Why the Monarchy isn’t Going Away

You have to have a fair degree of sympathy for Australian republicans at the moment. The narrative isn’t really going with them. Support for the royals in Australia doesn’t appear to be waning, even though it consistently lags a little behind those who want to see change. The breach in the walls of support that […]

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What Would Jesus Do? Donate His Whole Body, Of Course

There’s a little bit of (very cleverly manufactured) outrage over this new ad promoting organ donation. The concept is quite cute: the soldiers crucifying Jesus ask him whether he’d consider being a donor. It’s a little confrontational, as the soldier himself acknowledges… We get it, no-one wants to talk about death… So how should Christians […]

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Take the Long View

So Australia has yet another new Prime Minister. It seems that no sooner have we settled into getting used to one leader of the country then we get a new one. Here’s the BBC’s attempt to set out the timeline… What’s driving all this turnover? If you work your way through the narratives and accounts […]

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Archdeacon of Melbourne Writes Against Bishops’ Marriage Policy

The Archdeacon of Melbourne, the Ven Dr Dr Craig D’Alton (vicar of St Mary’s North Melbourne) has published a blogpost on his site “Humane Catholic” suggesting an alternative to the recently publicised Australian Bishops’ Agreement on how to proceed over the question of same-sex marriage. “God is love, and those who live in love live […]

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ANZAC Day Address 2018 – Greater Love

It was a real privilege this morning to deliver the Bible reading and brief address at the Parramatta Anzac Day service. Here’s what I had to say: Many different cultures explain the death of fallen servicemen and women in various ways. For some it is the language is of honour. For others it’s duty. But […]

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Let God Be True – Lessons from the Folau Fallout

Israel Folau, former-Mormon and now converted Christian (oh, and Australia rugby international), has got into a bit of a ruck. Qantas is considering pulling sponsorship of the Wallabies if further homophobic statements are made by Israel Folau or other players. The highest profile rugby player in the country has come under immense criticism after saying […]

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A Tale of Two Installations

Here at davidould.net we take an interest in all manner of Anglican things and the following piqued our attention. In February 2 bishops of the Anglican Church of Australia were installed. First, Kay Goldsworthy was installed as Archbishop of Perth on 10 February 2018. (Full order of service available here [pdf]). Next, on 17 February, […]

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