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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.


(A chapter in my forthcoming book Questions and Responses: the toughest questions I’ve ever been asked). + A young friend had a baby out of wedlock, and when he was born the hospital didn’t let her see him. She had been persuaded to surrender him for adoption. The one-night encounter with a dark-skinned Asian student gave […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Review/summary: Anthony Venn-Brown: A Life of Unlearning (a preacher’s struggle with his homosexuality, church and faith). Revised ed., 2015.

‘Sitting on the edge of the cliff I cursed the day I was born.

When terror strikes, Saudi Arabia evades responsibility

Laila Lalami November 18, 2015 We cannot defeat IS without defeating Wahhabi theology. And that means spending as much effort in defending liberal ideas. What happened in Paris on November 13 has happened before, in a shopping district of Beirut on November 12, in the skies over Egypt on October 31, at a cultural centre […]

How to confront this Islamo-Fascist plague

November 16, 2015 Bruce Hearn Mackinnon Enough is enough. We now need some straight talking, from mainstream Muslims but also from the leaders of the West.