Politics and Faith Don’t Mix?

The same sex marriage debate has caused some to demand that Christian ideas be kept out of legislation with arguments like, ‘Why are Christians trying to force their values on others?’  Is this true?  What does the Bible say about faith and politics? 4 For the one in authority is...

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Like a Moose!

When I was a teenager I remember being at church and hearing a middle aged man belt out a hymn at the top of his voice. His words were clear but he was not really in tune.  I remember whispering to the person next to me, ‘He sounds like a...

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Sin & People

The normal Greek word for “sin,” namely hamartia, means “missing the mark”: shooting at a target and failing to hit it. This is subtly but importantly different from being given a long and fussy list of things you must and mustn’t do and failing to observe them all. In the...

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Choices of the Chosen

After I finished theological college I remember going on a retreat with other candidates and being in a room with the archbishop while he gave me a final personal exam.  While I do not remember specific words, I do recall thinking that ‘God has chosen me to shepherd his people’...

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Extrapolation

Extrapolation is a really cool word. It is, essentially, a way of trying to predict the future based on what has happened to us in the past and is happening in the present. We all use this strategy at some time!  When times are great “extrapolation” gives us hope. When...

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Friendship

God made people for people. It is not good that man should be alone.  Genesis 2:18 God has given us great guidance on friendship in his proverbs. Friends are important because they influence our walk in life. The wrong friends can kill our faith; the right friends will enhance it....

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HDT & HSV Holdens

I remember back in 1987 when Peter Brock developed an ‘Energy Polariser’ – a box of magnets & crystals he claimed aligned the molecules of the car to make it perform better.  Needless to say, the device made no difference.  Brock’s promotion drove many Holden Dealer Team drivers away such...

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Living Right

The debate around same sex marriage, and the reaction to the plebiscite, has demonstrated one thing about people; that while all desire that the right thing be done, not everyone agrees as to what is right! In a nutshell we want ‘righteousness’ but do not know what it is.  We...

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Atonement

The English word ‘atonement’ originated in the 1500’s and means ‘to be in harmony with another; to be at one with them hence ‘at-one-ment’.  To atone is to restore a ‘oneness’ previously broken. Atonement is necessary because sin creates distance between people. ‘Big’ sins create big distances in a single...

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