Micah Challenge Australia Blog


The Micah Challenge blog is a space for discussion and debate about the issues of global poverty, faith, advocacy and justice and the Millennium Development Goals. This blog aims to provoke thought and challenge you to learn more about the issues discussed. We welcome your comments.

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  • Making the most of every opportunity

    Posted by John

    1 April, 2014

    One of the greatest discoveries of my adult Christian life has been the idea that God’s plan is not all about me. Most people probably learnt that pretty early on, but I’m a slow learner. This discovery has been at the forefront of my mind as we have been planning our campaigns for 2014. At the end of each year at Micah Challenge we take a look forward to the coming year and try to work out where our time and resources would be best spent. As we looked at this year, we had a clear sense that this is a year of opportunity. In light of that, we have decided to use a passage from Eph 5:15-16 as one of our motivations for the year. Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. I’m always wary of using passages like this as a simple justification for a campaign message. The word ‘opportunity’ doesn’t turn up many times in the Bible. Does it really make sense to use this reference as a justification to engage people in issues of global justice?… read more

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  • Budget priorities and people power

    Posted by Ben

    26 March, 2014

    Budgets, they say, are moral documents. They reflect the priorities and aspirations of the governments and nations that prepare them. Budgets weigh up which issues and concerns will receive public funds, and how much they will receive, and which issues will be left aside. First budgets of new governments are also significant for signalling new priorities or key differences in approach from their predecessors. It is a way of (economically) framing the story the government wants to tell about itself, about the world, and about the solutions it has to offer to address the problems it regards as particularly important. So the budget sitting of Federal Parliament from Tuesday 13 May and the presentation of Treasurer Joe Hockey's first budget are widely regarded as key moments for the Abbott Government. It's in this light that we'll be watching with interest to see the direction the Government takes in its first overseas aid budget. (Watch the video below for my more detailed explanation of the budget process.) We won't just be watching, though. We… read more

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  • Public Christians in a post-Christian society?

    Posted by John

    21 March, 2014

    The Micah challenge team has spent the last few days at the Rethinking: Public Faith Conference in Sydney. Our teacher, guide and conversation partner over these days has been Yale Professor Miroslav Volf, who many saw on the Q&A program on Monday night. The central concept of the conference has been rethinking the way we engage with society, as opposed to what we say when we do engage. It’s an important topic. We have looked at the church’s complicity and/or lack of response on a variety of issues including child sexual abuse and our response to refugees. We have much to rethink! What do you think? What are your impressions of the way that Christians are engaging in the public space? The Conference has been food for thought personally. It has caused me to begin the process of rethinking, or engaging in fresh thinking, about the nature of our engagement around the three issues Micah Challenge is currently campaigning about. For example, as we enter into a heightened period of campaigning about transparency and tax dodging, I am reminded that we… read more

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  • It's time we talk about Syria

    Posted by Phil

    17 March, 2014

    If there is one thing you read about this week it should be the crisis in and around Syria. Forget what you think you know. It’s time you heard the untold story. This is a story about the peaceful majority in Syria, not the violent minority. This is a story about Syrian people who have never touched a gun or weapon of any type. This is a story about mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and grandparents. Syria has become the most significant humanitarian crisis of our generation. There are almost ten million Syrians who have been displaced, including over two million refugees who have fled the country. In the modern era there has never been a time when over half a country has been forced from their homes. Just imagine, the entire population of Sydney and Melbourne being forced to flee their homes from violent conflict. Imagine those people wandering along bomb laden highways and across harsh deserts in search of safety for themselves and their families. It is difficult to fathom, but this is exactly what is happening in and around Syria. Syrians are… read more

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