Vicar's Blog

The art of distraction is perfected by magicians to enhance the impact of their feats.
The same ruse is at large in keeping people from marvelling at the truest life ever lived being given up in a death for others – and then given back by God in resurrected life.
It is this life that calls for our attention and allegiance. Enjoy your chocolate – it will last for a moment. Unwrap Jesus by reading his life story. (Start with ‘Mark’ in the New Testament www.biblegateway.com ). Put your trust in him, and you will have all eternity to enjoy.

Starting afresh is a scary prospect. Whether you are overcoming an age old habit, or starting a new relationship, or commencing a new job or course of study, our past experience can mock us and shackle us with discouragement. We can become disillusioned and cynical about ourselves and our ability to change. This mindset in itself can be enough to defeat us. God’s book, the Bible, offers the following advice – ‘…be transformed by the renewing of your minds…’ (Romans 12:1).  

The first step in creating a new path for ourselves is to confront our mindset with a different reality. The resurrection of Jesus from the dead offers us such a paradigm. Doing life in company with Christ opens up to us this same power and possibility, not only for the next life, but this one also. It says, ‘If anyone is in Christ, the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.’ May I recommend prayer to this same Christ Jesus, inviting him in person and power to enter our lives and our minds to enable a

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 ‘That faith based religious education

 

has no place in public schools.’

 

 

 

 

Debated in the Melbourne Town Hall

 

Wednesday February 26th.

 

 

 

 

 

Marion Maddox – professor of Politics at Macquarie University and author of ‘God under Howard’ and ‘Taking God to School’- led the charge for the affirmative side by narrating a litany of horror stories – that is alleged howlers by Christian Religious Education (CRE) teachers and Access ministries and of withdrawals from CRE teaching by mainline churches in 1980s. (It may be questioned though whether certain churches can still be considered mainline, given their aging and declining numbers. These have been replaced by more vibrant churches in the volunteer ranks).

 

The picture was painted of CRE as taught by enthusiastic amateurs of largely conservative evangelical persuasion, with Access Ministries itself pictured as an evangelical missionary organisation by its own words.

 

It was argued that CRE teaches only a narrow segment of the Christian faith,

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