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ESSAY: WHAT NELSON MANDELA TAUGHT US
A few years ago, at a rally organised by the Make Poverty History campaign, Nelson Mandela said: "Sometimes, it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation."
In using the word ‘generation’ he was not, of course, referring to a specific age demographic. He was laying down a challenge to people of all ages, from all walks of life and ethnic groups.
Years later, the challenge carries even greater import. If this generation is to achieve any kind of greatness, it will need to wrestle with enormous global challenges and make the most of unprecedented opportunities.
Research into group dynamics reveals that human cultures have a strong impact on individual choice. Being social creatures, even the most individualistic of us will temper our choices to fit in with the accepted norms of the groups to which we belong.
Cultures shape choices and human choices are the stuff that makes tomorrow.
MAL FLETCHER reflects on the lessons in leadership Nelson Mandela left behind as part of his legacy... |
SOUTH AFRICA MOURNS AS "GREATEST SON" DIES AT AGE 95
South Africa's "greatest son", Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of 95.
Mandela, who had spent much of this year in hospital, died at about 8.50pm local time on Thursday, according to an emotional South African President Joseph Zuma.
In a televised address, Mr Zuma said the country's thoughts were with Mandela's family and friends. "We’ve lost our greatest son," he said. "Our people have lost a father."
Mandela, who become South Africa's first black president when he was elected in the country's first multi-racial elections in 1994, was viewed not just in South Africa but around the world as a symbol of reconciliation and forgiveness following his fight against apartheid.
He spent 27 years in prison before being freed in 1990 and taking up leadership of the African National Congress.
DAVID ADAMS reports on the passing of former South African president and symbol of reconciliation, Nelson Mandela... |
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SIGHT'S 2013 CHRISTMAS GIFT LIST
Christmas is coming up fast and so, once again, we're publishing our annual Christmas gift list, packed with alternative gift ideas. Feel free to add any other good ideas for gifts you've come across... |
DID YOU KNOW? NEWS REPORTS...
UK PARLIAMENT TOLD CHRISTIANITY IS "MOST PERSECUTED RELIGION"
4th December, 2013
The plight of Christians around the world was discussed in a three-hour debate at the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday.
Members of the House of Commons were told that the persecution of Christians is increasing, that one Christian is killed around every 11 minutes around the world, and that Christianity is the “most persecuted religion globally”.
A long list of countries in which life as a Christian is most difficult was discussed, including Syria, North Korea, Eritrea, Nigeria, Iraq and Egypt.
A report from the World Watch Monitor...|
WORLDVIEW: HOPE DIMS FOR RELIGIOUS RIGHTS IN IRAN WITH SANCTIONS DEAL
As Western powers prepare to ease economic sanctions against Iran in support of a new nuclear non-proliferation treaty, human rights activists say leverage for winning freedom for prisoners of faith may about to be lost.
A human rights advocate and researcher who monitors Iran for Christian Solidarity Worldwide said his colleagues in different human rights groups were concerned when they found out that there was no talk of human rights during negotiations with Iran, specifically about the release of prisoners of faith. In the quest to obtain some sort of agreement this month with the Iranians, they said, the pursuit of basic rights for Christians and other religious minorities was set aside.
“When negotiations (with the Iranians) take place, human rights has to be on the agenda,” said the advocate, whose name cannot be released because of his work in the region. “Otherwise, if you give all these concessions over to Iran, they have no motivation or reason to do anything about human rights.”
In a report from Morning Star News, advocates say the chance to bring human rights to the negotiating table was missed during recent negotiations between Western powers and Iran... | more... |
SIGHT SOAPBOX: DATA ON MARRIAGE A "WAKE-UP CALL" BUT WHAT ARE CHURCHES DOING TO SUPPORT MARRIAGE IN THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE?
28th November, 2013
The Australian Bureau of Statistics have just released the figures relating to marriage and divorce in our nation for 2012. The salient points to note are that:
• Marriages, between one man and one woman, are still on the increase - there were 123,244 marriages and increase of 1,492(1.2 per cent) on 2011. This is, however, not all good news in that in relation to our population the "crude" marriage rate is lower than it was in 1992.
• In 2012, 80.8 per cent of all brides and 79.2 per cent of all grooms had not married previously.
DENNIS OUTRED, organiser of Marriage Week in Australia, says churches need to be active in promoting marriage within their community...| more... |
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Renée Rutherfurd's first full length release FOUND is a self-produced concept album that takes the listener through an ambient vocal and instrumental offering, inviting them to journey through the musical landscape in one sitting."We were made to worship God," Renée says. "In worship, the simple act of thanking God for who He is and what He has done, opens heaven." www.reneerutherfurd.com.au/store.html
NORTH KOREA: HOW CHRISTIAN GROUPS ARE USING BALLOONS TO TAKE BIBLE LITERATURE INSIDE CLOSED COUNTRY
The JoongAng Ilbo, a South Korean newspaper, says 80 North Koreans were executed by firing squad for watching smuggled foreign television broadcasts and possibly for owning Bibles.
Multiple newspapers published eyewitness reports that described everything from the circumstance of public execution before an audience of thousands to the manner in which it was carried out. Although the executions were reportedly carried out on 3rd November, the report highlights the ongoing struggles for freedom in that reclusive nation.
In North Korea, the practice of Christianity is illegal, even though article 68 of the North Korean constitution guarantees the freedom of religious practice. Owning a Bible is a crime, and any person caught with one is sent--along with three generations of his or her family--to prison. North Koreans are forced to embrace Juche ideology, a warped version of Christianity which mixes Marxism with worship of the late "Great Leader" Kim Il Sung and his family.
Mission Network News reports on how Christians groups are placing Bible literature into North Korea... |
PAKISTAN: RASH OF BLASPHEMY ACCUSATIONS AFTER CHURCH BOMBINGS
Two months ago, on 22nd September, two suicide bombers blew themselves up outside All Saints Church in Peshawar when congregants were leaving the church after the Sunday communion.
The incident was a landmark in the history of Pakistani Christians. To condemn this largest attack on the Christian community - in terms of loss of life - Christians from across the country held protest rallies, claiming that, as a recognised minority, the government fails to protect Christians.
Reactions from the Muslim majority to those protests were mixed, which might signify how Christians are on the whole perceived in Pakistani society. In the light of UK Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi’s speech in Washington DC 13 days ago, World Watch Monitor has looked back over the period since the Peshawar bombs. A climate of much sympathy has nevertheless been punctured by several charges of blasphemy against Christians for actions in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy.
In an in-depth report, the World Watch Monitor examines the ongoing hostility towards Christians in Pakistan following the Peshawar church bombing in September... |
SYRIA: WORLD HAS FAILED THE COUNTRY'S CHILDREN SAYS WORLD VISION AS NEW REPORT DETAILS HORRIFIC VIOLENCE INCLUDING 'DELIBERATE' KILLINGS
More than 7,000 children have been killed in the three-year-old conflict in Syria – sometimes deliberately targeted in massacres and executions, according to a new report released by the international arm of Christian humanitarian agency World Vision.
The report – Stand with Me: Ending the War on Syria’s Children – also found that in some conflict hotspots as many as 25 per cent of those children aged over 15 are tied to an armed group with reports indicating children as young as eight are being used as human shields.
“Children have been killed, targeted with maiming, sexual violence, torture, detention and recruitment by all parties in the conflict,” it says.
“Fleeing children and their families bring with them reports of what they saw in their homeland, whether in their families or their communities, and those reports suggest that ‘what is at stake is nothing less that the survival and wellbeing of a generation of innocents’. The psychological impact on children witnessing and surviving such violence is enormous”.
MORE THAN PHOTOGRAPHY: KEN DUNCAN'S LATEST MEMOIR AN ENCOURAGEMENT AGAINST FEAR
“Why now? Because I think there’s really a feeling of fear and anxiety in the world.”
Such is how acclaimed photographer Ken Duncan replies when asked why he decided to produce his latest book, Life’s A Journey: The Adventure Continues. Following on the heels of his 2008 release - Ken Duncan: Life’s An Adventure, the 168 page tome contains beautifully crafted images accompanied by inspiring quotes from famous figures and stories Mr Duncan has drawn from his own experiences, both in Australia and overseas. Some of the stories are humorous and some are thought provoking. But others are aimed at encouraging people to resist the fear which Mr Duncan, a Christian, believes pervades Australian life.
“When I did my first book, I just thought I want to try and put something really positive out there and really try and encourage people,” he says.
“And I think there’s nothing better than the beauty of nature to do that – it reminds them there’s a bigger picture to life than often gets presented to us...I really think Australia’s got an amazing future if people just stop allowing themselves to be driven by the fears and anxieties of the world.”
Ken Duncan is known for his panoramic photographs of Australian landscapes. But, as DAVID ADAMS reports, in his latest book – the second he’s published in the past five years – it’s the stories that count as much as the images... |
PERSECUTION: A MESSAGE OF HOPE AMIDST SUFFERING FROM CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
Brother George barely hesitates when asked whether the persecution of Christians being seen in the Middle East at the moment is worse than it’s ever been. “Yes...” he says, adding later: “(And) you can definitely say persecution is growing.”
But in the midst of that, he says, come reports that the numbers of people from a Muslim background who have found Christ continues to grow. “We derive hope from what the Lord is doing there.”
Brother George, whose surname we can’t reveal for security reasons, is touring churches in Australia this week to speak about the persecuted church in the Middle East on behalf of Open Doors, a Christian ministry aimed at supporting and encouraging members of the persecuted church in some 65 countries around the world.
Having joined the organisation about 15 years ago, Brother George - who comes from The Netherlands, has spent the last 10 working in the Middle East and North Africa.
Open Doors field worker Brother George is in Australia to raise awareness and build bridges with the persecuted church in the Middle East and north Africa. He speaks with DAVID ADAMS... |
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D V E R T I S E M E N T
THE WORD: JOY AND REJOICING
Without joy we fade but with joy strength surges.
Paul’s letter to the Philippian church places joy and rejoicing front and centre. Writing from prison to a church that often lifted his spirit, Paul is drawn to the subject of joy 16 times.
There was a surge, a welling up of joy within Paul distinct from an adrenalin rush, distinct from excitement, distinct from momentary exuberance. Although his joy almost certainly contained these dimensions, the joy he writes of is deeper.
If we confine joy to exuberant ecstasy we could all too soon find ourselves in the doldrums. If we think we can sustain exuberance...well, the constructs of ‘sustain’ and ‘exuberance’ do not sit side by side.
Exuberance bubbles with moments of free expression. It bubbles from that which runs quiet and deep, from what delights our soul, from our source of contentment. This is partly why Paul advised Timothy: "Godliness with contentment is great gain." That river was running for Paul even when circumstances conspired against exuberance.
LLOYD HARKNESS looks at what real joy is all about... |
OPEN BOOK SPECIAL - HUNCHES ABOUT JESUS: STOP ARGUING. START CARING
If you have ever witnessed someone in an epileptic fit, you'll know it's not pretty. But we should not avoid giving help, if we can. Maybe this story can prepare us to help when such a thing happens. Let's go through it with that in mind.
The crowd following Jesus were not just ignorant, uneducated people. They had the benefit of going to synagogue and hearing God's Law explained every week. They could judge a good teacher when one came along. They could discuss the law with the scribes who made it their job to interpret God's law for every situation. Here they busily argued about the fit! How should they view the seizure? How could they help without getting themselves unclean, or in touch with evil spirits?
Jesus however proclaimed a plain message; epileptics and sick people are not here so professional faith healers can show how powerful they are. Jesus' healing of the boy was about helping him and his dad to be together quietly so they could find their way in the next few minutes, let alone in the future. And only when the boy and his dad had gone was Jesus ready to answer any questions. When they asked, "Why couldn't we cast this evil spirit out?" His replied was straight. This can only happen after much prayer...
In his series on Hunches about Jesus, BRUCE C WEARNE takes a look what Jesus is teaching His followers when he restores a boy suffering from seizures...|
POSTCARDS: AFTER RETAKING OF DELGA, CHRISTIANS TERRORISED IN OTHER TOWNS IN EGYPT
Three months after the Egyptian Army liberated Delga from militant Muslims, Islamists and criminals are terrorising Christians in other towns across Egypt, human rights activists said.
Islamists in the towns are again charging Jizya, a Koranic fine on non-Muslims also known as the “submission” or “humiliation” tax, after a lull following the retaking of Delga on 16th September, said human rights activists within the country. In several towns across Egypt, Muslim extremists and criminals have set up a cottage industry persecuting Christians for profit, the activists said.
Extortionists using the threat of kidnapping, torture and murder are seizing money, land and other property from Christians thoughout the southern part of the country but mainly in Minya and Assiut governorates.
“What you are dealing with now is some criminals attacking Christians – Christians who own shops and things like that,” said Mina Thabet, founding member of the Maspero Youth Union. He added that in the case of militant Islamists, persecuting Christians is seen “as a religious duty.”
Morning Star News reports on the ongoing persecution of Christians in areas of Egypt... |
If you're after a good trivia question for upcoming Christmas BBQs, try this one: Which two other famous people died on the same day as JFK, 22nd November, 1963? The answer is CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley. Most readers will be well aware of CS Lewis, but not as many will be aware of Huxley.
The latter is the author of the influential book, Brave New World. The story is about a futuristic society in which happiness is chemically engineered. It's a famous work which takes the line that happiness can be achieved through external influences. Such a contrast to the Christian worldview of Lewis, which says that happiness is only achieved through surrender to the Spirit of God as revealed in Jesus. And a contrast again to Kennedy, the first Catholic president and by all accounts, a man who desired peace in the world, would have pulled combat troops out of Vietnam, and above all, the person we can thank for life still existing on this planet due to his role in the Cuban missile crisis of 1962.
Peter Kreeft has written a highly acclaimed tale of an imaginary conversation between Lewis, Huxley and Kennedy somewhere in the afterlife on the day they died. The book, called Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere Beyond Death with John F Kennedy, CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley, takes a look at the worldviews of these three people who influenced their worlds in their own distinct ways. I haven't read this book but I plan to buy it. Now would seem the perfect time of any to read what seems like a fascinating story.
NILS VON KALM looks at the legacy of three men whose lives intersected on 22nd November, 1963...|
SIGHT-SEEING: FAITH IN EXILE
Recently on the ABC’s Q&A, Peter Hitchens, conservative UK Christian social commentator and brother of the late ‘new atheist’ Christopher Hitchens, was thrown into the lion’s den trying to enunciate a Christian worldview to a hostile panel and largely unsympathetic audience. (You can watch the episode or read the transcript here (warning, strong language!))
It took great courage for Mr Hitchens to agree to go on the panel when you see who the other panelists were. He did a valiant job, although at times it seems he was good at provoking the audience and other panelists in unproductive ways – but perhaps that is what the show is built on.
Where he did outshine the others was in answer to the final question; ‘Which so-called dangerous idea do you each think would have the greatest potential to change the world for the better if (it) where implemented?’ (This Q&A was part of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.)
While the other panelists stumbled for something useful to say, even resorting to generational genocide as a legitimate answer to over-population, Peter was on the money - “The most dangerous idea in human history and philosophy remains the belief that Jesus Christ was the son of God and rose from the dead and that is the most dangerous idea you will ever encounter.”
What this uncomfortable hour of television provoked in me was the question – ‘How do we best, as Christians, connect to an increasingly hostile world?’ Kudos to Mr Hitchens for what he does; but how do we win back the crowd?
PAUL CLARK looks at what the church can learn from Daniel about living in exile...|
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28th August, 2013 My son and I met someone on holidays who was in a wheelchair. He was paralysed on the left side of his body due to a virus that effected his brain.
He told us that he could have been healed if the doctors had diagnosed his condition within 72 hours but they were not able to. He had since been in a car accident where he was hit head-on by a drunk-driver, an accident which caused further permanent health issues.
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CHRISTIAN WISDOM FROM THE ANCIENT PAST
Covering the spiritual writings of more than 70 authors whose lives span 14 centuries, this reader offers daily wisdom that witnesses to rich Christian traditions of faith and spirituality.
This book is enabling me to learn from the ancient wisdom, by providing sufficient material to companion my reflection and prayer for a year at the rate of one page per day. These meditations are feeding my growth in spirit on the journey and enriching the transcendental dimension of my life.
Each day is structured with a Scripture reading, the theme of the day, a three to four line summary with a challenging thought directed to ‘we’ or ‘us’, three to six sentences applying a quote sourced from an ancient writer, and a concluding thought as an invitation for meditation, reflection and prayer.
Dr JOHN STEWARD drinks deep from Charles R Ringma's well of ancient Christian wisdom... |
I COMMIT TO PRAY
Launched on the 3rd November - one of the days designated as the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, this website is about encouraging believers to set aside time to prayer for those who are suffering because of their faith. Created by persecuted church ministry The Voice of the Martyrs in the US, it features a series of prayer requests posted by the organisation relating to individuals or people groups who are facing persecution around the world and enables users to post their own prayer in response. In a recent interview with Mission Network News, Todd Nettleton, of The Voice of the Martyrs, said the idea came out of the comments and prayers people responded with they post prayer requests on the internet.
DAVID ADAMS takes a look at iCommitToPray, a new interactive site aimed at encouraging Christians to pray for persecuted believers... |
SCREEN SHORT: AN INTENSE RIDE
Captain Phillips (M)
Based upon the book A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea, this Tom Hanks vehicle tells the story of Captain Richard Phillips who was in command of the US flagged container ship, MV Maersk Alabama, when it was hijacked off the Somali coast in 2009. The storyline in this Paul Greengrass-directed film isn't overly complex and the ending ain't no mystery (though we won't give too much away here), but there's plenty of tension along the way.
DAVID ADAMS takes a look at Captain Phillips... |
TRAA NEWS: EASTERFEST ANNOUNCES 2014 HEADLINERS
6th December, 2014
More than 200 acts will perform at Easterfest in Toowoomba next Easter.
The three-day festival presents the biggest lineup of Christian acts the country sees each year, and attracts an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 people.
2014 sees a record lineup of artists including Aussie headliners Young & Free (Hillsong), New Empire, The Idea Of North, Alabaster Box (now a duo), Bec Laughton and NZ’s Evermore, plus Jars Of Clay, Hawk Nelson, Shonlock, DJ Maj, The Almost, and Christian music legends, Whiteheart.
Director Dave Schenk says next year’s festival will be a significant one in the history of the event.
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A D V E R T I S E M E N T
KNOW IT ALL: BUSHFIRES
Bushfires are a part of life in Australia. Here - as the country enters another bushfire season - are 10 facts about them you may not be aware of:
• A bushfire front will travel much faster up slopes than down slopes. Its speed will double every 10 degrees of slope.
• In Australia, eucalyptus trees provide the perfect fuel for bushfires. This is due to eucalyptus oil being flammable. In fact, eucalyptus trees have been known to explode in the most intense fires.
• Bushfires occur more frequently on Sundays than any other day.
• Some plants, such as the Banksia, rely on the heat of bushfires to open their seed pods and release the seeds. The seeds allow the plant to regenerate by falling onto the fertilised soil.
ALAN TAYLOR uncovers some facts about bushfires in Australia...|
TRENDSPOTTER: A SELF-OBSESSION
So established has the trend for 'selfies' – taking photographic self portraits and then posting them on social media – that Oxford Dictionaries has this week declared it the “word of the year” for 2013. While the dictionary says the word reportedly first emerged in 2002 when an Australian uni student posted a picture of his split lip on an online ABC forum, the basic concept – taking a picture of oneself – has been around ever since cameras came into existence (the advent of the camera timer was a great boon). None can argue, however, that the selfie (which, strictly speaking, can only be called such if it is posted to social media) hasn't reached new heights in the digital era.
DAVID ADAMS looks at the rise of the 'selfie'...|
SIGHT HELPDESK: PLUG INTO THE CLOUD TO MAKE YOUR DATA MOBILE
The term, 'the cloud', is fast becoming common in everyday language. But what exactly is the cloud? The cloud, or more accurately cloud computing, is the storing of documents, photos and many other types of files in a secure location on the internet. This allows the stored files to be accessed anywhere an internet connection is present.
Cloud storage is about convenience and assurance. You can be visiting friends and want to show them photos of your latest adventure or you receive an email when you're out and about, requesting you reply with your CV. You may have lost your computer or phone, along with all your contacts and notes.
In each of these situations, if you had uploaded your photos or CV to the cloud, you'd be able to respond right away. Within minutes of purchasing a device to replace your lost one, your contacts and documents can be retrieved from the cloud.
You can also share the location of your files with people you trust and they can access those files whenever they need them; doing away with the need to email large files. This can also save precious data if you need to share the same files with multiple people.
ALAN TAYLOR removes some of the fogginess around the concept of cloud computing...|
THE BIG PICTURE: DEAR JESUS, THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY SINS AWAY
What’s the most famous thing to come out of Turkey? Turkish bread? Perhaps Turkish delight! Maybe the ANZAC legend? Well no. More famous than all of these is Santa Claus! Yes, it’s true. Santa Claus was born by the sea in Turkey!
His parents called him Nicholas and as far as we know he had a normal 3rd century Mediterranean upbringing. One thing made him stand apart from the crowd though. He was famous for giving presents. And not just that...he gave presents secretly. And not only to children. He carefully looked out for anyone in need.
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It's always interesting to look at something from another angle and the Bible, with its layers and depths of meaning, always has more to reveal. Here's a word cloud of the New Testament Book of Philemon. Let us know below what insights you find... | more... |
Shafts of light
Through cathedral windows.
Upon the leaves
Beneath my feet.
In the branches above.
In the distance
Hind and fawn
Cross the forest track.
The sweet fragrance of autumn
Fills the misty air.
Cold winter's morning at RAAFSBeach, Ocean Grove, by VANESSA SMITH
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THEY SAID IT
"If the US does not go too far, we will not target it in safeguarding our air-defence zone."
- Editorial in China's state-run newspaper, Global Times, in reference to news China had declared an expanded air defence zone in the East China Sea which covered areas involved in territorial disputes with both Japan and South Korea. The US was among a number of countries which flew aircraft through the zone in defiance of China's declaration.
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THIS WEEK ON THE WEB
23rd November, 2013
In an article on the US magazine Charisma's website, MARK DRISCOLL, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in the US, writes about 'Why the 'new' tolerance is actually intolerant'. To read the article, follow this link...
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THE PROBLEM OF EVIL...
3rd December, 2013
Have you heard of Rambo theology? It goes like this - ‘Shoot all the bad people and the world will be right.’ You might have even said it yourself.
It’s a black and white view of the world that’s pure fantasy - yet it still fuels hatred. It assumes there are only two types of people; the good and the evil.
When we look closer we realise that evil doesn’t live in them, but in hearts.
Musings is a regularly updated, column featuring short snippets reflecting on daily life from a Christian perspective...|
HAVING YOUR VIRTUAL CAKE AND EATING IT; WORLD RECORD CHRISTMAS LIGHTS; AND, BUYING DINOSAURS...
Looking to see your virtual cake and taste it? Researchers at the National University of Singapore have reportedly developed a digital taste simulator that can fool your tastebuds into thinking they are tasting food. The device, which is inserted into the mouth and wired to a computer via a ‘control centre’, delivers electric currents to stimulate your tastebuds into thinking they are tasting salty, bitter, sour or sweet foods.
ADAMS writes about the odder side of life...|
EARLIEST DEPICTION OF CHRIST FOUND ON COINS?...
The earliest known depictions of Jesus Christ may have been found on hand-struck coins uncovered by Texan archaeologist and historian Dr Ronald Stewart.
The coins, believed to have been minted between 33 and 47 AD feature what Dr Stewart says are images and depictions of Jesus Christ, and would predate the previously earliest known image of Christ - known as 'The Healing of the Paralytic', it is from the Syrian city of Dura Europos and dates from about 235 - by 200 years. The previously earliest known coin depicting Jesus is Byzantine and dates from about 692 AD.
I am proud of the kind, generous heart of Australia. A courageous kindness that is deeply embedded and has been evident at all levels of our society, in war and peace, for decades...But, on a federal level, if the government of this land continues to be so inhumane, so openly lacking in political, moral, pastoral care for these asylum seeking, boat arriving people, l believe their 'leadership' will help to further erode the caring psyche of the population.
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THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS IN JERUSALEM FOR FEAST OF TABERNACLES... Despite the recent tensions in Syria, over 5,000 Christian pilgrims from nearly 100 nations will descend on Jerusalem for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem's annual celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles.
The festival began last Friday evening in Ein Gedi at the Oasis Hotel and continues to Jerusalem's International Convention Center for the remainder of the week of Sukkot. The weeklong celebration is expected to generate $US16 million in revenues, and is the largest annual tourist event to Israel.
Can you think of a time when someone has been brutally honest and vulnerable about themselves and it's taken you by surprise? For me it happened about 20 years ago at a church I had just started attending.
As I remember it, the person leading the service that day asked anyone to come forward who wanted to share what they thought God had been doing in their lives recently. One young guy got up - he was probably about my age at the time - and told about his relationship with his girlfriend and how he had recently gotten her pregnant, and how he had walked away from his faith. He then shared about the support he had received from the church community through his struggle.
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OUT OF AFRICA: TAKING YOUR BLESSINGS FOR GRANTED...
I have been thinking a lot lately about how blessed I was living in Australia. Sadly much of that blessing was in a sense ‘lost on me’ because I didn’t see it for what it was. The longer I live here the more I realise the day-to-day difficulties people face in the majority of the world. I am amazed that people are able to keep their hope when so many things seem so difficult.
Things I have always taken for granted - access to water, nutritious food and good medical assistance - are, at times, just not available here. I am horrified at the number of times people come back from our local medical clinic saying that there is no medicine or even occasionally no doctor.
LENA JOHNSTONE's blog about life in Malawi, Africa, where she works with the Mphatso Children's Foundation...|
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