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The ABC, the seekers, and the One God

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Why the Archbishop was right to wish all Muslims peace and joy for Ramadan, and why all Christians should too, following the Apostle Paul (Acts 17:22-34)

Would you like Maccabees with that? — iii

Sunday 31 March 2024

Let us listen to the stories of the ancient indigenes known as Palestinians. The sustained military occupation they experience is mirrored in Israel’s own history

Power and sex in the trenches

Thursday 14 March 2024

For maximum value in public sympathy make your opponent look grotesque. How actual and alleged sexual violence is playing in Gaza

A meme in any other frame wouldn’t spell as neat

Monday 11 March 2024

About memes in social media. Short can be good. A good meme, like a good pithy quotation, makes a single point well

Would you like Maccabees with that? — ii

Monday 12 February 2024

Why is a modest strip of land at the eastern end of the Mediterranean so hotly and violently contested, physically, philosophically and spiritually?

Would you like Maccabees with that? — i

Thursday 8 February 2024

First in a series of brief pieces considering the historical foundations of the seven-decade conflict in the contested land known as Palestine

The heavens declare the glory of God

Sunday 28 January 2024

Why should a Christian believer trust science? Has science become a ‘religion’? Science as a gift enabling a better vision of the Glory of God

Raising a stubby for justice?

Thursday 25 January 2024

One more contribution to the Australia Day “question”. Whose day? Whose land? Whose nation? Together or apart? Is this the day? Is this the way?

The Red Penguins

Friday 3 November 2023

How do you know the truth about what’s really going on? By doing some research on YouTube of course. That’s where you’ll meet the penguins who run the show

My statistical life

Tuesday 17 October 2023

Do you want numbers to support your truth? Here is a quick tutorial I wrote on a serviette. No statistical skill required. In fact better with none

The idealist, the wrecker and the broken nation

Monday 16 October 2023

Many, but not enough, Australians are in grief at a lost opportunity to finally include our First Nations People in our national prosperity

How not to become the bogans of Planet Earth

Saturday 30 September 2023

Here I get a little more passionate even than before. About the Voice. About indigenous Australians. About all Australians. The world is watching

Human Compassion Alert: read at your own risk

Friday 29 September 2023

RMIT ABC Fact Check looks at the chief lines of misinformation being spread in the final leadup to the Voice Referendum. Both “Yes” and “No” claims are examined

Speaking in a real Voice

Friday 15 September 2023

When Australians vote in the coming Referendum on an indigenous Voice to Parliament, may evidence and fact triumph over fear and falsehood

Welcome to the circle

Wednesday 16 August 2023

Between the antivax movement and the “NO” campaign against the Voice, Trumpism is thriving in Australia. Evidence has been supplanted by a circle of information

Your all Greek future

Thursday 27 July 2023

Don’t know a second language? Your Greek vocabulary is looking good . It’s your future

Equality for the unequal

Saturday 22 July 2023

The question for Australia in 2023: Will the Voice entrench inequality or remove it? The answer depends on whether equality is the starting base or the end goal

Someone somewhere is lying

Friday 14 July 2023

When political truth claims compete for the minds and hearts of Christian “truth people” and positions are taken. Reflections from Scripture, history and today

Being pithy in a long, messy, nuanced and complicated world

Thursday 4 May 2023

Love them or hate them, memes are here to stay. We could rail against them and those with the temerity to share them. Or we could stop and think, first, second and third

Vale Robert Withycombe

Friday 17 March 2023

I don’t commonly publish obituaries, but this one demanded my attention. My small tribute to a pastor and scholar I only met a few times, but who impacted me nonetheless.

Same church, different Iles

Monday 27 February 2023

A conservative Christian organisation terminates its managing director, and Australian Christian social media goes into overdrive. And there are really just two views

Asbury and the longing heart

Wednesday 22 February 2023

Recent events on the campus at Asbury in Willmore, Kentucky have divided Christian and other commentators much as always. Is this “the real thing”?

Witch hunting is back

Tuesday 8 November 2022

Consider the witch hunts of mediaeval Europe. Then consider contemporary political conspiracy theories, such as QAnon. Then ask yourself, “Are witch hunts back?”

Charged with myths

Saturday 29 October 2022

A short piece about responding to the latest mythology on electric vehicles. Less about science denial, more about economic spin

Christian identity crisis #157

Friday 7 October 2022

The current controversy around one man’s forced resignation as Essendon Football Club CEO highlights some gulfs between Christian and other worldviews

A true blue monarchy, my oath

Sunday 11 September 2022

What next for Australia? Republic or monarchy? Local or foreign? Here mates is a you-beaut solution. An Aussie monarch. What a ripper.

Australian Grieving

Friday 9 September 2022

Australia, the Commonwealth and the world are mourning a momentous passing by any measure. On social media we will do this in a variety of ways. Live and let live

We're not homophobic are we?

Thursday 18 August 2022

Whilst supportive of the GAFCON movement within world Anglicanism, I have concerns as to what may be communicated by the present timing of a new diocese in Australia

Transgender for anxious Christians

Monday 1 August 2022

Evangelical Christians tend to treat trans people and the whole idea of non-normative gender reactively rather than thoughtfully. But variations to the normative are nothing new

Oh the trenches of Numbla Vale

Saturday 30 July 2022

At last it’s happened. War has broken out in rural NSW, in the Snowy-Monaro region, in a paddock. Here is your on-the-spot report from your embedded reporter. Hard-hitting analysis too.

The sharing economy and your cat

Saturday 9 July 2022

Cat ownership is so twentieth century. Leave all that behind and become a cat shareholder in the twenty-first century. The future is here.

Playing the ball starts here

Saturday 28 May 2022

If we expect our public leaders to abandon the practice of public ad hominem attacks as an alternative to policy debate, we really should start at home

Cheap shots and barnacles

Thursday 19 May 2022

The digital age makes it harder to keep public discourse on substantive issues. Instead we’re distracted by cheap shots. We can do better. And we must

Trans athletes just want to play sport

Monday 9 May 2022

Why are Christians anxious about trans athletes in female sport? Maybe it’s no more than its newness. The latest social change for the rights of minorities

Real pro-life in a dying world

Thursday 5 May 2022

Is absolute opposition to abortion the only Christian position? Perhaps not? An evangelical pastor asks again. As Roe v Wade seems to hang in the balance, let’s be real “pro-lifers”

Easter Chewsday

Tuesday 19 April 2022

If you’re so boring and shortsighted as to raise your kids to be responsible, disciplined and health-conscious, be sure it will come back to bite you one day when it’s all too late. It will bite, which...

The keyboard is mightier than the gun

Friday 1 April 2022

A mac nerd ponders Ukraine. A lot of software developers live there. Some may be my relatives, as may some of the invading forces. Pray for the peace of Ukraine. And just government for Russia.

The pandemic, the politics and the science

Sunday 27 March 2022

How do medical science, the Coronavirus, pubic health and US politics get on together? ZDoggMD is one place to find out. I’m just starting. Might be a good ride.

The aioli challenge

Sunday 20 March 2022

A challenge for the hip and enterprising foodie. Post a video selfie demonstrating your ability to eat a Turkish take-away kebab with umm … refined delicacy

Happy New Holland Day, cobbers!

Tuesday 25 January 2022

Australia Day. What or who might we be if the Brits hadn’t hoisted the flag first? A light reflection on the modern history of the land in the south

An island, a king, and a true blue republic

Monday 24 January 2022

King Bluey and his royal Aussie successors shall live in a pub on Macquarie Island. It ticks every box surely. Lots of history, bracing climate, miles from everywhere.

Would you like microbes with that?

Sunday 23 January 2022

Will the common cup tradition survive the covid era? I’d love to hear from Anglicans in particular (and any others who share that tradition). But all are welcome to hop in

A tale of two worlds: social media and truth - Part IV

Saturday 1 January 2022

Final of 4. Truth, falsehood and trust. False premise #5: “The Media” is suppressing inconvenient information for an agenda. The fallacies of circular reasoning. Suppression is least likely.

A tale of two worlds: social media and truth - Part III

Friday 31 December 2021

3 of 4. Truth, falsehood and trust. False premise #4: If there’s a counter narrative out there, there must be truth to it. More information does not mean more fact or more truth.

A tale of two worlds: social media and truth - Part II

Thursday 30 December 2021

2 of 4. Truth, falsehood and trust. False premise #3: All opinions are equal. The government and the experts are lying to us about their agenda. Ant-science sentiment.

A tale of two worlds: social media and truth - Part I

Wednesday 29 December 2021

Beginning a 4-part series: Truth, falsehood and trust. How certain false premises have undermined trust in our culture. #1: global control by an ‘elite’. #2: only a few know ‘the truth’.

Back to the blog

Sunday 26 December 2021

Why I stopped blogging years ago, and why the blog and I are back with a fresh suit. The writing art, the lures of social media and its limitations. Stay tuned.

Bibles, beer and blindness

Tuesday 14 March 2017

OK. I’ve been listening to this debate raging among Christians as well as in the general community - all without actually watching the video clip - until now. I’ve just watched it. And I think in this...

The hip pocket verve

Monday 2 January 2017

This is one for my fellow suffering blokes. Are you tired of sitting on a burgeoning mound of leather, plastic, cardboard and metal alloys? .. buying new jeans because that mass of keys a jailer would...

Mal’s folly

Wednesday 22 June 2016

Ok here's my take on the NBN debacle ...Tony Abbott was ideologically committed to trashing Labor's legacy, root and branch. He tasked his shadow cabinet members with crafting minimalist policies to...

Mercies in disguise

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Being a fogey I naturally don't keep up with the latest in contemporary Christian music. So an awful lot passes me by, interspersed with haphazard moments of discovery. A couple of weeks back I happened...

Batting for Jesus on a rough wicket

Wednesday 27 April 2016

The teacher set the class the common task of designing their own respective coats of arms and matching life mottos. Our son’s motto was simple and to the point:
Cricket. Nothing more, nothing less.Cricket...

What about the birds?

Tuesday 19 April 2016

My vote on July 2 will go to the party whose leader can most satisfactorily answer the weightiest moral and economic question of our time. That question of course is
Have the birds got jobs?Voters...

Cakes, weddings and Jesus

Friday 8 April 2016

I’d like to raise a question I haven't raised before anywhere. I’m thinking aloud, so this isn’t a ‘position’ in any sense. More an exploratory question … 
To date I’ve shared common Christian concerns...

Why Pell is not the tree to bark up

Tuesday 1 March 2016

I’m getting frustrated with much of the media commentary on Cardinal Pell and the Royal Commission. This isn’t about whether he’s a good guy or a bad guy, whatever that would mean. It’s about everyone’s...

Jesus and Anzac

Friday 25 April 2014

I'm just back from a half-day's Anzac Day commemoration here in Cooma. Part 1 - the Anzac Service at the Cooma Cenotaph. Part 2 - the semi-formal lunch at the Cooma Ex-Serviceman's Club, complete with...

Say "No" to all domestic abuse

Tuesday 22 April 2014

Fairfax's "Shine a light" campaign on domestic violence is an exemplary instance of harnessing the power of a major media organisation for social good. Former Queensland premier Anna Bligh's public leadership...

Too much spark

Wednesday 1 January 2014

The only truly surprising thing about the excessive revelry of New Year’s Eve indulgence in Fitzroy North’s Edinburgh Gardens, is that it wasn’t replicated in a dozen other neighbourhoods. Are we really...

Up the poll

Wednesday 9 October 2013

Is there no end to the prevailing obsession with polls? When for the past 3 years our senses have been numbed and our reasoning capacities neutered by almost daily electoral horoscopes, I suppose one...

Hanging with the Greens

Wednesday 31 July 2013

So its official. Asylum seekers are now the sacrificial lambs, to be offered up by both would-be governments to appease the rednecks who now hold the balance of power in voterland. All thanks to the...

Anywhere

Friday 19 July 2013

And when Manus fills up … ?


WANTED URGENTLY: uninhabited islands, disused prison hulks, surplus orbiting space stations … anything really.


Must be situated outside Australian territory....

Are faces too human?

Tuesday 9 July 2013

I can’t say I've ever taken much notice of the relative content of The Age’s print and online editions. But I'm intrigued by the non-appearance in print of an online article by Daniel Street, dated 9th...

Boats and votes

Tuesday 2 July 2013

The new Rudd Government’s emerging asylum seeker policy will be a thing of horror to many Australians, but unfortunately not the ‘right’ ones. What we're now seeing is the long term impact on our culture...

Dishonourable mentions

Wednesday 26 June 2013

Your Editorial of 22nd June called on then Prime Minister Julia Gillard to stand aside from her office “so that vigorous, policy-driven democratic debate can flourish once again,” and to allow the party...

Quality time

Sunday 9 June 2013

Your leading editorial of Saturday 8th June is right to call our political leaders back to matters of substance, but short on collective self-awareness. The standard and style of current day political...

A Little thought

Thursday 30 May 2013

Cardinal Pell's account to the present abuse enquiry has quite understandably attracted more anger than sympathy, casting much doubt on his humanity. However on one point, he may deserve some defence....

Anyone for cordial?

Sunday 24 March 2013

Dave Greenslade’s vignette (Letters, 25/3) of the wartime cordiality between Menzies and Curtin might well be a piece of space fiction, beside the governmental processes that assault our senses in today’s...

Doodling on the hill

Wednesday 13 March 2013

Jaye Fletcher (Letters, 14/3) is a bit tough on the pollies with their smart phones. If we expect the poor blighters to sit through day-long meetings on our behalf, the least we can do is let them amuse...

Habemus Denis

Wednesday 13 March 2013

Who does this poncey Argentinian think he is anyway? We had the conclave right here in Melbourne a week ago. And the Pope’s name is Denis.

Differently wired

Sunday 10 March 2013

Amidst the furious political commentary on the rise and fall of Ted Baillieu as Liberal leader, little has been observed about the role of temperament in the art of public leadership. It would be unfortunate...

Simply trust

Sunday 10 March 2013

Mary Delahunty (Opinion, 11/3) joins a long list of commentators and public figures suggesting that Prime Minister Julia Gillard's fight for legitimacy is fundamentally down to old-fashioned misogyny....

What can I say?

Sunday 27 January 2013

Please, no more letters denouncing lexical abuse. I'm speechless already.

Gun control and all that - a critical response

Sunday 20 January 2013

On the Second AmendmentIn the course of a discussion on Facebook the other day, a friend referred me favourably to the above post, asking my opinion. In reading and then pondering it, it occurred to...

Surplus talk

Thursday 10 January 2013

Hey, big spender: Howard the king of the loose purse strings This will undoubtedly not end the frothing at the mouth on both sides of the house about the most holy surplus. But it sure does put a few...

Up the poll again

Wednesday 9 January 2013

With a surfeit of worthy contenders, it would be difficult to single out one Age Reader's Poll for an inanity award. However the question posed on 9th January would certainly be right up there. "Is the...

MyBusKi?

Thursday 3 January 2013

Skybus on Myki? Way to go! Another chance to showcase our technological accomplishments to the world. (Let's hope the world doesn't touch-off.)

Now the jokes are on the Mayans

Saturday 22 December 2012

From little things slightly larger things occasionally grow. Here’s a slightly matured expansion of a recent Facebook status update …

What will the Mayans give eachother for Christmas this year?...

A coin toss

Wednesday 19 December 2012

I'm trying to decide which major party I respect less. Labor for sacrificing the world's poor to appease the god of economics, and insulting our intelligence with a spurious casuistic rationale? Or the...

Another unMykely story

Thursday 6 December 2012

It’s been some time since I've ruminated in this forum on the mysterium tremendum which is Victoria’s very own Myki. That’s because its all been remarkably quiet and boring on (my) Myki front.
But...

The lonely Cardinal

Thursday 15 November 2012

Editorial Opinion: ‘Pell has failed the church and its victims’

This was a secular commentator, and sadly I think they're right. Also sadly, the Cardinal has I fear lost a lot of respect in the...

Migration zone

Tuesday 30 October 2012

Well there's still Tassie.

Living with grey

Sunday 14 October 2012

Even for those who believe unfashionably in absolute truth and absolute error (notably we orthodox Christians), mature engagement with the world demands a basic recognition that some things really are...

Just ugly

Wednesday 10 October 2012

In a seemingly interminable announcement late in 2010, Federal independent MP Rob Oakeshott held the nation in thrall awaiting what amounted to his casting vote on which party leader would get the keys...

Enough about Alan & Tony

Monday 8 October 2012

Quite magnanimous of The Age (Letters, Tuesday) to publish Roger Stagg’s observation that 46.7 percent (14 of 31) of letters printed Monday, related to Tony Abbott. Also quite ironic, given that on Tuesday...

Strong, please … and no sugar

Tuesday 2 October 2012

So let’s see if I've got this right. To prove oneself morally pure, the unacceptable must be condemned (or something as closely synonymous as possible), and the vocabulary used must be of sufficient...

The off switch

Monday 1 October 2012

I don’t like Alan Jones, and there is no defence for his tasteless remark about the Prime Minister’s late father. However the flurry of online vigilanteism in the wake of this, his latest folly, is itself...

Very touching

Monday 17 September 2012

Police using Myki to track people? (The Age, 17/9) What a brilliant way to catch those fare evaders! Oh wait ...

The wide mercurial boy

Friday 14 September 2012

Michelle Grattan (Opinion, 14/9) says Tony Abbott is "a wide boy". Probably explains why we see so much of him.

Fair fighting in the public square

Wednesday 12 September 2012

published here at On Line Opinion 
Where two or more people are caught in a seemingly intractable dispute yielding only mounting frustration, the first word on the lips of a half decent mediator will...

Headlines and other mythologies

Tuesday 11 September 2012

Oh for Pete’s sake! It’s time to sack a few sub-editors and redraft some headlines.


First the SMH publishes a headline with a grossly inaccurate and misleading paraphrase of a statement by...

Introverts in the Church

Friday 7 September 2012

“Introverts in the Church”, Adam S McHugh
I came across this title in the course of researching on the subject of introversion among Christian pastoral leaders. The author, Adam McHugh, has written...

Plain coal

Thursday 6 September 2012

Well at least they could make them sell their coal in plain packaging.

A sweet reward

Tuesday 4 September 2012

Our two cats are anticipating a very satisfactory Christmas, following the purchase of Darrell Lea by the pet food Quinns.

Mobilise the grannies

Friday 17 August 2012

I quit smoking 40-odd years ago, aged 11, and haven’t looked back. That surely qualifies me to offer a suggestion or two on finishing off the tobacco industry. It all happened the day my grandmother...

Sleepless on the sofa

Wednesday 15 August 2012

Geez, mate. We've reached a pretty pass when a bloke can’t get some kip in front of the box watching the cricket, without the nippers scarpering and the cops getting involved. I reckon that’s why they...

Just playing

Saturday 11 August 2012

Saturday’s leading front page article should make us all nauseous. But it probably won’t. $310m of our taxes have been spent so that the fitter of our compatriots can play games on our behalf, and for...

Myki does it again

Friday 10 August 2012

My capacity to expend further scribal energy on Myki is waning. I shall be brief. Just had yet another two phone conversations with Myki staff, after second “change of mind” failed to ‘unlock’ anything....

Class action

Thursday 9 August 2012

Seems our cricket team has dropped to 4th in the ICC’s one-day rankings. That on the heels of all those tacky silver medals in London. Desperate times alright. James Sutherland needs to get on the phone...

A daily suppository

Wednesday 8 August 2012

Here we are back on the Myki investigative trail, continuing from last time. When last I mused, I revealed the gnostic intrigue of the “change of mind”, with its promise of deeper enlightenment. I can...

My Myki, my life

Monday 6 August 2012

I reckon I was onto more than I knew in coining the language of gnosticism in recent reflections on my personal Myki saga. Indeed I've now attained a still higher knowledge of Mykinian mysteries, surely...

What we don't want

Monday 6 August 2012

Spot on, Tony Burns. [end Letters, The Age, 6/8] Public funding of sport is plenty high enough already. The front page [end same date] should say it all. Half the games still to go, and we've started...

We're all psychics now

Saturday 4 August 2012

Some still valiantly persist in calling it a “news” cycle. But the tidal wave of reality is thinning their numbers. Increasingly now it’s just a stock exchange of opinions, peppered with the odd objective...

And so this is Christmas

Saturday 4 August 2012

Who remembers the olden days when we complained about Christmas goods in the shops in October? The local Woolies is selling Christmas mince pies. There’s either something wrong with my phone which says...

Top-up no dropoff

Friday 3 August 2012

A glance at my tag cloud indicates what rich blogging fodder Myki has provided over the past few years; a fact we of the blogosphere are thankful for (when we have nowhere to go).

Here continues...

Stop medalling

Wednesday 1 August 2012

So, the Aussie commentariat is obsessing over medals? Well honestly, is anyone truly surprised? We have this same discussion through letters, talkback and (more recently) social media, over every Olympics,...

unAustrian

Monday 30 July 2012

The lengthy coverage of the Australian team's entrance meant the arrival of the Austrian team was overlooked. I'm a proud Australian, but as an ex-Austrian I feel short-changed.
Erich Goetz, Mornington...

A neglected gift

Saturday 21 July 2012

Last night I discovered my daughter’s hidden blog, to which she has clearly posted rather erratically. That fact, together with many of the blogged ruminations themselves, is ample evidence of the old...

Not the Olympics

Saturday 21 July 2012

Modern Olympic Movement pioneer Baron Pierre de Coubertin’s mind would be exercised by more than in-flight gender discrimination between athletes. Were he to return from the grave now, he'd be perplexed...

No, Myki! Please, please … anything but that!!!!!

Friday 20 July 2012

The great thing about Myki is that you learn something new about it most days. The sad part is that each new learning is most rarely either pleasant or winsome. Here’s my Myki-No-Lyki lesson for today...

The driest incontinence on earth

Tuesday 17 July 2012

I thought I'd had the laugh of the week on reading the Zits cartoon (18/7) about "the two parent system". But that was before I got to the bladder-bursting lines from the real bureaucrats.

First...

In the wrong queue

Thursday 12 July 2012

Medicare was born not long before our eldest child. At the first consultation with the doctor managing my wife's pregnancy, he wryly directed us to take the receipt to the "Mediocre-care" office. He...

Skipping all stations

Friday 25 May 2012

Metro's strategy of "altered" services should be applauded as the stroke of sheer strategic genius that it is. And the lift in performance bonuses isn't the half of it. The possibilities for efficiency...

No fairytale

Sunday 22 April 2012

Not quite the fairytale for poor Gingerella. The handsome prince has turned into a glass Slipper, and the ugly sisters are dancing a jig in their budgie smugglers.

If I like you less, does that mean I like you more?

Thursday 19 April 2012

I don't know who or what I like anymore, since Facebook stole my dictionary. And now I'm wondering whether "like"-ing everything I read would actually devalue the currency of my good opinion. Like printing...

Economic myopia

Tuesday 10 April 2012

In challenging Archbishop Freier's grasp of economics, Colin McLean (Letters, 10/4) evidences his own brand of fiscal myopia. Dr Freier is not the only one who needs to be thankful, as he undoubtedly...

Let's get lexical

Thursday 5 April 2012

The lexical proficiencies of consultants Mercer are grossly under-utilised in merely serving the behavioural capabilities of educators at a single tertiary institution. National politics and news program...

Manners, please

Sunday 26 February 2012

After a week in which public political discourse has reached a new low on the common decency index, the community deserves better than major organs of media dancing to the new discordant tune of Labor's...

Trying to look annoyed

Saturday 4 February 2012

Until recently I thought the hardest thing about being snapped (by a camera) was putting on a smile that actually lasted, looked sublime, didn't make me look a dork, and ticked all the above boxes while...

Ticket to ride, and ride, and ride, and ....

Friday 6 January 2012

Those folks who say Melbourne's Skybus isn't good value just haven't considered the technology. Granted the tickets have barcodes. But from my experience yesterday, the limited barcode scanning capacities...

Runs and rupees

Thursday 5 January 2012

"Should Australia continue to increase its economic ties with India?" (The Age, Reader poll, 5/1) Well absolutely, if Clarke keeps batting like this.

A bigger vision

Thursday 5 January 2012

Australian Marriage Equality convener, Alex Greenwich (The Age, 5/1), needs to listen a little more to religious community concerns on gay marriage. Proposed legislation "assur(ing) churches they would...

The voice of experience

Wednesday 14 December 2011

Two PMs? We know all about it. But how many independents?

Don't thank us

Friday 4 November 2011

If you're one of our customers directly affected by the grounding, you can look forward to a special thank-you … (Fullpage Qantas ad, The Age, 4/11)
Don't tell me; let me guess. "Thank you for not...

An uglier game

Monday 26 September 2011

The race to the moral bottom has gone viral, it seems. No longer confined to our major politics, it now infects our major religions too. The next time you put on your football scarf, there's more to...

The God-shaped hole

Thursday 22 September 2011

This is the text of my sermon from last Sunday. The audio file is available on my podcast as usual, which is why I don't normally post my text anymore. But a few people have asked about this one, and...

More evidence that God uses a mac

Monday 22 August 2011

I've discovered an even better method of using my iPad as a preacher, and surely further proof that there will be no Windows in heaven. One of those serendipitous discoveries when searching for something...

Let's have a real debate

Sunday 29 May 2011

The recent publication of Lindsay Tanner's "Sideshow" has in some sense given us all permission to question the health of politics in Australia, and especially of political coverage by media outlets....

Words and conspiracies

Monday 16 May 2011

In a free, democratic and diverse society it's only to be expected that the place of religious belief in public life will be debated. This is as it should be. However in the interests of balanced and...

The silence of the plods

Monday 9 May 2011

I would love to know what really went on between Mr Overland and his former deputy, Sir Ken Jones - just as between Nixon and Ashby, Rudd and Gillard, Turnbull and Abbott, Howard and Costello, Hawke...

Anyone for a truly secular long weekend?

Tuesday 26 April 2011

Thanks to 2011's happy confluence of the lunar cycle, a Christian festival and the Australian calendar, Australians have enjoyed the mother of all long weekends. If the current tsunami of secularist...

Be sure your tweets will find you out

Tuesday 26 April 2011

Before the commentariat, Christian and other, condemns the Australian Christian Lobby's Jim Wallace as a loony fundamentalist bigot, let's all take a deep breath and consider ...

This is the Twitter...

The PM's Speech

Thursday 21 April 2011

So the PM needs elocution? (Dean Frankel, Opinion, 21/4) Repeat after me, Julia: The refrain unplain goes mainly down the drain.

Not in my back pocket

Tuesday 19 April 2011

Perhaps it's time to call a spade a spade on climate change action. Call me a pessimist, a simpleton or both. But here's how it looks from my kitchen table ...
There are really just two parties....

Close to home

Monday 11 April 2011

A light has just dawned for me, and it's not a pretty sight. A bunch of teens brutalise a defenceless creature in a suburban park, and we're unequivocally sickened and outraged, and rightly. But it's...

Honesty: a political health hazard

Thursday 7 April 2011

A senior politician admits serious error on national television, and the nation's collective lower jaw hits the dirt. After the necessary analysis from commentators and letter writers on Kevin Rudd's...

The secular gospel

Monday 4 April 2011

"A secular approach to religious teachings", Tina Whittle? (Letters, 5/4) That does sound interesting. Would that be something like a lecture on heart surgery delivered by a plumber?

Has the free speech horse Bolted?

Monday 4 April 2011

Whatever one's personal opinion either of News Limited's columnist Andrew Bolt as a person or, of the case now before the court -- and it's clear opinions vary widely on both, the unfolding story has...

Losing the way

Tuesday 8 March 2011

Polls heading south again, eh Julia? Bit of a blow. Good government losing it's way again, I suppose.

Confessions of an unusually old closet hipster (apparently)

Tuesday 1 March 2011

I'm still in recovery mode after a Saturday morning breakfast conversation with my two still-living-at-home unattached 20-something Gen-Y offspring. It was in this conversation over egg and tomato that...

Rednecks

Tuesday 1 March 2011

With all those rednecks flocking to Avalon (front page photo, 28/2), I'm amazed the Prime minister wasn't asked to comment. Avalon is now in her electorate. "The real Julia" may be forced to court the...

King Warnie

Friday 11 February 2011

Whoever first dubbed Shane Warne "the King of Spin" spoke more than they knew. Move over, Will & Kate. No offence intended toward our esteemed constitutional monarchy, but we just don't need to salivate...

The politics of being human

Tuesday 8 February 2011

We as a nation - politicians, journalists and the general public - are displaying remarkably short memories of a Federal election campaign which was long on spin and personality while short on substance....

The changing of the colours

Monday 31 January 2011

About the flag, one thing at least is clear. Ausflag director, Brendan Jones has never tried changing the carpet in an Anglican church.

More than words

Saturday 15 January 2011

While waters have flooded Queensland, some Australians with less on their minds have flooded cinemas and other venues. And in a week when public leaders have been exposed to rather more scrutiny than...

Leading flick

Friday 14 January 2011

A number of friends have raved on Twitter, Facebook and blogs about the new movie "The King's Speech", describing it as a must see. As a self-confessed film dork who bombs out on every movie-related...

God-talk on Facebook

Monday 10 January 2011

Some thoughts by one recent Facebook returnee ...
Facebook has without question become one of the key places where the world hangs out. (e.g. a recent newspaper article reports that a third of the...

No backyard

Friday 7 January 2011

Clarkey pulling up stumps on T20? Makes good sense, I reckon. I did the same thing 10 years ago, when we moved to a house without a backyard.

A grinch for New Year!

Monday 3 January 2011

Raining on others' parades is not normally my style. But the $256,000 budget for the fireworks over the 'G rates at least a casual question. Impressive? Spine-tingling? Jaw-dropping? City exalting? Undoubtedly,...

Very touching

Friday 31 December 2010

There's a lot to like about Myki, and many travellers who've been willing to persevere with some of its early foibles have been rewarded with a (mostly) functional and certainly convenient tool. However...

Relativity in sport

Wednesday 29 December 2010

As erstwhile founding father of the Anti-Football League, Keith Dunstan (Opinion, 29/12) is well placed to comment on some of the excesses of Australian sporting fandom. However he, like Guy Thevenet...

Call the vet!

Saturday 25 December 2010

Forget burning the bails. Is there a vet in the house?

When truth leaks no one stays dry

Friday 10 December 2010

The first flush of WikiLeaking has awoken the world. But in the scramble to untangle the cables, response to the leaker has been anything but nuanced. The most talkative will canonise Julian Assange...

A softer Ted?

Tuesday 30 November 2010

Well I admit it. I'm starting to warm to Ted, moderate leftie though I am. The trigger is the new Premier's recent more-than-perfunctory, warmly human and gracious comments on his predecessor's legacy...

Pollie text

Monday 29 November 2010

I'm all for a quick hobnob over a cuppa at govvy house. But surely in this age of digital communications and carbon conservation, we could have dispensed with the premier-elect making the trek to the...

On Kyi

Monday 15 November 2010

Confucius say: Better to be oppressed with Suu Kyi than free with Myki

Washed out?

Wednesday 27 October 2010

Is it true that Paul strangled himself after a washed out cricket match in India?

Let me speak

Tuesday 21 September 2010

It seems there's a crisis even before parliament gathers, over who sits in the chair. I'm prepared to offer my services to resolve the impasse. The chair looks reasonably comfortable for my crook back,...

A small price

Sunday 19 September 2010

I'm perplexed that someone professionally concerned for women's safety (Jan Cooper, Letters, 18/9) would object to police advice on how women might protect themselves. Short of filling every police lockup...

Sirs, you go too far!

Tuesday 7 September 2010

Good grief! Is nothing sacred to these men from the bush? Next they'll be wanting total honesty and transparency from all politicians. And then where will it end? People nodding off in the public gallery...

Cram them in

Monday 6 September 2010

Since the Independents are calling the shots anyway, why not a lateral solution? Make the independents the government, and cram the other 144 into the cross benches. They'd have to get on then.

Jumping for blood

Thursday 2 September 2010

What kind of state leadership permits a racing body to continue a "sport" on the expectation of three cruel, senseless animal deaths per year? Probably the kind that's driven more by electoral pragmatism...

Growing up

Wednesday 1 September 2010

When I grow up I want to be an Independent.

While we wait

Friday 27 August 2010

Shame about the desal construction crew having to down tools in the big wet. Maybe they could build an ark while they wait?

Fair gone

Monday 23 August 2010

Julia Gillard, and those chiefly responsible for her elevation to the party leadership, could belatedly recover the respect of many Labor voters with a simple transparent acknowledgement of how Kevin...

Animals

Friday 6 August 2010

It's still not too late to save Election 2010 from total failure as a source of all-age family entertainment. The solution lies in the animal kingdom. Why has no one considered a more prominent role...

Indigestion

Tuesday 27 July 2010

Metro's Twitter feed must be one of the least digestible reads in Melbourne. I literally cannot recall a day since subscribing when there hasn't been at least 2 or 3 tweets about delays on one or more...

Strangely disposed

Sunday 18 July 2010

In all my hundred-or-so funerals, I've yet to see a body cremated after burial. So what did Tony Abbott really do to Work Choices?

Honeymooning down by the mine

Friday 2 July 2010

When is a backflip not a backflip? When it happens on your honeymoon.

What can Johnny do now?

Thursday 1 July 2010

Appeal to the 3rd umpire. Use a runner. Carry the drinks. Appeal against the light. Retire hurt. Bowl underarm. Count the seagulls. Find a beachball. Join the Mexican wave.

Myki money

Tuesday 15 June 2010

I recognise it's not common to confess to a criminal lifestyle through a letter to this most respectable of broadsheets. However as a regular user of Myki on a tram (an illegal activity, it seems), my...

Pardon our regress

Thursday 29 April 2010

If Metro must rewrite their contract, I'm happy to serve as an English language consultant. Fortunately I won't be requiring public transport during evenings next week. A Metro notice in The Age (29/4),...

The iron monk

Monday 29 March 2010

I just want to know whether Tony's a real iron man or whether Mrs Abbott does the cuffs and collars.

Lead lips

Monday 29 March 2010

Well sorry, Mark Webber. You've lost very nearly all my respect in a single hit. Comments like yours from a home motor sport hero are simply the worst Easter gift to the loved ones of young male drivers...

Myki music

Friday 19 March 2010

The Comedy Festival could hardly be more timely. With a little creativity, even the Brumby government could still get Melbourne commuters chuckling .. and maybe even voting too.
I propose "Myki -...

Locked out

Tuesday 16 March 2010

If Myki is my key to Melbourne, then I need a locksmith urgently.

Up the poll

Wednesday 10 March 2010

Once again there are no winners in the perpetual blame-shifting merry-go-round of Melbourne public transport. If either the government or Metro's executives are genuinely surprised at the system's continued...

Stay on the ground, Tony

Wednesday 3 March 2010

What with trucks on the highway and quad bikes in the desert, Mr Abbott's campaign strategy should not include skydiving or bungee jumping.

A mouse by any other name (please! ... )

Saturday 19 December 2009

"Mighty Mouse" as a name for Apple's previous desktop rodent really didn't do it for me. But as it came bundled with my last computer, who was I to complain? But at any rate, it scarcely lived up to...

Praying Liberally

Thursday 3 December 2009

A "broad church", led by an Abbott and a Bishop, cloistered from reality, preaching to the choir, praying for a miracle.

Separating fact from fiction

Monday 23 November 2009

Most of those who invoke the doctrine of the "separation of church and state" in political discourse these days evidence little grasp of it's actual meaning. It's become a kind of popular Dawkinsian...

Reinventing Copenhagen

Wednesday 18 November 2009

Global climate change treaty looking doubtful? Well not to worry. The seas will eventually reclaim all the world's industrial sites, and then it won't matter. But Copenhagen needn't go down as another...

To wit, to who?

Thursday 5 November 2009

I'm trying to decide whether to be more grateful to Greg Craven (Opinion, 4/11) for injecting some balancing wit into current public debate on the merits of theism, or to his respondents (Letters, 5/11)...

More or less

Tuesday 27 October 2009

I'm rather confused about numbers just now. The PM apparently wants fewer asylum seekers and more people whilst his critics want more asylum seekers and fewer people. Is it just me and my arithmetic...

Glass houses

Sunday 25 October 2009

The Rudd government is under heavy fire from it's own constituency on many fronts, most prominently asylum seekers and climate change. Ultimately the two are united by the question of lifestyle. How...

It doesn't work

Wednesday 21 October 2009

I'm a film dork, if there's such a thing. (And if there isn't, there will be when you've met me.) When I'm with a bunch of people who are talking movies, I try to grunt intelligently but my answer to...

Choose your weapons

Monday 28 September 2009

Apparently Rob Hulls stands guilty of protecting unenlightened disrespect, hatred and religious prejudice in this state. But then again, the undercurrents of this debate reflect a far-from-helpful use...

God and the doctor

Wednesday 2 September 2009

Well the next time God has a bad hair day, he can always go and flop on the couch in Dr Deveny's (The Age, 2/9) consulting suite. And Galileo might well join him, so the good doctor can inform him that...

Any water up there?

Tuesday 1 September 2009

Looking for water, eh Tim? Well I guess it's the desal afterall. (Glad you're back anyway.)

A job well done

Thursday 6 August 2009

I can only contemplate how dull this past week could have been if Mr & Mrs Grech had been so unimaginative as to name their son "Gary" or "Greg" (or even worse ... "Kevin", for instance). But bless their...

Ready to jump

Thursday 30 July 2009

Jumps protesters ejected from parliament | Herald SunFrom the TV footage, the protesters looked ready to jump the barrier

None so intolerant

Wednesday 29 July 2009

Peter Costello is right (Opinion, 29/7) - not a statement I've commonly made. "According to these (state government) lawyers, a religious conscience leads to prejudice." This surely is the fundamental...

I've got friends again

Monday 27 July 2009

Even a proud Facebook evictee gets lonely sometimes. Especially when one keeps on discovering more people who've signed up in recent months, yea even the most recalcitrant Luddites of one's acquaintance.

But...

What language was that?

Wednesday 8 July 2009

Now don't come the raw prawn with us, Kev. "Programmatic specificity?" … Geez, mate, I sure hope the German pollies got that one. Just typing it into Google was nearly too much for me. Word of advice...

Calmly sipping

Tuesday 30 June 2009

Here's my latest "pastoral analysis" of the options for receiving Communion in the quarantine age. Drafted with my current ministry in mind - a traditional Anglican parish ...Drinking from the common...

Still in transit

Friday 26 June 2009

So we're going to get a more reliable system, more services and greater punctuality, with the same infrastructure, same public investment and Myki? Looking forward to it, John.

Positions vacant

Friday 26 June 2009

So Jacko has now followed Elvis out of the building! Now I suppose we watch for the impersonators ...

Westminster warring

Tuesday 23 June 2009

In an ABC Lateline (22/6) debate on the so-called "Ute-gate" affair, Tony Abbott averred that


it's the job of the Opposition Leader to attack the Prime Minister based on credible evidence
Therein...

Kippers

Tuesday 23 June 2009

A good article here about "Kippers" (Kids in Parents' Pockets Eroding Retirement Savings), as they're lately defined. Financial ties still bind empty-nesters Good cross-reference for those of us Melbourne...

Sacramental philosophy, anyone?

Tuesday 23 June 2009

If you're confused about which world you're in, try this one for size: Virtual Holy Communion? at Brownblog ..
But seriously, there is some real wrestling here for leaders in the C21st church. The...

Uncollared

Tuesday 16 June 2009

If God had meant some people to wear clerical collars he'd have created us with a docking station either side of the Adam's apple.

No ordinary microbe

Friday 12 June 2009

May I be the first to hail the international acclaim lately accorded a microbe of humble origins. What an inspiration to other aspiring viral nasties. You too can rise above your south-of-the-border...

The postal Jesus?

Wednesday 10 June 2009

You've got wafer Just check this one out. I suppose it had to happen some time. Rather topical after just posting the other day about communion cups and lurgies. I had a lively discussion on the same...

Of cups and microbes

Sunday 7 June 2009

Well it's about my turn probably. Wednesday: I got home from a first-rate Melbourne Anglican ministry conference, possibly the best ever for me. Thursday: early signs of a cold. Now it's Saturday evening,...

Welcome to Victoria

Thursday 28 May 2009

I hear there's a new sign at all our state border crossings and airport terminals: "Welcome to Victoria - The Quarantine State"

Believers right and left

Tuesday 26 May 2009

Given the currency in the Australian media of phrases like "the religious right" with reference to any public expressions of orthodox Christian morality, it's little surprise that both the ABC and The...

Pensions and passions

Sunday 24 May 2009

One of my parishioners told me a true story today, arising from a recent conversation with a friend who presumably is a rare visitor to church. The friend had attended a church service recently (not...

Hope for the drowning

Saturday 16 May 2009

Here's one piece of good news for anyone drowning in unsolicited bulk e-mail messages ("spam", in other words). And from what I can tell "anyone" is everyone these days. Jeff Hendrickson of Hendrickson...

It's more than Rugby

Tuesday 12 May 2009

The ABC's Four Corners programme exposing the ugly depths of misogyny in the NRL raises broader questions, requiring the attention of far more sectors of our society than the NRL itself. Among the programme's...

Islam, the world and us

Tuesday 12 May 2009

A record of interview with Barnabas Fund's Dr Patrick Sookhdeo in the April issue of Australian Presbyterian is one of the more helpful things I've read in a while for an understanding of Islam and...

Defaced and loving it

Monday 11 May 2009

It's now about 3 months since I was promoted to the rank of Permanent Facebook Evictee. This was achieved some 6 weeks after an initial reprieve, allowing my return to Facebook following my account being...

Grace and wrath

Monday 11 May 2009

Grace cannot be grace if sin is not deadly.
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Word fix

Friday 8 May 2009

“A safe jumps industry”? Well why not? We have “clean coal”, don’t we?

Blogging is good for your soul

Monday 4 May 2009

The title of this post just came to me after reading a very helpful blog post by John Piper on why pastors should blog. This in turn caught my attention as I was continuing to chew over the impact on...

Tell us when to laugh

Thursday 30 April 2009

Well enough of this melancholy, please! We're Aussies. Yes we know the swine flu is a serious matter, and no we don't want to be flippant about human suffering. But humour is in our souls. We're all...

Down from the summit

Friday 24 April 2009

Throwing open the windows is always a good idea when the air gets stale. It offers the hope of a fresh breeze with good results, though also the risk of a storm bringing chaos in its wake. If there proves...

The great unread

Saturday 18 April 2009

I've just "finished" reading the Saturday Age. Or in translation - I've perused the news and 'Insight' sections. On a suburban Saturday with cleaning, washing & shopping to do, I think I've done well....

Call it quits

Saturday 28 March 2009

I shan't pretend to understand the economic or national security implications of the Defence Minister's friendships. Such things are far too wonderful for me. But lately democracy seems to have degenerated...

A senator just the same

Friday 20 March 2009

In company with others, I'm perplexed by Senator Fielding's parliamentary record. (And I speak as a fellow Christian, in substantial agreement with Family First's platform.) But whenever the Senator...

Let's just listen anyway

Thursday 19 March 2009

I'm poorly placed to debate John Searle (Opinion, 20/3) on the value of Archbishop Freier's planned hospitality toward former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami. Searle is a far more engaged and informed...

The new king

Friday 13 March 2009

As Ben Cousins finally recedes to the relative ignominy of the sports pages, please put your hands together for the new tabloid king - Peter Costello. Succeeding where even Paris Hilton failed.

More pedals

Friday 13 March 2009

Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky should think big when it comes to bikes. Everyone could be a winner here - commuters, the government, the health system, the environment .. maybe even Connex too....

Greed without borders

Friday 27 February 2009

American corporations typically are governed by a supremo who functions as both board chairman and executive director. Consequences may include lack of accountability and grossly disproportionate salaries,...

Confessions of a facebook felon

Friday 9 January 2009

On 31st December I attempted to log on to my Facebook account, only to get the following message: "Account DisabledYour account has been disabled by an administrator. If you have any questions or concerns,...

More than satisfied

Thursday 1 January 2009

It's not Ms Hilton's fault; but unfortunately she picked the wrong country to shop in just now. Our appetites for celebrity gossip and general tabloid drooling are at present amply satiated by Ben Cousins....

Better parking

Wednesday 3 December 2008

Fewer cars on the Westgate? (The Age, 3/12) Brilliant! I won't need to park quite so close to one in front.

Who needs luck?

Saturday 22 November 2008

Well I just hope David Hicks reads John Bell's (Letters, 22/11) enlightened take on his life. Then perhaps Hicks will finally stop blathering and bless the extraordinary benevolence by which he was clapped...

The really early bird

Monday 3 November 2008

A recovery package for the Early-Bird ticket: Make it really early, say 3am, in the opposite direction. That's when most commuters are staggering home to bed, where they're still snoring at 6.

Not the recession

Wednesday 29 October 2008

Just don't mention the 'R' word. JP Morgan mentioned it once, but we think they got away with it.

A hollow morality

Wednesday 15 October 2008

Paul Austin's call (Opinion, 16/10) for state government minister Theo Theophanous to be granted presumption of innocence and due process, would ring considerably less hollow if it weren't for the fact...

Another happy Christmas

Tuesday 14 October 2008

So it's Christmas as usual, then? Another orgy of excessive culinary indulgence? Another round of retail extravagance and seasonal checkout mayhem? Another box-load of trinkets we'll all figure out what...

Words can kill

Saturday 11 October 2008

The passage of legislation decriminalising abortion is in no small part a victory for selective parlance, studiously applied in public discourse. Throughout the public and media debate on this legislation,...

Saving words

Wednesday 8 October 2008

Now let's have no more of this fiscal gloom. What these silly economists need is the verbal dexterity of the makers of Stage 3a water restrictions - our very own state government. All that's required...

Surgeons and bishops

Monday 6 October 2008

I'm not a Catholic, which it seems is a good thing in Victoria just now. A few weeks ago a front page Age headline grabbed our attention: "Archbishop's abortion threat". Now (The Age, 6/10) it's the...

The politics of death

Saturday 4 October 2008

So capital punishment is "morally repugnant" (Editorial, 4/10). No argument there from this writer. But then I'd have thought the same of euthanasia and abortion on demand. As a community we are poorly...

Against pro-abortion legislation

Tuesday 16 September 2008

Text of a letter (e-mail) to members of the Legislative Council of the Parliament of Victoria (Western Metropolitan electoral district):Greetings to you all in your capacity as Legislative Council members...

Of unborn persons

Tuesday 9 September 2008

In a matter of weeks we stand to become a very muddled society indeed. Under current legislation a miscarried foetus of 20 weeks' gestation or later must be registered as a birth, may be named, and must...

God bless secularism!

Friday 27 June 2008

Oh the religious passion with which John L. Perkins of the Secular Society of Australia (Letters, 27/6) defends the cause of Australian secularism! "Secular values … remain the basis of a harmonious,...

Gravity

Saturday 21 June 2008

Too many obese Aussies? Well I don't know. I reckon we need to take a more global perspective. With so much excess corpulence weighing down the northern hemisphere, we need all the fat people we can...

"Tradition"

Friday 25 April 2008

So we spend the morning at the Shrine solemnly reflecting on life, death and sacrifice; and then we spend the afternoon at the G in a frenzy of Pie and Bomber adulation. And we call it an Anzac Day tradition....

Sex sells

Thursday 17 April 2008

Well they say actions speak louder than words. Here's what I've deduced from the contents of page 4 (The Age, 17/4):
In a 3-inch news item: The sexualisation of children for commercial profit is a...

Unashamed

Wednesday 16 April 2008

Lord you know my rebellion and it shames me. And yet again today, just like yesterday and every day I'm free to stand in your presence unashamed because of your Son's blood which avails for me.

Reality therapy?

Thursday 27 March 2008

If ever I find myself a broken man in thrall to substances, I'll be sure to seek the professional counsel of an interviewer under studio lights before a national audience. The ABC's Andrew Denton is...

Have a bunny holiday

Friday 21 March 2008

Brave man, Dr John Evans (The Age, 20/3). Very brave! Knock off Good Friday as an Aussie public holiday? If I were you, I'd lie low for a few months and get a new deadlock. And a few humble apologies...

Cheers for Johnny

Thursday 20 March 2008

It's time those carping lefties gave Johnny a break. Does no one appreciate the great service that one man rendered to the nation? I defy anyone to identify an Australian public figure in the past generation...

It's not about logic

Wednesday 5 March 2008

Logically you're right, Catherine Deveny (Opinion, 5/3). I too have wondered about the sense of "deb balls" in the 21st century. But what seems to escape your notice in your ongoing quest to rid the...

Clocking Sydney

Tuesday 4 March 2008

If we clock Sydney for population, sprawl and overall vehicular mayhem, do we get the harbour and the Opera House too?

Let's all take a pay cut

Friday 15 February 2008

The Rudd government's determination to proceed with the promised tax cuts is simply an expression of the integrity we've cried for from our political leaders for a long time. They deserve our commendation....

I miss Johnny

Wednesday 19 December 2007

Well after 3 weeks I have to say I'm bored stiff. Please, please, Messrs Tandberg, Leunig & co! I want Little Johnny back. Kevin's just so darned honest, altruistic and compassionate - and worst of all,...

And the other person ... ?

Friday 14 December 2007

The common thread in all letters defending Prof Lachlan de
Crespigny's controversial abortion procedure is the underlying
assumption now so mainstream, it rarely rates a comment: The mother
was...

Kiwi Kops

Wednesday 19 September 2007

How many Kiwi cops does it take to change a lightbulb? None; they
haven't got a warrant yet.

Whom to believe

Wednesday 15 August 2007

Three journalists, a politician, a bottle of wine and the Truth? I'll
stick to the crossword.

Family life is part of us all

Tuesday 7 August 2007

To liken John Brumby's appointment of John Lenders as Treasurer ahead
of Tim Holding, to Senator Heffernan's "deliberately barren"
appellation of Julia Gillard, is overblown and unfair. To splash...

They said it all

Friday 27 July 2007

The Friday press conferences said it all. Bracks: the man who
humanised politics. Baillieu: the pollie who politicised humanity.

King Bluey

Tuesday 12 June 2007

Nigel Jackson (Letters, 12/6), you little bewdy! A true blue Aussie
monarch. What a ripper of an idea to save some trees and 20 years'
gasbagging. Now here's what I reckon. We invite the nation...

Mokbel

Wednesday 6 June 2007

Mokbel's last mocha.

Will the next flawed Australian please step forward?

Tuesday 29 May 2007

Baby "Catherine's" mother might thank Thérèse Rein for supplanting
her from the national spotlight, thus allowing her to resume the
familiar comforts of anonymity. Ms Rein in turn can rest assured...

The power of choice

Monday 28 May 2007

Anyone who thinks that Thérèse Rein has caved in to gender
conservatism, joining the ranks of subjugated women, should think
again. The nation has witnessed a transparent demonstration of true
choice,...

More to go round

Tuesday 22 May 2007

Only 15 dinner guests instead of 19, Mr Howard? Well look on the
bright side. The humble pie won't have to stretch so far.

Why is it news?

Thursday 17 May 2007

The ill-considered Daily Telegraph headline "How Could She" (baby
"Catherine's" mother) might best have been ignored and forgotten
amidst the vast annals of editorial misjudgments. So why wasn't...

Another galaxy

Wednesday 2 May 2007

We mortals have long suspected it, but Paul Keating's latest
utterance on ABC radio puts it beyond doubt. Politics is indeed a
parallel universe. Labor's IR policy it seems has done away with
compulsory...

Discerning trash

Thursday 19 April 2007

I must congratulate The Age on catering for ever widening reader
tastes. Gone are the days when I had to wait until my next trip to
the supermarket to catch the latest Hollywood divorce scoop on...

Money for brains

Wednesday 18 April 2007

Whilst not at all doubting Professor Davis' assurance that the 'Melbourne Model' is targetted foremost at quality educational outcomes, it's clear that financial pressures are at least one catalyst for...

Tarred with a broad brush

Friday 13 April 2007

According to various correspondents (Letters, 13/4) Kevin Rudd has now revealed his true colours as a gutless Howard clone like all the rest. The Opposition Leader, apparently, has 'defended' or even...

Roadkill

Friday 9 March 2007

The roo may stay on the tail. But the question is one of posture: As
a hopping icon, or as roadkill?

Grubby

Monday 5 March 2007

Regarding the Federal Government attack on Kevin Rudd over Brian
Burke, three words will suffice: Desperate, grubby and contemptible.

Planet for sale

Saturday 3 February 2007

For Sale: One very used planet, occupied by 6 billion careless
owners. Set in established solar system with free and unlimited solar
power. Distant views of planet Mars with potential for future
transport...

Foot in mouth

Friday 2 February 2007

State Labor frontbencher Tim Pallas should have resisted the
temptation to score a political point in commenting (3/2) on the
current public transport crisis. The Bracks government may be
spending...

Never satisfied

Friday 2 February 2007

Well honestly, some people are just never satisfied. If the train
doesn't stop at some stations it gets there faster.

Bring him home now!

Wednesday 31 January 2007

I hope Messrs Howard, Ruddock and Downer enjoyed their breakfast
yesterday (31/1). I didn't enjoy mine much, thanks to the artist's
image of David Hicks' predicament and the accompanying report...

Getting personal

Sunday 28 January 2007

I'm hardly a monarchist, but I found Tony Boyle's anonymous jibe at the Queen (Letters, 29/1) simply crass and offensive. Technically, yes it was a clever literary device, making a valid point by a play...

People and parrots

Tuesday 23 January 2007

Senator Ian Campbell shuffled from Environment to Human Services, and
he's listed with the "losers". (24/1) But I don't know. Serving
people has to beat serving parrots.

Christian Right? Wrong ...

Saturday 20 January 2007

The current rather sensationalist charges through the Age (and other
outlets) of fundamentalist Christian political influence, are
disappointing and certainly unhelpful to social harmony. It's...

Mighty pens indeed

Thursday 11 January 2007

When in 1839 novelist Edward Lytton wrote " ... the pen is mightier
than the sword", he didn't know the half of it. Within just a few
months, by scribal enactment, a planet has been cut adrift...

There's 'choice' and there's ...

Wednesday 3 January 2007

Eva Cox of the Womens Electoral Lobby bemoans that "(Tony Abbott) has
difficulty separating his personal beliefs with his role as Minister
for Health." (The Age, 3/1). The double-standard is extraordinary.
Imagine...

It's politics, Stupid!

Saturday 30 December 2006

Yet again the Exclusive Brethren emblazon the
front page (30/12), with a further
"Investigation" by Michael Bachelard. Yet another
revelation to evoke moral outrage, as indeed such
behaviour...

Making the grade

Wednesday 13 December 2006

In leaked government documents just to hand, the proposed Citizenship Test will include the following:1. The capital city of Australia is ...
a. New York
b. Washington
c. Pine Gap2. Complete...

Selective elitism

Tuesday 21 November 2006

It would be fascinating to observe the reaction if Professor Stephen
Lamb's contention against academically selective state schools
(Opinion, 21/11) were applied, say, to sport. Let's try it. Let's
abolish...

People count

Wednesday 8 November 2006

It can only be hoped that members of the Federal lower house can work
their social lives around the debate and voting on the therapeutic
cloning bill, in contrast to several senators. More gravely,...

Pretty crook

Saturday 4 November 2006

Recently I spent an unanticipated 24 hours as an inpatient in a
Victorian country hospital. I won't name the town, and I doubt that
it matters. I came away feeling healthier, but also angrier....

The debate we didn't have to have

Friday 3 November 2006

Now I know why we didn't have a TV debate last time. Pointless
exercise. Plenty of spin; little substance. Nil-all draw. Voters in
the dark before, in the dark still. Doubtful benefit to journos....

Speaking of provocation ...

Monday 30 October 2006

It would be a pity if the community's natural outrage at Sheikh
Hilali's now infamous comments did not occasion some honest
reflection on mainstream western culture. In the cultural world
which...

Holding hands

Thursday 28 September 2006

If Gough held Maragaret's hand more she'd write less.

Brethophobia

Thursday 28 September 2006

The world, it seems, has plunged into acute
Brethophobia. In a matter of days a relatively
small and obscure sect have been singled out as
electoral terrorists. (And they probably can't
even...

Exposed Brethren

Friday 22 September 2006

Pity the Exclusive Brethren can't read newspapers. The exposure's
been anything but exclusive.

Firebugs

Tuesday 19 September 2006

It's probably true that Pope Benedict failed to distinguish what he
could helpfully say as Pope from what he could legitimately say as an
academic theologian. He has been called to task for this...

Entertainment media

Friday 15 September 2006

Refreshing change, this Naomi Robson story. A front page slanging
match between media outlets. Who needs parliament to entertain us?
The one missing ingredient: an analysis by the pollies.

Boot camp

Wednesday 23 August 2006

Cricketers' boot camp near Gold Coast? Hope they confiscated Warney's phone.

A future for sale

Monday 21 August 2006

Another August and another round of university open days. Two themes stand out for this parent at least, one standing in marked contrast to earlier years with my (slightly) older children. One is the...

Waste away

Thursday 17 August 2006

That's the way, Mr Baillieu. Dump the dump. You'll certainly draw the
'nimby' vote with that one. But then, as Paul Austin (Opinion, 18/8)
hints, you do face the small challenge of the waste we...

The power of definition

Thursday 17 August 2006

Imagine that! The solar system could be about to expand while we
sleep. ("Three rocks from the sun spark war of the worlds", The Age
17/8) A planetary realignment? A deep space invasion? The end...

Misinformed? It depends ...

Thursday 17 August 2006

Here's an idea for Senator Stott Despoja (Opinion, 17/8). Let's
legislate. Every pregnancy counselling service shall be obligated to
display this notice: "This service regards the life of the unborn...

Just the two of us

Saturday 12 August 2006

You can't be too careful who you fly with these days. I'm flying in a few weeks, and I'm making my list ... 
* people of middle-eastern appearance * people of Pak... No, make that sub-continent generally...

The age of terror

Saturday 12 August 2006

Spooner's cartoon (The Age, 12/8) is ageist. The only young and
skinny ones are the terrorists.

It's in the bag

Saturday 12 August 2006

So the terrorists are the ones without the plastic bags, right

Speaking freely

Saturday 12 August 2006

No Hans Paas (Letters, 11/8), "Freedom of Speech" doesn't mean
"Freedom to hate." And by the way, Hans, I don't hate you. I just
happen to disagree with you. There is a difference, and it's almost
that...

Tolerance?

Saturday 12 August 2006

Dean Jones should feel for remorse for his "terrorist" quip. And by
all accounts he does. He should apologise to Hashim Amla. And he did.
Amla should accept the apology. And he has. The public...

A war by any other name

Sunday 6 August 2006

So the US generals are warning of the "possibility" of a civil war in
Iraq (The Age, 5/8). Indeed. But I'm intrigued ... With a hundred
deaths a day due to sectarian violence, what would they call...

Sharing to learn

Tuesday 1 August 2006

I'm probably an economic simpleton. But I'm puzzled by the polarized ideologies displayed in the debate on the funding of university places. It seems we are at war on the matter. One camp lobs a grenade...

Bank of terror

Tuesday 1 August 2006

'Onya Southgate! Protecting us humble latte-sippers from those snapshot terrorists. Why I was down there just the other day, and they were swarming, a veritable cohort of them. Some still in strollers...

Players' comfort?

Monday 31 July 2006

News of an impending Asian "warm-up" series for Australia's
cricketers sounds great for this cricket fan. It would sound even
better had I not read Good Weekend's (29/7) extract of Paul Barry's
assessment...

Fertile Australia

Tuesday 25 July 2006

That the Federal Treasurer's comments on the relationship between
fertility, immigration and "social dislocation" should trigger
instinctive disquiet is perhaps not surprising. But his comments...

"Respect"

Saturday 15 July 2006

Oh bother! My mother always said I was too impetuous. If I'd only
waited another few decades to become a human embryo ... I could have
enjoyed the "respect" of medical scientists like Sue Hawes...

Cricket at the G

Friday 30 June 2006

Now that we've done our dash with the soccer in
Germany, it's back to thinking about nicking the
Ashes back from the Poms. Well I've had this
thought. Someone should capitalise on Cricket
Australia's...

Sorry, son, you're just not a person

Wednesday 28 June 2006

How interesting to learn from James Guest (Opinion, 28/6) that "the
vast majority of mankind for millenniums" (sic) have believed that
human personhood begins at birth, rather than conception....

People, not politics

Wednesday 28 June 2006

Unsurprisingly Tony Abbott has won few sympathetic hearers with his
appropriation of the term "paternalism" in proposing a revolution in
indigenous policy. However the Minister's crude vocabulary...

And the sun sets ....

Wednesday 28 June 2006

And the lone Dutchman rides off into the Slavic sunrise.

Uninterpreted

Wednesday 21 June 2006

Fortunately for Harry he didn't know how to say "s----ssen".

Shallow righteousness

Saturday 20 May 2006

Whether Bruce F. MacKenzie (Letters, 20/5) truly speaks for "the nation" in his call for Brendan Nelson to take the rap for Brigadier Cosson's failure, I know not. But I at least am wearied by the parroting...

Don't bring us a shrubbery

Wednesday 17 May 2006

In addressing "hazards such as poles and trees near roads" (The Age, 17/5), I hope that the state government's transport initiative will address one ubiquitous and often-overlooked suburban hazard....

The Liberal Anthem

Tuesday 16 May 2006

[Led from the front]:Cantor: I will remain as party leader Chorus: For as long as the party wants me to, and as long as it is in the party’s best interests that I do so.Cantor: The rich will remain rich...

Imperfect order

Friday 28 April 2006

After the inevitable of exchanges of suspicion, conspiracy theory, political speak, and sundry assurances, perhaps the planned government services smartcard warrants more thoughtful reflection from all...

Easter rising

Sunday 16 April 2006

Never let it be said that the petrol barons have no soul. They've clearly grasped that Easter has something to do with rising.

Theudas

Friday 14 April 2006

[Submitted to the 'Riverine Herald', Echuca-Moama]
About the middle of the first century AD in Israel, a rather enthusiastic cult figure got up the noses of the wrong people. Some of his few hundred...

Still cheering

Thursday 23 March 2006

I'm sorry Alastair Isherwood felt that my comments (22/3) about an imbalanced emphasis on sporting success devalued Aussie sport generally. He might be pleased to know that the day his letter appeared...

An offer too good to accept

Tuesday 21 March 2006

Never fear, oh people of North Queensland! The Saviour of Iraq and Comforter of New Orleans stands ready to deliver. Thank you, Mr Bush. Don't call us, we'll call you.

The Feelgood Games

Monday 20 March 2006

The volume of letters bemoaning the sickening jingoism of the games commentary is heartening. But we'd best save our typographic energy if we expect to make any difference. The unflattering likelihood...

Fair play

Saturday 18 March 2006

At the risk of causing economists to choke with hysterical laughter, here's my prescription for restoring equity, good sense and goodwill to the Commonwealth Games. (Substitute "Olympic, etc." as applicable.)

Adopt...

Measured opinion

Saturday 25 February 2006

I share Dr Muriel Porter's concern for the good health of the Anglican Church in Australia. I pray that we are and remain a fellowship of Christians able to attract Australians to the grace and truth...

Ravens & monarchs

Saturday 25 February 2006

Good to read (The Age, 22/2) that the Tower of London's ravens are safe from the grim reaper. Whether their good health will be enough to secure the British monarchy remains to be seen. But as we mark...

Robots and ministers

Sunday 12 February 2006

Roy Arnott (13/2) asks a fair question. Will those arguing for ministerial determination in the case of RU486 accept a pro-choice decision by a future health minister? From one such person, the answer...

Not cricket

Thursday 9 February 2006

My problem with Melbourne Cricket Club membership has little to do with women. It's much more to do with the clearly anachronistic name of the club and the ground over which it presides. I would gladly...

It's not about hate

Wednesday 8 February 2006

In a world community where trust is fragile enough, headlines like "Churches urge change to hate law" (9/2) are scarcely a recipe for calm. The subject of the laws in question and of church leaders'...

Safer on the jetty

Thursday 26 January 2006

I hope Steve Bracks had a good summer break. Sounds like he needed it. And I'm glad I'm not a Labor politician. It's probably just me. But I've never quite grasped the sense of the seemingly time-honoured...

Empty history

Thursday 26 January 2006

Why is it that critics of the Prime Minister or his government, especially letter writers, insist on polarising political debate with all-or-nothing rhetoric? Are those of us who long for a return to...

Divine hormones?

Wednesday 25 January 2006

Before the soapie and reality producers rush to the bank, a check of Grandma's old Latin school dictionary would be advisable. Contrary to your report (26/1) on Pope Benedict's new encyclical, the title...

When fairness and respect die

Friday 20 January 2006

Richard Woolcott (Opinion, 21/1) has captured clearly what I have felt for several years, but could not have expressed as he has. "Hubris and arrogance" neatly capture the character and approach of the...

Sloooow

Thursday 19 January 2006

I checked the Vicroads website and clicked on "Latest traffic & road conditions". Nothing moved, and the text at the bottom said "Waiting for vicroads.vic.gov.au..." An appropriate answer to my question....

Punished enough

Friday 6 January 2006

I remember the days. A bunch of sleep-deprived, nocturnal arts undergraduates, slumped in commonroom chairs, allaying our boredom and flexing our otherwise dormant intellects, by indulging in "punfests."...

Volunteers required

Friday 6 January 2006

Labor's latest oxymoron: compulsory volunteerism.

Narnia and a free society

Saturday 31 December 2005

In an age when most are calling for less rather than more film censorship, concerns such as Julian Cook's about "the intention of the Christian movie enterprise" (Letters, 30/12) are puzzling. Are we...

Matt 1:21-23

Sunday 18 December 2005

Lord, you are the one who does what he says he will do, who keeps his promises! You spoke your word of deliverance through the prophets centuries earlier. Then generations came and went, were born and...

"Privacy"

Saturday 17 December 2005

A year or so ago, the state government commendably introduced legislation restricting telemarketing activity. It is time to take this further to severely restrict, or even ban this invasive practice....

Faith left and right

Thursday 15 December 2005

I find Senator Fielding's support for the government's Voluntary Student Unionism legislation surprising and profoundly disappointing.

In contrast the resulting resurgence of "religious right"...

Simply heartless

Friday 2 December 2005

Whatever labels might be applied to the Singapore government, "inconsistent" isn't among them. Heartless to the end.

The politics of persons

Wednesday 30 November 2005

Inconveniently for women who'd like to use RU486, there are enough Australians who believe that a human foetus or embryo is a person with their own rights, rather than merely a piece of human tissue....

Some lives matter

Tuesday 29 November 2005

Public debate produces some eerie juxtapositions. At this time many Australians have passionately opposed Friday's planned execution of Van Nguyen in Singapore. Our core grounds for this have included...

No more of this

Friday 18 November 2005

A few lines of text could hardly convey the pain, sadness and sense of injustice doubtlessly felt by millions of Australians on hearing of the planned execution of Nguyen Tuong Van in Singapore.

However...

Just passin' through

Thursday 17 November 2005

[Submitted to the 'Riverine Herald', Echuca-Moama] 
I couldn't write a song if my life depended on it. But if I did try to pen a ditty about 2005, the chorus line might be: "Not sure if we'll meet...

Transport terror

Sunday 13 November 2005

Please Mr Batchelor, don't change anything about our public transport system. Especially not before the games. It's Melbourne's strongest line of defense in the war on terror.

Unpredicatble timetables,...

Religion and power

Friday 26 August 2005

Pamela Bone (Opinion, 25/8) raises again the question of a link between violence and oppression, and religious faith. She asks reasonable questions, from a historical perspective - questions which ought...

The last refuge

Friday 17 June 2005

Very good, Johnny! You can go out and play now. Not so terribly difficult now was it? And after recess we'll have another look at that old spelling test, with that word that caused you such trouble -...

The need to party

Wednesday 27 April 2005

From Kirribili to the local RSL Australians have responded in widely varied fashion to the screening of the rather upbeat style and lyrics of the Bee Gees ahead of this year's Dawn Service at Anzac Cove....

Saved from boredom

Wednesday 20 April 2005

Thank you, thank you, Benedict XVI! You have saved the world from a prolonged tabloid frenzy over every puff of smoke.

System failure

Friday 11 March 2005

I ran the phrase "Labor Unity Faction" through my grammar checker, and the system crashed.

The final test

Saturday 5 February 2005

Text: Jn 15:9-17 Preached at Werribee Church of Christ 6/2/05

Introduction

Ask any politician, and they’ll tell you that topping every opinion poll for 3 years is worth little if you lose...

Private lives of public people

Thursday 13 January 2005

Greens leader Bob Brown is right to challenge the latest on-air tabloid pursuit of Mark Latham. In similar vein, it's heartening that Mr Howard has staunchly resisted the invitation to politicise the...

Love, hatred and good sense

Friday 7 January 2005

Moira Rayner (Opinion, 6/1) proposes a sound alternative to the legislative and juridical approach to villification now so beloved of governments. I would like to add another in some sense related to...

World wealth and the truth

Friday 7 January 2005

The truth is out. It has taken a single day's cataclysm with appropriate media exposure to draw billions from government coffers across the western world. In announcing a $1b aid package to Indonesia...

The right questions

Tuesday 4 January 2005

I'm humbled by Jason Foster's (Letters, 4/1) appellation that I have trumped even the likes of Barny Zwartz and Gordon Cheng in the defense of blind, baseless and purposeless faith. Don't thank me, thank...

The God who is real

Friday 31 December 2004

It is entirely appropriate, especially at such a time as this, that a range of views and reflections appear in your pages as to the character and activity of God. Whilst all these perspectives merit...

Hard world, secure faith

Thursday 30 December 2004

Kenneth Nguyen (Opinion, 30/12) thoughtfully ponders the impact of Sunday's tsunami on people's beliefs. He more than fairly asks how this awful event sits with faith in a good God who is involved in...

A new government

Friday 24 December 2004

Text: Isa 9:1-7 Preached at Werribee Church of Christ Christmas Day 2004

Introduction

The Religious Liberty Prayer Letter of 15th December reports this:

On Sunday 12 December, two...

Asleep at the wheel

Sunday 19 December 2004

Thankyou Mr Vic Roads, for filling my day with hope. It's 10am. My wife can't get to work on her normally smoothly running arterial route. The radio stations are reporting traffic gridlock stretching...

Poor enough to be rich

Saturday 11 December 2004

Text: Phil 4:10-19 Preached at Werribee Church of Christ 12/12/04

Introduction

About 18 months ago, I told you about one of the most challenging expressions of Christian discipleship I’ve...

Your mind matters

Saturday 4 December 2004

Text: Phil 4:1-9 Preached at Werribee Church of Christ 5/12/04

Introduction

And the people bowed and prayed, to the neon god they'd made. If you’re somewhere within cooee of my age, you’ll...

A Connexymoron

Friday 26 November 2004

Thanks to Alan Attwood (27/11) for introducing us to "those parts of (Flinders St) station that don't help trains run on time." I now can't wait for next week, when I hope to be introduced to those that...

Make your life count

Saturday 20 November 2004

Text: Phil 3:1-9 Preached at Werribee Church of Christ 21/11/04

Introduction

About 10 days ago I read something disturbing, which I shared in my message last week. To remind you of it...

Living through death

Saturday 13 November 2004

Text: Phil 2:1-11. Preached at Werribee Church of Christ 14/11/04

Introduction

An overseas visitor, unfamiliar with the workings of cricket, asked his host to explain the purpose of the...

Think I'll walk ...

Friday 12 November 2004

Traffic congestion, more buses, smart buses, heavy rail, light rail, more freeways, underpasses, overpasses, level crossings, consultations, telemarketing, white papers, blueprints, congestion tax, oil...

Circus money

Friday 12 November 2004

A ban on unions funding political parties without member consent? Sounds great for democracy ... As does a ban on private companies funding political parties without shareholder and employee consent.

All for the Gospel

Saturday 6 November 2004

Text: Philippians 1. Preached at Werribee Church of Christ 7/11/04

Introduction

Last week I discovered the missing ingredient in my love life. Guys - you might want to pay close attention....

Competing for "moral" Australia

Friday 29 October 2004

Competing for "moral" Australia:

A digital image of a fully naked child in a vulnerable position displayed on a 15" screen in a bedroom: attracts harsh penalties. Decency - 1, Profanation - 0.

A...

A renovator’s dream

Saturday 16 October 2004

Text: Gen 12:1-9 Preached at Werribee Church of Christ 17/10/04

Introduction
The back page of CHOICE magazine each month is titled “The hard word”. It displays some of the interesting attempts...

For whom the ballot tolls

Tuesday 12 October 2004

I hope Robert Hum (Letters, 13/10) is wrong in his assessment that the Mitcham-Frankston tollway issue tipped the scales against Labor in Aston. If he is not, there are disturbing implications for Australian...

Lighten up!

Monday 11 October 2004

"To the barricades, Australians all! The Christian fundamentalists are coming!" C'mon, guys, lighten up! Have any of you actually spent five minutes perusing the Family First website? If you had, you'd...

The Towering Fiasco

Saturday 9 October 2004

Text: Gen 11:1-9 Preached at Werribee Church of Christ 10/10/04

Introduction

Well we’re nearing the end of our series on Gen 1-11. Today chap 11, next week chap 12 .. which will cause you...

I understand football now

Friday 8 October 2004

I've never attended a football final, nor even one of those other games titled in honour of an evening soapie. Strange, but surely apt. The game has remained entirely a mystery to me. However now they've...

Living in a dying world

Saturday 18 September 2004

Text: Gen 9 Preached at Werribee Church of Christ 19/9/04

Introduction

In a world of scams - property scams, get-rich-quick scams, internet scams, software piracy, insurance scams .. -...

Metaphorically speaking

Sunday 12 September 2004

Old Aussie proverb: He who cuts 'n runs can ease the squeeze.

No, he isn’t joking

Saturday 11 September 2004

Text: Gen 6:9-8:22 Preached at Werribee of Church of Christ 12/9/04

Introduction

Last Sunday while we were reflecting together on the escalating nightmare of what sin can produce on planet...

It gets worse

Saturday 4 September 2004

Text: Gen 4:1 - 6:8 Preached at Werribee Church of Christ 5/9/04

Introduction

Last week, the technology of the 1960s got the better of me .. which doesn’t offer much hope for the 21st century....

There's no excuse for spam, spam, spam

Monday 30 August 2004

The integrity or otherwise of Mr Howard's bulk e-mail campaign through his son's company I'll leave to others to judge. However there's a deeper issue raised by Communications and IT Minister Helen Coonan's...

Sport-obsessed? ... or something worse?

Sunday 29 August 2004

Now that the torch has been put to bed for another few years, how about some national reflection? Some letters to The Age, and several conversations I’ve shared, have indicated thinning interest in these...

Where the trouble started

Saturday 28 August 2004

Text: Gen 3. Preached at Werribee Church of Christ 29/8/04

Introduction

It’s human nature to resist change, and opt for the status quo. Anyone who’s ever tried to bring about any kind...

The perfect match

Saturday 14 August 2004

Text: Gen 2:15-25. Preached at Werribee Church of Christ, 15/8/04.

Introduction

Whoever you are, God created you to be an object of his love and in fellowship with Him and others. That,...

Better than drugs

Saturday 14 August 2004

So Kederis is revered "as Cathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe rolled into one". (The Age, 14/8). No drug could produce that. She/he would really make Olympic history.

Democracy turned feral?

Wednesday 11 August 2004

Is it the constitutional monarchy system that's flawed, as Ted O'Brien (11/8) insists? Or is it democracy turned feral? First it was Dr Hollingworth. But there, a legion of grounds were advanced for...

The perfect job

Saturday 7 August 2004

Text: Gen 1:26 - 2:3. Preached 8/8/04 at Werribee Church of Christ.

Introduction

What is man? What makes a person human? What gives them dignity, worth, significance? .. If you turn on...

Fire alert

Thursday 5 August 2004

A number of articles in the Age of recent weeks have referred to Treasurer Peter Costello's address to a gathering at Scots Church, Melbourne in May. It has been described as a Pentecostal service, and...

The perfect start

Saturday 31 July 2004

Text: Gen 1:1-25. Preached 1/8/04 at Werribee Church of Christ.

Introduction

Suppose you were walking down Watton St, or through the Plaza, and you found a handwritten letter lying on the...

The electoral heist

Wednesday 7 July 2004

So the surplus has vamoosed? Amazing! But wait, just check your bank statement. You never know what you might find.

How so? Well here's just a thought, inspired by Johnny's own battlers. Harry...

It was all for us ...

Sunday 27 June 2004

It was all for us: A GST to bill us. A budget to buy us. A trade deal to sell us. A PBS to sicken us. A Plus to fix us. A Bush to lead us. An alliance to enslave us. Intelligence to spin us. A bonus...

Toxic waste - the international solution

Saturday 22 May 2004

Toxic waste? What a conundrum! Put it in a paddock? The cockys are upset. A forest? The greenies are upset. My backyard? I'm upset. Anywhere else? Don't ask! (And Mr Doyle gets another free kick). What...

Saved from the truth?

Tuesday 18 May 2004

The US, British and Australian governments have certainly been selective in their reporting and reinterpreting of events, in relation to the invasion and occupation of Iraq. But they may not have a...

The Pool

Tuesday 27 April 2004

Seven announces a new reality TV series: "The Pool"

Beyond the pale

Sunday 11 April 2004

Readers of The Age are accustomed to being challenged, provoked, at times even perplexed. We expect to be made to think, ponder, reflect, search and analyse. But yesterday (Saturday) it was just too...

Easter trading and greed

Friday 9 April 2004

In reflecting on the Bracks government's modified Easter retail trading regulations, your editorial (8/4) rightly highlights some striking contradictions and inconsistencies. However some scrutiny of...

Check the mirror

Thursday 29 January 2004

Premier Bracks charges that the federal government's distribution of additional funded tertiary places is targetted at votes in Queensland and WA. (The Age, 29/1) He may well be right. In an election...

Other worlds

Friday 16 January 2004

As a parent I must agree with Evan Davey and Raymond Hawkes (16/1) who variously highlight the rich creative stimulus that computer gaming offers, together with the primacy of good parenting in moral...

No carols, please; we're multicultural!

Monday 22 December 2003

Oh the zealous defence of the secularised Christmas! Out with the Christian "myths". No carols, please; we're multicultural. It's easy to tell Christians to stop singing. But the follow-through would...

We got 'im

Monday 15 December 2003

Thank heavens they didn't get 'im while the cricket was on. We could have missed a whole session.

A liar, or a pragmatist?

Wednesday 30 July 2003

"Lied to" is now, it seems, firmly cemented in the psyche of professional journalists and casual letter-writers, when referring to the PM's promotion of Australia's participation in the Iraq war.

The...

Whew! - it's legal

Monday 17 March 2003

I can just hear concerned people the world over breathe a collective sigh relief at the PM's latest assurance. It may kill a few people and maim a few more, but at least it'll be legal. Thankyou, Mr...

Time to grow up

Tuesday 25 February 2003

Shane Warne's actions may speak unflatteringly of him. Thoughtless? Vain? Self-absorbed? All the above?

Perhaps. But the sanctimonious frenzy of some of the commentary might just say something...

Leaders must lead

Tuesday 18 February 2003

My opposition to Australian involvement in Dubya's war is I hope as intense as anyone else's, and I share in the widespread outrage at John Howard's stance. However an air of unreality has emerged in...

Why Iraq?

Friday 7 February 2003

A few simple answers to a few simple questions, please Mr Bush. Why Iraq? Why only Iraq? Why now? Why wasn't the evidence delivered to Dr Blix for independent assessment and report?

And now, a...

Just don't...

Friday 24 January 2003

George! I know just how you feel, mate. That Saddam bloke is really trying your patience, a real pain in the (you know); enough's enough. I often feel like that when I'm dealing with the bank or the...

Saved from sushi

Monday 13 January 2003

Some recent correspondents have argued that as our saviours from a life of sake and sushi, the US morally merits Australian military support for her war. When Saddam parks his aircraft carriers off Manhattan...

Release to prison

Thursday 2 January 2003

At last, some good news for the asylum seekers! With the new hope of a prison term for lighting the fires, they could have the best accommodation ever at Commonwealth expense. Shame on me for thinking...

News from Fortress Australia

Sunday 29 December 2002

A national meeting of defence chiefs and senior police has approved the distribution of beacons, life vests and ration packs to householders in major population centres. And in other news: •Treasurer...

Poor little Johnny

Friday 14 June 2002

Poor little Johnny in the schoolground! It's always the same isn't it. You can crawl to the bully for all you're worth ... and he still does you for your corned beef sandwich.

The Media and truth

Tuesday 26 February 2002

When is the truth not the truth? When it makes headlines. So at least it has seemed with some Australian media reporting over the past few decades; and rarely more so than in the current controversy...