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From the editor April 2006

Imagine being imprisoned for thirteen years. How much would society have changed in that time? In 1992, the last time you were a part of society, the Australian Prime Minister was Paul Keating and Queensland’s Premier was Wayne Goss. Mobile phones were rare and resembled a brick and the Internet was just catching on. Fittingly, the 1992 Academy Award winning ...

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Christians can’t condone the death penalty

On 2 December 2005 a bell tolled 25 times in Melbourne while a young man was hanged in Singapore’s Changi Prison. He was a convicted drug trafficker, caught carrying 400g of heroin. The pictures on the television were heart wrenching: a mother embracing her son following his brother’s execution. Capital punishment has been the subject of much debate over many ...

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Journey asks John Woodley: As a Christian why did you choose to be involved in politics?

During my time as a Senator there were two contradictory questions/comments frequently asked by Christians. One was, “What is a nice clergyman like you doing in a place like that?” and “I am glad you are in politics. We need more Christians in Parliament.” Both of these well-intentioned statements reveal a lack of knowledge of political processes and of the ...

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Moderator’s message March 2006: Fools for the sake of Christ

The recent controversy, and accompanying violence, sparked by the publication in many newspapers around the world of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad, raises some pertinent questions for reflection by Christians. It is my personal view (and I accept that there are differing opinions) that the media in general could act with a much greater degree of responsibility in such matters. ...

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Journey asks: Why do you hang in with the Uniting Church?

Mark CornfordIf I had been asked this question ten years ago I would have answered with something like “the Uniting Church is no better or worse than any other church”. I had a general agreement with most of the theology of the Uniting Church, historically it was where I had grown up, and I had a vague sense that this ...

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