Few lawyers have won so many battles for Christian schools, churches, resisting bank foreclosures – all, plus more, were cases David Mitchell took on. The internationally-watched Noah’s Ark case brought by a sceptic was one of his great victories.
A graduate of the Universities of Tasmania, Oxford, Essex and Strasbourg, Dr Mitchell served British, African and Australian governments. He was more qualified than probably any other magistrate, judge or attorney-general in Australia, yet he never sought prominence. His defence at the United Nations of Lesotho (Africa) in its dispute with South Africa won $113million for this tiny state.
Retiring from public service at 45, he became a minister and served as church planter, pastor and procurator. Continuing to use his legal skills in Christ’s service – he did so, amazingly neither seeking or accepting remuneration for his services. Other lawyers also offer their counsel pro bono at times, but none ever like David Charles Mitchell.
The Weekend Australianfor May18 made a wise observation regarding the election. It noted the profound difference between Shorten and Hawke. Hawke brought Australia together. Shorten divided it. Hawke governed by consensus; Shorten was a class war operator. Evidence suggests that Morrison will operate by consensus.
Mark Twain famously said . . . . .
. . . something we all should remember. This is so right now as the media keep Scott and Bill in our face all the time. Well Mark Twain said, "If you don't read the news you are ill-informed. If you do read the news you are misinformed!"
How Christian are Christian Schools?
Greg Sheridan in God is Good for You- a defence of Christianity in troubled times, (everyone should read it) says some provocative things about Christian schools. He says “a big challenge for all Christian churches is to use Christian schools more effectively to teach the content of their religion.” And adds, “Once Christian schools were dry and scholastic … in their religious instruction. … Now they are hip and groovy and driven by the exploration of situation ethics, comparative religion, topic-focused individual modules of study and activism, social justice, environmentalism and other fashions. What they are not doing is providing any systematic knowledge of the content of Christian belief.”
If Shorten wins the election is promise is to hold a plebiscite on Australia being a republic in his first 100 days. He wants to dump QEII as queen of Australia.
Republicans regard the Queen’s status as repugnant. Their chief, wrongheaded, deceptive argument is that we need our own Head of State. This is a blatant lie. The Governor-General has been our Head of State for many years. Like all lies, if repeated ad nauseam, many unthinking people will fall for it.
They should ask, Why shouldn’t we become a republic? Here are some reasons why our monarchical system is best.
The theology of Church-State issues never gets a mention these days. Clearly it’s a subject Presbyterians (or others) do not consider important. Do theological colleges include these issues in their curricula? I think not. This is lamentable but predictable. Lamentable, for Reformed theologians have developed a sizable body of theology of the State which is now neglected. Also predictable given its neglect by classic systematic works. See how much space is given to it in selected classic works:
The appointment of Ida Buttrose as chair of the ABC has been well applauded. Can anyone call to mind anyone who has criticised the choice?
However there are some things we should be concerned about. The continuing evidence for the bias of the ABC. It does not require blind Freddy to speak and point out the extent to which The Drum and Q&A are particularly guilty of bias. But Leigh Sales on 7.30 is just as bad. Ita has said there is no bias in the ABC. I do not believe her. She must be biased herself. I am not alone in this. There is a simple way she can support her view - and that is calling upon management to appoint some conservatives to front line positions as presenters or other visible actors. Until that happens the cry about bias will only continue.
“when all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel.”
David knew the feeling. One day he lost everything – city, home, wives and children – all had gone. His 600 battle scarred supporters suffered the same loss. It happened when David and his troops, returned from battle to their city, Ziklag. As they came within sight of the city, they couldn’t believe their eyes. Smoke rose to the heavens declaring their town had been torched. As they ran to the city they found no survivors. All their wives and families had been captured. These battle scarred men burst into tears until they could no longer weep. They turned on David threatening to stone him for causing their loss. But David “encouraged himself in the Lord.” God assured David that he would recover all he had lost if he went after his enemies. And “David – and his men - recovered all they had lost,” a whole generation in fact.
Tragically, churches all over Australia have lost a whole generation of people who should be filling our pews. But who weeps over this appalling fact?
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Minister, pastor, evangelist, convention speaker, college lecturer, private pilot, invitee to minister in India, Singapore, Indonesia, Kenya, Cyprus USA and China, CEO of a Sydney church Retirement Village and author of four biographies - these are some areas in which I have served Christ for more than 60 years. Called to preach at age 16 I have served mainline and independent churches in all States save the NT. Decades of ministry, have led me to conclude that "judgment has begun at the church of God". Where will this end?