My groans are many and my heart is faint

SANDY MCMILLAN* laments our loss of the ability to lament.In the very early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in Sydney, when the main talking point was panic buying, I was in the empty toilet roll aisle of the local supermarket, when I heard a woman asking a shelf stacker: “How long will this madness go on?” She had to repeat herself three times...

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Nation’s culture the key to why we are Covid-anxious

LEWIS JONES* considers whether aspects of our socio-cultural formation play a part in the psychological impact of this ongoing Covid crisis.    About two weeks into our COVID-19 timeline in Australia, typically taken as time since the 100th confirmed case, researchers began surveying Australians about mental health. Similar projects were...

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Twists, turns and a long road to Covid recovery – new G,S&C series

In the first part of a new series on the impact of Covid-19 and variants, NALINI PATHER* says we must prepare for a long journey - and we should lean on our Gospel hope The third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic due to the Delta variant of the virus is sweeping across the globe. The Delta variant was first detected in India and has now spread to...

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The Covid information inundation

In the first of two blogs, LEWIS JONES* looks at how Covid has distorted our sense of time and space - but he offers a path to recovery. At 7:07pm on the 26th of June 2021, it seemed like a good thing that you had booked a rental cabin where you were going to stay with in-laws and some family friends for the school holidays. At 7:08pm, it not...

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Needle-phobia and loving your neighbour

BEN GREIG* lives in regional NSW and has a fear of needles. He explains why overcoming his fear was important.  I have a not-so-well-kept secret. I have a bit of a phobia of needles (trypanophobia). Even the mention of the things gives me an uncomfortable shiver down my spine. For most of my close friends and family it was a matter of if, not...

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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 to get used to in Ecuador was a lack of planning. Even organising to see a friend...

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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, reflects on this, and offers some thoughts that we trust will encourage and challenge...

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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 tree-change. Now might be an opportune time to make the shift from expensive, busy...

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Imagine that!

PETER CHRISTOPHER and KAMAL WEERAKOON*  call out the irony of the kind of humanistic religion on display at the Olympic opening ceremony, where, in the name of peace, harmony, and diversity, we seek to exclude the source of peace, harmony, and diversity - Jesus Christ.  In a previous post, we noted how the Olympic opening ceremonies ooze...

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Surrogacy – new resource paper

Photo by Dominika Roseclay The G,S&C has added a resource paper on surrogacy to its coverage of fertility (click here). For a couple desiring a child but facing infertility, there is much sadness. In the face of this grief, surrogacy, at first glance, may seem a realistically feasible and loving solution. One of the greatest challenges facing...

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Olympic Idol

The Olympic Games, a wonderful example of athletic endeavour, also reveal our inescapable religious tendencies to worship something. PETER CHRISTOPHER* reflects on opening ceremonies and idols.   The Olympic Games have been important to me for two reasons. First, I’m of Greek background – my name isn’t actually Christopher – it’s Christoforatos....

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If it’s not Cultural Marxism, what is it?

JOHN McCLEAN* reviews the 'stimulating and vigorous debate' of issues engaging today's church.  Our Church Assembly debated the report from our committee this month about Cultural Marxism (you can see the report here). We argued that Cultural Marxism (CM) is not a helpful way to analyse what is going on in our culture. What critics often call...

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Hello out there, is anybody listening? The worldview challenge

What’s the best way to be ignored and marginalised in public today? Start by saying “God tells us in the Bible that…”  I’m a retired journalist. Back in my day, news was still printed on newspapers - real, paper newsprint. I know, crazy, huh? They were really good for cleaning glass surfaces.  Australian newspapers received thousands of letters...

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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 time; and highlighted some impacts of the pandemic to be aware of. As the last...

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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 technology to provide answers and solutions, and to consider ‘faith’ in God as...

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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 about Jesus – he is the Son of God, he died and was resurrected.  Notice then, the...

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Gospel hope in an uncertain world – 4 videos

Videos from the Gospel Hope in an Uncertain World seminars cover youth mental health, modern slavery and more. Keynote talk: John McClean - Click here Youth Mental Health interview - Click here Hope for The Captive - Modern Slavery: Karine Woldhuis - Click here Love Your Neighbour, PNG Today - Keith Campbell - Click Here  

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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 Christophoratos

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Left, Right, Left, Right … marching to the wrong beat. There’s another way

JOHN McCLEAN* reflects on the polarisation of our world and why Christians must seek a different way I remember when it felt that the major political parties in Australia were much the same. Both sides seemed to converge on the same policy platforms and operate with a similar style. Things have changed. The difference between the political...

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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 funky-soul sound which characterised the band. This may seem like an obscure entry into...

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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 pressure is intense. So much hangs on finding a vaccine; politicians and public...

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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 document to help you. HELP! I'M AIMLESS https://youtu.be/zEQeX2L2Jbo CLICK...

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