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Boat People: A Christian Response

We’re hearing a great deal about “boat people” in the news currently.  It’s not a new term or issue for that matter.  The term “boat people” entered the Australian vernacular in the 1970s with the arrival of the first wave of boats carrying people seeking asylum from the aftermath of the Vietnam War.

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Hot Water Bottles are Evil

A few Saturdays ago Christie and I had an almost perfect day.  Our three daughters spent the day with friends that gave us a rare day on our own.  We made the most of it – grabbed a latte, walked along the beach, chatted about life, faith and the future, then had a relaxing lunch together before heading home.  

In the afternoon I spent a couple of hours reading the Bible and getting ready to teach at the Saturday evening service.  My topic was “Free to be patient.”  Little did I know that my own patience was about to be tested to the limit.

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Australia’s carbon tax – A lot of hot air

I’ve just been overseas for two weeks in Africa.  Before I went away the debate over Australia’s Carbon Tax was running hotter than the globally warmed planet we live on.  Flying back into Australia last week the first thing I noticed was this debate was still raging – and for a number of reasons; not least Julia Gillard’s back flip on the Carbon Tax that would not happen under a government she leads.  One only has to wonder who actually is leading Australia’s government at the moment!  In addition to this, our PM has ignored the “Law of Process” that engages everyone concerned BEFORE a policy is announced.  She has also changed her tune on why we need a Carbon Tax in the first place.  Initially it was because of our care for the environment.  This week in China she said it was to safeguard Australia’s economic future – which one is it?

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Organ Donation: A Christian Perspective

The Victorian State Government is considering a “presumed consent” system for organ donation to replace the current system.  At present, people who want to donate their organs at death need to register their intentions.  In the new system it would be presumed that everyone consents to donate their organs unless they specify otherwise.  Western Australia is currently introducing presumed consent.  This has been standard practice in Spain, France, Belgium and Sweden for some time.

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A Christian’s Response To Other Religions

What is your church’s attitude towards gay people?  What is your church’s view on other religions? These are the two questions young adults most often ask concerning the church these days.

The first of these questions I’ve attempted to answer in my last two blogs – Is Jesus Anti-Gay? and The Acceptance Controversy. The second question is the subject of this blog.

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The Entertaining Church

I get hundreds of emails every week – most of which are just an exchange of information.  I do get the odd challenging one and I also get some that are really encouraging.  In this Blog I want to share an encouraging one with you.  A guy who attended Bayside Church many years ago wrote it.  He and his wife had then relocated interstate for a while and they have just returned to Melbourne and to Bayside Church.  Last week he wrote me the following:

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Climate Change: End of the World?

It appears that American radio evangelists are not the only ones to give false predictions about the end of the world.  Recently, evangelist Harold Camping falsely predicted that the world would end at 6pm on May 21st.  But here we still are!

For centuries people have been prophesying the end of the world.  All of them have been wrong! The oldest surviving prediction of the world’s imminent demise was found inscribed upon an Assyrian clay tablet which stated: "Our earth is degenerate in these latter days. There are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end.”  The prediction is dated 2,800BC.  It could have been written yesterday.

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The End of the World – NOT!

Why is it that some people are preoccupied with the end of the world?  Of course it’s not a new phenomenon.  For centuries people have been prophesying the end of the world.  Many of them have given exact dates.  All of them have been wrong!

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Scrap Private School Funding?

There seems to be a regular attack on government funding of private schools.  Recently I read these letters to the editor in the Herald Sun: “I resent paying for private schools through my taxes.  We need to better fund public […]

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Bullying is Abuse

Social media has been buzzing over the past week with the story of Casey Heynes, the 15-year-old student who finally snapped after being bullied for most of his school life.  The video of him slamming Ritchard Gale (12) into a concrete path has had thousands of hits on YouTube and has been widely reported by the world’s media.  Click on this link to see the event that has been so talked about:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeYgDcgCikU&feature=related

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Japan Emergency Relief

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The recent earthquake and tsunami in north east Japan that caused such massive destruction and loss of life, has stunned the whole world.  The TV footage and newspaper visuals present unbelievable scenes. And now, on top of all this, the Japanese are faced with increased danger from radiation.

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Christchurch Aid Relief

Bayside Church raised $10,600 to help assist those affected by the earthquakes in Christchurch. The earthquake took place on 22 February and measured 6.3 on the richter scale. As of 6 March, the current death toll stands at 166 people.  Many […]

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Relief Aid Hits Queensland

Bayside Church raised over $23,100 to help flood affected victims in Queensland and Victoria. Just over $11,500 has been donated to the relief efforts spearheaded by C3 Church in Queensland. Below is a report from John & Danielle Pearce,QLD/Far Northern NSW […]

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Donations Flood In For Relief

Bayside Church has so far raised $23,000 to help assist those who have been affected by Australia's worst flood disaster.  All monies raised so far will support relief efforts spearheaded by C3 Church in Queensland that will help those affected in […]

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“What?” not “Why?”

At the time of writing this blog there is an inland sea of water sweeping its way across North West Victoria.  This wall of water is causing great damage, devastating property and ruining lives.

As I mentioned in last week’s blog, it is easy in times of disaster and tragedy to ask the question “why?”  Over the years I’ve discovered that the answers that people offer to the “why” question usually amount to empty, shallow clichés.  I believe there’s a better question to ask at times like these and that is “what?”  What can I do to help make a difference?  What is life really all about?  What can I learn from times of tragedy?

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Making Sense of Disaster

I’m sure we’ve all been watching over the past few weeks as many parts of Australia have been devastated by floodwaters.  People have lost their lives, their livelihood and their possessions.  It’s a tragedy of unparalleled proportions in Australia’s history.

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Support the Australian Flood Relief

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Australia is experiencing the worst flood disaster in its history.  The floods in Queensland that started in late December have affected over 70 towns and over 200,000 people.  Currently the death toll stands at 18 and may continue to rise as Queenslanders begin the cleanup process. In Victoria, 51 towns have been flooded affecting more than 1400 properties. Water levels are believed to still be rising in parts of western Victoria.
 

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The Year That Was – 2010

Discover "The Year That Was" for Bayside Church in 2010.  Learn about the activities the church was involved in. 

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Time Flies

Is it just me or has this year flown by faster than normal?  When I was a child the summers seemed endless – and school days went on forever.  These days time flies faster – although a minute still consists of 60 seconds; hours of 60 minutes and days of 24 hours.  So why does it seem that time is passing more quickly?

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Blame Your Parents

“It’s not MY fault – it’s someone else’s.” 

“I can’t help it – this is the way I’ve always been!”

Ever heard these statements?  Ever said them yourself?

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