Which of the following actually happened in America?
*A man is fired for displaying Bible verses in his work space.
*A judge orders a mother not to teach her daughter anything that could be considered 'homophobic'.
*High school students are trained to roam the halls in search of verbal 'offenses' to report to law enforecement officers.
*A pastor faces a prison sentence for reading from the Bible
ANSWER: All of the above. Don't believe it? Read 'The Criminalization of Christianity' by J Folger
And maybe you're tempted to believe that it won't happen here. Really?
As a Christian in this country, you may be understandably reluctant to speak out on moral issues like abortion, homosexuality, or pornography. But while we have the right to remain silent, that's not what God calls us to do. Because if the world can silence the truth, it will silence the gospel.
And maybe you think that your voice will not be heard or make a difference in these debates.But if people aren't protesting, then the politicians think we don't care. The reality is that when politicians are considering an issue they look at how many letters they have received on that issue and they nearly always listen to the loudest voices.
So does action get results?
In Tasmania, the homosexual lobby recently set up a special website to urge their people to lobby MPs to support the Surrogacy Bill because they needed to counter the large number of letters the MPs were getting from Christians opposing the Surrogacy Bill! A poll on The Age website, run in relation to the issue of teaching religious Education in schools, gained an amazing 88,000 votes with 80% in support of RE. That sort of grassroots action is needed on every issue. So, please, take note of issues listed on our forum and take action. Every letter, every signature will count!
Check the forum or HERE for updates on the recent petition for same-sex marriage.
'Staying alive and paying the bills both require our attention squarely fixed on our own business. Our sprawling cities and suburbs are wonderful and frightening tributes to creative self-absorption. In them, we spend our microscheduled days bustling between work and the endless details of our private lives, turning in our moments of rest to the buzzing distractions of television and computers - all accelerating toward some ultimate, unseen fulfillment of convenience and hyperreality. Little encourages us to pause and look around, much less question the end goal of all our busyness. Anything slower than the quick cuts of TV commercials is overwhelmed by our impatience and short attention. Unfortunately, we might be missing something important'... (Jason Gardner).
Yes, and the important 'something' invariably turns out to be our continued closeness with God. Do you have a moment before you dash off to your next engagement to do this quick evaluation by Joe McKeever 'Ten Ways to Tell You're Slipping'?
Read it here......
Currently in Australia a process is underway to establish a new national curriculum for schools. State curriculums are being replaced by one uniform national curriculum – a process that will result in one of the greatest shifts in education delivery in the history of Australia. This process is being guided and run by the recently formed Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and follows the issuing of "The Melbourne Declaration" in December 2008.
Some criticism has been levelled at the history component of the new Australian curriculum that it presents an unbalanced view of Australian and world history and events. A document that is receiving praise and good reviews is a curriculum document published and promoted by the privately funded Curriculum Corporation of Australia.
Learning from One Another: Bringing Muslim Perspectives into Australian Schools is being heavily promoted as a good addition to the syllabus for primary and secondary schools. The document is issued by the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies, (University of Melbourne).
This critique of "Learning from One Another: Bringing Muslim Perspectives into Australian Schools” is written to highlight some of the most glaring distortions and to express concern at the narrow perspectives contained within.
During the past week, a special conference attended by hundreds of school chaplains has again highlighted the uncertain future of chaplains within schools and the imminent High Court challenge being brought against the federal government in this matter. Please continue to pray for this situation and the important role of chaplains in schools. Read the latest update here....
Church planting and growth has been a focus for most of my ministry. I frequently lecture and speak on church planting and have been actively involved in many church plants. Under God's hand and direction, my wife, Kaye, and I planted the