Author: Kate Haggar

Submission: What does it look like in my life?

Last year I was asked if I would give a short talk on the topic of submission, and what it looks like in my life. I think this is a really important topic, and to be honest I said yes without thinking too much about it. On the day of the conference I was certainly wishing I’d been a little more thoughtful about that decision! Because I think this is an important topic, I’m sharing what I said at the conference in this short article. But there are five things I want to acknowledge at the start: 1.     This is...

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Jesus and the Charlie Charlie Challenge

There’s a new game sweeping the internet; one that you’ve probably never heard of before. It’s called the Charlie Charlie Challenge. Search for it online and you’ll find countless videos of teens playing a game they probably believe is just harmless fun. The Charlie Charlie Challenge, which works a lot like a Ouija board, involves using a grid of yes/no answers on paper, and two pencils balanced on top as a dial. Then you say a special chant that is intended to summon a Mexican demon called Charlie to answer your questions, which he does by moving the pencils...

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The Challenge of Forgiveness

This week you have probably heard the remarkable sound of family members of those killed in Charlestown addressing the man accused of being the shooter. One by one representatives of each of the victims stood and said “I forgive you”. The grandson of one of the victims said “I forgive you, my family forgives you. We would like you to take this opportunity to repent. Repent. Confess. Give your life to the one that matters the most – Christ. So that he can change you. Do that and you’ll be better off than you are right now.” In words...

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Love and Injustice (Luke 23:39-42)

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise”. You don’t have to look very hard to see the world we live in is one lacking justice. Pick up a paper and read about the royal commission, asylum seekers, political corruption, civil war, religious persecution … the list goes on and on. As we read the paper and watch the news, the natural and right response from us, the public and from the media is to demand justice. When we look at the evil acts perpetrated by those unknown to us, it’s easy...

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Church: don’t set up your ‘singles’

There’s a problem with the internet. For every great article/blog post/comment you read, there’s at least a million not-so-great ones that you have to sift through to get there. You don’t even really need to go looking for them. More often than not you’ll find them in such places as your Facebook feed. That’s what happens to me. This particular article was shared by a friend on Facebook, and despite knowing their good intentions in sharing it, this article is so wrong, it’s not even funny. However, before I tell you why, let me be upfront and say that...

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