Adam Goodes

Adam Goodes

It’s increasingly hard to deny that Australia has a problem with racism; not only the fact of it but even the use of a word, ‘racist.’ When someone uses it to call out others, they are howled down, and told to stop ‘being divisive.’ We struggle to have a conversation about this topic, let alone

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Love & science

Love & science

Recently, I heard an arresting comment concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, ‘the best way to deal with fear is through love and science.’ James Valentine was interviewing Jon Owen, the CEO at Wayside Chapel, on Radio 702. With restrictions on the community likely to get tougher and tougher in coming days, fear is on the rise.

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Invitation vs explanation

Invitation vs explanation

I am in the middle of a fascinating and disturbing memoir by a young woman who escaped a very conservative religious community. The world she was born into required close observance of religious strictures, including a very limited role for women (to quote from the book, to be ‘baby producing machines’). Their compliance was monitored

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In whom we have our being

In whom we have our being

In Acts, chapter 17, the text set for this Sunday, there is a lovely reference to God, ‘the One in whom we live and move and have our being.’ Luke, the writer of Acts, has Paul quote these words in his speech at the Areopagus in Athens. They come from the 3rd century BC Greek

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Trump and autocracy vs faith

Trump and autocracy vs faith

The last blog I wrote, some two months ago, concerned Donald Trump appearing in front of the ‘Church of the Presidents’ holding up a Bible. It was a highly orchestrated moment; shortly beforehand, police were ordered to clear away Black Lives Matter protestors with stun grenades. It was a strange moment, perplexing and infuriating. The...

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Contradictions

Contradictions

Recently in a Bible study at Revesby, I invited participants to share some of their struggles. I nominated the writings of Paul. (You may be aware I rarely preach on them.) Especially in Protestantism, his writings have had a profound influence on theology and spirituality. Their power is pervasive. Years ago, I wrote a thesis

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