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Taking the hassle out of volunteering with FreddyMatch

James O’Callaghan meets a Gold Coast couple who have turned an idea of developing an easy way to find volunteering opportunities into reality. Volunteering is something most people think of doing from time to time. But in many instances, the time and effort required to find an organisation with a suitable opportunity means that volunteering gets thrown into the “too ...

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Christ and history explored in books by prominent British theologians

Tom Wright and Rowan Williams are two of the most prominent British theologians, capable of both writing for a popular audience and getting into the midst of scholarly debate. Nick Mattiske reviews their recent books. Though their latest books—History and Eschatology and Christ the Heart of Creation—lie beyond their more populist work, Wright and Williams tackle, intriguingly and in their ...

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New kingdom life in a troubled world

Author Christopher Brown explores faith in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and what might be a “renewed kingdom normal” for these times.  Stirrings People of faith are stirring. It is not that they have suddenly awakened from a nightmare filled with the horrors of a global pandemic. For many have remained fully conscious during this troubled time, seeking creative responses ...

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Moderator’s musing – 20 October 2020

The Queensland election is just around the corner and I think some perspective around some of the issues is timely. Much has been made of the Premier’s announcement over the weekend where voluntary assisted dying became a topical issue in the last few weeks of the campaign. I agree with the Premier when she said, “this is an incredibly important ...

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Synod Standing Committee – October 2020

Below is the brief summary of the Synod Standing Committee meeting—held on Thursday 1 October—to inform the wider Queensland Synod community of the discussions, deliberations and decisions arising from that meeting. This meeting was held in the Rollie Busch Chapel at the Synod office in a COVID safe manner.   Hearing from presbyteries The Carpentaria and Downs Presbyteries reported on ...

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Church audio device links seniors with their childhood memories

For many Australian seniors the ageing process naturally brings about a loss in memory but a new hand-held audio player, MemoryLink, aims to reconnect church music memories in the elderly to their earlier lives. Ben Rogers reports. Ten years ago the late Dr Fenton Sharpe AM attended a church service and noticed a worshipper, suffering from dementia, still able to ...

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Book review: On the Road with Saint Augustine

James K.A. Smith’s recent book On the Road with Saint Augustine gives readers an opportunity to see how Augustine’s timeless wisdom resonates in the 21st century and how he can be a faithful traveling companion on life’s often complicated journey. Nick Mattiske reviews.    In his book Confessions, Saint Augustine is writing not so much to convince through argument, but ...

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Synod Standing Committee – September 2020

Below is the brief summary of the Synod Standing Committee meeting—held on Thursday 3 September 2020—to inform the wider Queensland Synod community of the discussions, deliberations and decisions arising from that meeting. This meeting was held by video conference due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Project Plenty As we approach Synod in Session, the Synod Standing Committee endorsed and recommended the latest ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 3 September 2020

Across the world, many denominations and churches are celebrating September as the Season of Creation. Particularly for what is now such an urbanised world, this season reminds us that God’s vision for the Kingdom is about creation, not just humanity. The aim of this time is to reconnect us to our fundamental role; to be stewards of creation. The idea ...

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With Love to the World now available on app store

Since 1976, With Love to the World has been publishing a printed booklet of devotional material but has now taken the technological leap with the launch of their mobile device app.  After a delay, With Love to the World is now available on iOS devices, via the App Store. The With Love to the World App was already available on Google Play. ...

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