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by Peter Flinn
Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: RRT screams for worldly attention - look at us! Look how good we are!
Replies: 3
Views: 1226

Re: RRT screams for worldly attention - look at us! Look how good we are!

I have been pondering over the ongoing and well-publicised activities of the Rapid Relief Team, especially their latest project involving the transport of hay to drought-affected areas in NSW. Naturally, that mythical creature “the man in the street” will be impressed with the apparently generous ef...
by Peter Flinn
Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Died out the EB having once been in.
Topic: James Philip (Phil) Forbes
Replies: 0
Views: 1496

James Philip (Phil) Forbes

Phil Forbes, formerly of Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia, passed away on Saturday 21st April 2018. He was just under 92 years of age. Phil, and his twin sister were born in Melbourne on 3rd June 1926 to Reginald and Gertrude Annie Forbes, and brought up in the suburb of Caulfield. Phil had an older s...
by Peter Flinn
Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Billy Graham
Replies: 12
Views: 2232

Re: Billy Graham

I would like, if I may – belatedly – to return to Charles’s article which started this thread, reminiscing about the Billy Graham crusades. Like Charles, I was also about 11 years old when Dr Graham made his first trip to Australia, in 1959. Although I never attended any of his preachings in person,...
by Peter Flinn
Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: News
Topic: insight and reminder re the NZ EB in 2005
Replies: 3
Views: 770

Re: insight and reminder re the NZ EB in 2005

Thank you, Lady Kiwi, for this moving and poignant flashback. Actually, I had not seen this programme before. I noticed two corners which "the Lord has turned". Firstly, one of the justifications given for Brethren schools was the need to get away from that dreadful "IT", otherwise known as the "pip...
by Peter Flinn
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:23 am
Forum: News
Topic: Marriage Equality in Australia
Replies: 133
Views: 22280

Re: Marriage Equality in Australia

When I made my last contribution to this debate well over a year ago, I said it would be my last. I apologise for going back on my word: in fact this one will be my last. Since that time, the Australian Government was unsuccessful in obtaining Parliamentary approval to hold a plebiscite, so instead ...
by Peter Flinn
Sat Dec 02, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Research on Brethren (e.g. History, Sociology and Demographics)
Topic: G. RON DECK AND ABERDEEN ERA
Replies: 7
Views: 1575

Re: G. RON DECK AND ABERDEEN ERA

I was interested in and moved by Peter Harrison’s thoughtful appraisal of the well-known and respected G R Deck, a descendant of the famous hymn-writer J G Deck. I remember Mr Ron Deck very well from the 1960s, and concur that he was “respected as a pillar of integrity and stability”. Whilst a figur...
by Peter Flinn
Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:40 am
Forum: News
Topic: Why did it all change so dramatically?
Replies: 9
Views: 1555

Re: Why did it all change so dramatically?

As a child of the 1950s, I can relate to Abishag’s wistful recollections of childhood beachside holidays. These were the days of the interregnum – that wondrous period between the dying days of the JT era and another, when, to paraphrase Winston Churchill (with a little poetic licence) “the void was...
by Peter Flinn
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:46 am
Forum: News
Topic: What is wrong with ex-Peebs!
Replies: 26
Views: 4306

Re: What is wrong with ex-Peebs!

I completely understand Abishag’s outburst of frustration. Banging one’s head against a brick wall has only one effect: you get a sore head. The brick wall does not feel a thing. I have no idea who reads this site on a regular basis. We are told that the EB regularly monitor it – or pay someone to d...
by Peter Flinn
Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: How many brethren escape the PBCC cult on average each year?
Replies: 2
Views: 930

Re: How many brethren escape the PBCC cult on average each y

Mr Erect has raised an interesting question. Perhaps I am a pessimist, but I find it hard to imagine another split on the scale of 1959 or Aberdeen – despite the information revolution since those times. I vividly remember the 1959 split – which, in Australia at least, extended from 1959 to at least...
by Peter Flinn
Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: News
Topic: Potential witness in Exclusive Brethren sex abuse case paid
Replies: 35
Views: 5857

Re: Potential witness in Exclusive Brethren sex abuse case p

I guess we cannot remonstrate with Michael Bachelard when he describes the organisation which took him (and Fairfax) to court as a “Christian-based religious sect” or a “closed Christian group”. After all, the official name of the plaintiff was the “Plymouth Brethren (Exclusive Brethren) Christian C...