How does a place of slaughter become a sacred place?
Apr29

How does a place of slaughter become a sacred place?

Article by Wendy Rush. On 29 April 2015 two young Australians walked the final few steps from their jail cells to stand before their executioners.  Singing praises to God, their hearts and minds were focused on the cross of Christ. Nine years earlier, in February 2006, these young men were convicted of drug smuggling in Indonesia and sentenced to death by firing squad. While there were those who felt they deserved their fate, it was...

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Hands of the Carpenter
Apr17

Hands of the Carpenter

Article by Wendy Rush. Jesus was a carpenter.  And I have always known that he spent many more years at his trade than he did working in ministry.  But until now I have never paused to consider ‘why a carpenter?’  Why not a fisherman, a farmer, a builder, a viticulturist?  It would clearly have been unworkable for him to be anchored to the land when he needed to step into the role of itinerant preacher.  But is there some other...

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Welcome to a Brave New World
Apr10

Welcome to a Brave New World

By internet marketer and social media enthusiast Kaye Flack. Larry isn’t an internet junkie. He is tech-savvy though; he  checks and sends email on his mobile phone,  sends pictures of his kids’ football games  online to his folks, sends an SMS to his wife about dinner arrangements, connects online to the florist and orders flowers; connects to Facebook and writes on his kid’s wall, watches the TV news and then arrives home.  He feels...

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Letting go of busy
Mar27

Letting go of busy

Article by Scott Berry and Kristen Johnston. How have you been lately? Keeping busy? Such a strange turn of phrase, isn’t it? Is busyness our goal? Our culture tends to link being busy with productivity and a sense of achievement, and in our search for meaning being busy is gratifying because we are doing something, earning something, working at something – but what for? It’s almost as if busyness has become a badge of honour for many...

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Healing from deafness
Mar24

Healing from deafness

Article by Deborah Robertson. All my life I’ve had audiologists tell me that the nerve in my left ear was dead – that I was deaf in my left ear. I was told that it shouldn’t be too much of an issue unless I became a singer in a band. Well, guess what I grew up to be?! It’s always caused me some anxiety and after a gig where the speakers were placed behind me and were blaring in my “good” ear, I began finding it...

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