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What if Jesus had never been born?

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December 2006
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What if Jesus had never been born?

On one of my overseas trips an in-flight documentary caught my attention. An anthropologist was waxing eloquent about the 'incredibly advanced Mayan civilization' of Central America in the 15th century. They didn't have a written language, but they were 'incredibly advanced'.The Mayans built spectacular pyramid temples - all without the wheel! Of course, they…

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Help! I’m allergic to God

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December 2006
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Help! I’m allergic to God

The medical columnist of a USA newspaper received an unusual letter. The writer complained of a phobia that sounds strange but may be more common than we think! She claimed that whenever she went to a church she felt weak and dizzy, and within a few minutes began to perspire. Her doctor had suggested…

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The humiliation of God

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December 2006
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The humiliation of God

The humiliation of God is not the first thing that springs to mind when we think of Christmas. The mood of the season is festive. The carols we sing speak of the King of heaven coming to earth to usher in a reign of peace. Even the familiar nativity scenes are cosy and attractive…

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Christmas was an ugly holiday!

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December 2006
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Christmas was an ugly holiday!

As a Jew I believed that Christians worshipped a pagan God. I was offended by their faith and aggressive towards anyone who tried to share it with me. I used to mock my Christian co-workers, telling them that Christmas was an ugly holiday that celebrated the murder of young Jewish children by King Herod.…

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A Christmas message from Peter Jensen Archbishop of Sydney

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December 2006
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A Christmas message from Peter Jensen Archbishop of Sydney

The madness of choiceAny visitor to the USA will comment on the same thing - the huge variety of choice available. I am a simple man with simple tastes. Trying to order a sandwich in the US is a nightmare. For years now, all I have wanted from a sandwich is two pieces of…

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Love of a Father

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December 2006
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Love of a Father

I've heard it said that everyone looks for God at some point in their life. For me it was 28 August 1999 - although it was really God who came looking for me. I wasn't prepared for what it would be like to meet God. Religious studies at school had given me no clue,…

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Who is Jesus Christ?

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December 2006
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Who is Jesus Christ?

Earlier this year the British press had a field day with a story about BBC television newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky. It seems that she and her husband were declined an upgrade at a sumptuous hotel in Agra, India, close to the Taj Mahal. She asked the receptionist, 'Do you know who I am?' The answer…

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Love actually

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December 2006
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Love actually

The film Love actually begins dramatically - the victims of the terrorist attacks on 9/11 sent only messages of love before they died. Their last act was to tell family or friends, 'Never forget I love you - thank you for loving me'. Love is that important. Christmas is a good time for many…

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Simply the best?

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December 2006
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Simply the best?

'Simply the best' - so goes the refrain of a popular song. Everything has to be the best. There's no room for modesty in today's competitive world!We want our children to be the best at reading or swimming - to attend the best schools and later get the best jobs. The education system contributes…

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And is it true?

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December 2006
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And is it true?

John Betjeman, a Poet Laureate born 100 years ago, was one of Britain's greatest twentieth century poets. He loved our country and its great Christian heritage. He prized our traditions and institutions. He admired the fine old buildings and churches. He wrote extensively about the countryside.But although Betjeman loved to attend church services, he…

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SANTA or Saviour?

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December 2006
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SANTA or Saviour?

Who takes centre stage at Christmas? Many would answer, 'Santa Claus'. The friendly bearded man dressed in a red suit, who gives out presents to children, seems to be everywhere at Christmas-time! In advertising, greetings cards, Hollywood films, and shopping centres - Santa Claus (or Father Christmas) is increasingly the focus of the festivities.…

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Enabled to believe

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December 2006
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Enabled to believe

Peter's storyI was brought up in a Christian home and attended church, but when I went to college I began hanging out with friends on Sundays, following nights out in pubs and clubs. I was living the life that most young people are accustomed to in this country. I had my fair share of…

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