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(True) Home Ownership

It is an oft-repeated saying that Sydney-siders are obsessed with home ownership. With the current COVID19 pandemic set to cause a decline in property prices and young people raiding their superannuation to pay down their first home deposit, home ownership is again on the forefront of the nation’s mind. (If I had a dollar every time someone mentioned smashed avocado and home ownership in the same sentence … I would have a lot of dollars but alas, still not enough for a deposit on my first home.) With the current COVID19 pandemic set to cause a decline in property prices...

Adoption and The Forever Father

November is National Adoption Awareness Month (NAAM). To help us reflect on the occasion we invited Brad and Jo Fletcher to share some of their experiences and insights. TGCA: Can you begin by telling us a bit about your experience of adoption? Adoption for us has been at once the most joyous and difficult of experiences. We have had two children join our family through adoption—one at 20 months and one at 2.5 years. We adore them and they are a joy and a blessing to us. It is an incredible relief and joy to know that we have a...

What are you waiting for? (Part 1) The Patience of Job

See Part 2 here 7 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9 Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! 10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know,...

Losing a Lifetime

October is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month—a time for families to share the memories of precious children lost during pregnancy, infancy and childhood. Many in our churches have lost children both during and after pregnancy, bringing with it profound grief and sadness. As such, TGCA asked Rick and Rhonda Mason to share their journey so that we, as God’s people, might better understand and care for those who experience such tragedy. TGCA: Thank you so much for your willingness to be interviewed by TGCA, Rick and Rhonda. Could you please begin by telling us a little about your...

How Narnia Helped Me Yearn for Heaven

When I turned 40, I realised I was going to die. I became aware that there was nothing I could do stop my upcoming death. My first 40 years had passed in a heartbeat. I became aware—in a visceral, ‘in my bones’ sort of way—that there was nothing I could do stop my upcoming death. My first 40 years had passed in a heartbeat, I realised, and the next 40 years would pass even more quickly. And after that? I would hit the impregnable wall of death that hems us in. A wall that no human being, no doctor, no...

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