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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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Book review: Crucible of Faith

Ever wondered how beliefs in God, the supernatural and worship evolved in the period between the Old and New Testaments? Philip Jenkins’ latest book Crucible of Faith examines the development of Christianity in the “Crucible Era” (the intertestamental period) and will likely kickstart fascinating conversations about the faith. Nick Mattiske reviews. A universal God, monotheism, heaven, hell, the Day of ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 20 February 2018

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

I’ve just finished reading Nyunggai Warren Mundine’s autobiography In Black and White. It’s a very interesting and challenging read, telling the story of a family in the era of the “Protection” Acts for Aboriginal people, and Mundine’s journey into leadership in the ALP, and for his people. Mundine is a compelling advocate for the First Peoples of this land, and ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.      Mike gets Pence-ive about faith CBN News reports US Vice President Mike Pence‘s comments in response to claims by popular television show The View that his hearing Jesus Christ was akin to mental illness. The View co-host Joy Behar remarked, “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus ...

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