Home > Tag Archives: faith (page 2)

Tag Archives: faith

A birthday message from Rev David Baker, Queensland Synod moderator

Rev David Baker. Photo: Supplied

I’m thankful for the Uniting Church: This church gave me a community where I was known, appreciated, loved, and accepted (that’s no small thing!!!).  This church gave me space to explore that great big wonder called life! This church continues to challenge me with a bigger picture of who Jesus is. This church gave my children a place where they ...

Read More »

Book review: The Shack

The Shack. Photo: Windblown Media

William Paul Young’s novel The Shack became a mega sensation after solid word-of-mouth from America’s Christian community transformed it from a little-known novel from a tiny publishing outfit (operating on a shoestring marketing budget) to a USA Today best-seller. With the film adaptation—featuring Hollywood stars Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer—about to hit Aussie cinemas, Rodney Eivers reviews the 2008 book ...

Read More »

Book review: The Boy and the Homeless Man

The Boy and the Homeless Man. Photo: Supplied

African-Australian author Edison Yongai writes a modern day parable about the way in which God invites and challenges the church to love unconditionally and serve selflessly, especially to those in need. Ben Tupou reviews. What a time for this tale to be told. In the year 2017 where phrases such as “Let’s build a wall” or “Send them back to ...

Read More »

The Fault in Ourselves: Trump, the Media, and the Modern Malaise

Trump, the media and our modern malaise

Donald Trump’s presidential win shook the foundations of the global political establishment and forced much contemplation about how his brash, America-first campaign successfully connected with many voters despite the torrent of scandals surrounding him. Scott Stephens examines the media’s role in the US election and the “fake news” hysteria generated in the wake of President Trump. If there is one ...

Read More »

The Big Questions: “Converting the heathen”

Duncan Barlow. Photo: Supplied

It may have been a common phrase in days gone by but talk of “converting the heathen” is now loaded with problematic connotations in a world scarred by western cultural hegemony and interfaith insensitivity. Who is left to convert today and should we be active in that mission? Duncan Barlow, pastor at Toowong Uniting Church who served in Indonesia for ...

Read More »

True faith on display at Easter Madness

This year’s sponsored candidates from outside the south east corner. Photo: Steve Molkentin

What do you get when you add over 170 energy-filled young people with games, worship and minimal sleep? The answer is Easter Madness 2017. Ben Tupou reports. A week before Easter, young people from across the state gathered at the Sunshine Coast Recreational Centre to worship, express their creativity, and learn more about God and faith in today’s society. An ...

Read More »

Unearthing gold and God in the west

Ruth Duncan with a large gold nugget at Natural Gold Nuggets of Kalgoorlie. Photo: Ruth Duncan

A recent Uniting News advertisement for free accommodation in return for providing Sunday services sparked an adventure from Ipswich to Kalgoorlie. Ruth Duncan reflects on her experiences moving westward and how she struck gold in the faith community. A small advertisement in the weekly Uniting News email late last year popped up the day after my last lecture in New ...

Read More »

Film review: Ordet


A challenging, complex work exploring faith, family and the mysteries of existence, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Ordet is hailed by the critics as one of the greatest films ever made. Ben Rogers reviews. Religion seems to hover over much of Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s filmography—even in titles such as The Passion of Joan of Arc, Day of Wrath, The Parson’s ...

Read More »

Friday’s religion wrap

Photo of a magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week. Check back in every Friday to see the latest wrap up of religious news that made us think and reflect.  Slovakia dumps church of spag in the bog The Christian Post examines latest legislative developments in Slovakia that seek to block the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, as well as Islam, ...

Read More »

Appealing outcome for Fiji recovery

A collage of photos showing the damage of Cyclone Winston, goods in transit and their distribution. Photos were supplied.

Gratitude has poured in from Rakiraki, Fiji as communities rebuild their lives after Cyclone Winston—thanks to goods donated by various groups within the Queensland Uniting Church. Journey reports. It claimed the lives of 44 people and destroyed the family home of Fijian native and Brisbane Congress Congregation minister Rev Saimoni Davui, but those affected by Fiji’s strongest tropical storm on ...

Read More »