The news we are not hearing

Nearly one in three children in Africa currently are malnourished and failing to thrive. Sandy McMillan asks, why are we not hearing more about it?

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What does the GS&C do?

Christians need to know what is happening in the culture because things are changing quickly and new issues emerge constantly. Yet, we cannot presume to find answers from the wider culture.

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Freedom of Religion update

Friends, In the weeks before Easter there were important developments in NSW and Federal politics with implications for freedom of religion. This update is lengthy, but we think it is important for Christians to be aware of each of these developments. NSW Conversion Practices Ban Act  On 22nd March New South Wales Parliament passed the Conversion...

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Navigate 2024. Join us!

The Church has a lot to say about sexuality. In particular, the Church has a lot to say about  the issues of sexualised culture ‘out there’. The Christian vision of sexuality is being deserted and deconstructed, day by day. But . . . what if some of the greatest challenges to a Christian sexual ethic are found in our own homes, families and...

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Futureproofing Your Ministry with Steve McAlpine

Steve McAlpine has just published his book Futureproof which offers biblical guidance for churches to grow as wise, compelling communities that are faithful to Jesus in the context of a constantly changing culture.  It explores the pressures and possibilities of ministry in today’s West, and offers frameworks that explain the pressures and...

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Report on NSW Government Faith Affairs Council

by Kamal Weerakoon Late last year, the NSW Government constituted the Faith Affairs Council. I have the privilege of representing Presbyterian and Reformed Churches. We are an advisory council to the Minister for Multiculturalism. Membership of the council is determined by what the census reveals about the religious affiliations of the population...

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NSW State Politics update

Key legislation on hold … at present NSW Parliament is yet to consider two pieces of legislation that have been a major concern for Christians in the state. The Government has promised to introduce “Anti-Conversion” legislation last year. This legislation is presented as outlawing cruel and abusive practices. If that is all that it did,...

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Navigate 2023

The Church has a lot to say about sexuality. In particular, the Church has a lot to say about  the issues of sexualised culture ‘out there’. The Christian vision of sexuality is being deserted and deconstructed, day by day. But . . . what if some of the greatest challenges to a Christian sexual ethic are found in our own homes, families and...

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Sound of Freedom

You’ve seen Sound of Freedom, now what?   The movie, “Sound of Freedom” has arrived in Australia. Released in July in the US, this movie has surprised many by ranking in the top 10 box office sales for 2023. Loosely based on events that happened in 2010, it tells the story of children being rescued from a sex trafficking ring in Colombia....

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Domestic Violence Statement

Domestic and family violence is defined as actions that involve violent, harmful, abusive or intimidating behaviour carried out by a partner, carer or family member to control or dominate another family member. This may include physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, financial, or other types of abuse. Domestic and family violence can use...

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The Voice Discussion Paper

The date for the referendum on the Voice will be announced this week. Attached is a discussion paper provided by the Church and Nation Committee of the Presbyterian Church of Australia. The paper was prepared by the Church and Nation committee of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria, and circulated now for the federal committee. We are very...

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Legislation to stop sex and gender conversion (‘Anti-conversion legislation’)

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The NSW government is moving to introduce laws to stop attempts to change someone’s sexaulity or gender — these could prohibit and criminalise faithful Christian speech and behaviour. Contact your local MP and tell them about your concerns about the proposed legislation. The website http://contactyourmp.org.au has tools...

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Why you should care about Barbie

Like (almost) everyone else, I recently went to see the Barbie movie. Like (almost) everyone else, I thought I would write a blog about it. Perhaps your teenage daughter is begging you to allow her to watch it, and you don’t know whether it’s appropriate. Maybe you’ve seen it and aren’t sure what to make of it as a Christian. Or, you may have no...

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Our problem, too? Modern Slavery in NSW

From chocolate to coffee and clothes – the modern slavery tentacles spread far and wide. The NSW Government has done something about it. But it’s up to you and me, too. KARINE WOLDHUIS writes.

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Bad news for authentic religious schooling

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) recently released consultation paper threatens to further erode the capacity of Christian schools to offer a distinctive education shaped by a faith ethos. JOHN McCLEAN writes

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Essendon-Thorburn: How to join the conversation

What happens when a Christian’s values clash with workplace values? Andrew Thorburn decided to resign from his new job at a football club one day after starting work. KAMAL WEERAKOON, a GS&C committee member, takes up the issue, provides the facts behind the Essendon Football Club-Andrew Thorburn imbroglio and offers some helpful conversation primers for you to consider.

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New resource for Bible study groups

Facing Death: From Dust to Dust is an important new resource designed for Bible Study groups. Together, you will explore what the Bible says about death and share some of your own experiences.

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Help for parents with teens – video series

Helping parents, ministry workers and others connect with the teen experience of depression and anxiety is the focus of a series of videos produced by Gospel, Society and Culture (GS&C) and Prebyterian Youth (PY).

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