Are all refugees genuine?

I wrote recently that one of the reasons I keep posting things about refugees is because it is an issue that is in the public discourse, and being used as a political chip, and yesterday’s policy announcement from Australian Prime Minster Kevin Rudd just proves that point. From what I’ve been reading, it’s a terrible policy (and quite possibly in breach of the International conventions […]

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From boy to birdman – The Magic Flute

From boy to birdman – The Magic Flute

Tonight I’m making my debut with one of my most important roles to date: Papageno, the chattering bird-catcher in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute). It’s not, however, my first ‘Flute’. This was the opera which actually got me into opera. Back when I was 13, before my voice changed, my singing teacher, Delith Brook, was directing a production of ‘Flute’ at USQ in Toowoomba, […]

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Genesis, Gervais & jumping from space

Genesis, Gervais & jumping from space

Maybe you read some of the tweets after Felix Baumgartner’s record breaking freefall jump form the edge of space; it was certainly an awe inspiring event. “Science rocks!” was one that I saw few times. Indeed, it does! But you may also have seen this being bandied about on social networks recently:   And… Ricky Gervais sums it up in one simple tweet. via @clayswisher […]

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Breivik, Mohler and justice

I read a tweet the other day to the effect of: Anders Breivik demonstrates we live in a moral universe, therefore, construct a worldview which explains this data. It was a worthwhile point, as the whole thing does seem to show that there’s very few people who would try and argue that the wrongness of Breivik’s actions is not just their subjective opinion, or a […]

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The logic of infanticide

The Journal for Medical Ethics has caused quite a stir by publishing an article by Giubilini and Minerva which argues for the validity of infanticide (or “after birth abortion” as they try to euphemise it). I actually had a recent discussion on this very issue, and so I thought I’d add my thoughts on the issue (and indeed, why articles like this may actually serve anti-abortion arguments) […]

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The scourge of Nomophobia

Are you reading this on your smart phone? The LA Times reports: Do you feel anxious if your cellphone isn’t nearby? Does just the thought of losing your phone make your heart pound? Do you keep an extra phone on hand, just in case your primary phone breaks? Do you sometimes take it to bed with you? If the answer to any of these questions […]

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What if Richard Dawkins is (partly) right?

I’ve thought for some time now that Richard Dawkins was starting to lose a lot of credibility as a spokesman for Atheism. Calling for the arrest of the Pope probably didn’t help, but I got the feeling that many middle-ground people were starting to see him as a kind of ‘fundamentalist’. While Hitchens certainly didn’t pull any punches, he did seem to have real friendships […]

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Recording for new IBC worship CD

I’m very excited to be a part of a project being put together by IBC Hamburg called Many Places, Many Faces, which is to create an album of original congregational (aka “worship*”) songs from people within the IBC group (which we were in Nuremberg). I spent yesterday recording some vocal tracks for my contribution, and I’m really excited about it. The disc will hopefully be […]

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A response to the ACL’s position on asylum seekers

The Australia Christian Lobby posted a media release today supporting off-shore processing for asylum seekers. According to ACL’s Managing Director, Jim Wallace: “Deterrence must be a strong part of our response to this, if these disasters are to be averted, and that means making it unattractive for people to attempt this. “The Malaysian solution is an attempt to address this, and whether we institute it […]

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Tim Keller on Kim Kardashian & marriage

Tim Keller talks marriage. It’s rare to see this quality of teaching on the issue in churches, let alone national television! Watch the latest video at <a href=”http://video.foxnews.com”>video.foxnews.com</a>

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Couple married for 72yrs die holding hands

Call me a big softie, but I was really moved by this story of a couple, married for 72 years, who died holding eachother’s hand. “It was really strange, they were holding hands, and dad stopped breathing but I couldn’t figure out what was going on because the heart monitor was still going,” said Dennis Yeager. “But we were like, he isn’t breathing. How does […]

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Illegal immigrants and asylum-seekers: mercy not wrath

This piece from Christ and Pop-Culture is written in the context of Arizona’s laws regarding illegal immigrants, but much of it could easily transfer to Australian ‘boat people’ refugees (who aren’t “illegal” btw). This political season, please try to remember that [they] are not money sponges who are looking to exploit our welfare system. They are men and women with families and dreams, and most […]

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