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Matters of Life and Death: Euthanasia

‘It is a tragedy when the human spirit dies before the body. But the answer is not to kill the body too, but to revive the spirit.’ ¬†So said¬†Prof Margaret Somerville¬†at a conference on euthanasia held in Wellington a couple of years ago. On Sunday I tried to canvass the arguments on both sides of […]

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Matters of Life and Death: Dementia and Ageing

I read some of¬†Sandy’s story¬†on Sunday: I am 57¬†and was diagnosed in 2004 with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.¬†I was a bank manager and was very active in my community¬†and church. One afternoon, I left work and did not know how to get home.¬†This was the start of a “downhill no return” into the Alzheimer’s world.¬†I am […]

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Matters of Life and Death: Disability

Some of you will know that I’m living with postnatal depression. It’s hard. What I said on Sunday about disability is stuff I believe both in my head and because of my own experience: We think life should be perfect and comfortable. But God comes to us in the¬†imperfect and the¬†uncomfortable. We think life is […]

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Matters of Life and Death: Facing an Unplanned Pregnancy

My sermon on Sunday and the accompanying blog post were mainly directed at the ‘neighbours’ of an unborn child: those who have the opportunity to support a little family in crisis.¬† What I also want to say loudly, and separately, is that if you have experienced a crisis pregnancy, for any reason, in any circumstances, […]

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Matters of Life and Death: Are You an Unborn Baby’s Neighbour?

  This is a post about crisis pregnancy that is aimed mainly at those in a position to support an unborn baby and its family. If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy yourself, you may prefer to read this accompanying post dealing directly with such a situation.¬† Inspired by Germany In the United States it’s […]

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Matters of Life and Death: Being Human

  What should a doctor do when a terminally ill patient asks her to ‚Äėend it all‚Äô with morphine? What are the implications of expectant parents having Down‚Äôs Syndrome screening for their unborn babies? How do we cope and make sense of the world when our ageing parents no longer recognise us? I’m filling in […]

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Matters of Life and Death: Series Outline

I am a locum pastor! My homie Stu is off on a well-deserved holiday with his family, and I’m helping hold the fort at Wellington South Baptist Church in Island Bay. Starting this Sunday, I’m preaching a five-week series on bioethics, humanity and hospitality. It’s called Matters of Life and Death and is based on […]

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Talking about Birth and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/PTSD: Jenn’s Story [Guest]

The day my daughter was born was the day I began a journey I never imagined would be mine. Let‚Äôs rewind a bit. When Matt and I had been married for three years, we felt ‚Äėas ready as we‚Äôd ever be‚Äô to have a child. We were excited and na√Įve and ready to face this […]

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International Women’s Day: 8 (Easy and Hard) Ways to Make Life Better for Women

The wonderful Lucy is hosting an International Women’s Day link-up at Lulastic and the Hippyshake, so head over there for a great collection of posts. It’s International Women’s Day, so without further ado, here are 8 ways – some easy, some not – that you, yep, you¬†can make the world a better place for girls […]

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