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They might be complicated but there are answers Marty Sampson

In a now deleted Instagram post, Hillsong singer/songwriter Marty Sampson claims that ‘he is genuinely losing his faith’. He outlines a series of doubts and topics and issues obviously important to him and his faith and laments that ‘no one talks about it’.

Ministry Centre: Melbourne

Jesus is the Question

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A poem by Cam Semmens shared at a recording of Bigger Questions. Something to get you to think.

Jesus is the question

Verse 1

And Jesus said, I want to ask you a question.

What’s your name?

Why are you terrified?

Who touched my clothes?

Where have they laid him?

How many loaves do you have?

Verse 2

And Jesus said, I want to ask you a question

Do you have eyes and not see?

Can the blind lead the blind?

Who do people say that I am?

But what about you,

who do you say I am?

Verse 3

And Jesus said, I want to ask you a question

Ministry Centre: Melbourne

Five ways in which Netflix reveals something bigger

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How modern popular culture reveals something bigger.

I love a good Netflix binge! Simone Biles (Olympic Gymnast)

1. We are story animals

We love TV shows. Popular television shows entertain, enthral and fill in a Friday night. Indeed, watching TV is Australia's most popular after dinner activity. We love stories.

Author Yann Martel (author of Life of Pi) says, “Stories--individual stories, family stories, national stories--are what stitch together the disparate elements of human existence into a coherent whole. We are story animals.”

Ministry Centre: Melbourne

Why Fair Trade?

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‘Change today, buy fairtrade’.

This pithy motto encapsulates the vision of Fair Trade—that the developing world can indeed be changed through individual purchasing decisions. Indeed Fair Trade is at the heart of my family story - I grew up in the 1980's selling Fair Trade products with my mum in markets across North Shropshire in the UK.

Ministry Centre: Melbourne

Christmas: Fact or Fiction? dispelling the myths

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Is the Christmas story based on fact or fiction?

Christmas is a joyous and fun occasion. Our guest for the most recently broadcast Bigger Questions, Mikey Bayliss, shares how he loves Christmas so much that he even sleeps under the Christmas tree!

Ministry Centre: Melbourne

Marriage has become meaningless

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Is our country actually debating marriage? Some ways to stimulate a better conversation

As a plebiscite looms, our country is embroiled in a passionate and divisive debate about marriage.

Or is it?

I wonder despite the thousands of opinion pieces, Facebook posts, Tweets, hashtags and Q&A questions, that when we’re debating marriage, we’re actually talking about different things?

The advocates of same sex marriage ask passionately, ‘why can’t gay people marry?’ As Lenore Taylor of the Guardian writes, “should all adults have the right to marry the person they love?” [1]

Ministry Centre: Melbourne

How should we respond to Islamic extremism?

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The recent terrorist bombing in Manchester has raised big questions of how we should respond to Islamic extremism

The recent terrorist bombing in Manchester has raised big questions of how we should respond to Islamic extremism. The latest Bigger Questions conversation featured Islamic scholar Dr. Bernie Power. We asked Bernie some bigger questions about how to understand Islamic extremism:

Ministry Centre: Melbourne

Is there an end for infectious disease?

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Will we defeat disease through scientific advances?

The latest Bigger Questions conversation featured infectious disease physician Dr. Justin Denholm, He is Medical Director of the Victorian Tuberculosis Program and is also an author of current World Health Organization guidelines on latent tuberculosis infection and ethics.

Ministry Centre: Melbourne

Honouring the Anzacs: have we gone too far?

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Anzac Day is a time for remembrance and reflection - but have we gone too far? We ask Mike Raiter some Bigger Questions

Anzac Day in the eyes of many Australians is the most important day of the year. So much so that Anzac Day has eclipsed Australia Day as our national day. Indeed for many Australia Day has become a national day of shame - but not so with Anzac Day. Anzac Day is revered and honoured so that the 90,000 people gathered for the annual AFL ‘Anzac Day clash’ stand solemnly in absolute silence.

But have we gone too far?

Ministry Centre: Melbourne

Christmas: Fact or Fiction? dispelling the myths

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Is the Christmas story based on fact or fiction?

Christmas is a joyous and fun occasion. Our guest for the most recently broadcast Logos Live, Mikey Bayliss, shares how he loves Christmas so much that he even sleeps under the Christmas tree!

Ministry Centre: Melbourne