Category Archives: Faith

Following the argument – to God

In 1950, Antony Flew, a brilliant young philosophy student at Oxford University, presented a paper titled ‘Theology and Falsification’. It became the most widely published philosophical paper of the 20th century and Antony Flew went on to became one of … Continue reading

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Unanswered prayers

Reverend Daniel Hans wrote about a sermon he preached following the death of his three-year-old daughter to cancer. His heart broke as he watched her slowly die, so he asked his congregation to share things they’d hoped God would do … Continue reading

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Worry – a disease of the spirit

There’s an old parable about a man meeting the Grim Reaper, who told him he was going to take 100 people that day. But 1,000 people died, and that evening he met Death again and accused him of breaking his … Continue reading

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That ‘gnawing pain’ at the centre of our being

Ever since I watched him being savaged by two reporters in a television interview, while trying to get them to listen to why he was introducing Medicare, I’ve admired Bill Hayden, one of Australia’s iconic Labor leaders and former Governor … Continue reading

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Never underestimate a grandmother’s prayers

Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader who brought an end to the Cold War, was born into a family of committed atheists. But his grandmother had him secretly baptized by a Russian Orthodox priest, and she put an icon of … Continue reading

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It takes a great spirit to come through hardship

Four centuries ago Martin Rinkert became the minister of his hometown parish in Eilenburg, Germany. A year later the Thirty Years War broke out and Eilenburg was caught in the middle. In the midst of it a massive plague swept … Continue reading

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‘Jesus, this is Jim.’

Bruce Howell used to tell the story of Jim, a Londoner who, every day at Noon, would slip into a church where he would sit quietly for five minutes and then depart. The minister of that church got to recognise … Continue reading

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