Theology on Tap, Brisbane



Speaker: Dr Paul Mercer
Paul Mercer is a suburban GP and practice principal in Brisbane. He is married to Katrina. They have three children, and six grandchildren. Paul is a member of the Theology on Tap Brisbane team. He has kept an eye on ‘matters theological’ throughout his adult life, having turned to Christ at five years of age. Paul is indebted to many mentors, teachers and people living with mobility disability (doctors and patients), for his medical knowledge and skillset. He will also introduce family members who live with mobility disability.

Medically, Paul has been a member and then the Chair of the RACGP’s National Preventive Community Medicine Committee. He has trained more than fifty-five junior registrars in general practice, as well as helping many more medical students in their exposure to general practice medicine. He has been an examiner for the RACGP fellowship exam for thirty years, and a member of the Doctors Health Advisory Service in Queensland for a similar time. Paul has been an active member of the Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship of Australia, has edited Luke’s Journal for the Fellowship for eleven years, and has served on an ethics working group. Paul has been a member of TEAR Australia Inc. for forty years and has served on the TEAR Board for eight years. He is currently the Chair of Health Serve Australia Board.  Paul and Katrina are members of the Bayside Uniting Church, where Paul is an active lay-preacher.

In this presentation, Paul will develop a holistic theological narrative around mobility disability. He will share personal medical insights, highlight the medical literature and open the biblical narrative around mobility disability. The question, “What did Jesus mean by his claim: ‘The lame walk’?” will inform this presentation.

Theology on Tap, Brisbane

Speaker: John Steward
John Steward gained his PhD from Adelaide University in 1972, after completing his undergraduate and honors degrees in Agriculture.
He then completed studies in Divinity (BD Hons) at the Melbourne College of Divinity.
In Indonesia from 1974 to 1978 John was a lecturer in theology, agriculture and community development in East Java; joining World Vision in Jakarta in 1979 to initiate a Leadership training program for village development motivators.
Then, for 13 years he facilitated adult learning processes for indigenous community workers from over 50 countries, while a manager with World Vision in Melbourne.
In 1997-8 he was involved in the post-genocide reconstruction in Rwanda. For the next 9 years he returned to Rwanda every six months to mentor Rwandese peace and development workers. He heard the stories of change and made many friends.
From 2009-2011 John was mentor in Australia of a project to develop Vanishing Point, an on-line peace and conflict curriculum for secondary students, using stories of Rwandans who have healed relations since 1994.
Since 2012 his focus was on writing and his book on healing and forgiveness after conflict, which was published by Langham Global in 2015. From Genocide to Generosity brings alive stories of healing and hope after trauma.
In Australia John is a spiritual director with the Living Well Centre in Malvern, and with Wellspring, Ashburton.

Before going to Rwanda I had believed in, preached about and lectured on forgiveness. I had also requested it and experienced it, and yet I never really understood it.
The offer of forgiveness always has a context and it was only in my encounters with Rwandans that clear light came. They are my mentors, especially the widows.