Australia’s new federal government now officially has a parliamentary majority of one after the final seat was decided by just 37 votes. It seems politics in Australia is now a game of inches, no doubt true also of the Olympics which are about to begin in Rio. Presumably the level of motivation and organisation for […]
CS Lewis writes of our generous ability to find excuses for our own bad behaviour but our stubborn inability to accept those excuses in another. (Presupposing you accept the existence of something so old fashioned as the idea of bad behaviour…) He continues that even if there is reasonable excuse for a harmful or hurtful […]
Don’t lose heart and don’t lose vision! Run your race with perseverance and keep your eyes on the most important things, that are already yours, that money can’t buy: Serving God, strengthening your family, building character, being honourable and generous, finding wisdom, rejecting despair and self-pity, enjoying the little things of life, working hard, always […]
Self-centredness is a kind of blindness we all experience to some degree – the inability to look past ourselves and see others. Being true to yourself is best accomplished when self is illuminated by the love of God and enriched by a love for others. Peter A Hallett
I was walking in the sunshine at University of Sydney with my little grand daughter who needed a short break from church in the old Geology building. We came across a tree (pictured) with beautiful patterned bark, soft and flakey, and gentle spindly branches that were almost silhouetted against the blue sky. I laid my […]
Searching for ‘tweets’ in the writings of iconic Australian social reformer and evangelist Rev Robert Hammond, this comment stuck in my thinking: ‘The Lord’s Prayer does say: “And forgive us our debts,” but first it says “Give us this day our daily bread.”‘ In context, Hammond was suggesting before we worry about someone’s sin (wrongdoing), […]
Josiah continues his video journey of the absurd, humour, irony and parable. He is no less cryptic in Making Waves. Do you ever ask yourself, ‘What am I doing on the planet?’ And what do you tell yourself, and what does your self tell you?
Working on a project last week, I read a quote from an amazing Australian social reformer who should be better known to us than he is. Hopefully I can have a part in changing that shortly. Anyway, he wrote that “most people move forward backwards”. The reason is that the future is “dark” in the […]