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‘Let no one who is not eager for truth and peace enter here’ (Plato)

Articles on this site express varying points of view, to encourage mature thinking on serious issues. The assumption is that you will want to study a controversial topic from various angles before you arrive at a conclusion, rather than simply believe what someone told you when you were impressionable! (So some stuff here is ‘hot’. Proceed at your own risk!). See the Statement of Faith for John Mark Ministries' theological stance.

Commonwealth Bank Insurance Scandal

Two articles suggesting why bank financial advisors are best avoided if you want honest advice… http://www.theage.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/comminsure-life-insurance-has-lost-its-noble-purpose-20160315-gnjr6d.html http://www.smh.com.au/money/motley-fool-dont-buy-what-your-planner-is-selling-20160314-gnixms.html

Bullying in our schools: what can be done?

Why Safe Schools program must be kept March 12, 2016 Farrah Tomazin The Sunday Age’s state political editor. Coming out in high school can be agonising at the best of times. The first step for me involved confronting the fear of being cast out by my mates or bullied by my peers, which is often […]

Refugees: busting some of the myths

Busting some myths about asylum seekers and refugees March 12, 2016 Tom Ballard The Melbourne University qualitative research laid bare the negative views on asylum seekers held by many Australians. At this year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival, I’ll be performing Boundless Plains To Share

Sexual Slavery the IS way…

Islamic State uses birth control to maintain supply of sex slaves Date: March 13 2016 Rukmini Callimachi Dohuk,

Political ‘Case Study’: when a gifted leader is hamstrung by ideological pygmies

Note from Rowland: this is an unusually perceptive article (by someone with a Christian – Salvation Army – upbringing) Malcolm Turnbull is losing his chance to be a great Prime Minister February 23, 2016 Ross Gittins The Sydney Morning Herald’s Economics Editor Expectations were high, but now the Prime Minister is resorting to the same […]

EUTHANASIA: A doctor’s confession: She took my advice and died as planned

February 5, 2016 She was the first person who ever asked for my medical opinion, so I suppose that made her my first patient, although I was only a final-year medical student at the time. She took my advice, and as a result she died as planned. Later I discovered that what I had done […]


POVERTY and MARGINALIZATION AROUND THE WORLD, WITH A SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE LIFE OF ARCHBISHIP OSCAR ROMERO (EAST DONCASTER BAPTIST CHURCH, Melbourne: February 14, 2014) First thanks to all of you at EDBC for your wonderful support and prayer for Jan and me, her carer over the last couple of fairly traumatic years. For those […]

The End of Materialism

By Thomas Scarborough Imagine a game of fast chess, in which a timer is used.

The Art of Darkness (dark literature which can change your life)

Rowland: Which ‘dark books’ have made a deep impression on you? Mine: off the top of my head: Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, CSLewis: The Problem of Pain (and later A Grief Observed), James Joyce’s Ulysses, and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; more recently Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. ~~ the art of darkness […]

‘Ex-Gay Movement’: should it be government-regulated?

Calls to investigate ‘ex-gay’ movement January 17, 2016 Farrah Tomazin Brian Coogan believes the “ex-gay” movement remains an insidious part of Evangelical church. Brian Coogan spent much of his life searching for answers.