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What makes us unclean?

Posted on September 3, 2015

Last Sunday, I preached. Those familiar with the service style at St Matthew’s will not be surprised to hear that though I love preaching, my opportunities are limited. So to preach at St Paul’s Bendigo was welcome. Thanks Dean John!   The occasion was Refugee Sunday, and the New Testament lectionary readings for the day were from Mark 7 and James 1. The day and the readings were particularly apt given Bendigo had just ‘hosted’ a meeting of the United Patriot Front, who were using Bendigo as a rallying point for their brand of anti-Islam fear-mongering. In addition, St Paul’s had been a target of their rage in the last week. I suspect that Dean John invited me to speak because I have been somewhat…

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Gentrification and Justice

Posted on May 13, 2013

Last year, friends of ours missed out on a house at auction – it went for $10K more than they could afford. Snapped up by a motivated bidder, it could be bulldozed for units, rented out or made over and re-sold. This is happening more and more in Long Gully. With cute miners’ cottages and an ageing population headed for the grave or the nearest nursing home (currently expanding as we speak), young families, singles and investors will fight among themselves to grab the bargains. It’s even made the local news. This trend raises serious questions for me and the others here in our little Christian community, who bought houses to commit to Long Gully. Are we simply an enclave of the middle-class within a poor…

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