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Yes or No? Reflections on the marriage Plebiscite – part 1

Yes or No? Reflections on the Marriage Plebiscite The High Court has now ruled that the postal plebiscite on marriage can proceed, so how should Christians vote? Let’s unpack some of the issues in this debate. Firstly we must acknowledge that Christians have been at fault in singling out same sex relationships for special criticism. We have spoken harshly of homosexuality as…

Is the Christian View of Sexuality Dangerous and Harmful?

Isn’t the Christian View of Sexuality Dangerous and Harmful? From Gospel coalition website. Sam Allberry is an editor for The Gospel Coalition, a global speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and a pastor based in Maidenhead, UK. He is the author of a number of books. He is a founding editor of Living Out, a ministry for those struggling with same-sex attraction.…

The Struggle Against Pornography

The Struggle Against Pornography My very first encounter with the internet in the late 90’s was in the office of one of our farming families. They had been signed up to a government trial on how the internet would be beneficial for farming. I will not go into the detail but a link from a church web site landed us on a…

Strengthening your Marriage

Strengthening your Marriage – When God and the Government agree! In 1998, the Federal Government released a report called “To Have and To Hold”.  It was a review of the 1975 Family Law Act and is subtitled “Strategies to Strengthen Marriage and Relationships”. It offers some remarkable findings concerning marriage but none more so than the disadvantages of cohabitation prior to marriage.…

For Christians who missed the memo: The Bible abhors all domestic violence – part 2

Last week we considered domestic violence and the belief of some that domestic violence is sanctioned by passages concerning male headship in the Bible. In the ABC’s recent online article about domestic violence and the Christian church, Sydney Archbishop Glenn Davies speaks to the contrary: “Submission is never coercive, it’s always voluntary, so the wife offers herself in that relationship. It becomes…

For Christians who missed the memo: The Bible abhors all domestic violence – part 1

A lengthy article was posted online this week at www.abc.net.au/news, entitled “Submit to your husbands: Women told to endure domestic violence in the name of God”. The article rightly highlights the problem of domestic violence and the response of the Australian Christian churches to it. It has provoked much debate. It seems timely, then, to revisit a 2015 newspaper article written by…