Speech for service at Richard Johnson Memorial

Text of a short speech by Rev Rod Benson at the 226th Anniversary Service of the first Christian service of worship on Australian soil, at the Richard Johnson Memorial, cnr Bligh and Hunter Streets, Sydney, Monday 3 Feb 2014. Your Excellency the Governor, fellow ministers and pastors, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, I bring you …

Speech for Work-Life Balance Forum

Speech by Rev Rod Benson at a Sydney Alliance-organised event in Sydney, 13 November 2012 I stand here today on behalf of Baptists throughout NSW to assure politicians, business leaders, workers and families that Baptists oppose the further erosion of provisions for restricted trading days. We expect our government to serve and protect the interests …

Immigration and asylum and Baptists

Address by Rod Benson to a meeting of Encore, Morling College, Sydney 7 September 2012 The world today faces a global refugee crisis with up to 40 million displaced people, the majority of whom are women and children.  Australia currently accepts around 13,750 refugees each year as part of total planned annual immigration of around 182,000 …

Challenges and opportunities facing Australian voters

Ethicist and Public Theologian, Tinsley Institute, Morling College, Sydney Christian Democratic Party National Convention Merroo, NSW, 9.30am Saturday 11 August 2012 Rev the Hon. Fred Nile MLC and other political leaders, my fellow ministers of religion, ladies and gentlemen: We live in interesting times, whether our outlook is political, economic, moral or scientific.  Following the announcement …

Speech at launch of Take the Time

I would like to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet tonight, and pay respect to their elders past and present, and I extend that respect to other Indigenous people present here tonight. Greetings from the Baptist Churches of NSW and the ACT, …

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