Anglican Diocese of Armidale

The Anglican Diocese of Armidale exists to glorify God by introducing people to Jesus and helping them home to heaven.

 

In Focus

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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.” Read More »