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Resurrection – You Too Can Have A Heavenly Body

There are many human ‘Body types’-thin, fat, sturdy, slight etc. Most people when they look at themselves have ‘bits’ they would like to change and of course the ‘body industry’ always wants to help whether through plastic surgery, cosmetics etc. There is also the ‘spare part surgery’ option for the important ‘bits’ that don’t work…

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Resurrection – Fact or Fiction?

In 1930 a bright lawyer named Frank Morison started to write a book which was eventually, but not initially, titled “Who Moved the Stone?”As a scientifically minded man, his belief was that miracles do not happen. His aim therefore when he started to write was to do the world a favour by trashing the myth…

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Church Through The ‘Wormhole’

Most of us know the story of Alice in “Alice In Wonderland”, the young girl who sitting on a riverbank one day sees a white rabbit which she follows down a rabbit hole. This leads her into another weird world where everything is strange, especially the people who behave, think and speak in very peculiar…

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Anti-Social Behaviour – The Moral Collapse

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) (often criminal behaviour), such as the recent killing of an unborn baby by a drug affected driver in Wollongong and the alcohol fueled varieties often witnessed outside night clubs, is increasingly common in our society. I have particularly noticed that some examples of ASB today just did not occur a generation or…

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The Stark Reality

For part of this week I have been attending the annual Diocesan Synod (Parliament) in Sydney. I admit that it is not the most exciting event on the calendar, but it does deal with some very important ‘big picture’ issues with direct impact on CrossRoads. The Synod meeting always started with an address by the…

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Reflections On War

Over the course of this year we have again seen the development of hostilities in the middle east and Australian forces are once more involved. It is therefore an appropriate time to reflect on the topic of war because it is a vexed one among Christians, and one which always generates a range of views….

Fair-Weather Christianity – Not

One of the many damaging aspects of the ‘Prosperity Gospel’ that is preached in some churches is that it does not prepare or enable Christians for adversity. The ‘Prosperity Gospel’ promotes the idea that if you have enough faith, pray enough, give enough money, etc, then God will bless you. These ideas are neither supported…

More Straws Blowing In The Wind

From time to time in this article I describe what I call ‘straws blowing in the winds’ of Australian church life. These are indicators of the health, vitality and growth of the Australian church, particularly the Anglican church. Some more ‘straws’ have become evident recently in reports submitted to the recent three yearly General Synod,…

Thou Shall Not Judge

Of course this statement is one of the well known ‘Ten Commandments’ handed down to the people of God by Moses, and also restated by Jesus when he talked about taking the ‘log’ out of your own eye (Matthew 7:1-5) isn’t it? Well actually ‘No’, but you would think so by the frequency Christians are…

Battles Fought For Us

This year there are a great number of events being held to remember the sacrifices made for us in battles of World War I, a war that has contributed much to the nation Australia is now. It is important that we remember those who sacrificed so much, particularly in the two world wars of the…