Where is Jesus? Within hours it had hundreds of friends. The guy had ...

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Jesus crucified in the movies

Movies portraying the crucifixion of Jesus provide us with useful conversation starters as we explore the depth of meaning in the events of Easter. Try suggesting an Easter movie and you’ll get different reactions. Some people are concerned about historical accuracy. Did Jesus have nails driven through his hands, as in The Passion of the Christ, through his wrists, as ...

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Finding the good in Good Friday

FOR MOST Queenslanders, Easter means an extra long weekend and a chance to get away or at least have a good break from the usual routine. It can also be an opportunity to enjoy the autumn weather and the ocean water while it’s still warm. For those who follow surfing, Easter is the time of the longest running professional surfing ...

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Two Easter Heresies

Christian scholars differ greatly on how to understand the resurrection of Christ.Is his resurrected ‘body’ is to be understood as his incarnate body (possibly transformed in some way) or rather as some ‘spiritual’, dis-embodied ‘body’, or even as simply externalising the ‘internal’ experience of the disciples in ‘meeting’ their risen Lord again.  These variants in belief can be linked to ...

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Love-hate gathering: From Palm Sunday to the Crucify Him mob

Jesus. Either you loved the guy or you hated him. It depended on a couple of things: how well you knew him and what the natural disposition of your heart was. The major Easter events featured two crowds: one a jubilant fan club, the other a lynching mob.Palm Sunday’s shiny, happy people waving palms loved Jesus. They were on a ...

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Easter Message from the Moderator

Easter brings together two apparently opposing human experiences; painful suffering and death followed by glorious new life and joy. On Good Friday we recall the unjust treatment and crucifixion of a compassionate and loving man, whom Christians believe was the incarnation of God. Christians believe that when Jesus died on the cross he entered fully into the human experience of ...

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