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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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Moderator’s Musing – 12 February 2018

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

So the universities are open for business again from this week and we have oversight of six residential colleges—Cromwell, Emmanuel, Grace and Kings at the University of Queensland; John Flynn at the University of North Queensland; and Raymont Residential College based in Auchenflower, which services a number of educational institutions in Brisbane. Each of these colleges seeks to provide a ...

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Book review: More than 100 of the Best

After a lifetime serving God and the Uniting Church throughout Queensland, Rev Trevor Foote has released More than 100 of the Best, a collection of sermons from his extensive archives built up from decades of preaching. Rev Bruce Raymond reviews. Preaching can be an unpredictable business. I have delivered sermons making some points which I thought were of secondary importance, ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.     Our creator is the ultimate rights legislator CBN News reports on President Trump’s comments at the National Prayer Breakfast where the 45th president of the United States of America declared, “Our rights are not given to us by man. Our rights come from our Creator. No matter what, no earthly ...

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Moderator’s Musing – 5 February 2018

Current Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker.

Rev Graham Slaughter ministers in the Leichhardt Patrol across the central/western Darling Downs and he has been a tireless advocate for people whose lives have been disrupted and their health affected by the development of the coal seam gas industry. At his instigation, the Synod in Session has communicated to the state government our concerns about their management of this ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Grammy gong goes to Hillsong The Sydney Morning Herald covers news of Hillsong Worship’s award at the 2018 Grammys for best contemporary Christian music performance/song. The music group won for their hit “What A Beautiful Name” and were the only Australians to be honoured at the music industry’s night of nights. “No matter how far or close you feel to ...

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