Author Archives: George Hawke

About George Hawke

I live in Sydney, Australia

Don’t let Christians put you off Jesus

Suppose there’s a man in an Australian country town with a history of shady business practices and fraudulent dealings. He also happens to be a regular church-goer. Many people where he lives know the man to be shonky and would … Continue reading

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Figure eight pools, Royal National Park

Saturday 18 May 2019 Walk from Garawarra down to Burning Palms Beach and then along the rock platform to the Figure eight pools. Great coastal views. Care is required walking across rock piles and possible slippery sections. Transport (mini bus) … Continue reading

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Take a closer look at Easter

If we took a closer look at Easter, what would we find – a chocolate fantasy or important history? In the 8th Century, the English monk, Bede, spoke of how the name of the pagan goddess ‘Eostre’ was used for … Continue reading

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We all need forgiveness

No matter how interested you are in cricket, it’s Australia’s national game. Indeed, when he was Prime Minister, John Howard, reckoned he had the second most important job in the nation after the Australian cricket captain. If that’s true, then … Continue reading

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Obstacles in life

Some of my grandchildren do an Obstacles Course as an after-school activity. And we face many obstacles in life. Today we are looking at the most important obstacles in our lives. These are the ones that come between us and … Continue reading

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Mt Hay, Blue Mountains National Park

Walk with Sydney Christian Bushwalkers on 6 April 2019 Sydney Christian Bushwalkers (opens in a new window)  

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Responding to external problems

What keeps you awake at night? According to the World Economic Forum, the biggest risks facing our world in 2019 are climate change, natural disasters, large-scale conflicts and cyber attacks. And many people struggle with poverty. David wrote many psalms … Continue reading

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Responding to personal problems

My parents in-law are going through tough times with weakness because of chemotherapy and confusion because of dementia. We can all experience such internal problems, which can be physical or mental. After all, Jesus said, “In this world you will … Continue reading

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God’s good news

The news in the daily news media is usually bad news. It’s often about disasters and tragedies like accidents, fires, floods, earthquakes and tsunamis. Fortunately in a world where bad news dominates, God has given us good news. When Paul … Continue reading

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Experiencing God through Worship

Being in the presence of someone more accomplished than yourself can be very intimidating. In 2010, I was invited to speak at a conference in the Metropolitan Club in New York. Men are required to wear jackets and ties at … Continue reading

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