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Articles and Commentary

Broken to glow

February 2009 our daughter lay close to death in Sutherland Hospital, diagnosed with Meningococcal Meningitis Sepsis. They’re big words that few of us understand but most people know the implications. We’re not sure where she picked it up. We were just thankful that after a stint in ICU, with blood cleaned and body strengthened, she came home with us. Not everyone has such a good outcome. Next year will be the 10th Anniversary of her struggle for life. I sometimes wonder how that moment in her life impacted her and this week I was reminded of just how significant that event continues to be in her life and the life of her family.
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The troubling truth of the invisible God

Some of the most disconcerting moments of my life happen in my garden window chair with the Bible open. The Bible’s recent invitation for me to look into the life of the suffering Job was one of the most uncomfortable!
I think the thing that I found most confronting was the reminder that God is invisible.
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Confusion

“Confusion” is a word we all understand but a reality that is terribly hard to live with.
Take the headline that reads, “Revived ‘Zoe’s law’ Bill a risk to women’s abortion rights, warns pro-choice groups.” The comments by women’s and legal groups argue that this is, “a real risk to women’s reproductive rights.” As a reader I can’t help but see the quandary we are in. To defend a woman’s right to abort by choice is a defence in conflict with the justice desired by the parent of an unborn child killed by another’s illegal actions.
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Peace by blood

Remembrance Day certainly gives one pause to think about the world and the life we live in it. It has been a few weeks since RSL members gathered in the Cathedral for an early Remembrance Day service followed by the commemorations in the park and my mind is still affected by this annual day of importance.
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A matter of concern

Sometimes I read things that I really don’t know what to do about, things that seem to me to be so significant that I feel I have to let others know, even if the reaction I get is anger. And I’m allowed to speak up like that. It is one of the strengths of free speech. Free speech allows us to raise concerns even when they’re not always welcomed.
In Dr John Whitehall’s Quadrant article of July 2018 he drew my attention to the draft platform prepared by the Australian Labor Party for its National Conference later this year which, in Chapter 10 (“Strong democracy and effective government”), includes, for the first time, a specific provision regarding gay conversion therapy. Paragraph 83 says, “Labor opposes the practice of so-called conversion and reparative therapies on LGBTIQ people and seek [sic] to criminalise these practices.”
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A matter of gender

Dr John Whitehall is Professor of Paediatrics at Western Sydney University. He recently wrote an article in Quadrant entitled “Experimenting on Gender Dysphoric Kids”. He begins by noting that “Paediatricians with a total of 931 years' experience reported only 12 cases of gender confusion, meaning just one genuine case might be expected every 76 years. Now, each year in Australia, hundreds are presenting for treatment which the ascendant orthodoxy decrees must be provided.”
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Zoe's Law

The death of Katherine Hoang’s unborn twins is worthy of consideration by us all. The law charged the driver with Katherine’s manslaughter, but proved silent on the twins killed one week from their due date.
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A better worldview

Dr Christine Blasey Ford would not be a name people are familiar with except for Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination and now election to the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Claims of teen sexual assault could not be more serious. It’s a timely reminder to every young person that youthful bad decisions can affect your entire life. The truly sad part of the Kavanaugh and Ford issue is that no one knows who to trust any more.
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A sleepless night

I read a really interesting story of a poor woman who came to her king and asked for compensation for the loss of some property.

“How did you lose the property?” asked the monarch.
“I fell asleep and a robber entered my dwelling”, she replied.
“Why did you fall asleep?” the king asked.
“I fell asleep because I believed that you were awake.”
The king’s response was to compensate the woman for the trust she invested in him.

I wonder if any of us could fall asleep under the leadership we experience in 2018, whether from bishops, principals, chairmen, captains or state and federal politicians.
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Presidential Address Synod 2018


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