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Vaccine Wars and the Church of God

Imagine living in Australia in 1942: Darwin is being bombed by the Japanese; three midget submarines have just come into Sydney Harbour, sunk a ferry and killed 21 people.  Imagine that young men from your local church are hearing the call to defend the country and going off to war. Some will return home with limbs missing. Others will never return at all. Other Christians in your congregation refuse to go—even fight conscription—for the sake of conscience. They believe that the Bible forbids them to take up arms. One important duty of pastors is to help brothers and sisters think...

Man or Mouse? The Mice Plague and Speciesism

The mice plague in Western NSW has been described as an ‘economic and public health crisis’ as millions of dollars of property and crops have been damaged or lost by millions of mice. Mice have been found in crops, homes, schools, hotels and even in hospitals. Controlling the mice has been a massive challenge for farmers and rural communities in Western NSW. Killing mice promotes the ‘dangerous notion of human supremacy’ … farmers should catch and release them. —PETA This topic was the focus of attention last week when the animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of...

Palliative Care and The Art of Dying Well

National Palliative Care Week runs from 23-29 May 2021. This year’s theme is “Palliative Care—it’s more than you think” which seeks to raise awareness about the many benefits of quality palliative care. Palliative care is defined as an approach that improves the quality of life of people with a life-limiting illness and helps them live as well as possible for as long as possible. It also provides support for their families and carers. It does this by providing more than pain relief: the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient are all considered important concerns in palliative care. Modern,...

Promoting God’s Design For Family: An Interview With Katy Faust

In celebration of the UN’s International Day of Families (May 15), TGCA interviews Katy Faust, who is doing important work in advocating for children’s rights, in part by reframing the debate around marriage and family. She visited Australia during the marriage postal vote, appearing on the ABC’s Lateline and Q&A. She is the founder and director of the children’s rights organisation, ‘Them Before Us’. TGCA: You’re the founder and director of a children’s rights organisation – ‘Them Before Us’. What is the purpose of your organisation? Katy Faust: We have a very modest goal of a total global takeover of...

Review: Can Jesus Save the West?

Can Jesus save the West? That’s the question Australian author Kurt Mahlburg seeks to answer in his excellent new book, ‘Cross and Culture: Can Jesus Save the West?’ Mahlburg is an author with the Christian organisation, The Canberra Declaration, for whom he researches and writes. Mahlburg understands that the West was never perfect. And yet, his central argument that Christianity was the driver behind so much of what Christians and non-Christians value. Contrary to first appearances, Can Jesus Save the West is not a missional book about how to re-evangelise the West with the gospel (although the book does touch...

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