Anglican Diocese of Armidale

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Articles and Commentary

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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Cronk and Slater

The week leading up to the Grand Final was like few before, with its strange focus on “shoulders”. Who would have thought that shoulders would demand such media exposure? I can’t really remember when the simple shoulder ever headlined the news.
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Foolish Footballers

It is finals time with winners and losers. As I write, my cardinal and myrtle colours are still flying but only just. I say this not because we were kept in the competition by three field goals but because of my disappointment in off field behaviour.
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Serving at Fault

In a brilliant display of tantrum throwing, poor sportsmanship and an inability to cope with the umpire’s decision, a one-time champion tennis player, Serena Williams, accused the umpire of being a ‘point thief’ while she herself stole one of the biggest moments in Naomi Osaka’s life.
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A Drought Reflection

I teared up! The farmer’s dozer was broken down, the diesel mechanic had returned to town for parts and the farmer's chainsaw filled the bush with noise as he brought down branches suitable for his sheep to eat. Over a sandwich we talked of assistance but the response was like that of others, “There are people a lot worse off than us!” Five thousand dollars a week I am told to keep his sheep alive but his wife made clear that they’d take no help.
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Martin Luther

There is no doubt that Luther had a brilliant mind but he recognised that human truth has its limits. As Metaxas puts it, “Luther came to believe that the very idea that mere human reason could reach heaven was not merely wrong but a hubristic folly. How, with human words and thoughts, could we bridge the infinite distance between man and God, between earth and heaven?”
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Depending on Others

Like a farmer who hates to see his stock in poor condition, I am a person who hates to see any of God’s people in a similar condition. Sadly, those two things go hand in hand in times of drought.
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