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The myth of the good person

by Simon Chen

Ever wondered why bad things happen to good people? Most of us will have asked that question at one time or another. We probably spend less time wondering why good people do bad things. Or even if there is such a thing as a good person. In many ways then, Christianity is radically different from […]

Nothing is certain

by Simon Chen

Football can mean many things to many people. Especially in Australia! It could be AFL, League, Union, Soccer, and every now and then, there are rumours of Gridiron games happening as well. Fans of the various codes are always happy to defend their claim that their’s is the “real” footy, but that is a discussion […]

We think we’re so smart

by Simon Chen

Don’t skip cardio. This of course is the most important lesson from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, now screening at all cinemas of good repute. Like its predecessors, this movie seems to have perpetually hungry beasties with sharp pointy teeth on the lookout for prey. Physical strength does not save one from the dinosaur. Quite a […]

Don’t miss the big picture

by Simon Chen

How could we have got it so wrong? In the newly released docco, For The Love of God, we are told that many people have, in Jesus’ name, persecuted and killed others. How can that be possible, that followers of the one who, “… was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; […]

Look out for your brother (and sister)

by Simon Chen

Money, it is said, does not buy happiness. And yet, not having any has problems of its own! What is this winter’s electricity bill going to look like (shudder)? How does anyone with a mortgage in a capital city sleep at night? How do people who don’t grocery shop at Aldi even live? How do […]

We all need somebody to lean on

by Simon Chen

*Spoiler Alert* The problem with people is that no one is perfect. We trust in people, they let us down, and then we are left to clean up the mess afterwards. Maybe in order to avoid a repeat, we should trust no one! This of course is one of the main ideas in the new […]

Sharing the burdens (and joys) of new life

by Simon Chen

Having children is a great responsibility. There is no doubt that the arrival of a baby can be a life changing event. Many new parents will speak of losing a former way of life. There are many memes (and jokes) about new parents and how leaving the home is now a 30 minute operation instead […]

Love, God & a few other things

by Simon Chen

All the best to Harry & Meghan! Marriage is great, but it also is a lot of hard work and we are sure that everyone who watched the wedding hopes they will indeed have a long and happy life together, they will fulfil each other, complete each other, and be a source of support, comfort, […]

Others Before Self

by Simon Chen

The news cycle spins so fast these days. What are the first things that spring to mind as you think about the big news events of this week? Eurovision? Yay Jessica! Too bad about the placing though. The terrible murders in Western Australia? An academic flying to another country so he can legally end his […]

The importance of Getting Real

by Simon Chen

“Fair dinkum” is a phrase unique to Australia. Consequently, it is frequently either not understood or misunderstood. There is a story for example of an Australian passenger who once got off a flight overseas, only to be greeted by the police. The passenger was accused of swearing to a flight attendant on the flight. Apparently, […]