Post Easter Musings – 2014

Apr 22

Post Easter Musings – 2014

The last Sunday before Advent (the four weeks leading up to Christmas) is called the Sunday of Christ the King.  On this Sunday the Bible reading has Jesus standing in the synagogue addressing the crowd.  The Chief Priests and the Rabbis are at the back.  Looking straight at those august leaders Jesus addresses them directly.  “You are basically a pack of poseurs”...

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An Easter Meditation – 2014

Apr 14

An Easter Meditation – 2014

Whatever opinions you have about Christianity you must agree that the events of that Easter two thousand years ago, however you see them to be, changed the world.   Being a Christian minister I often think about the significance of Christianity today.  And what it means to us.   It seems to me the message of Christmas and Easter are essentially the same.  That is...

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My Easter Appeal Letter for Exodus Foundation

Apr 11

My Easter Appeal Letter for Exodus Foundation

Dear friend, Usually as the weather gets cooler with winter coming on, I write to you about the work I do with the homeless. Every day, we prepare up to 1,000 meals through our Loaves & Fishes Free Restaurant and our food van, for the needy and homeless. One thing has become clear to me over all my years working in the field of poverty and homelessness – that...

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The Big Picture Film Festival all over for another year

Apr 01

The Big Picture Film Festival all over for another year

What a great festival it has been! Firstly, I would like to thank everyone involved with this year’s Big Picture Film Festival. I think it was a triumph in all ways and the effects of watching these films both individually and as a series has honestly changed me forever. I know it’s made me a better person because it has convinced me I am on the right path and the...

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Musings – five days after the Royal Commission

Mar 11

It is five days now since I held Mary Farrell’s hand in the witness box of the Royal Commission into Institutional Abuse of Children while she gave evidence about the abuse she suffered at the hands of those who, as a child, were employed to care for her. As she said by twelve years of age she felt she had a brand on her forehead saying “rape me”. Re-living those...

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Don’t get homeless in Darwin

Mar 10

When I first started taking in homeless kids in Ashfield, many of them came from Central Railway station in the city.  Central Railway station is the hub where all the railway lines of NSW collide.  Country and suburban. To go anywhere, one needs to catch a train from Central.  Likewise Central is the main arrival point.  Naturally, Central Railway station was a hub...

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