When you’ve nothing left to do but watch binge TV

In a recent post I shared the unexpected and stunning turnaround in my health that I experienced in February. The last 6 months of 2018 had seen a severe decline in my mobility to the point that on...

Why I Won’t Vote my Values

A repost of an article published in June 2016. The day of the 2010 Federal Election I cast my vote then took my eight year old son to his soccer match. Lachlan’s team was made up of kids from the...

Israel Folau, Religious Freedom & Standing for “the Truth”. Some Thoughts

Last week rugby star Israel Folau posted an image on social media that said “Warning: Drunks. Homosexuals. Adulterers. Liars. Fornicators. Thieves. Atheists. Idolaters. Hell awaits you.”  Folau...

Spin v Promise. Are the Liberals Better Economic Managers?

It's the first day of campaigning for the Federal election and the Coalition has signalled the tone of its campaign. Given the internal division that has made it near impossible for the PM to set...

An Unexpected & Stunning Turnaround. A Health Update

Last November I posted a health update that reflected a rather bleak outlook for 2019. I had watched my physical health deteriorate under the influence of Parkinsons to the point that most days were...

The dividing line between good and evil…A response to the conviction of George Pell

When I heard the news that Cardinal George Pell had been convicted of the sexual abuse of children I felt sick in the stomach. I felt disgust at what he had done; sad for the boys he abused; grieved...

Why empathy matters. Reading the Bible to hear the word of God #1

I was revisiting Richard Hays's The Moral Vision of the New Testament recently and was reminded of his very helpful description of how we can discern God's word to us...

Truth, Lies & the Stories We Tell

Our lives are defined by the stories we tell. Stories give meaning to our experiences, our relationships and our places. Many of these stories are personal. They're my story, not yours. But we all...

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall. Who’s the Biggest Taxer of Them All?

As we gear up for a federal election I'm already hearing people characterise the Labor Party as big taxers and big spenders and the Coalition as the party of lower spending and lower taxes. Really?...

My kids reckon I will be an ugly bald man. A health update

Many of those who follow my blog are aware I have Parkinsons. Less well known is that the same year (2012) I was diagnosed with Parkinsons I was also diagnosed as having Chronic Lymphomatic Leukemia...

Say No to the Australian Christian Lobby’s Latest Campaign of Fear

Popping up regularly in my facebook feed is a campaign by the Australian Christian Lobby titled “You won’t Believe Labor’s Latest Attack on Parent’s Rights”. This is what the ACL campaign page says:...

Unanswered Questions about Kids Off Nauru

I have been celebrating the news that the Federal Government is bringing all refugee children on Nauru to  Australia for medical treatment. Yet there remain disturbing, unanswered questions. Why not...

What the church needs more than freedom of religion

Freedom of religion, conscience and speech are at the heart of a free society. They protect us from an ideological totalitarianism which demands everyone believe, speak and act in the same way. The...

Kids Off Nauru. Why Isn’t This A No-Brainer?

Like many others, my heart skipped a beat this week when I heard that three Coalition MPs had broken ranks on offshore detention and were calling for children and their families detained on Nauru to...

That lump of coal stunt looks even more lame now

Last year Scott Morrison, then the Treasurer, carried a lump of coal into Parliament during Question Time, where he brandished it about, saying "This is coal. Don't be scared. It won't hurt...

The day the world’s leaders mocked the emperor with no clothes

I don't usually pay a lot of attention to speeches made at the United Nations General Assembly, but there were two speeches this week that were important for all of us, one by US President Donald...

Scomo, Politicians & Prophets

There has been a lot of commentary over the past 2 weeks on the faith of our new PM, Scott Morrison. Here is my two bobs worth: Politicians and prophets have very different callings. Prophets, or in...

The Violent Elephant in the Room

By global standards, Australia is not a particularly violent society. We don't fear bombs dropping from the sky, nor do we have a government that employs violence to suppress the population. We do...

Men & Domestic Violence. We’ve a long way to go.

Family and domestic violence is  a horrific reality, frequently hidden behind the four walls of our homes.  The Australian Institute for Health & Welfare, recently released the latest data on...

A Story of Salvation

In my last blog post I shared some of my difficulties with the doctrine of penal substitution. In this post I sketch how I articulate the biblical story of Jesus’s life, death and resurrection. In...

Your gospel ain’t good news to me…

The life, death and resurrection of Jesus are central to the Christian faith. Christians have long understood that God was “reconciling the world to himself in Christ.” The earliest preaching, as it...

Jesus, Sacrifice & Forgiveness. Why We Need to Take Another Look.

This is a longer than usual piece. So grab a cuppa and take some time... For most of my life I’ve thought that the Old Testament sacrificial system was a way for people to be forgiven for their...

Everywhere and always God’s graceful presence. Letting go of a God of fear and fury for the God of Jesus

  Grab a cuppa and give yourself some time. This is a longer than usual piece When I was a teenager I remember being both excited and fearful when one of my non-Christian school friends came to...

Reconciliation Can Change Us All for the Better

I am 52 years old. In the half century of my life there have been dramatic shifts in the relationship between non-indigenous and indigenous Australians: the 1967 referendum to include indigenous...

Why even Republicans like me got sucked into the royal wedding

Try as I did to resist, this last week I found myself pulled into the vortex of joy that was the royal wedding. In the leadup I disdainfully dismissed it as the pompous ceremony (and yes I mean...

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