Opinions expressed in these blogs are the views of the author, not necessarily those of the Presbyterian Church in NSW or of the Gospel, Society, and Culture Committee.

COVID-19: The big questions answered

  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength ... Love your neighbor as yourself. As the world reeled from the impact of COVID-19, scientists around the world began searching for a vaccine. The...

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THE COMMON GOOD: How should we then live?

Our world is working out how to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. As we restrict our contact with one another, in order to stop the spread of the virus, what does it mean for Christians to seek the “common good” in our world? Our Committee Convener, John McClean,...

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Coping with anxiety and fear

Anxiety and fear will be common reactions as cases of Covid-19 increase in coming days and weeks. This Gospel, Society and Culture article describes how our brains respond to crises and strategies to care for ourselves and others.

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COVID-19: HELP IS AT HAND

8 CHALLENGES - 8 RESOURCES COVID-19 has triggered a series of challenges for all of us. Biblical counsellor JEREMY WARD has produced a series of resources aimed at helping Christians navigate these extraordinary times. Each resource includes a short video and two-page...

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VACCINES: INFORMED CONSENT, MANDATES AND EXPLOITATION

Blog 6 in a series of blogs navigating the issues around vaccinationsSignificant good has come from  vaccine development, as we've seen in previous posts in this series. Christians should be advocates for development that is ethical and without moral compromise. Most...

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VACCINATIONS: HEALTH DISPARITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

PART 5 in a series of blogs navigating the issues around vaccinations.All around the world - in countries with both high and low incomes - we’ve seen significant progress in health care, quality of life and life expectancy. Vaccines have played a substantial part in...

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VACCINES: IS THERE A PROBLEM?

PART 3 in a series of blogs navigating the issues around vaccinations.Over the last few decades, more and more people around the world have become nervous about vaccinations. In her recent book Stuck: How Vaccine Rumors Start—and Why They Don’t Go Away (Oxford...

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HERD IMMUNITY AND THE COMMON GOOD

Part 1 in a series of 6 blogs navigating the issues around vaccinationsChristians are committed to health! Of course, we live with the reality of sickness and death, but healing was central to Christ’s ministry. His healings showed that the kingdom which he was...

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Health Disparity and Social Justice

Part 4 in the series navigating the issues around vaccinationsAll around the world - in countries with both high and low incomes - we’ve seen significant progress in health care, quality of life and life expectancy. Vaccines have played a substantial part in this. Yet...

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Prayer During The Pandemic

JOHN McCLEAN writes that prayer is a great way to love our world and care for friends.If you are like me, you have probably felt a bit helpless in the last few weeks. You may be feeling overwhelmed by the scale of the current pandemic, by the constant disturbing news...

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Church and Meeting

Are we a church if we aren’t meeting? In the strange time of the COVID 19 pandemic, churches have suddenly stopped meeting, and are facing that as a continued pattern in the medium term. This raises a question with practical implications. JOHN McCLEAN writes. Are we a...

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What homeschooling has taught me about kids and God

As parents around Australia consider the practicalities of what it could mean for schools to close and their children's education to continue under their own roofs, AMY BUTLER paused to reflect on the thing she treasures most about having her kids around...

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The Hidden Crisis: COVID-19 and Modern Slavery

Modern slavery is growing because of Covid-19. But it’s not just a developing world problem – it’s also here. KARINE WOLDHUIS* writes.COVID has had a devastating impact all around the world. While Australia moves into the next phase of easing restrictions, the crisis...

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Marriage, Work and Covid-19

SHERYL SARKOEZY, the researcher and writer for GSC, is married to STEVE. Here are her reflections on working and living together in COVID ‘lockdown’. Steve has contributed to the reflections, as well as the experience! Like most couples we spend much of our week...

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MEDIA – HOW TO NAVIGATE TREACHEROUS WATERS

Covid-19, last year's bushfires, floods and the compelling US elections have put media into high relief. Criticism of new and old media has intensified as the big issues continue to unfold. Distrust of media has always existed, sometimes justified but often not....

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