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Book review: The New Cosmic Story

As science progresses and we learn more about the universe and our place within it, what role does religion and spiritual thought play in unlocking the mysteries of our cosmic beginnings? John Haught’s latest book The New Cosmic Story grapples with the big questions of our existence and how religion has a far greater role in understanding the universe than some ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 19 March 2018

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

Last Friday I had the opportunity to spend a day at the Grasstree Gathering. About 150 Indigenous Christian leaders gathered over the weekend to encourage and support one another in the work they are doing with and for their people. It was an inspiring event. Artists like Safina Stewart spoke of their journey and what they are seeking to say ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Photo of a magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.      Courtroom fireworks for Katy Perry News.com.au reports on the dramatic events which unfolded during a courtroom hearing involving Katy Perry and some nuns who are battling over a Los Angeles convent. An 89-year-old nun, Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, died during her court appearance after earlier stating that day, “To Katy Perry, ...

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Social responsibility review

What’s happening this week? Thursday, 15 March is National Close the Gap Day, an annual awareness event that aims to close the health and life expectancy gap between the indigenous and the non-indigenous communities in Australia. To find out more, visit https://www.oxfam.org.au/what-we-do/indigenous-australia/national-close-the-gap-day/ Friday, 16 March is National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, Australia’s key anti-bullying event for schools ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 12 March 2018

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

What’s happening around the world with the Christian faith? Where are there places where the church is having a crack at being a sign and foretaste of the reign of God? I was at a workshop in Sydney last week sponsored by The Bible Society. A missiologist there told us he was telling his children that he was going to ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Photo of a magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.      Atheists brush away religious plaque The Christian Post reports on Minnesota’s Saint Louis County and their removal of a plaque which was displayed in a county courthouse citing the Ten Commandments. In addition to the big ten, there was also Jesus’ Great Commandment etched in the sign. The decision to ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 5 March 2018

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

It’s International Women’s Day this week, and it’s a brave man who comments on it! Yet I feel compelled to do so, as we have to recognise, even against the favourable comparisons that could be made in terms of other countries, that there’s still work to do here in Australia and in our own church. The theme is about pressing ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.    Here lies America’s Pastor USA Today report that congressional leaders joined President Trump in praising Billy Graham as America’s pastor during a private ceremony at the U.S. Capital earlier in the week. The president called Graham “an ambassador for Christ,” who changed America and the world. Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...

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Billy Graham: the life and times of a Christian Crusader

For many Christians, Billy Graham was the American icon of faith that transformed 20th century evangelism. His preaching reached hundreds of millions through television, radio and books and Graham would become a mainstream figure in popular culture earning praise from as diverse a coalition as Muhammad Ali, President Obama and Johnny Cash. Nick Mattiske examines the life and legacy of ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.      Easter eggs-iled from chocolate? News.com.au reports on chocolate maker Cadbury’s denials that it removed the word “Easter” from their chocolate eggs. Following Footy Show presenter Erin Molan publicly questioning why her chocolate eggs didn’t have the word “Easter” on the packaging, Cadbury released an official statement pointing to their other ...

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