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Journey asks Greg Mackay: Why do you volunteer?

WE LIVE in a world of opposites; opposites of opportunity, hope, and life itself. For many of us, and certainly for me, my life lived is a life blessed. And so it is for almost all of my family members, friends, and colleagues. But for many others, for the majority world, for many, many of our fellow citizens it is ...

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Giving freely for the sake of all

I HAVE just returned from a visit with the United Church of the Solomon Islands where I had the remarkable experience of a church, indeed a country, that exists on the strength of volunteers. I saw wonderful infrastructure and human services that exist because of volunteers. I had several conversations with a group of Rotary volunteers from Rockhampton and Bundaberg. ...

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Exploring more than life and death

THE DAY before I wrote this I heard Peter Gabriel’s song Solsbury Hill on the radio. That night over a good red I told my husband that that was the song I wanted played at my funeral. Now apart from completely categorising me as a new romantic, this song says a lot about my understanding of life and death. Mr ...

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At the Cross

ONE OF THE traditional ways of presenting the death of Jesus is to describe it as a sacrifice. That is problematical for many people in contemporary society. The church’s great theologians through the centuries proposed various theories to explain how the death of Jesus saves us. Some of these old theories survive today and are still used to test a ...

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The Resurrection of Jesus: A Truly “Progressive” Understanding

Much has been said in recent years about the resurrection of Jesus Christ, with a plethora of pseudo scholarship, making the argument that because of our so-called advanced knowledge of science, and how the world ‘really’ works, that it is impossible (for them), that the resurrection of Jesus really happened. This is all in the name of an arrogantly, self ...

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Connecting with the culture of creativity

I KNOW nothing about art. When I visited the art galleries of Europe I admit that I didn’t really understand most of the art works I saw, and sometimes wondered why they are called art and deserved a place in a gallery. However I remember the wisdom of a minister of my childhood, who said that a person who says ...

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Christianity: It’s just not cricket

I KNOW it is summer when the ABC tells me cricket is on the radio. I’m not a cricket fan. It’s a peculiar game. I’m keener about religion than I am about cricket, because I don’t understand all the intricacies and petty rules applied by the governing cricket bodies. That said, I was interested in the news stories when Australians ...

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Remembering the call

OVER THIRTY years ago the Uniting Church in Australia embarked on what could have been a remarkable journey, but has it abandoned its original course? It is now a shell of its former self, like so much Liberal Protestantism throughout the West. The past decade has witnessed the Uniting Church rid itself of any prophetic vocation it might once have ...

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Translating the universal language

LOVE IS the theme of so many songs, films, operas and plays. Everyone from Shakespeare to Britney Spears has been inspired by the consequences of love. But for all the joy love can bring it can also be the cause of great pain, even heartbreak. Since its release in 1992, American author and counsellor Dr Gary Chapman’s book The Five ...

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Love is a many-splendoured thing

FOR MANY people, love is a crazy mixture of emotions: joy, pain, guilt and deep satisfaction. However it is often reduced to a shallow sentimentality that does little for anyone. This issue of Journey invites us to consider love in many ways. Of course Christians believe that one of the greatest descriptions of love is in Paul’s Letter to the ...

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