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From the editor – November 2005

This issue of Journey looks at the Bible, a book written over a 1500 year period by more than 40 authors from every walk of life. Read by more people and published in more languages than any other book in history, the Bible has been translated, retranslated, and paraphrased more than any other book which has ever existed. The Bible ...

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The Bible – a divine manifesto for mission

In this issue of Journey, with its emphasis on the Bible and how we read it, I want to reflect a little on the Bible as a manifesto for mission. A manifesto is a declaration explaining the intentions, motives and principles of actions to be undertaken. In that sense we can engage with scripture as one of the key ways ...

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How evangelicals read the Bible

Evangelicals, like others, do not have a single method for interpreting scripture; however, despite the diversity within evangelicalism concerning specific methods of biblical interpretation, features remain which still enable one to classify certain approaches and people as “evangelical”. The defining features of an evangelical interpretation of scripture are found in its presuppositions, that is, those basic beliefs which shape one’s ...

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Disaster

Unexpected disasters are type cast – in two ways, the natural and the human. In 1974 Cyclone “Tracy" blew away Darwin. Brisbane was seriously flooded. Recently, a tidal wave so powerful as to destroy from Indonesia to Sri Lanka. Hurricane "Katrina" moved through three states – wreckage from New Orleans to Houston. An earthquake hit Pakistan (with effects in India ...

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Comment on the multicultural proposal – Synod 2005

Rev Woodley is responding to the article Sensitive Multicultural Conversation. I have watched the debate about Resolution 84 of the 2003 Assembly over the past two plus years but have refrained from commenting publicly, apart from answering a question from a journalist some time ago which, at the time, prompted a clarification in Journey. However, I cannot let the report ...

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From the editor – October 2005

Not normally a fan of Synod meetings, I have often approached them with a certain degree of caution and cynicism however, I found myself surprised and encouraged by the 25th Synod meetings at Carrara last month. A sensitive Convocation of Ministers at Ashmore on the first day of the Synod meeting set a remarkable standard of community and established the ...

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On the brink!

I’ve been reflecting over recent weeks on biblical images consistent with commencing another new phase in my life and ministry, and have found myself returning once again to one of my favourite Old Testament stories. In Joshua Chapter 3, we see the Israelites, the people of God, at a critical point in their history, as they prepare to cross over ...

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Someone forgot to tell God. I am not a good plan.

 It’s the journey, not the passport. Saying’ Jesus is Lord’ is more than a passport, it is a journey. The notion that ‘Christians are better than…’ or those songs that go ‘You made me whole…’ seem to miss the point of our humanity. Weare a work in progress. Jesus tells of the worker that had been working all day and ...

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On doctrine and the Uniting Church in Australia

Now that the Queensland Synod has passed resolutions asking the Assembly to consider amending how matters of vital importance are brought before the whole church and to clarify how we determine doctrinal matters, it seems appropriate to address some important matters raised in the debate about the nature of the church and how the church should work and to get ...

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