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Book review: To Right Every Wrong: The Making and Unmaking of One Improbable Minor Prophet

Saturday, 18 June 2022
 | Matthew Anslow

What is required to produce an improbable minor prophet? Dave Andrews reflects candidly on his life and vocation, the danger of putting people on pedestals (as we’ve seen so often recently), and above all the source of his strength - the knowledge that he is ‘much loved’.

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Book review: Transforming Vocation

Monday, 16 May 2022
 | John Bottomley

This book is a welcome contribution to the sparse field of faith and work in Australia. Yet it presents a benign view of work, and there is scope to explore the role of God’s judgement as a transforming mercy as we confront the daily challenges of exploitation in a sinful world.

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Public Speaking

Thursday, 21 April 2022
 | Gordon Preece

As believers scattered in the public square, we are engaged in mutual encounter, searching together, but across tribal lines, for transcendent truth. The latest issue of Zadok on ‘Public Speaking’ explored what this engagement looks like in 21st Century Australia.

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Stained Glass Manna

Thursday, 14 April 2022
 | Sam Waldron

For all those in part apart: This is my body, broken for you...

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Book Review: Being Sam

Thursday, 7 April 2022
 | Denise Cooper-Clarke

Morag Zwartz’s honest reflections on her struggle - as the mother of a son with Down Syndrome and an aggressive blood cancer - touch on profound truths about life, disability, illness and death and make this an inspiring rather than a depressing read.

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An Open Letter to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, Moscow

Friday, 25 March 2022
 | Keith Clements

An appeal by the former General Secretary of the Conference of European Churches to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Small mercies ...

Tuesday, 22 March 2022
 | John Kidson

A devastated township causes reflective thinking.

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Book Review of Threescore + Ten: Passing the Use-By Date

Monday, 21 March 2022
 | Charles Ringma

With a gentle humour, John Kidson shares his passionate involvement in life in this whimsical, playful and humorous autobiography with a difference.

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A pause in the journey

Wednesday, 2 February 2022
 | John Kidson

Taking time out to ponder and reflect can bring us more than simple rest.

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Book Review: The Fault Lines Founding Liberty

Friday, 7 January 2022
 | Claire Harvey

In this short novella, Sarah Bacaller grapples with questions and reflections about God, faith and church, and reminds us that there is nearly always more going on under the surface, if we are quiet enough to listen.

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