Over the past few days we have seen reports in the news of multiple suicide bomb attacks on churches and police headquarters in Surabaya, in the east of Indonesia’s most populous island Java. These attacks are especially shocking because they involve whole families, including young children, carrying bombs and blowing themselves up, apparently in the… Read more
… while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb … (John 20:1 NRSV) Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, After the Palm Sunday bomb attacks last week against Egyptian Christians, one of the Coptic bishops in Australia wrote to me, ‘I just feel numb right now, we are in deep pain and… Read more
No-one is immune from the fear and the terror of war, but most people in Australia are insulated from the realities of it; the death and destruction and the torturous pain of loss has been left to other corners of the globe. But we still hear about the war – and the rumours of the faceless conflict.
Once again the world has been shaken by a hideous terror attack. Lutherans in Australia and New Zealand, together with people of faith everywhere, unite in expressing our deep sympathy to the people of France, and in particular to those whose loved ones have been murdered or injured. We pray also for those who witnessed… Read more
‘When sins are forgiven, there is no more need to offer sacrifices.’ (Hebrews 10:18 CEV) This year Holy Week has been marred by new terror attacks in Europe. At the most holy moment in the year, when we want to place our full attention on the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, our attention has… Read more
Martin Place in Sydney is about as close to the heart of modern Australia as you can get. It’s a short sloping mall in the centre of our largest city. The Reserve Bank, Channel 7, and the Cenotaph major business and institutions vie for space. At the top are the NSW law courts and Parliament,… Read more