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Author: David Rietveld

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The 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square is a fascinating example of messing with history. History is written (or re-written) by the victors. Perhaps the biggest re-writing of history is the story of Galileo. Apparently he and Copernicus concluded, through the natural sciences, that the earth

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The place of Christians and Christian views in public life is confusing. Some saw the censure and sacking of Israel Falou as evidence that Christian’s can no longer express biblical views out loud. Then Australia voted in, to the surprise of many, an overtly Christian

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Imagine you work at a bank or as a nurse – and you post on your private webpage some Bible verses that included a judgement of sin. Would it be appropriate that you risk being fired because of your views? Imagine if you discovered your

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Some quotes from a recent academic article I read by the Rev Dr Ian Hussey, a Queensland Baptist Academic included: “Perhaps no single issue has caused as much grief and pain in the Western Church life than the so-called ‘worship wars’. Many churches have experienced

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In 2004 the Howard Federal Government amended the Marriage Act, and inserted a clarification. The new definition was “marriage means the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.” Apparently it took 15 minutes for

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Our theme for this year is ‘Fruit that will last’. If you came to the recent Sunday night youth takeover service your heart would have been moved as we saw evidence of that. Like most if not all Western churches, New Peninsula has, over

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Closure is one of those words that have become very popular of recent. It’s not a new word, but its usage has risen meteorically. Perhaps it is because modern life is so complex and so multi-dimensional. We love it when we can close and move

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Our DEEPer series this year is entitled ‘Love equals’. What is love? – a question for the ages. Instead of trying to answer it, I will offer a few reflections about how our current culture is engaging with this enduring question. Firstly, everyone agrees love is

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On Wednesday night I will speak to the George Pell conviction. Some have asked me why I have not addressed this earlier. I have tried. It is complex. For today I wish to make three points: Firstly, it happened, and it happens. George Pell’s conviction may

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A few comments Patrick Lok made at the missions breakfast struck me. One was this: the Chinese churches response to the recent increase in persecution is to lay low for a while, the Chinese church has seen this before. To my Western ears that sounds weak.