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Book review: Tornado God

Tornadoes are considered in theological and meteorological terms in Peter Thuesen’s latest book Tornado God but the author also explores, more broadly, the role of God when natural disasters strike and bring misery to many around the world. Nick Mattiske reviews. Tornadoes have the fastest winds on Earth, and while hurricanes/cyclones have wider impact, tornadoes are the most destructive. They ...

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Good Lord, what on earth is there to celebrate?

Although it’s tempting to focus on the doom and gloom in terms of global social progress, there’s much to celebrate even if there’s still far to go. Similarly the church may face a range of challenges in the decades to come but Christ’s power to transform lives around the world for the better continues with inspiring results in Asia, Africa ...

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“What can love hope for?” asks Rev Dr Bill Loader in his new book

Christianity, Rev Dr Bill Loader says, has all too often been a source of “death and harm”. His new book, What Can Love Hope For? explores what he says are often misunderstood parts of scripture. Insights magazine Jonathan Foye writes. Rev Dr Loader is Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Murdoch University and the author of several books, including Jesus in John’s ...

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Book review: How My Life Expanded Beyond My Expectations

Former Queensland Synod Moderator Bryan Gilmour’s How My Life Expanded Beyond My Expectations is a grass roots story of Gilmour’s ministry in the life of the church in Queensland but as Dr John Harrison discovers it’s also a valuable manual for the hows and whys of effective ministry. Shortly after I became editor of the Queensland Synod newspaper in 1983, ...

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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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