Definition of Family now a Political Issue

We thank God regularly for the privilege of freedom of religion in our country – which seems to be the case in most western democracies. What we however need to have an open eye for is that matters of faith, and therefore traditionally seen as matters of the Church, are taken from the domain of…… Continue reading Definition of Family now a Political Issue

Soldiers courtmashalled for their faith?

What’s going on in the USA?  Will it have some implications for Australia?  We better take note and be prepared to make a stand. Being convicted in a court martial means that a soldier has committed a crime under federal military law. Punishment for a court martial can include imprisonment and being dishonorably discharged from the…… Continue reading Soldiers courtmashalled for their faith?

The Atheist’s Dilemma

Read the story of Jordan Monge.  In her own words: So I plunged headlong into apologetics, devouring debates and books from many perspectives. I read the Qur’an and Richard Dawkins’s The God Delusion. I went through The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible and looked up Christian rebuttals to apparent contradictions. But nothing compared to the rich tradition…… Continue reading The Atheist’s Dilemma

Coptic Christians under attack in Egypt

EGYPT: As the Arab Spring gives way to a bitter Christian Winter. The Sharia based constitution passed by the Muslim Brotherhood dominated parliament of Egypt have encouraged a resurgence of Islamic extremism and open hostility towards the large Christian minority in Egypt. Many historic churches in Egypt have been stormed, stoned, burned and demolished by…… Continue reading Coptic Christians under attack in Egypt

The glory of God

This Sunday we will hear the Word of God on another attribute of God:  His glory. Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the…… Continue reading The glory of God

Faith “out there”: yearning for the perfect

The writer of Hebrews, in chapter 11:32-40, becomes more general – he does not mention specific names or specific occasions. Yet, faith that springs from God, is at work in history, sometimes more fruitful than other times. Faith sometimes conquers: it overthrows kingdoms, saw justice done, shuts the mouth of lions, escapes flames and sword,…… Continue reading Faith “out there”: yearning for the perfect

Beltana Presbyterian Inland Mission Centenary Celebrations

The weekend of 5-7 October was significant in the life of the Presbyterian Inland Mission.  It was in 1912 that Rev Dr John Flynn convinced the General Assembly of the Australian Presbyterian Church to establish the Australian Inland Mission (the Presbyterian Inland Mission [PIM] is a successor). The first Mission Church was established in Beltana…… Continue reading Beltana Presbyterian Inland Mission Centenary Celebrations

Australia federal parliament defeats same-sex bill

Australia’s federal parliament has overwhelmingly voted down a bill that proposed to institute “gay marriage” throughout the country. The bill was resoundingly shut down in a vote of 98 to 42. The bill did not receive unanimous support from the homosexual community. Homosexual Senator, Dean Smith voted against it, calling his vote “an honest acknowledgement…… Continue reading Australia federal parliament defeats same-sex bill

Junk DNA? No!

Hailed as the biggest breakthrough in genomics in a decade, the project explained how swathes of DNA once thought to have no purpose, actually form a complex “control panel” for our genes. The study is expected to lead to new medical treatments by pinpointing key areas of the genome which cause diseases such as cancer.…… Continue reading Junk DNA? No!