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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.

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 […]

How to get fit for free

Armed with a bit of get-up-and-go and good planning, you can be fitter than ever without spending a penny. We’ve enlisted the help of top fitness experts to help you explore new ways and places to exercise for free By Peta Bee Daily exercise can help with overall personal health

THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS: The Big Short is long on the human predicament

We all remember the Global Financial Crisis, or GFC, as it was called. It was a time when the world stood on the brink of economic catastrophe, to the point that it was being talked about as leading to another Great Depression such as the world suffered in the 1930s. The Big Short is the […]

Gun Violence Epidemic

Epidemic as Metaphor: Meaning and Morality in our Narratives of Gun Violence By PHILIPPA KOCH DEC 31, 2015 Much could be written, has been written, and still needs to be written about gun violence, the Second Amendment, responsible gun ownership, the gun lobby, and politicians. But here

Mobile/cell-phones and cancer

Why Devra Davis wants the world to hang up and take notice December 12, 2015 Ian Cuthbertson American scientist Devra Davis has an impressive record in public health, helping to expose the dangers of tobacco, asbestos and passive smoking. Next on her list? The always-on, every-present mobile phone. When I meet Devra Davis in the […]

Life, death, love and grief

by Nils von Kalm http://nilsvonkalm.com A former colleague and friend of mine died last week. She was too young, and left behind a husband and two kids. People who were closer to her than I was have been comforting each other this week in their grief. It has been terribly sad to witness. The times […]


This Bloke Sure Is Spot On with His readings. David Mason is a Writer, a Professor, and a Poet Laureate from Colorado, USA There’s a lot to admire about Australia, especially if you’re a visiting American, says David Mason. More often than you might expect, Australian friends patiently listening to me enthuse about their country […]

Traditional marriage: a bourgeois bargain for men

(‘Cheeky!’ Rowland) July 30, 2015 When same-sex marriage is legal, we

The Tao Of the Christ: Notes for a healthy way to live…

A Guide to Healthy Living (by a Facebook friend Evan Hadkins) Come to me, everyone who toils and has been burdened, and I will rest you. Pick up my yoke [and put it] onto yourselves! because humble I am and lowly in [my] heart! and you will find rest in your souls [or being]. For […]

Big banks support ethics classes

Big banks support ethics classes, university degrees for scandal-hit financial planning industry Dan Conifer RELATED STORY: Change corporate tax law, CBA director tells politicians RELATED STORY: David Murray says more regulation will not improve bank cultures Australia’s biggest banks have announced support for a huge overhaul of the scandal-hit financial planning sector, including mandatory university […]