In western culture suffering and death are taboo topics. However, avoiding talking about suffering does not alleviate it and trite comments of sympathy are of little help, and often cause a great deal damage. We need to talk about suffering, below is a link to a reflection on a Christian theology of suffering...

Leigh Sales, Australian Journalist and author, has written an important book about suffering and death Any Ordinary Day: Blindsides, Resilience, and What Happens After the Worst Day of Your Life. While is it ok to talk about sex in our culture, for many, suffering and death talk are the new taboo. Sales choice to raise the profile of this out...

A common question asked of people of religious faith is ‘how can there be a God if there is so much suffering and evil in the world?’ Bob Carr raised this objection in the Good Weekend recently (23/06/2018). Sometimes this question is a genuine one, asked as people wrestle with the stark realities of pain and tragedy and consider the possibility...

The cross and the resurrection are a double provocation. First there is the shock of the cross.  In Jesus, Word made flesh, we are confronted with the Divine who is utterly humble and self-giving, who is willing to endure our violence rather than inflict it.  In the cross we are confronted with the God who does not embody power like we...

  While political leaders like President Trump may seek to claim Christ as their Lord, when they embody power in ways contrary to Christ, they are, in actuality, taking the Lord’s name in vain. This is because in Jesus the Christ our whole understanding of power is deconstructed, despite the fact that often those in the church, as well as those beyond...

Whether or not you attend worship regularly, you may have some familiarity with what is called 'The Lord's Prayer'. It is often shared in wedding services and funeral services.  It is prayed - or recited - at Parliament House each day that Parliament sits, and it is prayed during worship in churches around the world, across Christian traditions, wherever Jesus communities...

Like so many people around our country, I have been reeling this week from the devastating images of the sustained, institutional abuse of young people in juvenile detention in the Northern Territory. The reality that the majority of these young people are Indigenous Australians yet again confronts us with the racism that lurks so closely under the skin of our...