Weep with those who weep

Today is 26 January, Australia Day. Australia Day is a national public holiday, commemorating the beginning of the nation of Australia when Captain Arthur Phillip began a British penal colony on the shores of Sydney Harbour on January 26, 1788. Australia Day has become for most Australians the end of a summer holiday season thatContinue reading “Weep with those who weep”

Fake news and tribalism are the new black?

Monthly challenge I’ve been reading and thinking a lot about people’s attitudes to climate change recently, and I am reinforced in the view that we (all people, but especially christians) have entered a new era. Almost 15 years ago I began discussing issues on the internet, writing my own blog and discussing on others’ blogsContinue reading “Fake news and tribalism are the new black?”

All is quiet on New Year's Eve …. not!

Some of the happiest memories of my life are family holidays down the south coast of NSW when I was a boy. We’d go to bed early and at about 1 a.m. mum and dad would wake us up, we’d pack the car and set off. Down Mt Ousley in the night fog while usContinue reading “All is quiet on New Year's Eve …. not!”

Opposing Jesus …. in the name of Jesus

Three warnings to start with. This isn’t a Christmas post. This isn’t a political post. Although Donald Trump’s picture appears, it’s not really about him at all, though he is relevant. I am not an American, so I write as an outsider. This post is a response to a Christianity Today editorial and the publicContinue reading “Opposing Jesus …. in the name of Jesus”

Take real steps to support poor workers in the clothing industry

Monthly challenge December challenge It should be no news to anyone that the clothing industry has a sad history of paying meagre wages and offering unhealthy working conditions to workers in poor countries, all to reduce the price of the clothing in richer countries by a few cents. Not so long ago, it was estimatedContinue reading “Take real steps to support poor workers in the clothing industry”

A lead role in a cage?

Pink Floyd’s 1975 album Wish You Were Here is one of my favourites. The theme of the evocative album is the band’s feeling about Syd Barrett, their former bandmate, who had crashed out due to drugs and a mental condition that made it impossible for him to play his part in the band. Wish YouContinue reading “A lead role in a cage?”

Buy only “good” chocolate for a month

Monthly challenge November challenge It’s not such a hard challenge, really. Eating chocolate I mean. But the good news is that it’s also not so hard to eat “good” (i.e. ethical) chocolate these days. If you don’t want to be complicit in slavery, child labour, poor working conditions for poor workers or unsustainable practices (andContinue reading “Buy only “good” chocolate for a month”

Christianity, pluralism and truth

This challenging book was published 7 years ago, but I hadn’t come across it until I found it in a pop-up bookshop selling off remaindered books. I thought it would have something interesting to say to me, and I was right. It raises some important issues and I think it is worth sharing where itContinue reading “Christianity, pluralism and truth”