Flanders’ mud

Flanders’ mud

Recently, returning from an overseas trip, I had to fill out that form about where I had been and whether I had visited any farms. I ticked ‘yes.’ I had just finished a 2-day battlefield tour of the Western Front centred on Ypres. There was Flanders’ mud still clinging to my shoes. A quarantine officer

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Change boldly

Change boldly

The other day, my son related to me a discussion on Radio National about potential schisms in the Anglican Church concerning LGBTI+ marriage. Several listeners called in and applauded the position of the Sydney Diocese which, resolutely maintaining the traditional view of marriage, refuses to recognise LGBTI+ marriage. One of the callers...

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Christmas truce

Christmas truce

This cartoon was drawn by Capt. E.R.P. Berryman, a British officer who participated in the Christmas truce in December 1914. (In case you can’t read it, the drawing at the top shows a British soldier, on Christmas Eve, shooting a German soldier and exclaiming, ‘Got ‘im!’ The drawing below shows a British soldier on Christmas

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Doctrines & prohibitions

Doctrines & prohibitions

Recently, at lunch with a friend, we lamented the lack of historical awareness amongst Christian leaders, particularly regarding the scriptures (More accurately, I lamented it; my friend listened and agreed!) The Bible is a collection of narrative, poetry, law, songs, prophetic utterances, correspondence and gospel stories. However, most...

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Hitler’s Pope?

Hitler’s Pope?

How much does the church need to do to bring forth justice? I raised this question in my last blog, ‘Is one green shoot enough?’  This question continues to trouble me. Recently, I finished John Cornwell’s biography of Pope Pius XII, ‘Hitler’s Pope.’ Cornwell argues that Pope Pius XII’s style of leadership fitted well with

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Myths and suffering

Myths and suffering

I have just finished reading a compelling history of RAF Bomber Command during WW2 by Max Hastings. If you don’t yet know it, I have an abiding interest in military history, not so much the operational details and strategy, more the myths that inevitably go with it. Bombing German cities and ‘de-housing’ the civilian population

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