Anzac Day 2021 – The Triumph of God

An address given at the Parramatta ANZAC Day 2021 dawn service. On the 17th of May 1942 in a small mountain town in the heart of Austria my Grandfather, a recently ordained Lutheran minister by the name of Martin Kirchschlager, received his conscription notice into the Wehrmacht.He was not made a padre, a chaplain, as […]

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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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ANZAC Day – Learning from a Futile Battle

ANZAC Day 2015 is a particularly poignant moment for Australia and New Zealand; 100 years since the ill-fated Gallipoli landings. It’s not uncommon to hear people observe that “ANZACism” has become something of a national religion. The increased numbers of young Australians travelling abroad in the 1980s led to more and more turning up on […]

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Lest We Forget – ANZAC Day 2012

Today is ANZAC Day here in Australia. Much could be said but I’ll leave you with “Oh Valiant Hearts“, possibly the finest of all military hymns. Why the finest? Because it goes where every Christian memorial of war should. From the right and proper tribute of the fallen to the proclamation of the even greater […]

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