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We’re all Talking – But is Anybody Listening?

In her fascinating book You’re Not Listening: What you’re Missing and Why it Matters, journalist Kate Murphy talks about how our facial expressions and body language typically carry more than half the emotional content of a message.  Our facial expressions and body language typically carry more than half the emotional content of a message. It’s an important consideration for those of us who use social media—particularly those who tackle sensitive topics there. Even if we do communicate more carefully—knowing our words will be read, not heard or seen—the medium has serious limitations, not least because of our own bad habits:  At work, we’re taught...

The Bible and Slavery

In a famous debate with Jordan Peterson, Sam Harris criticises the Bible for explicitly promoting slavery: But if you go to the books, and try to figure out what the creator of the universe wants with respect to the owning and needless immiseration of other people, he expects you to keep slaves, and he’s told you how to do it. Is that right? Is God okay with the slave trade? The Testaments consistently and unambiguously teach that you cannot own, and must not abuse or exploit, another person. The short answer is no—the Old and New Testaments consistently and unambiguously...

The Lines of Grace

I was originally going to title this post, ‘A Tattoo, A Lesbian, And Our Awkward Situation,’ but it sounded a bit too much like click-bait. However that is where this story begins. ‘It Is Well With My Soul.’ This was the design I’d chosen to print on my skin. Not long after my 40th birthday, I decided to do something about my long-held desire to get a tattoo (we can discuss the wisdom of that on another occasion). I had already settled on the design and placement; just needed the mid-life impetus to push me over the line. I did...

Are Women Worth Less than Men in the Bible?

It’s a big accusation and a common accusation, that in the Bible, women are worth less than men. And one of the go-to Bible passages is Leviticus 27. The accusation arises because of shiny shekels. Women are valued at less shekels! A woman, in her prime is only valued at 30 shekels. A man of the same age is valued at 50 shekels. Shekels were like our Aussie dollar or the English pound, they were a unit of value for the ancient Jews. In Leviticus 27 if someone, a man or a woman, makes a special vow and they want...

How Lego Speaks of a Greater Master

The award winning Channel 9 TV series “Lego Masters” has proved to be popular family viewing over the past month. Viewers have been awed at the creativity and ability of the contestants to turn humble Lego bricks into amazing creations. Within 28 hours, a blank Lego board is transformed into a battle zone between a wizard and a marauding army; a circus tent and moving trapeze artists; or an emotionally charged scene of wolves threatening drinking deer: All these amazing stories created by simply placing thousands of small pieces of interlocking plastic. Lego is popular and fun, but it also...

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