Beyond denominational boundaries


Just a little over a month ago I was sitting in the courtyard of a micro-brewery in the centre of Leipzig, a beautiful city in eastern Germany. The World Communion of Reformed Churches General Council was near its end after 10 days. It had convened for the first time since 2010; on this occasion in ...

Following Christ at Synod 2017


The 2017 Synod meeting begins on Friday 8 September with opening worship at St Michael’s Uniting Church in Collins Street Melbourne. Synod resumes for business the following day at the Box Hill Town Hall.

There will be 295 ordained and lay members representing the eight presbyteries attending for the five days and three nights. They ...

Synod Snaps – September 2017

Richmond Uniting Church has a new lending library outside their church.

Moderator Rev Sharon Hollis recently visited Castlemaine. She is pictured here with Castlemaine Uniting Church minister, Rev Michele Lees.

North Balwyn Uniting Church members have been involved in ‘Wrap With Love’ since 2004. They have created a total of 740 rugs out of 20,720 knitted ...

Keeping the faith

Review by Tim Lam

Book | Faith: Embracing Life in All Its Uncertainty | Tim Costello

As the former CEO of World Vision Australia, Tim Costello has witnessed poverty and injustice in some of the most conflict-prone nations in the world.

In his latest book, Faith: Embracing life in all its uncertainty, the renowned Baptist minister and ...

Cursory reading


Book | Mariner | Malcolm Guite

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s famous poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is the tale of a traveller and his epic journey, reckless acts, a descent into an earthly hell, rescue, a kind of baptism, the path home, the growth of wisdom and the desire to share ...

Workplace wisdom

Review by Tim Lam

Book | Workship: How to Use Your Work to Worship God | Kara Martin

The average Australian spends more than 40 hours a week at work. With our occupations consuming so much of our daily lives, it can be easy to relegate faith to a part-time activity. 

In Workship, author Kara ...

One in Christ

the last couple of weeks I have found myself reflecting on Paul’s statement in Galatians (3:26-28) that through Christ we are all made children of God through faith. Divisions we construct are no longer the categories by which Christians are to view each other for we are all one in Christ.

We often act ...

Gospel truth


Book | Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy | John Shelby Spong

In this typically lively and provocative book, John Selby (Jack) Spong has come out of writing retirement to consider the origins of biblical literalism and fundamentalism. Spong claims to have found the key that unlocks both the (non-literal) meaning of the New ...

Faith at work


Australia may be an increasingly secular country according to the recent census, but author Kara Martin believes Christians can still practice their faith in the workplace in creative ways.

In her new book, Workship: How to Use Your Work to Worship God, Ms Martin documents stories of Christians who integrate faith into their daily occupations.


Respectfully disagree


OUR country and our churches are at a crossroads. As a nation, we have never been very good at disagreeing with each other without making it personal.

Social media has poured kerosene on a society that is already combative. Our political system is combative. Our legal system is combative. Our mainstream media is polarising. And ...