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Christmas has come a long way since A.D. 353 when Pope Julius I first declared December 25 as the date for the celebration of the birth of Jesus.  As a child, I remember Christmas as a much simpler event as we gathered around the tree with the family taking turns to open presents and enjoying excitement that was worth so ...

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How will you be spending Christmas this year?

Christmas, for our family, is traditionally spent going to church, spending the day with relatives and of course opening presents. Although our three boys, aged 12, 9 and 6, have been brought up in the Christian faith, the focus of Christmas was becoming lost with the commercial aspects of wanting and getting. My husband and I thought we needed to ...

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The greatest gift of all

In his first letter to the church at Corinth, the apostle Paul declares that there is one thing that matters above all else, without which everything else is meaningless. He calls it the “more excellent way”, the way of love. Now Paul would have known that Jesus, in his own ministry, had taught that love for God and for one ...

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Christmas… an extremely difficult holiday to Christianise

I’ll call him Merv, a young minister fighting Christmas crowds, looking for a special gift at one shop, a toy another place, a card at still another. Eventually he finds something he likes, or more importantly, that he thinks someone else will like. The saleswoman wishes him a ‘Merry Christmas’ as she hands back his purchase and change. Merv responds ...

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Scattered opinions are more than polarisation

The following opinion was offered as the Editorial for the December 2005 edition of Ruminations the quarterly journal of the Uniting Church NSW Rural Ministry Unit and was written by Bruce Irvine: There are some who say that the Uniting Church is a church divided. Divided implies that there are two opposing groups, or points of view. But on every ...

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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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