Category: Belief Matters

Does religion do more harm than good?

It’s been reported that two out of three Australians think that religion does more harm than good in the world. That’s not encouraging news at a time when there are...

Is prayer just slacktivism in disguise?

Whenever devastation hits — especially when it’s somewhere in the Western world — we see #Prayfor [Insert country or cause] take over our newsfeed. Now, I...

Do we still need the Kingdom of God?

Ever since my own personal discovery 40 years ago of the importance of Jesus’s announcement of the good news of the Kingdom of God — and his teaching about the...

Practicing the presence of God

Sometimes silence can be deafening. There I said it. I have had so little time recently to sit and contemplate what not being connected to a device or sitting in front...

Are we ashamed of God?

That’s the question Steven Kryger posed in a recent article for Communicate Jesus. He talked about how he travelled to the Middle East and saw people proclaiming their...

What’s love got to do with it?

Around two thousand and twenty years ago, a Jewish, Arabic baby was born into poverty, just as babies in many cultures and nations are born into poverty every day. Soon...

All we are saying is give peace a chance

Did you notice the International Day of Peace ? The annual event is “devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and...

What makes forgiveness so hard?

Last week in politics: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had a “good chat” with former prime minister Tony Abbott. You might have missed that update,...

Worrying about worry – what does it achieve?

The latest information we get can seem designed to make us worry. From a shooting in suburban Sydney to the state of Beyonce’s marriage, the fate of asylum...

Gathering God’s people

With the Synod meeting happening on 16-19 April, now is a good time to reflect on the nature and importance of church meetings. While Church meetings do take valuable...