Applying the ‘holy but’

Ever listened to the way we speak? Ever thought about our conversations and how we phrase things? Have you ever considered what would happen if we turned some of our sentences around? “I really like Sam. She’s such a giving person and friendly, but…” And then we hear what we really think about her: “But she’s…

We don’t want costly schooling!

Public schooling may appear much less costly than Christian schooling (or homeschooling) but is it? Can our children be used to “witness and influence” in an unbelieving school culture? Sharon Bratcher in Reformed Perspective writes about the “need to renew our dedication to Christ-centered, Christ-honoring education”. She quotes Pastor Voddie Baucham, at a Ligonier Conference,…

Qantas staff encouraged to “minimise manterruptions” but avoid terms including “husband” and “wife.”

Australia’s national airline has continued its crusade against traditional values by launching a staff guide to kick-start ‘Spirit of Inclusion’ month. News.com.au reports that the guide, written by the airline’s ‘People and Culture’ division, encourages staff to avoid terms such as ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ because they “reinforce the idea that people are always in heterosexual…

Queensland: Federal Nationals MP George Christensen labels his government’s $9.5 million Planned Parenthood donation “disgraceful.”

Queensland Nationals MP George Christensen has addressed a pro-life rally in Brisbane at the weekend, telling the crowd that the Government’s $9.5 million donation to International Planned Parenthood last year was a “disgraceful act.” Mr Christensen promised to write to Treasurer Scott Morrison in the coming week asking him to divert the funds to pregnancy…

ARPA gives evidence to WA Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices

On Thursday 8th March Rob Van der Linde (ARPA Chairman) and Laurence Van der Plas (ARPA Research Officer) gave evidence to the WA Parliament’s Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices. The 50-minute hearing took place in the Legislative Assembly Committee Rooms. After a ten-minute opening statement in which ARPA was able to explain…

How do you know? How can you be sure?

How do you know? How can you be sure?  Let’s be honest, most parents don’t know, and most are not sure. They like to think they are, but deep down, there’s this nagging doubt: is my child safe within the ICT world? You can’t stop it, nor turn the tide. Most of us don’t want…

Take action or run?

This story is nearly 80 years old. And has been retold many times, and worth telling again: In August of 1949, fifteen men parachuted into a mountainous area of Montana to put out a growing fire. Within minutes, the fire exploded out of control, spreading at 660 feet per minute and threatening to consume the…

STOP and take stock

Today we find ourselves midterm, and with the Labour Day holiday on Monday it might be a good idea to STOP and take stock of how the year is going. Stop: we live in a fast-paced world and find ourselves moving from one thing to the next. There is always the next thing on our…

Increasing restraints to Religious Activity in China

Ever since Xi Jinping became president of the Chinese Communist Party, there have been increasing restrictions on religious activity. Initially there were some indications that the new government was simply trying to confirm and prove it authority in every area of life. The silent hope was that with time, like in the past, these kinds…

End of Life Choices Inquiry: Committee hearings on Live Broadcast

This afternoon, starting at 1:30 PM, ARPA receives the opportunity to present evidence during the hearing of the End of Life Choices Inquiry, in the parliament building of WA. The hearings are going on already since 13 December and many have had the opportunity to present evidence. This morning (8 March) the Chief Rabbi of…

When will you pay that bill?

You have just received an account from a small business for a job well done. How soon will you pay it? What is your usual strategy: same day pay or many days delay? In an article that should prick everyone’s conscience Bernard Salt fires an arrow about paying your bills on time to small business….

The Latest Gems – From John Calvin Christian College

Almost each week the principal of the John Calvin Christian College publishes a little message that gives parents and the school community something to ponder on. To provide more lasting value to these ‘gems’ and make them easily accessible, we are publishing them here. Please note that they may be slightly edited to make them…

Are we following the Reformed Churches in The Netherlands?

With sadness we see our Dutch sister churches going into a direction which leads away from the truly Reformed heritage. Last year we remembered that five hundred years ago the church under God’s grace returned to the Bible. One of the important issues in the time of the Reformation was the authority of the Bible….

WA Health Minister reaffirms support for anti-protest ‘safe access’ laws.

Western Australia’s Health Minister Roger Cook has reaffirmed his willingness to consider introducing ‘safe access’ laws which would restrict protests near abortion clinics. Last week Perth’s 40 Days of Life group, which holds vigils outside a Midland Abortion clinic, was featured in an article in The Age. Meanwhile a pro-life group in the ACT has…

ARPA to testify at WA End of Life Choices Committee hearing.

The WA Parliamentary Inquiry into End of Life Choices will take oral evidence from representatives of religious and advocacy organisations next week. ARPA will give evidence on Thursday 8th March from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. Other organisations appearing that day include Victory Life Centre, the Chief Rabbi of Perth Synagogue and the Archbishop of Perth. Organisations…

Prophecy and the Pope’s Deal with China

The pope is doing a deal with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). In March, the Roman Catholic Church will give the Communist Party the power to appoint bishops in China. Just what the pope’s hope is remains unclear but what is clear is that here we have the false church in league with communism, a…