Category: Society & Culture

November 23, 2022
Churches Urged to Fill the Mental health Gap

Anne Lim reports on the presentation of senior clinical psychologist Gavin Brown, at a recent online mental health summit. "Brown was one of a panel of church leaders, mental health practitioners, lived-experience advisers, and theologians who led over 100 participants from across the country in a conversation about how churches can respond to Australia’s mental […]

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November 8, 2022
The Clash of Civilisations

Videos The current crisis in Ukraine may be half a world away, but is it more relevant to us than it might first appear? More than just a foreign war, the Russia-Ukraine war represents a clash of ideals that underpin the way humankind sees itself. While this isn't the first war of its kind, it […]

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November 4, 2022
Spending Christmas Alone

Justine Toh considers those who are opting to keep to themselves at Christmas, away from the familiar traditions of time with family and friends. She concludes that there are blessings that connecting with others will always bring. "It’s easy to see the appeal of Christmas alone or with a select group of people with whom […]

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November 1, 2022
Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas

As the season of Advent draws near, Adam Ramsey invites us to slow down amid the consumer frenzy and anticipate the true wonder of Christmas. "As we remember God’s promises fulfilled at Christmas, we are reminded of just how intensely the incarnation of Christ shook the world! The meaning of Christmas goes miles deeper than […]

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October 28, 2022
3 Tips for Sharing Jesus with Others this Christmas

With Christmas only a few weeks away, it is indeed timely that we remind ourselves of the great opportunity this season brings to invite people to our church services and pray that our conversations might witness to the Lord Jesus. Adam Ramsey suggests that we can turn even Santa into a discussion about the gospel. […]

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September 29, 2022
THE PROBLEM OF DESIRE

In this podcast, Natasha Moore from the Centre for Public Christianity interviews Professor Sarah Coakley, Anglican minister, theologian and writer. In their discussion about her book, "The New Asceticism: Sexuality, Gender, and the Quest for God " (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015), Professor Coakley explains, "I see desire as a central human phenomenon … We see desire […]

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September 26, 2022
Loneliness and the cost of true community

Simon Smart reflects on the ever growing issue of loneliness. A recent Telstra and YouGov report reveals that 40% of Australians experience isolation. The pandemic certainly brought this to our attention, although it is not a new phenomenon, despite our increasing technological connectivity. It is a concern that loneliness can reduce a person's lifespan by […]

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July 26, 2022
When did not coping become the new normal?

Life can be very topsy-turvy, if not completely overwhelming at times. Yet, despite feeling off balance, as Natasha Moore finds, there can be useful experiences to evaluate, such as recognising that we are all fragile and dependant on others. She shares her perspective here. "Do most of us, post-lockdown, mid-2022, feel a bit like a […]

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July 25, 2022
The census shows Australians are becoming less religious but why have we chosen to live without God?

The ABC's international affairs analyst, Stan Grant, reflects on the declining numbers of those identifying as Christian in Australia. "While historically the West was founded on Christianity, the modern West was shaped by the break with God. People were sovereign. Liberalism prized the individual above all." https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-03/census-religion-christianity-no-religion-god/101201640 Image: rsz_1pexels-rodnae-productions-8675096.jpg

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July 13, 2022
So connected, yet why so lonely?

This short video notes how despite today's technology permits greater interaction between people, studies reveal that the numbers of us experiencing anxiety and isolation are rising. A call to look at the Christian message of relationship, as God the Creator intends, reveals how a sense of identity and human flourishing can be restored. https://www.thinkingfaith.asia/big-questions/loneliness-and-anxiety Image: […]

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July 4, 2022
Women Can Have It All, Just Not at the Same Time

In the last sixty years or so, the lives of women have embraced many changes. They have gained freedom to make decisions about relationships, family, careers. Considering possibilities and making choices can be overwhelming, particularly if considered in the frame of a current worldview. Kara Martin reminds us that God values all spheres of work, […]

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June 21, 2022
Carrying On: Examples from the Work of Meg Jay

In this final article of her series looking at how those in their twenties view their lives, Jacqueline Isaacs cites the work of clinical psychologist Meg Jay. Jay sees many clients who wonder what they have to show for their twenties. However good support and an understanding of the shift of pace in life at […]

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