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Thursday, 23 March 2023
 | Nichola Chadwick

Where are you now? / Why is what you were so shattered? / Now your power diffuses, confuses and demands showy chatter / Now you are Outside, sheltered by the haze of time / cluttered by critical hallucinations / unreachable and irreproachable.

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Book review: The Quest for Serenity

Thursday, 2 March 2023
 | Rex Dale

The autobiography of former Principal of the NSW Baptist College, George H. Morling, is a book to be read with a prayerful heart and mind - and is a reminder that, when we have an inner composure, we are enabled to do more.

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In the City

Monday, 20 February 2023
 | Mallory Thompson

So many people unknown / Yet no one seems alone.

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Book Review: A Fragile Hope: Cultivating a Hermitage of the Heart

Monday, 20 February 2023
 | Tim Dickau

Charles Ringma invites us to enter the hermitage of the heart, mind and soul, and leads us towards deep theological and critical thinking, a life of ministry among the poor and justice-seeking, and a perceptiveness of what is actually going on in our world.

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What’s in a Name?

Monday, 20 February 2023
 | Christine Sine

The way we name things matters. How many creatures no longer register on our consciousness because we have no name for them or else have given them a name with negative connotations?

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Our Lovely Oblivions: A Life Beautifully Laid Down

Thursday, 16 February 2023
 | Matthew Tan

Jesus is not just the Good Shepherd, but the Beautiful Shepherd that lays down his life for us. This beauty stuns, captivates and leaves us in ecstasy - an ecstacy that draws us out of ourselves to pierce through and illuminate our culture’s many lovely oblivions.

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Book review: A Multicultural Odyssey: A Memoir (almost) sans Regrets

Tuesday, 24 January 2023
 | Mersina Papantoniou

From practical multiculturalism in parish ministry to groundbreaking policymaking at the state and Federal levels, Jim Houston’s lifelong work brought together 'secular social policy and sacred ministry’, charting a way forward for both nation and church.

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I sit with people a while, sometimes in prison

Thursday, 19 January 2023
 | Jesse Mawson

I peer into his eyes / let him not just slip by / look beneath the mask / listen for the true reply

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Suddenly everything changed: A frozen shoulder, epiphany and what comes next

Friday, 6 January 2023
 | Karina Kreminski

We ache for epiphanies today. Something that will reveal to us what we all deep down suspect - that there is more. This doesn’t mean the removal of darkness, pain and reality before us, but a glimpse of what one day could be.

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Book Review: Mala’s Cat: A Memoir of Survival in World War II

Wednesday, 4 January 2023
 | Susan Barnes

Mala’s autobiography is a fascinating insight into a young girl’s determination, ingenuity and compassion for others during severe trials. The story gives us reason to consider afresh the mercy and graciousness of our God.

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