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Legacies of Sexual Abuse: My Experience

I. John came into my life when I was around 14. He had been invited to our Church as a guest speaker and had soon moved to our town to start a new life for himself. He was charismatic, friendly … Continue reading

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A Haunting in an Empty Church

When I was in primary school I used to practice my drums at Church. My Dad was the senior minister there, allowing me to be in the privileged position of being able to access the building out of hours. For … Continue reading

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The Famous Five and the Spirit of Adventure

It’s funny the things which stick with you from childhood. I am a 37-year-old man who often finds myself remembering childhood moments which captivated my imagination. Just the other day I experienced a flashback to when I was in grade … Continue reading

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Jack T. Chick and The Witches of Nar Nar Goon

The sociological phenomenon known as the ‘satanic panic’ hit the country town of Warragul in the early 1990’s, where for a brief time the locals had become alarmed at the rise in satanic ritual activity amongst the towns youth. Rumours … Continue reading

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Dad’s Forgiveness: A Story of Redemption

I. I discovered early on in life that my father hated being called ‘Dave.’ As a proud David, my Dad has always felt that the somewhat more informal ‘Dave’ is an assault on his dignity. Unfortunately for him, there was … Continue reading

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And the Sax Played On… (Or, why it’s not always a good idea to invite friends to Church)

The pressure to invite my high school friends to Church events wasn’t oppressive, but it was subtly consistent. This pressure- perhaps expectation is a better word- manifested itself through casual remarks made by my Parents or youth leaders, to the … Continue reading

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Apocalypse Boy

Surrounded by the stunning Gippsland lakes, Camp Coolamatong was a mesmerizing place for an 11 year old boy to spend a weekend. In the middle of a cold winter in 1992, my Church mates and I spent three days fishing, … Continue reading

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