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Choosing a church Part Two

Ok, so, evidently I can’t leave this alone (a part two wasn’t the plan) and in particular I received some loving feedback about my use of the word “contempt” in the first post, and the metaphor of drowning. Why did … Continue reading

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Choosing a church.

*I keep imagining the conversation in my head:   Me (introducing myself to the conservative Complementarian minister of the church): so yes, I’m really looking forward to serving in this church. I’m quite gifted in teaching, preaching, service leading, leading … Continue reading

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Welcome to stress

It may sound a little silly to you that I, or anyone, would find anything exciting about #lockdownlyf but, I’ve found something that I feel I can finally contribute to those around me at a time they’re willing to listen, … Continue reading

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Being annoying in the time of cholera*

One of my many annoying characteristics is that I interrupt a lot. It’s probably why some people have wondered if I have a personality disorder, and why others have simply wondered if I understand basic manners. It’s a no to … Continue reading

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Historical abuse

This blog is the second in a three-part series about responding to revelations of abuse in the church. Please see the first post first. This is an invitation to move on from shock to a heartbroken, truth-filled and more useful … Continue reading

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When the silence is broken.

So here’s the thing. For every new revelation of abuse within the church, there are those of us who are not surprised. Saddened yes. Heartbroken even. But not in the least surprised. Maybe it’s because we’re the real Calvinists, even … Continue reading

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The Mundanity of Suicidality – or, why one RUOK day is never enough (even though I recognise the value of awareness raising and hope you all check out the resources available).

For those of us for whom depressive thought patterns started early on in life, it can be tricky to understand what’s normal for most people. Part of me figured that probably not everyone went through phases of suicidal thoughts (of … Continue reading

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How to deal with all the persecution. 

One of the super-fun things about being a Christian who’s not going to vote “no” in the Australia-wide postal plebiscite regarding same-sex marriage is being a pariah among other Christians. Apparently my political theology means I’m not a “bible believer” … Continue reading

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What’s the time?

“There is a time for everything,  and a season for every activity under the heavens:  a time to be born and a time to die,  a time to plant and a time to uproot, a  time to kill and a … Continue reading

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Why is domestic violence under-reported in churches? For Rectors thinking about domestic violence (and others who want to eavesdrop)…

Having seen a report on the Sydney Anglican Diocese’ investigations into reporting of domestic violence to Rectors, I’ve been thinking about the problems that contribute to under-reporting and probably therefore under-dealing-with (so to speak) domestic violence, with helping the victims … Continue reading

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