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Review of Pub Theology: Where Potato Wedges and a Beer are a Eucharistic Experience

Tuesday, 30 March 2021
 | Robert Ireland

The Australian pub: a place where lives are changed, futures decided and many narratives find a home, are told and are shared to make sense of life. Anyone who finds the pub a place of energy, and who wants to hear the lay voice, would benefit from reading Pub Theology.

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Out the front after Christmas

Wednesday, 17 February 2021
 | John Kidson

Remembering Christmas: kids, mowing and soldiers.

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Learning from the 'Conversion Therapy' Bill

Wednesday, 10 February 2021
 | Angus McLeay

The Bill is needed to protect past and future victims of 'Conversion Therapy' and does not conflict with the proper exercise of religious freedoms. The passing of the Bill is an opportunity not for further polarisation, but understanding.

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Who pays the Bill? The dangers of Victoria’s Conversion legislation

Thursday, 4 February 2021
 | Gordon Preece

While deeply lamenting the great costs to LGBTI+ victims of Conversion Therapy, this ill-defined and broad terminology and legislation could unintentionally criminalise many people and standard Christian practices like prayer, preaching and counsel.

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Letter regarding Victorian Anti-Conversion Bill

Friday, 29 January 2021
 | Churches of Victoria

Gordon Preece, Director of Ethos, has signed onto a letter to Premier Andrews from various church leaders, protesting the proposed Change or Suppression Practices (Conversion) Prohibition Bill 2020 to be debated in the Upper House of the Victorian Parliament on Tuesday 2nd February 2021.

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Christian resignation in the face of a pandemic?

Wednesday, 27 January 2021
 | Charles Ringma

Does the church have anything to offer in a time of crisis such as the pandemic? What do the major biblical themes of healing, reconciliation, community, care for the poor, the work of justice and prophetic witness mean for us and the world today?

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What if

Wednesday, 23 December 2020
 | Leanne Wicks

A poem about the year that was.

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Book Review: Mia’s Magic Wand

Thursday, 17 December 2020
 | Terry Hunter

This is a book you could comfortably give to your non-Christian friends and neighbours without appearing preachy. But it also presents a challenge for us as educated western Christians to develop a more robust and authentic faith that embraces the chaos, mess and uncertainty of our world.

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The week after...

Thursday, 17 December 2020
 | John Kidson

Seen through the eyes of Joseph, here is a Christmas story of visions and dreams, of love and destiny.

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Joining: In a Time of Distancing

Monday, 14 December 2020
 | Charles Ringma

By social distancing, we are to join together in the art of separating. There is pain and loss in living this tension, but also much to learn as we anticipate a new way of being in a post-Covid world.

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