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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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Yes in a World of No

Sunday, 20 August 2023
 | Glenn Loughrey

Mary said yes / In a world of no, / She turned fear / Into hope / Through faith and trust

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Book review: In the Midst of Much-Doing: Cultivating a Missional Spirituality

Wednesday, 26 July 2023
 | Mark Coleridge

Listening to God, experiencing God, leads to a new way of seeing the world – a new vision that genuinely pays attention as only the contemplative can. Central to this is the need to listen to and learn from the voices of the poor.

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Knowledge of Things Unseen

Tuesday, 25 July 2023
 | Jordan Rastrick

I'm just a low grade mystic / Kneeling beneath an empty sky

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Growing Pains: Saul, Stephen and the scattered saints

Wednesday, 12 July 2023
 | John Kidson

Most Christian believers acknowledge Pentecost Sunday as the Church's birthday. Luke's treatise, the Acts of the Apostles, records the 'birth' and early experiences. In a previous issue John Kidson shared part of his 'discovered' journal of an apparent younger follower. The 'discovery' continues.

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Religion and Social Policy Network response to The Statement from the Heart

Tuesday, 27 June 2023
 | Religion and Social Policy Network

RASP is humbled by the audacious generosity extended to the non-Indigenous Australian people through the forgiveness and renewed co-existence offered to us through the Statement. We commit our research to both listening and speaking truth.

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Giving agency: A priest, a voiceless woman and hearing from God

Monday, 26 June 2023
 | Karina Kreminski

Sometimes our acts of kindness - though well-intentioned - can do more damage than good. How can we do good in a way that respects the agency and voice of the other, especially those who seem more than most to be ‘acted upon’?

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Book review: Abortion: A Personal Story, A Political Choice

Sunday, 25 June 2023
 | Denise Cooper-Clarke

Pauline Harmange tells her personal story of her own abortion together with her reflections on the social and political conditions that influence attitudes to abortion. But what of the moral arguments for and against abortion?

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Learning from the Margins

Monday, 12 June 2023
 | Nils von Kalm

I've learnt more from the marginalised, the stigmatised and the devalued than from any celebrity pastor. And it's been humbling.

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No Ordinary Election

Thursday, 25 May 2023
 | John Kidson

Most Christian believers acknowledge Pentecost Sunday as the Church's birthday. Luke's treatise, the Acts of the Apostles, records the 'birth' and early experiences. Recently John Kidson 'discovered' the journal of an apparent younger follower.

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