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A Stranger Kind of Love: Responding to the Global Refugee Crisis

Perhaps you might have some time to read through my recent article, published in Mosaic? “We are facing the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time. Above all, this is not just a crisis of numbers; it is also a … Continue reading

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Australian Refugee Policy for Dummies #4: Australia is not pulling its weight in refugee settlement.

Here is the fourth in a series of blogs responding to Rudd’s new asylum seeker policy. A critique from scripture follows a critical discussion of Australian policy. Rudd’s new policy is accompanied by a rise in his popularity. Why? A … Continue reading

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Jesus ate his way through the gospels – eaten with a tax-collector recently?

Ever noticed how many of Jesus’ meals are in the gospels? Meals feature so prominently in the gospels that scholars have commented: ‘Jesus ate his way through the Gospels.’ Herbert Anderson and Edward Foley even claim: ‘… they killed him because … Continue reading

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A table for 5000

Benedictine monks prioritised the practice of hospitality. In centuries past Benedictine monks welcome travellers, no matter who they were. The traveller would enter the monastery. The abbot himself would wash their feet. No questions were asked of the travellers until … Continue reading

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At the heart of reality is limitless generosity

God’s creation is evidence of the caring hand of the Creator reaching out to secure the well-being of His creatures, of a Father extendinga universe full of blessings to His children. Spkyman Israel’s worldview begins with a gift: at the … Continue reading

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Immigration and refugees – is the Bible clear?

Migrants exist under darkening clouds of suspicion in Western countries today. Media reports the arrival of asylum-seekers in “waves” that threaten to “swamp” our shores—in fact, the arrival of vulnerable migrants described in terms of a threatening natural disaster have … Continue reading

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Christian education begins with delight (Genesis Chapter 2)

Marduk was the chief deity of the Babylonian pantheon. Every aspect of ancient near eastern society was arranged around the temples of the gods: humankind existed, so it was thought, to care for the gods. Genesis Chapters 1-2 is written … Continue reading

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