The Presence of God

After community breakfast yesterday I visited the home of a friend, clambered over belongings 60cm deep and took in his joy at his painting on the wall. Earlier he had arrived late for breakfast but we unpacked again so we could chat while he munched on a large bowl of cereal. We prayed for his […]

Elusive Archbishop of the slums

It is easy to categorise and be categorised. In many places in society the only way to get ahead is to sublimate yourself in the colours of the tribe. But a true mark of faith and healthy personality is that you are ‘elusive’ to the box-carrying, label-making mechanisms of our world. Jesus told a man, […]

Change comes from global action and the smallest deed

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to attend a summit in New York next week, to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, aimed at halving world poverty by 2015. Newly appointed Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, will be attending. In the meantime, some good news from Britain today with these comments […]

Huge Chinese mattress hides $US1.4 trillion…

There is no political, social, educational or philosophical quick-fix for human nature. Figures showing the growing gap between the rich and poor in so-called communist China highlight this once again. Despite decades of communist indoctrination and more recently, greater freedoms and openness to world markets, the Chinese people still like to keep money under their mattress […]

Dying while bringing sight to the blind

The headline read ‘Taliban massacre big-hearted team devoted to helping Afghans’ and accompanying the written report was a video featuring the widow of one those killed. Before the video plays, on the SMH online site, it is preceded by an advertisement for electric toothbrushes. The team killed in Afghanistan was providing basic medical care, including […]

Aid attack makes Micah’s voices all the more important

Just a few weeks out from Micah Challenge’s Voices of Justice conference, News Ltd publications such as The Daily Telegraph are carrying a story questioning the Australian Government’s overseas aid commitment due to alleged rorting of payments. The article begins: ‘Australia’s foreign aid program is under siege after revelations tens of millions of dollars are being wasted on […]

Tobacco tax hits the poor hardest

The increased cost of cigarettes is not just a tax or health issue, it is also one of justice and compassion. The people hit hardest by the Rudd government’s 25 per cent increase on cigarettes, are the ones least able to afford it and the least able to choose the alternative – giving up. There […]

Love flows

Fixed someone up with a new set of clothes Managed not to step on gangrene toes Helped two friends avoid coming to blows Some conversation about nobody knows Marvellous it is how God’s love flows PH