CHILDREN: 67 MILLION MORE WILL DIE FROM MOSTLY PREVENTABLE CAUSES BY 2030 UNLESS WE ACT NOW, SAYS UNICEF

 

UNICEF reportSixty-nine million more children under the age of five will have died from mostly preventable causes, 167 million will live in poverty and 750 million more women will have married as children by the year 2030 if current trends continue.

     Such are the projections of UNICEF's annual State of the World's Children flagship report. Released today, the report paints what the UN child-focused agency says is a "stark picture" of what's in store for the world's children if their needs are not prioritised ahead of the 2030 deadline of the Sustainable Development Goals.

     The report shows that while significant progress has been made in saving children's lives, getting them into school and lifting them out of poverty in the past couple of decades, the progress has not been even nor fair.

     Data shows the world's poorest children are twice as likely to die before their fifth birthday and twice as likely to be chronically malnourished than the richest.

     Across much of south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, meanwhile, children who are born to uneducated mothers are still almost three times more likely to die before they are five-years-old than those born to mothers with a secondary education.

     DAVID ADAMS reports...  |  more... |

 

CALL FOR AUSTRALIA'S ELECTION WINNER TO PRIORITISE REDUCING INEQUALITY AMONG CHILDREN

    UNICEF Australia's CEO Adrian Graham has called on whichever party wins government at this Saturday's election to prioritise reversing the trend of "growing child inequality" both in this country and overseas.

Speaking as the global organisation released its annual State of the World's Children report, Mr Graham said the report shows that "business as usual" will not produce results for the world's most disadvantaged children.

     DAVID ADAMS reports...  |  more... |

 

 

 

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22nd June, 2016

CALL FOR PRAYER ACROSS THE NATION IN SEVEN DAYS LEAD-UP TO FEDERAL ELECTION

Australian prayer leaders have called on Christians to join in seven days of prayer and fasting in the lead-up to the federal election on 2nd July.

The organisers of the annual National Day of Prayer and Fasting and the team behind the Canberra Declaration said in a statement they had proposed the seven day period - which runs from 25th June to 1st July - after "extensive" discussion and input from Christian leaders as well as media and prayer leaders.

"Our mission is to amplify prayer for the last seven days before the election taking inspiration from the Australian Prayer Network call for 35 days of prayer for the federal elections (sic)."

DAVID ADAMS reports... |  more... |



THE DAILY STATISTIC:

29th June, 2016

Percentage of US adults who say abortion should be legal/illegal in all or most cases:

56 per cent/41 per cent
Source: Pew Research

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29th June, 2016

KILLED: At least 36 people in an attack on Istanbul's main international airport; with scores more wounded.

28th June, 2016

STRUCK DOWN: By the US Supreme Court, Texas abortion laws that imposed restrictive regulations on the procedure, in what has been described as a big win for pro-choice advocates.

27th June, 2016

FREED: Three Australian workers along with a New Zealander, South African and two Nigerians who were kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria last week. Details about how they were freed remain sketchy.

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29th June 2016

WORLDVIEW: GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS UPON AND SOCIAL HOSTILITIES TOWARD RELIGION DOWN SLIGHTLY IN 2014, SAYS LATEST PEW SURVEY

Government restrictions upon and social hostilities involving religion decreased slightly from 2013 to 2014, according to figures from the Pew Research Center's latest annual study on global restrictions on religion.

     The study, the seventh of its kind by the US-based centre, found that of 198 countries, almost a quarter – 24 per cent - had high or very high levels of government restrictions in place on religious activities in 2014, down slightly from 28 per cent the previous year. A similar decline was seen in the proportion of countries which had high or very high social hostilities toward religion – down from 27 per cent to 23 per cent.

     The findings make 2014 the second year in a row in which hostilities have shown a decline following five years of increases in both government and social hostilities.

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ESSAY: WHERE TO NOW FOR EUROPE AND THE EU?

EuropeWhere to from here for Europe and the EU? This, not quickie divorce deals with the UK, is the issue that should be uppermost in the minds of Europe’s leaders.

     Europe and the EU often represent two very different things and provoke divergent responses in the minds and hearts of Europeans.

     Significant swathes of Europe's population, while perhaps proud to be European, are apparently unhappy with the direction being taken by the European Union.

     Studies show that in normally Europhile nations like Denmark, France and to a slightly lesser degree Germany and Sweden, unusually high proportions of populations are dissatisfied.

     In Denmark, 53 per cent voted 'no' last year to a proposal that would have removed their existing EU opt-outs. The Danes obviously do not believe that the EU's interests are necessarily synonymous with their own.

     In the Netherlands recently, 54 per cent of people demanded a national referendum similar to the one that was then pending in the UK. Polls suggest that 48 per cent would vote to leave and 45 per cent to remain in the EU.

Mal FletcherWriting from London, MAL FLETCHER, chairman of the UK-based thinktank 2020Plus, says that rather than focusing on the question of Britain's separation from the EU, European leaders should be concerned with the future of the union among the remaining continental nations...  |  more... |

 

ANGLICAN ARCHBISHOPS CALL FOR PEOPLE TO "UNITE" FOLLOWING UK'S DECISION TO LEAVE EUROPEAN UNION

Updated 25th June, 2016

London streetThe Anglican Archbishops of Canterbury and York have called for the British people to "unite in a common task to build a generous and forward looking country" after country voted to leave the European Union in an historic referendum held on Thursday.

     In a joint statement issued on Friday morning after news of the 52 to 48 per cent vote in favour of leaving the EU, Archbishop Justin Welby and Archbishop John Sentamu said the vote means "we must all reimagine both what it means to be the United Kingdom in an interdependent world and what values and virtues should shape and guide our relationships with others."

     "As citizens of the United Kingdom, whatever our views during the referendum campaign, we must now united in a common task to build a generous and forward looking country, contributing to human flourishing around the world," they said.

     "We must remain hospitable and compassionate, builders of bridges and not barriers. Many of those living among us and alongside us as neighbours, friends and work colleagues come from overseas and some will feel a deep sense of insecurity. We must respond by offering reassurance, by cherishing our wonderfully diverse society, and by affirming the unique contribution of each and every one."

     DAVID ADAMS reports on the reactions of Christian leaders to Thursday's Brexit vote...  |  more... |

 

ESSAY: BREXIT REQUIRES NEW BRAND OF LEADERSHIP

Rarely in its recent history has the UK needed leadership more than it does right now and will do for the foreseeable future.

     That is, leadership as distinct from political management. Both are valuable assets in times of huge change. However, only leadership will facilitate a proactive, inclusive, reassuring and empowering move toward the future.

     For the most part, management is focused on metrics, established benchmarks and tactics. Leadership is fundamentally aligned more with shaping mindsets, discovering entirely new ways of doing things and mapping out longer-term strategies.

     Management is about structural engineering; leadership is about cultural architecture. It is about building a different cultural milieu in which people feel that they have the confidence and the security to innovate and prosper.

     The UK has been a part of the European Union and the EEC before it for forty years. In its only other referendum on membership of the Common Market, as it was then known, was back in 1975.

     The first test of whether the UK will flourish outside of the EU club will be the type of leadership it produces from here - in business, politics, the economy and much more.

Mal FletcherWriting from London, MAL FLETCHER, chairman of the UK-based thinktank 2020Plus, reflects on what the Brexit decision means for the UK...  |  more... |

 

 

STATELESSNESS: GOD'S FORGOTTEN CHILDREN

 

WorldSome people don’t exist – on paper, that is. Indeed, millions of people are not recognised as citizens by the law of any country.

     In 2013 they were an estimated 10 million stateless people, equalling the entire population of Sweden. Since then, refugee crises have escalated dramatically worldwide. That means it is highly likely the number of stateless refugee people has grown even more.

     “We are talking about people without identity who are not always inclined to reveal their status. Therefore, the statistics are rather conservative estimates”, explains Segma Asfaw, program executive at the World Council of Churches, who also has written a book on the subject, titled The Invisible Among Us.

     Statelessness is a global human rights issue and there are several reasons for it, other than being a refugee.

     For instance, discriminatory nationality laws in many countries prevent women passing on their own nationality to their children and can render them stateless if their fathers are no longer there to warrant nationality. Discrimination based on gender or ethnical grounds often lead to statelessness, as do changes of political systems.

     CLAUS GRUE, in an article first published on the World Council of Churches website, reports on the "human rights issue" of statelessness...  |  more... |

 


 

AUSTRALIA VOTES: AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN LOBBY RELEASES PARTY RESPONSES TO ELECTION QUESTIONNAIRE

 

ACL Election GuideThe Australian Christian Lobby has this week published the responses various political parties have made to 26 "key" questions ahead of the 2nd July federal election.

     The questions cover subjects ranging from the controversial Safe Schools program, same-sex marriage and school chaplaincy to helping persecuted minorities and refugees, constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians, prayer in parliament, gambling, abortion and euthanasia.

     At the time of publication of this article, nine parties had provided responses including the National-Liberal Coalition, the Australian Labor Party and a number of smaller parties including Australian Christians, the Australian Sex Party and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party. Most prominent among those parties who had not yet responded to the ACL policy questionnaire was the Australian Greens.

     Lyle Shelton, the ACL’s managing director, says that the questions were designed to cover a broad range of issues Christians are interested in.

     “We don’t claim that we’ve covered every area of concern…” he said, describing the lack of questions on the environmental issues, for example as “probably an oversight”.

     DAVID ADAMS speaks to the Australian Christian Lobby's managing director, Lyle Shelton, about the ACL's election questionnaire and guide...  |  more... |

 

 

REFUGEES: MORE THAN 65 MILLION - ONE IN EVERY 113 PEOPLE ON THE GLOBE - DISPLACED FROM THEIR HOMES, ACCORDING TO UN REPORT

 

Ban Ki-moon The number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution continued to grow to unprecedented levels in 2015 with the UN refugee agency's latest report putting the figure at 65.3 million people at the year's end, an increase of more than five million people than at the end of 2014.

     The Global Trends 2015 report, compiled by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and released to mark World Refugee Day on Monday, shows that of the 65.3 million people, 21.3 million are classified as refugees, 3.2 million as asylum seekers and 40.8 million as people displaced from their homes but still in their home countries.

     This unprecedented level of displaced people means one in every 113 people on the planet is a refugee, asylum seeker or internally displaced - a figure larger than the combined populations of Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

     The report shows that, on average, 24 people fled their homes every minute during 2015, four times more than the rate of a decade earlier. A total of 12.4 million people were estimated to have been newly displaced from their homes in 2015.

     DAVID ADAMS reports on new UN figures showing the number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution around the world continues to reach unprecedented levels...  |  more... |

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SIGHT-SEEING: FIVE THINGS MUSLIMS CAN LOSE WHEN THEY BECOME A CHRISTIAN

TehranAll over the Middle East and North Africa, Muslims who have converted to Christianity struggle with their new identity in Christ. Islam is not just a part of their lives, it is their entire life. From praying in a set direction five times a day, to setting aside an entire month to fast, the actions required to be a Muslim are all consuming. And society is not always kind to those who disagree.

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     Often, direct relatives are the first and heaviest persecutors of believers from a Muslim background. For many Muslim families, leaving Islam and converting to another religion brings “shame” to the family. In moderate families, a new Christian may be ignored or excluded. In stricter families; forced separation, divorce or the removal of children are all common. In cultures with a strong sense of shame and honour new believers face the most pressure. Family members in this situation can feel that killing the converted family member is the only way to remove the shame from their name.

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SIGHT-SEEING: GETTING DOWN TO WHAT'S REALLY AT STAKE CONCERNING RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION IN QUEENSLAND

I happened to find myself on ABC TV last week, and subsequently on the radio and online. I didn’t set out to become a bit of a ‘practitioner expert’ on religious instruction (RI) in Queensland, but it's the path life took. Teacher, minister, children’s author - and religious instructor, off and on for 25years!

     Religious instruction hit the media because a school principal took exception to the Connect curriculum inviting children to become part of Jesus’ team. He understood this to be ‘proselytising’ and against Education Queensland policy. He therefore suspended the program, and wrote to Minister for Education Kate Jones to inform her of his decision.

     Ms Jones ordered a review of the particular curriculum to find out if these allegations were true. We now wait with bated breath to discover what will happen to the curriculum.

     Religious instruction is enshrined in law by an Act of Parliament in Queensland, and as such, continues along as usual - and will long after the dust has settled on this debate (it has only been suspended in one school).

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OPEN BOOK - HINTS FROM THE SPIRIT OF HOLINESS: HARVEST

Into the lightLuke tells us about the arguments the Jewish believers had among themselves. They confronted big changes to the way they were to understand themselves in a Gentile world.
      At first, persecution sent the Hellenistic believers fleeing, but as they did so they proclaimed the Gospel to fellow Jews wherever they went. But when believers from Cyrene and Cyprus started to share the Good News with Gentiles in Antioch, the cat was well and truly out of the bag.

     No longer was it just a message for Jews resident in the land of God's promise to Abraham. Pentecost had drawn believing Jews from around the world and so many became part of the movement that believed the Christ had come. His work completed, they were henceforth to live their lives from out of the bounty of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God had been poured out, not only at Jerusalem but also at Caesarea in the house of Cornelius.
      Now in Antioch, "ordinary Gentiles", not just proselytes like Nicolaus, had come to faith. The Gospel was on the move; the Lord's hand, His personal assistance, was upon them.

      BRUCE C WEARNE looks at how the Gospel was spreading in Acts 11...  | more... |

 

WOW!  CHRISTIANS IN UKRAINE MEET IN FIRST NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR BROKEN NATION

Prayer in KievFor the first time in the history of Ukraine, all of the churches of the country recently came together for a National Day of Prayer for their war-torn nation and for peace.

     The three-hour event, that took place on Saturday, 18th June, was attended by thousands of people and church leaders at the National Sports Palace in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and broadcast live by three national TV channels.

     Supported by Ukraine’s Bible Society, Greek Catholics, the Baptist Union, two Pentecostal Unions, Charismatic and Independent Unions, and the senior rabbi of the Messianic Congregation in Ukraine, this was the first time that all these unions have come together in unity to call on God to restore their broken and divided nation.

     Church representatives also included those from the Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox churches.

     An especially enthusiastic welcome was given to church leaders from east Ukraine and the leader of the nation’s Messianic Jewish Community. It was a far cry from a media image of politicians fighting in parliament, Russian tanks, corruption, economic stagnation and a civil airliner being shot out of the sky!

     In an article first published by ASSIST News Service, GARETH LITTLER writes about the first National Day of Prayer held in Ukraine... | more... |

 

THIS LIFE: WHEN OUR VIEW CHANGES

SpectaclesWhen I look outside the east windows in my new residence, I see a vast array of trees, akin to a jungle. My previous backyard view was a wide-open field, sparsely populated with trees. This change of scenery during a new chapter of my life is welcome.

     At times, however, I find myself wondering what God is up to that He would lead me back home, especially when it was not my plan. While I’d been seeking His will for my life, I was quite content living in the community where I had resided since 2005. I’ve learned, however, that God’s plans are always best, even when we question His direction.

     I wasn’t always good at following directions, especially God’s. I wanted things my way. I wanted my plans to fall into place with the square pegs fitting into my neatly ordered life. I didn’t have time to consult God.

     What happens when we don’t seek God’s will for our lives? We are stuck. Stuck in the past. Stuck in unforgiveness. Stuck in captivity.

    CAROL ROUND, in an article first published by ASSIST News Service, writes about how we get a new view of life when we seek out God's will for it...  | more... |

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BOOKS: COMING TO TERMS WITH "CULTURALLY DIVERSE" CONGREGATIONS

Practical theologyI read this book on American church diversity as an Australian pastor, but we face a similar increasingly globalised and culturally diverse ministry context. The main growing edge of the church in Australia, as for much of the Western world, are our languages other than English congregations, and there is increasing interest in distinctly multicultural models of church.

     But some of our biggest challenges relate to cultural diversity - how do pastors of culturally diverse churches help different cultural groups to worship and serve together, how do we create spaces of hospitality for cultural diversity - nationally and for churches, how do we connect churches best with second generation migrants, how do we train culturally diverse leaders for mission, how can pastors and churches of different cultural groups serve together and learn from one another?

     There is a lot we could learn from culturally diverse congregations and leaders in North America. I am intrigued by read elsewhere about the “2040 reality” in the US that will see the white population dip below half, and cultural minorities become the majority. So I was eager to read Ken Walden’s advice from his experience and snapshot of the North American scene. 

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CASTING THE NET: INTO THY WORD

Into Thy WordThe flagship site of Into Thy Word Ministries (founded by the late US theologian Francis A Schaeffer back in 1978), this site is all about providing Christians with "effective tools" to be able to better understand and apply Biblical teachings into our lives. Along this vein, the site is packed with resources to do just that whether you're an individual, leading a small group or an entire church (the site features a special page for pastors). As well as Bible reading plans, studies and aids, there are also sections on discipleship, Christian leadership and youth ministry with enough resources on the site to keep you busy for...well, a long time.

      Looking for a way to get into the Bible? DAVID ADAMS finds a site packed with resources to do just that... | more... |

 

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ON THE SCREEN: MONEY MONSTER A SCATHING COMMENTARY ON THE MORALITY OF FINANCE AND 24/7 ENTERTAINMENT CULTURE

Money MonsterA movie which has the calibre of actors like George Clooney and Julia Roberts is one that usually gets my attention. And it turns out my hunches about the quality of this movie were not unfounded.

     Money Monster is a critique of a society that has become numb to the influences of social media and which sees a culture of violence as entertainment. Clooney plays TV personality, Lee Gates, the host of a tabloid-style financial advice cum game show called 'Money Monster', who has recently given advice to his millions of viewers to buy shares in a company called IBIS Clear Capital, whose share price subsequently tanks, and, as a result, the people who took the advice of the popular Gates lose millions of dollars.

     One of those people is Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell), who lost his life savings of $60,000 after listening to Gates. Distraught and seeking answers, Budwell infiltrates the show as it goes live to air, pulling a gun on Gates and holding him and his crew hostage, as millions of viewers around the country watch on.

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APPS: THE BIBLE ON TAP, AND TAKING A MOMENT TO REFLECT ON GOD IN THE MIDST OF A BUSY DAY
Gideon Bible AppHave the Bible at your fingertips with the Gideon Bible App (by Gideon's International, the people who place Bibles in hotel rooms and a host of other places). Simply select your language and your version (the English language version offers three different versions - the English Standard Version and two versions of the King James, one with dramatic effects and the other without), and either read or listen to whichever New or Old Testament text you'd like to (the app has been developed with tech by Faith Comes By Hearing).

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MUSIC: GYMEA BAPTIST'S NEW HORIZON'S A "GENUINE DELIGHT"

New HorizonsIf I was to present to you a worship EP from a large church in the Sydney area, you would think Hillsong right? Ah, but there is more than one church in Sydney that has the gift of music to offer the world. May I introduce you to Gymea Baptist Church and their worship EP New Horizons.    

     New Horizons - the church's first recording project since 1984 - offers five new contemporary home-grown congregational worship songs of genuine quality that have been created to bless, encourage and inspire worship leaders around the world. Yes, it’s an ambitious goal considering our leviathan brothers at Hillsong, yet it is already coming to pass with churches around the world downloading the free lyrics and chord charts from their web site.

     The EP starts strongly with Whatever It Takes, a catchy, rocky, pulsating song of praise offerings our services to God - wherever He takes us. From here, New Horizons really takes off into the stratosphere with You Won’t Let Go, Waterfalls, and Count As Loss. These songs are deeply stirring with each song better than the last. They form a worship progression that is equal to any in the world in terms of lyrical content, song writing and, most importantly, spiritual engagement.  The anthem-like title track New Horizons closes out the EP perfectly.

      ROBBIE TOWNSEND finds Gymea Baptist Church's new EP...well..."delightful"...  | more... |

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THE TCM UPDATE: EMMA MULLINGS' SKINNY ROADS HITS #1; SWITCHFOOT'S 10TH; AND, A TRIBUTE TO CHRISTINA GRIMMIE...

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TRENDSPOTTER: DECLARING AN INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR?

Did you know that the 13th June was the International Albinism Awareness Day, that 20th June is World Refugee Day and that the 26th June is the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture? It seems that almost every other day is a special day commemorating something (generally good causes, mind) and while the UN has a list of official 'international days' (the first was declared for 10th December, 1950, and was Human Rights Day), a growing number of organisations are these days declaring their own international days. These range from the serious, such as the International Day of the Midwife (declared to be 5th May by the International Confederation of Midwives), to the rather more silly International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

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HELPDESK: MICROSOFT'S NOTE-TAKING ALTERNATIVE TO EVERNOTE

laptopWhen most people think of digital notetaking, they generally think of Evernote. In fact, a Sight article I wrote included Evernote and some of the things it can do. See my previous article here.
      Founded in 2007, Evernote grew fast. Investors were throwing money at it and it made moves into hardware, teaming up with other companies to make products designed for their software. They started an online store for customers to purchase their products.

     But recently, Evernote has been scaling back its operations, shedding staff, backing out of hardware, closing down its store and various other apps like Evernote Food (see here). This has created a bit of unrest in regards to its future. After all, they hold an enormous amount of their customers' notes on their system.
      However, If you have notes in Evernote and are concerned, there's an alternative. Microsoft's OneNote is free, in some cases can do more than Evernote. It's designed intuitively and upon opening, has a familiar interface based on notebooks.
      You can create different notebooks for different topics. In those notebooks, you have tabs and in those tabs you have your pages.

      Searching for an alternative to Evernote, ALAN TAYLOR finds Microsoft's free OneNote a good option... | more...|

 

ORIGINS: CELEBRATING 90 YEARS OF TELEVISION

Logie Baird plaqueIt was 90 years ago this year that Scottish inventor John Logie Baird publicly demonstrated his "televisor", the forerunner of the modern television.

     The demonstration on 26th January, 1926, involved the transmission of a small moving image - measuring just 8.8 by five centimetres  - of the face of his business partner, Daisy Elizabeth Gandy, onto a screen in a different room.

     The device has been described as working rather like a radio but had an attached rotating mechanism that generated video as well as sound (modern televisions, in contrast, use electronic scanning).

     The demonstration, which took place in a laboratory in Soho, London, in front of members of the Royal Institution and a journalist from The Times newspaper, came two years after Baird first managed to transmit a flickering image over a distance of about three metres.

    DAVID ADAMS looks back at where it all began for television...  | more...|

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POETRY: LOVED

DandelionSurrounded, overwhelmed, flooded

Pain

Everywhere, everyone

None untouched

I hear it in your voice

See it in your eyes

I watch you withdraw, protect yourself

I note your desperation

I hear your words, your story

Never good enough

Always wanting

Always incomplete

Looking for more,

Longing for more

My heart is heavy with your pain,

With my pain, with our pain

     Read more of LENA JOHNSTONE'S Loved... | more... |

 

THE BIG PICTURE: HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOUR CHILDREN ALWAYS IGNORED YOU?

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Alice has a 25-year-old son who recently moved out of home to get married. He’s super busy with work. He’s on social media a lot too. His mum knows because she can see how active he is on Facebook. But when she sends him messages he rarely responds. He says he’s too busy. Peter only lives five blocks away but he never drops round unless he needs something; like dog minding when he’s interstate for work. "We were so close," Alice says. "You don’t know how often I’ve cried wishing I had my little boy back. No one ever told me how my heart would be broken by my son."
     None of us are perfect sons or daughters. But we know in our heart there’s something wrong with children who ignore loving parents. A child who’s too busy to bother calling, let alone drop in, has forgotten the years of care and commitment their parents provided. They’ve stopped caring about the people who gave them life.

     To see Outreach Media's June poster and read the full text, follow the link... | more... |

 

SNAPSHOT

Amphitheatre at Nimes

     In Sight's Snapshot, we'll endeavour to publish an image from somewhere around the globe every week. To see this image in a larger scale and for details of how you can submit images, follow the link...  | more... |

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Not ForgottenFor June-July, 2016, we're reading Kenneth Bae's biography, Not Forgotten: The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea (written with Mark Tabb, Thomas Nelson, 2016).

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THEY SAID IT

 

 

"In a free and democratic process, the British people have expressed their wish to leave the European Union. We regret this decision but respect it...We now expect the United Kingdom government to give effect to this decision of the British people as soon as possible, however painful that process may be. Any delay would unnecessarily prolong uncertainty."

- A joint statement by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Mark Rutte, Holder of the Presidency of the Council of the EU, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission following he UK's Brexit vote, speaking on 24th June, 2016.

 

"The fight is not over. This is just one step of when we come back here on July the 5th we're going to continue to push, to pull, to stand up, and if necessary, to sit down. So don't give up, don't give in. Keep the faith, and keep your eyes on the prize."

- US politician John Lewis, speaking on 23rd June, 2016, after he and other Democrats ended a day-long sit-in in the US House of Representatives in an attempt to force a vote on the issue of gun control (as quoted on CNN on 24th June, 2016).

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THIS WEEK ON THE WEB

 

 

31st May, 2016

The Australian Prayer Network has launched a weekly prayer guide with reference to Australia's upcoming federal election. The five week guide is based around a series of weekly themes with a different prayer and Scriptures for each day. To access the prayer guide, head here.


For previous 'This week on the web'... | more... |

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TWO SIDES TO EVERY COIN...

28th June, 2016

PAUL CLARK

CoinIn virtually every argument or disagreement each party is right - and each party is wrong. This is true from the bedroom to the boardroom. Each party is partially right and partially wrong. That's what makes arguments so difficult!

Each party highlights how they are right, and holds onto how the others are wrong.

We’re blinded to our own faults, and are scathing of the other's foibles. 

It takes real grace to be able to stand back from your own righteousness – to see where the other person could be right, and where you could be wrong - to then be able to give a little ground, or admit where you were mistaken.

column featuring short snippets reflecting on daily life from a Christian perspective...  | more... |

 

 

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PRINT YOUR OWN OFFICE BUILDING; A SAUNA WITH YOUR BURGER?; BLIND-FOLDED MOWING; AND THE 'CHICKEN CHURCH'...

We've all seen the excitement over 3D printing and the opportunity it presents to print all manner of objects. But what about an entire building? Dubai has opened what it's called the first fully functioning 3D-printed office building, created by printers both large and small. The one-storey prototype cement building was reportedly built in just 17 days and cost about $US140,000.

DAVID ADAMS writes about the odder side of life... | more... |


CHRISTIAN SYMBOL DISCOVERED ON ROMAN-ERA POTTERY SHARD FOUND IN LONDON...
A 4th century piece of pottery discovered in London almost 50 years ago has recently been found to bear a Christian symbol in what experts say is a rare example of such a find from the city's Roman period.

The symbol, etched into the pottery, depicts the first two letters of the Greek word for Christ, Christos. The monogram, known as the chi-rho (chi being the Greek X and rho being the Greek P), was reportedly recently discovered on the pottery piece by volunteers at the Museum of London's Archaeological Archive.

DAVID ADAMS reports... | more... |

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