The faith of the Prime Minister

By Rod Benson There has been a lot of chatter in the past few days about the faith of our new Prime Minister Julia Gillard.  Or, more specifically, her apparent agnosticism or atheism. Ms Gillard acknowledges that she was “raised in the Baptist tradition,” even memorising Bible verses for prizes, but as an adult she …

Faith and federal politics

By Rod Benson Last Monday I headed to Canberra for the Australian Christian Lobby’s “Make It Count” event, where the then Prime Minister Kevin  Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott spoke to 200 church leaders, and via webcast to  Christians around the nation, on issues ranging from indigenous welfare, asylum seekers and climate change to …

The centenary of Edinburgh 1910

By Rod Benson Most of us like an anniversary, and a centenary is about as good as it gets.  This week saw the centenary of the 1910 Edinburgh Missionary Conference, when Christians of many nations and traditions gathered in Scotland’s capital under the bold theme of “evangelizing the world in this generation.” Edinburgh 1910 is …