Words that build or destroy

On the morning of September 11, 2001, theologian Miroslav Volf was just finishing a talk to the International Prayer Breakfast of the United Nations in New York. The time was 8.34am. The topic was reconciliation.
  • I thought Karl Marx was Dead...and Socialism with him

    I can't recall there being a time like the present, and I've started my 6th decade. There's this eerie, unsettling, obscure but ominous feeling of dread descending upon us and encircling us. Like a surreal force of impending doom, unstoppable and fatal.
  • What's in a name?

    An awful lot when you think about it! When a baby is born, friends and family all want to know what the child will be called. Without a name, the little mite doesn't seem to quite have his or her own identity.
  • Cop killers: Power of the tongue

    Years ago I interviewed a young man who faced a murder charge. "I don't know what the fuss is about, I only killed a wog," he told me.
  • Have I loved you enough today?

    Raindrops on roses - this is what awaited me one morning when I peered out the window at my potted rose plant, which recently bloomed the most delicious smelling, deep pink bud I have ever seen it grow. Each time I glanced its way, it had grown a little bigger and leaned in as if beckoning me to step out onto the deck, hold it's beautiful head in my hands and breathe in its perfume.
  • Confronting with love

    God is love. We have heard it, said it, read it, sang it over and over, a thousand times but what does it mean? It's easy to say whether we love coffee, or Vegemite, football or the beach.
  • Wind!

    Bushland suburbs in the foothills of Mt Wellington (Hobart) are cleaning up after a near-cyclonic windstorm over several days last week. The sound of chainsaws and trucks with mulchers was heard everywhere during the calmer days of the weekend.
  • I wish we'd all been ready

    Harold Camping first predicted the world would end October 21, 2011. That was not his first forecast. In 1992 he published a book called 1994 and in it declared Christ would return mid-September, that same year.
  • Billy tea – thoughts on evangelism

    You're really not a true Aussie unless you have made real billy tea. Water in the billy on a campfire, throw in a handful of tea leaves and let it boil for a bit, then grab the billy's handle and swing it through 3600 to settle the tea leaves.