Gender Ethics
It is not about my view of sexual morality. Why I believe Christians should consider saying no to the no case and yes to the yes case

It is not about my view of sexual morality. Why I believe Christians should consider saying no to the no case and yes to the yes case

The marriage equality debate is underway and I find that the no case is being most zealously prosecuted by the evangelical wing of the church. This also happens to be the part of the church I belong to. Sometimes the ways of this group of believers thrills me,...

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Sexual Ethics
Don’t fall for the fear-mongering. Freedom of religion is an important issue for a pluralist society, but it’s not a crisis created by marriage equality

Don’t fall for the fear-mongering. Freedom of religion is an important issue for a pluralist society, but it’s not a crisis created by marriage equality

One of the fears of many religious people have around marriage equality is that it will erode their freedom to practice their religion. So how valid is this concern? My thesis is this: marriage equality will throw up questions about religious...

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AustraliaFaith
The Decline of Religion in Australia. A Cause for Lament, A Call to Reflect, and an Opportunity to Seize

The Decline of Religion in Australia. A Cause for Lament, A Call to Reflect, and an Opportunity to Seize

The census data is out and one of the headlines has been the rise of people indicating they have "no religion" and the corresponding decline in those who indicate an affiliation with Christianity. The census data, of course, only tells us about people's nominal...

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The Meaning of Marriage

What does marriage mean? The debate over marriage equality has forced us to ask this question. It is a good question to ask. In a 2011 article for the Sydney Anglicans website, which was later abbreviated to appear on the Drum website, Anglican Rector Michael Jensen...

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An anniversary I’d rather not be celebrating

This week marks the fourth anniversary of the decision by the Rudd-Gillard government to detain unauthorised asylum seekers in offshore detention centres and never permit them entry to our county. Today the system is on the verge of collapse, with the Manus centre...

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A Prayer for Syria and Syrian Refugees

Civil war broke out in Syria in 2011 after the Assad regime resisted the regional movement towards democracy known as "the Arab Spring”. Initially a war between the government and a rebel movement, the rise of ISIS has added a third major party to the conflict. The...

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The Difference Faith Can Make. In Memory of Bazza Turnbull

Two weeks ago I attended the funeral of an old friend. I hadn’t seen Bazza for many years, but my memories were fond. I met Barry when I was the youth pastor at Caringbah Baptist Church and he starting seeing one of the women whose daughters were in the youth group. I...

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my first citizenship ceremony it was profoundly moving

Last Friday I attended the citizenship ceremony for a friend from my church. It was a profoundly moving experience. Just on 100 people were becoming citizens and what a marvellously diverse bunch they were. They came from 30 countries and every inhabited continent....

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From all the lands on earth we come…

I was on a train recently and found myself surrounded by groups of people speaking languages I didn't understand. There was a time when I would have felt uncomfortable about this, but I was pleasantly surprised to find myself grinning and feeling joyful. I couldn't...

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