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, fate, fatalism, and confidence in Christ 

Lewis Jones’s blogs about Covid’s impact on the way we think about the future, prompted KARINE WOLDHUIS* to reflect on her time in Ecuador, where discussions about plans often ended with “God willing”. Fatalistic or realistic? Read on One of the strange things I had...

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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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Wanted: Christian tree changers. Apply now

For some, there has been no impetus quite like a pandemic and sky-rocketing urban housing prices, to consider a tree change. In this blog AMY BUTLER* praises the merits, and ministry opportunities, of rural living.  This Covid pandemic has made people consider a...

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The image of God and caring for others

In part 2 of this new series on Covid-19, NALINI PATHER gives insights into how in light of the pandemic Christians can demonstrate God's love.In the previous post, we discussed how recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and all its variants is going to take a long...

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God frames our response to the pandemic

In part three of the new series, NALINI PATHER shows us how Jesus frames a response to the Covid-19 pandemic This COVID-19 pandemic has shattered the illusion that humans are in control of the universe. In our secular society, we are accustomed to look to science and...

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The gospel of the risen Christ is our hope – pandemic or not

In the 4th of a series on Covid-19, NALINI PATHER focuses on Jesus, who gives us comfort and courage In our previous blog we highlighted that God is sovereign in all, and over all.   The Gospel literally means ‘good news’ from the sovereign God.  This good news is...

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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 (click here) describes how our brains respond to crises and strategies to care for ourselves and others. PHOTO: Dion...

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Soul vaccination: We all need a different type of ‘jab’

AMY BUTLER* recalls a 1970's song with a message for today. In the 1970s a funk fusion band called the Tower of Power released a song called Soul Vaccination. It’s a much ado about nothing song. Its purpose is not in lyrical profundity, rather it executes the...

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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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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

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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