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Effing with the Ineffable – What the Bible Is, and What It Isn’t

The Bible is the inerrant, infallible word of God! The Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it. If you are a Christian, you have probably heard these kinds of comments too many times to count. They are usually used to defend an exclusionary view of God – who and what God loves and doesn’t love. Claiming that God is more loving and inclusive than the strict boundaries that are regularly read out of the Bible goes against the “clear teaching of scripture”, and has become one of the great heresies of our day. Evangelical leader and Reformed Baptist pastor John MacArthur in the United States, and Archbishop of the Sydney Anglican Diocese in Australia, Glenn Davies, have both caused wave

For Those Who Wander

For those who wander, You are not lost. Those who are willing to break, You are not broken. Those who are willing to love, You are not weak. Those who believe they can change the world, You are not dreamers. You are not what they told you. The first step away from a place you once belonged is the hardest. Only those who are strong can do it. Emily is a renowned community connector, advocate for women, Asset Based Community Development advocate and leader in her local community, recognised for her work as the Local Woman of the Year in New South Wales in 2016. She has delivered training and workshops all around Australia, empowering communities to address gender based violence and di

Meeting God in Unexpected Places

In Jewish folklore the baby leaves the womb because God softly beckons, woos and gently calls! The ‘All Are Welcome’ sign, waiting on the outside as I make my exit from Church! These signs appear in all the wrong places. Invitations can appear at exits and exits can be an unexpected invitation to begin again. God, it seems, is completely oblivious to all our religious demarcation zones, exits, entrances, no go or no god zones. God is colour blind, so it seems, to the black-and-white of who is in and who is outed. God, it seems, has no issues with men-made boundaries or breaking through, breaking out, breaking in or breaking up all those institutional constructs where consciousness is entombe

Standing Up to Power (a year ago today)

A year ago today, I stood up to power for the first time. My legs shaking. My voice quivering. Tears streaming down my face. "No." "I will not allow you to treat me this way." And I walked away. And to my dismay, they let me. The first few steps were terrifying. The wilderness is a lonely place. You claw for comfort but find none. You leave behind a world, but know nothing of where this journey will take you. Sometimes you just know you must go. And so I went. And a journey it has been. What a year. It feels like a lifetime. I am stronger than I ever knew I could be. I am the most resilient person I know. There has been much pain. But there have been a tribe who have surround

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