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Rosie and the Rich Man: An Australian Parable

Tuesday, 28 November 2023
 | Travis McHarg

Is this a parable of Australia, the rich man in his home and the beggar on the grass? They asked for so little – recognition and a voice – and it was too much; it will be a sandwich on the grass.

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Book review: Truly Called? Vocation in the Anglican Church

Sunday, 19 November 2023
 | Neville Carr

This book provides an interesting insight into traditional Anglican patterns of church, ministry and leadership. However it risks promoting a disempowering elitism, which sets the vocation of 'ordained' clergy above others.

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Sunday, 12 November 2023
 | Jordan Rastrick

You are seen / Because you are seeing

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Friday, 27 October 2023
 | Xiaoli Yang

nobody chooses to be born deaf or blind / forever living in silent darkness, confined within four walls

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Book review: Timothy Keller: His Spiritual and Intellectual Formation

Wednesday, 25 October 2023
 | Graham Cole

Keller emerges from this study as an impressive pastor, preacher, strategist, apologist and leader who was wise in his principled eclecticism and humble in character. His originality lay in his ability to synthesize and apply a diversity of sources to the urban context without losing touch with Scripture.

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Book Review: Time We Started Listening: Theological Questions Put to Us by Recent Indigenous Writing

Monday, 23 October 2023
 | Charles Ringma

Australian Indigenous writers have important things to say not only to their own communities but also to us as Settlers. The message of this book is simple: it is time we started listening.

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Book review: Mission is the Shape of Water

Sunday, 15 October 2023
 | Claire Harvey

Mike Frost presents a high-level survey of some key moments and movements in mission history, with insightful reflections and critical analysis along the way. The intention throughout seems clear: to challenge and inspire a new wave of missionary engagement that is broad, deep, relevant and impactful.

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I Have a Dream In the Voice

Tuesday, 10 October 2023
 | Raymond Minniecon

The Statement from the Heart inspires us all to reach forward into an unfamiliar yet preferred future for my people and my country, beyond the contemporary crises and traumatic predicaments, to clutch the hand of a new dream.

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Yes? No? Maybe? The confused referendum

Sunday, 8 October 2023
 | John Kidson

The October referendum asks for a simple answer to a diverse, complex question.

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Book review: The Book of Psalms Illuminated

Monday, 28 August 2023
 | Roslyn White

The combination of the beautifully presented text, the illustrations and the endnotes makes The Book of Psalms Illuminated artistically engaging, theologically informative and meditatively devotional. Hold this book with care and with reverence.

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