Australians and Sexual Abuse

Recently we have heard of sexual abuse, harassment, lewd videos and rape in Parliament House in Canberra itself. It seems that the culture at our national government is not one that respects all people equally and treats everyone appropriately. Thousands of women and men marched across Australia calling for justice and better treatment of women.  Previously we had a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The extent of abuse by priests and others was exposed and rightly condemned. Child sexual abuse has no place in Australian or any society. I will explore this issue of sexual abuse further.

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March 23, 2021 at 1:30 pm Leave a comment

God’s Mission and Human Mission

I was impressed by this quote from German theologian Wolfhart Pannenberg. He says of God’s mission, “The sending of the Son into the world and the fulfilment of his mission by his death is God’s way of actualising his rule in the world without oppression and with respect for the independence of creatures, even on the part of God himself” (Systematic Theology Vol 2, p394). God’s mission as revealed in Jesus Christ is very different to how humans, especially political and military rulers carry out their human mission. I will explore this difference. (more…)

February 23, 2021 at 9:52 am Leave a comment

Australia Day 2021

Australia Day has become a contentious one in our nation. While it is appropriate to celebrate Australia, doing so on the day that represents invasion to our indigenous population is not appropriate.  We can rightly celebrate Australia as our nation and recognize those who have made contributions to our collective life, such as the people chosen to be Australians of the year whether local, young, senior, or the main award. Do my Christian convictions have an influence on how I view Australia Day? (more…)

January 26, 2021 at 2:41 pm Leave a comment

Exclusion and Embrace

I have just finished reading Miroslav Volf’s notable book, Exclusion and Embrace.  I have known about it for some time but did not get around to reading it until now. As we emerge from the COVID – 19 restrictions which emphasized social distancing and avoiding touching and embracing, it seemed an appropriate book to read. We continue to quarantine overseas arrivals, excluding them until we are sure they are safe, and while we now embrace those we love, we are still hesitant to get too close to others. What can we learn from Volf about exclusion and embrace? (more…)

December 17, 2020 at 9:01 am Leave a comment

Australians and War Crimes

We have recently heard the disturbing outcome of the four-year inquiry into war crimes committed by Australian Special Forces in Afghanistan. The report was presented by Major General Paul Brereton. The report has rightly damaged Australia’s reputation. The Prime Minister Scott Morrison prepared people for the distressing report and has apologised to the President of Afghanistan. I will say more about this report and Australia’s involvement in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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November 23, 2020 at 9:57 am Leave a comment

Biden and Trump

We have just had the US presidential election and thankfully Democrat Joe Biden won in the end convincingly over Republican Donald Trump. The election highlighted how divided the USA is and also how differently the two sides view the corona virus pandemic. I hope that the style of Trump does not continue to be a negative influence on American society and politics but he is not going to go away quietly. Both the Democratic party and the Republican party need to learn from what has taken place. (more…)

November 8, 2020 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

Care for Creation

I have always appreciated the natural environment. This only increased when I became a surfer and skier. A big part of the enjoyment of these sports is the setting – the ocean and its waves and the mountains with its snowy landscape. It amazes me that not everyone does appreciate nature. After all we in fact are part of nature and depend on it for our lives and well-being. As a Christian I have a particular approach to the natural environment. (more…)

October 10, 2020 at 8:13 pm Leave a comment

Components of the Day

During the corona virus pandemic, we have had to get through each day.  In conversation with my brother, he identified several components which I have modified. The components include the following: spiritual, social, exercise, house/garden, reading and television.  There are of course others such as work and shopping that I could have added. But shopping is not every day. Not everyone has work to do – either from home or at a workplace. So, I will deal with the six components I think are important to do daily explaining how they take place for me. (more…)

September 1, 2020 at 8:49 am Leave a comment

Interpreting the Pandemic

We are now seeing the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Victoria and the continuing rise of cases in other parts of the world especially the Americas. It appears that it will take longer for the world to move past the pandemic back to more normal living than first hoped.  New Zealand has done well and is now COVID free but is closed to other people travelling to its land. NSW is trying to keep the Victorian experience from happening in its state and the Queensland premier is wary of both southern states. From a Christian perspective how do we interpret the pandemic? (more…)

August 4, 2020 at 2:15 pm Leave a comment

What next after COVID-19?

In NSW and other states of Australia, except for Victoria, we are seeing a relaxation of restrictions to the point of getting close to life as ‘normal’ though what the ‘new normal’ will look like is yet to be clear. Unfortunately, Victoria has seen a new outbreak of cases due to people not taking adequate precautions. It means that Victorians are not welcome in other states, and stricter measures have had to be introduced again in some areas. What will life look like as we move out of the pandemic in Australia? What hopes do we have? (more…)

July 1, 2020 at 4:51 pm Leave a comment

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