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Every person is precious

The Uniting Church in Australia, in March 2008, formally committed itself to support the development of a national human rights charter for Australia. While Christian opposition to such a charter is often reported, Christian support remains largely unnoticed and undiscussed. The Christian faith understands life as a gift from God, and that through the life of the Trinitarian God, our ...

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A joy that dementia could not crush

This story was first published at www.mercatornet.com on 5 August 2008. When Ronald Reagan died in 2004 after a decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s, pundits across America repeated the conventional wisdom about dementia. The former president was only a "shell" and "shadow" of himself in his later years, they said, and his physical passing was a mere formality, the symbolic loss of ...

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No men… another fallacy

FROM TIME to time, I find myself troubled by various throw-away comments certain people make about the church. The common element in all these one-liners is cynicism and negativity. They all express a particular criticism or infer an element of blame for some situation or other in the life of the church. The statement I hear most frequently is that ...

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From the editorial team – August 2008

It’s Sunday afternoon, you’ve had lunch and settled on the couch, feet up with Journey. We’ll be spending the next three editions together, so allow me to introduce myself. I’m helping hold the fort while Bruce Mullan takes a break and Mardi Lumsden takes the wheel. My CV: husband and father, UCA member, journalist and broadcaster, occasional elephant hunter. Rather ...

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A watching brief

IN JANUARY 1970 I arrived in Renmark, a vibrant community in the Riverland of SA, to commence my first ministry placement. At that time the town congregation met for worship both Sunday morning and evening and the church was full on both occasions. TV arrived in the Riverland some time in 1971. Within six months, while attendances at morning worship ...

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From the Editor

When I was a very small child growing up in a very Presbyterian home, once each year the Moderator would come to visit to congregation. I remember it being something akin to a visit from Santa Claus. He (and it was always a “he”) didn’t bring presents, but he wore a particularly distinctive outfit that made a huge impact on ...

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Looking for ways to talk about God

God is currently a hot topic with Richard Dawkin’s book The God Delusion and Christopher Hitchens’ God is not Great; How Religion Poisons Everything on bestseller lists, dismissing God as irrelevant, harmful and non-existent. Their Rottwieler-style attacks are aimed at the traditional theistic God, the all-powerful, all-good, unchanging transcendent Being beyond the universe controlling everything from without and usually depicted ...

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Thomas the scientist?

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his ...

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Called to be peacemakers

I recently went to see the movie, Charlie Wilson’s War. Charlie Wilson was a United States Congressman who became actively involved in a clandestine operation aimed at the defeat of the Russians who had invaded Afghanistan in 1979. The movie is both a fascinating and frightening insight into the political manoeuvring involved in such a venture and the consequences that ...

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The economy of Grace

The Parable in Luke 16:1-13 is usually entitled, “The Dishonest Manager”. This title is actually very unhelpful, because it encourages us to focus on the parable as an example of inappropriate human behaviour, rather than as a story that points us to a particular truth about the nature of God and how God acts. In this story, the Manager is ...

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