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ART: "A JEWEL-LIKE OBJECT OF EXTRAORDINARY BEAUTY" - 500-YEAR-OLD ROTHSCHILD PRAYER BOOK GOES ON SHOW IN MELBOURNE
Christianity and art have long between intertwined and this week a new exhibition has opened in Melbourne celebrating that connection.
Centred on the 500-year-old Rothschild Prayer Book, the exhibition at the University of Melbourne’s Ian Potter Museum of Art features more than 60 works from medieval and Renaissance Europe, all of which form part of the collection of Australian businessman, Kerry Stokes.
200TH ANNIVERSARY OF ARRIVAL OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST METHODIST MINISTER TO BE MARKED AT SPECIAL SERVICE IN SYDNEY
A celebration service will be held at Sydney's Wesley Mission this Sunday to mark the 200th anniversary of the arrival in Australia of its first Methodist minister, Rev Samuel Leigh.
Rev Keith Garner, the mission's superintendent, said the arrival of Rev Leigh in 1815 was a realisation of the hopes of Sydney's early Wesleyan community.
"As Australia's first Methodist missionary, Samuel Leigh showed remarkable courage and perseverance in the face of great hardship and the gruelling task of ministry in the fledgling colony of Sydney," he said.
FEARED DEAD: Hundreds of people after two boats carrying up to 500 would-be European migrants capsized off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea.
27th August, 2015
KILLED: US journalist Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, who were shot dead during a live broadcast for Virginian TV station WDBJ7 by a disgruntled former employee who later shot himself and died in hospital.
26th August, 2015
CONSIDERING: A formal request from the US to extend its military commitment in Iraq to include Syria; by Australian Government ministers.
WORLDVIEW: MUSLIM HERDSMEN ATTACKS IN NIGERIA'S MIDDLE BELT SHOW JIHADIST AIMS, SOURCES SAY
The killing of Christians by Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria’s middle belt, including two slayings on 22nd August in Taraba state, is part of a jihadist drive to take over resources and displace the historically Christian population, sources said.
The killing of brothers Ushahemba Kumashenge and Sughter Kumashenge in Kortse village, Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba state on Saturday was the latest of numerous attacks in the state and in Kaduna, Nasarawa and Benue states. Muslim Fulani herdsmen ambushed the brothers on their farm a few kilometers from the village, a church leader from the area told Morning Star News by telephone.
Rev Caleb Ahema, president of the Christian Reformed Church of Nigeria (CRCN), said the slain Christians were members of the Universal Reformed Church (NKST). In the same state on 17th December, 2014, a throng of Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed five Christians, including an infant boy, and on 19th October, 2014, armed Muslim extremists killed 31 Christians in attacks on two Taraba villages.
Morning Star News reports on ongoing violence against Christians in Nigeria's "middle belt" states... | more... |
MANY DOING IT TOUGH THIS WINTER
21st May, 2015
A growing number of our neighbours will face a lonely winter this year with as many as seven per cent, or 1.5 million Australians predicted to be considered isolated or very isolated this year.
ROBERT TICKNER, chief executive of Red Cross Australia, appeals for people to dig deep for some of Australia's most vulnerable this winter...| more... |
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AFRICA: MERCY SHIPS' AFRICA MERCY TO RETURN FOR SECOND STINT IN MADAGASCAR
The world's largest civilian hospital ship - the Africa Mercy - returns to Madagascar this week to commence a 10 month stint in what is one of the world's least developed nations.
The ship, owned by global Christian organisation Mercy Ships, was last in Madagascar off the south-east coast of Africa in June when it completed a nine month stay aimed at helping local people with a range of medical issues before heading to the South African port of Durban for its annual regime of repairs, inspections and maintenance.
Alan Burrell, the managing director of Mercy Ships Australia, said Mercy Ships decided to accept an invitation from Madagascar's Government to return to the island nation thanks to the ongoing need for surgical and general healthcare.
It will now stay 10 months in the port of Tamatave during which time the volunteer crew is expected to provide more than 2,200 on board surgeries to adults and children for a range of conditions, including cleft lip or palate, facial tumours, club feet and broken limbs, cataracts and childbirth injuries. The surgery is provided at no cost to the patient.
ETHIOPIA: ORTHODOX LEADERS JAILED AFTER PROTESTING ABOUT PERSECUTION
A district court in Ethiopia has charged six members of an Ethiopian Orthodox Church (EOC) with inciting public disturbance, destroying public trust in government officials and spreading hatred after it surfaced in the media that official complaints were made to the government about increasing persecution of Christians in a Muslim-dominated area in the south of the country.
The court found the men guilty on 7th August and sentenced them to between five and almost nine years in prison.
The men were members of St Mary’s Orthodox Church in Kilto, 180 kilometres south of the capital Addis Ababa in the Silte zone of SNNP state. Silte is a Muslim-dominated zone that came into existence after the Silte people unanimously chose to form a separate zone in a referendum held in 2001.
A number of Ethiopia’s prominent Muslim politicians come from Silte, including the current Minister of Defence, the Minister of Communications and the current caucus leader for women’s affairs in the federal parliament.
SYRIA: BISHOP FEARS FOR LIVES OF KIDNAPPED CHRISTIANS; CONDEMNS MONASTERY DESTRUCTION
One of Syria’s most respected church leaders has condemned the destruction of an ancient Catholic monastery by the Islamic State (IS) group and expressed concern that hundreds of kidnapped people, many of them Christians, may have been killed.
Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo Antoine Audo spoke hours after news emerged that IS had destroyed the monastery in the Syrian town of Qaryatain dating back to the 5th century after Christ, and is located in central Homs province.
He told Vatican Radio that IS militants wanted to send a message of “violence and intolerance” by destroying this symbol of Christianity and encourage Syria's Christians to flee their homeland.
“As usual for us Christians, it is a message of violence and intolerance, a message to spread fear everywhere,” he said. The destruction of the monastery came after IS kidnapped some 250 people in Qaryatain earlier this month, including at least dozens of Christians.
It was “possible” that the hostages has been killed as IS had “no conscience or morality” and “they are able to do anything,” warned the bishop.
SYRIA: JIHADISTS RELEASE PRIEST FOLLOWING EARLIER RELEASE OF 22 ELDERLY ASSYRIANS
BARBARA G BAKER, of the World Watch Monitor, reports on the release of some Christians held hostage in Syria - and the ongoing captivity of many more...| more... |
PRAYER: AUSTRALIANS HEAD TO ARMENIA WITH A CALL TO HELP BRING A NEW UNITY AMONG THE NATION'S CHRISTIANS
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide – the brutal killing and forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire over a five year period starting in April, 1915.
While Christians in the Middle Eastern nation of Armenia and all around the world are pausing to commemorate the horrific events of a century ago, one group of Australians are hoping that, as well as marking a 100 years since the genocide, 2015 will also be remembered for ushering in a new wave of unity among the Armenian church.
The Australians will be among a group of about 20 people, which also includes people from the US and other nations, who in September will spend just under two weeks hosting and facilitating a series of events in the country, culminating in a national prayer breakfast in the capital of Yerevan – all with the aim of encouraging a new sense of oneness among the church.
Jonathan Gould, a pastor from Brisbane who, along with fellow pastor Ben Gray – leader of Brisbane-based CHI-Ministries, is organising the initiative which is being run in conjunction with the Australian Prayer Network. He says the idea came about following a prayer tour by a group of about 30 people, most of them Australians, to the country last September.
DAVID ADAMS reports on an Australian initiative aimed at encouraging prayerful unity among churches in the Middle Eastern nation of Armenia...| more... |
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Sight is giving away five copies of the newly released DVD, Freedom (M), courtesy of Heritage Films. To enter, simply tell us in 50 words or less what your favorite film addressing the issue of slavery is and why and we'll pick the five most insightful answers.
Send entries to email@example.com with 'Freedom Competition' in the subject line. As well as your answer, please include your name and postal address. Entries close 5pm on 21st August, 2015. The five winners will each receive a copy of the DVD, Freedom. Competition open to Australian residents subscribed to Sight's email weekly updates as at 5pm, 21st August, 2015 (to subscribe click here). For full details, follow this link...| more... |
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OPEN BOOK - HINTS FROM THE SPIRIT OF HOLINESS: THE GOOD NEWS COMES TO THE TEMPLE
A man, lame from birth, had been healed. Peter took him by the hand and had him stand. John was the witness. This was a healing in the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
A crowd of the worshippers gathered to see the man and Peter addressed them. This was to have been their time of prayer. Peter informed them why they should be praying, why they should repent and rejoice in the grace and love of God Almighty.
Peter was aware that by teaching in the temple he was following Someone who taught in that same precinct not so long before. He knew that God's mercy had triumphed over guilt and judgment.
The people there who had heard Jesus teach had not lifted a finger to prevent His execution; in fact they had cried for His blood. When the Roman governor had announced His innocence, they had used what political power they had to demand His death. Though judged innocent they consented with His crucifixion.
BRUCE C WEARNE looks at what Peter says in the temple in Jerusalem after the healing of a lame man in his ongoing look at the Book of Acts... |
CONVERSATIONS: SCOTT HIGGINS, FOUNDER OF A JUST CAUSE
What was your background prior to founding A Just Cause?
"I was a Baptist pastor from 1990 to 2005, working first as a youth pastor in Sydney and then being involved in a church played in Newcastle. In 2005, I went to work for Baptist World Aid Australia as their inaugural education and advocacy officer, and worked there for 10 years in a variety of roles."
What was the reasoning behind the founding of A Just Cause?
"Over the course of the last decade, people in the Baptist movement across Australia have become very active in global justice causes, but the movement lacked the infrastructure for speaking out together on more domestic justice issues such as asylum seekers, reconciliation and homelessness. A Just Cause was founded to provide that infrastructure."
A Just Cause was founded to “speak out for justice on issues such as refugees and asylum seekers, climate change, reconciliation, and homelessness”. Why these issues in particular – are they issues churches weren’t engaging with well?
"The key for us is addressing issues that relate to our life together as a nation. We distinguish between justice issues and virtue. Christians have particular views on what a virtuous life looks like, but in a liberal democracy it's not the role of government to legislate for those virtues.
Scott Higgins is the founder of A Just Cause - a Baptist ministry which aims to resources churches to take action on "pressing issues of justice" both in Australia around the world. He speaks with DAVID ADAMS...|
THIS LIFE: CAGED SILENCE
Google defines silence as “complete absence of sound.” Its verb is “to cause to become silent.” Silence is likened to stillness and quietness.
Recently, I had an experience with the verb form of the word.
In a concert held at the Albuquerque Museum of Art, the art-music ensemble, Chatter, performed two pieces that elicited a sublime hush and tranquility.
Performing John Cage’s Fourteen and Thomas Albert’s A Maze (With Grace), Chatter set up in the lobby of the museum at various stations, keeping distance from one another, thereby creating space and atmosphere.
Introducing the piece, Fourteen, associate artist director, James T Shields, described the composition as “delicate.” Beginning with a prepared piano (bowing the strings with fishing line), the ensemble set out on a 20-minute journey of muted sound. Incorporating instruments such as horn, trumpet, violin, bass, percussion, and bass clarinet - the ensemble used 14 instruments (hence the name of the composition) to form an atmosphere of ethereal tonality, an organised sound scape.
In an article first published on ASSIST News Service, MARK ELLIS writes about the importance of silence... |
POSTCARD: REMEMBERING THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF BROTHER ROGER IN TAIZÉ
It was a warm August day and I was on my way to Taizé. I was looking forward to going to the community in France that was already close to my heart. As a young adult I participated in many Taizé worship services organised by local churches where I lived in Canada. We sang the beautiful chants that Taizé is so well known for: “Come and fill our hearts with your peace...” For me, these services were a refuge for the soul.
But this trip to France was not the one I had hoped to make for my initial visit to the Taizé community. It was August, 2005. I along with two other colleagues from the WCC travelled to Taizé for Brother Roger’s funeral.
Brother Roger was born in Switzerland in 1915. During World War II, Brother Roger and his sister Geneviève bought a house in the village of Taizé where they sheltered refugees fleeing the war. Since he was young, Brother Roger held the conviction that: “a life of community could be a sign that God is love, and love alone". He founded the community of brothers known as Taizé that gradually grew into the monastic, ecumenical community that it is today consisting of over a hundred brothers from around the world. In an article first published on the World Council of Churches' Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace blog, NATALIE MAXSON reflects on her visits to the Christian community of Taizé in France... |
LIFESTORY - LIFE IN A CALIFORNIAN PRISON, PART IV
After being processed as a new prisoner in the county jail, all my personal belongings, including shoes, belt, and wallet, were stuffed into a plastic bag and tagged with my name. They told me that I was responsible to call someone, a family member or a friend, to come to the jail to pick it up. If no one does within 30 days, all belongings would be trashed. The longer one stays in jail, the less one needs a driver’s licence or a credit card. Having had a licence since I was 16, and taking much for granted, I now realised such a privilege would no longer be a part of my life while incarcerated. For many men, with life sentences, they will never be able to drive a car, visit a restaurant, or use a credit card again! They will never again even be able to handle a $1 bill or feel the clink of coins in their pocket.
I’m issued one set of clothing: one shirt and pair of pants (with an elastic waist band) in the color of the jail I am resident of. I receive two pairs of white socks, T-shirts, and boxers. My shoes are slip-ons. I’m handed one bar of soap and one roll of tissue, then escorted to my cell with one blanket and two sheets. There is a cotton-filled mattress on the bunk, a metal table and stool, both firmly secured to the floor, and a stainless-steel sink and toilet combination. A polished metal mirror is affixed to the wall above the sink.
In the final part of a four part article first published by ASSIST News, BROTHER NED writes of how God met him in his darkest hours behind bars...|
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IN HIS HANDS...
16th October, 2014 This is the story of a very ordinary person with no claims to any special attributes or exceptional virtues but who is bursting inside to tell what the Lord has done for her.
I am recounting this with a heart full of deep gratitude. I am humbled by the fact that a spiritual being, maybe a guardian angel or the hands of the almighty God, saved me from serious harm on two occasions. I have remained silent for too long and it would dishonour and diminish the work of our Lord if I did not tell the story.
I was 12-years-old, living in Caracas in Venezuela, when I joined the girl scouts, and remember vividly my first excursion. Armed with all the required scout “gear” - including a medium size machete - we set out to conquer Mount Avila, a 2,740 metre high mountain. In 1977, when this excursion took place there were no such things as mobile phones or GPS equipment.
TANIA NEALE tells of two occasions in which she credits God with saving her life... |
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ON THE SCREEN: WAR ROOM, AN ENCOURAGING LOOK AT THE POWER OF PRAYER
The latest film from the Kendrick brothers, creators of Fireproof and Courageous, War Room continues their pattern of presenting Christianity within the contemporary North American context.
The film takes it's name from the prayer closet used by elderly "prayer warrior" Miss Clara (played by Karen Abercrombie) who comes into contact with Elizabeth Jordan (Priscilla C Shirer), a woman who seemingly is living the American dream but who in reality is struggling to hold together her marriage and find purpose in her life.
Her husband, slick pharmaceutical salesman Tony (TC Stallings), is increasingly away from home as he chases ever higher bonuses to keep the money flowing (not to mention his wandering eye) and, as a result, is becoming more and more distant from both his wife and his daughter Danielle (Alena Pitts).
DAVID ADAMS watchesWar Room, the latest offering from the Kendrick Brothers... |
BOOKS: A HEART FOR THE PEOPLE OF MYANMAR
Born into a Christian family in the minority Po Karen tribe in Myanmar's delta region, Stephen Than Myint Oo has faced his fair share of difficulties in following the path God set before him.
Dancing with Angels tells the story of how, despite the many hardships he has faced – including the torture he faced and two years he spent in prison in the early 1980s after he was unjustly accused of “damaging the state”, he has continued to bring Christ’s message of love and hope to the predominantly Buddhist nation in which he lives as he rose to become first Bishop of Hpa'an and then Archbishop of Myanmar.
Archbishop Than’s heart for the Buddhist people of Myanmar comes across clearly through the book as he looks for ways to engage with them on issues of commonality rather than focusing on issues of difference. It’s a mission that was underlined for him while on a retreat with other bishops to The Philippines in 2013 when two angels - those of the book's title - appeared to him in a vision which he says showed him it was time for the Anglican Church in Myanmar to “put our heads up” and join civil society.
DAVID ADAMS reads Alan Nichols' story of Archbishop Stephen Than's life... |
THE BOOK REPORT: HISTORY OF AUSTRALIAN ARMY CHAPLAINS WINS 'AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR'
14th August, 2015
A history of Australian Army chaplains won the Australian Christian Book of the Year at an event in Melbourne last night.
The judges described Captains of the Soul - written by Michael Gladwin and published by Big Sky Publishing - as a "history of national importance and an insight into the Australian character". They noted that while chaplains may be "increasingly unfashionable in some spheres of society", they continued to be valued "in proportion to the proximity to battle".
In the book, Gladwin, a lecturer in history at the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University at St Mark's National Theological Centre, assesses the role Australian Army chaplains have played in conflicts and peace-keeping missions as well as in barracks and among service families.
CASTING THE NET: BRITISH LIBRARY - DIGITISED MANUSCRIPTS
Just part of the British Library's rather vast website, we thought this aspect was worth a look in its own right. The site contains hundreds, if not thousands, of digitised versions of manuscripts held in the library's collection which have been placed on the web through a range of projects - the latest of which is an initiative, being run in cooperation with the National Library of Israel, to put an additional 860 Hebrew manuscripts held in the library's collection online (to add to the 1,250 already being digitised through an earlier project). Highlights among those manuscripts already scanned include the 8th century St Cuthbert Gospel - the oldest intact European book.
DAVID ADAMS looks at a fascinating section of the British Library's website... |
APPS: ENRICHING YOUR PRAYER LIFE, AND, AN APP TO HELP MEN STEP OUT OF THE ORDINARY Do you sometimes find yourself lost for words when you pray? Or know you should pray but circumstances have pulled your spirit down and you feel you can't? If so, there's no need to feel alone: the Abide team says that 75 per cent of Christians are unsatisfied with their prayer life. And the Abide Prayer app may be just what you need. There's a daily prayer to listen to and pray along with or there are topics you can choose from according to your situation. This app may be just the thing to start you praying regularly. Available for Apple and Android devices.
ALAN TAYLOR looks at apps Abide Prayer and Uncommen... |
MUSIC: AUSSIE HOPE'S COMPILATION PROVIDES A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE - AND IT'S ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE
So, you want to hear the sounds of the future? Well, here’s a tidy new compilation album that will do just that! Aussie Hope has been put together by Aussie Christian Gigs, showcasing 13 fresh Australian Christian artists that are well and truly worth a look.
Featuring only the cream of Australian Christian contemporary artists, Aussie Hope is sure to appeal to a wide variety of listeners and will be a solid addition to your collection. Every artist is very deserving of their place on this album, and the quality is such that you will be hard-pressed to find something you don’t like!
The bookends of Aussie Hope are particularly strong. Press play, and you literally Hit The Ground Running with a bouncy, ‘get to your feet’, Luke Robinson song. It’s a quality opening track. At the other end, Bec Laughton’s soul/pop Holy Love 2 (wow!, wow!, wow!) rounds out the album with an absolute power show! She has a set of pipes on her and had me ‘popping’ the repeat button again and again. If you have not heard of this girl, Google her now!
ROBBIE TOWNSEND listens to compilation album Aussie Hope...|
27th August, 2015
THE TCM UPDATE: DOVE NOMINATIONS; UNITED MILESTONE; AND, FOREST EDGE UPDATE...
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15th May, 2015
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TRENDSPOTTER: 'HOT-DESKING' FIRING UP IN OFFICE SPACES EVERYWHERE - THOUGH SOME WOULD PREFER TO GIVE IT THE COLD SHOULDER
The office workspace has gone through many changes in the past 20 years ago - remember when IT start-ups were introducing beanbags in the belief that a happy employee is a productive employee? Since then we've seen a number of innovations arrive at the office space, one of the most contentious of which is "hot-desking". Aimed at reducing costs and increasing efficiency, this does away with the idea every employee has their own, private desk and instead sees employees with different work hours sharing a single desk or simply using whichever desk is available when they arrive at work (the term "hotelling" is used for reservation-based systems). The trend is seeing cubicle walls being being torn down in favour of open plan workspaces so it's been goodbye to those private phone calls and no more photos of the kids cluttering up your desktop - one of the policies which often accompanies hot-desking is the "clean desk" policy which means that anything left on a desktop when the cleaners come is simply binned.
It's seen in many offices around the world today but not everyone's a fan. DAVID ADAMS takes a quick look at the trend of "hot-desking"...|
KNOW IT ALL: THE SPEAKER
There’s been a lot of talk about the Speaker of the House of Representatives recently, with the resignation of Bronwyn Bishop and subsequent election of Tony Smith, so we thought we’d take a closer look at the office, its role and its history.
• The Speaker is the presiding officer of the House of Representatives, meaning it is their role to oversee the running of the house, including determining which of the members may speak, and for maintaining order during debates. The Speaker does not vote except to act as a tiebreaker.
• The Speaker has at their disposal a range of sanctions they can use to maintain order during debates. These include warning a member, ordering them to leave the house for one hour or ‘naming’ them and moving a motion for a member’s suspension (usually for 24 hours).
DAVID ADAMS looks at the role of the Speaker in the Australian Parliament...|
SIGHT HELPDESK: THE YEAR OF FREE SOFTWARE UPGRADES
This year is a great year for the personal computer user. With Microsoft releasing Windows 10 last month, the company is taking a leaf out of Apple’s book by allowing a free upgrade to users of Windows 7 and 8.
And Apple isn’t sitting still either. Its free upgrade, El Capitan for its Mac range, will be available in September. Sooner, if you sign up for the public beta.
Both releases boast a ton of new features and, in Microsoft's case, the return of an old one. Still reeling from the public backlash after dropping the Start menu in Windows 8, Microsoft is bringing it back in Windows 10.
While Windows 8 attempted to be all things to all devices, tablets and computers, Windows 10 will keep the two separate. That means if you install Windows 10 on a PC, you'll get the PC operating system. If you install it on a tablet, you'll have the tablet version. However, the operating system can adapt depending on whether it’s connected a to a monitor or keyboard and mouse. Microsoft calls this Continuum.
Time to upgrade? ALAN TAYLOR gives an overview of some of the software upgrades available for your computer, tablet or phone this year...|
NEW! INTRODUCING LIFETALK, A SPACE FOR EXPLORING MODERN LIFE
LifeTalk is a space for chewing over and exploring modern life. It is a room to enter with questions, a place to grapple with your real world, and allow for the mysteries and conundrums of life as we know it. Along the way we will explore human behaviour, Biblical wisdom and ethics, social codes and curiosities. I hope you will join in, comment and ask questions along the way.
As a life design coach and a Christian, I am constantly working with people who are experiencing the shifting sands of challenge and opportunity. So many pathways, so many choices, fast-paced living, relationship changes, career pressures, changes in their circumstances, disappointments, amazing experiences, shifting responsibilities, transitioning from one stage of life to another, wanting to shake off old baggage, passing through unknown territory and/or stretching to be all that God has made it possible for them to be. Life is complex, often messy! It rarely falls in neat rows.
Life design coach (and long-time Sight contributor) ANN WOJCZUK introduces her new column, LifeTalk... |
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THE BIG PICTURE: WHY I BELIEVE
You might think statistics is the most boring topic on the planet. It really isn’t! As a lecturer in statistics at the University of Melbourne, I get to analyse and solve real world problems for doctors, engineers, politicians, architects, farmers...the list goes on. Being analytical has become a life habit - annoyingly so, according to some of my friends.
Recognising bias is fundamental to statistics. So, although I grew up in a Christian family, I could never have stayed Christian out of convenience. I could never live with that kind of faith.
I’d like to share some of the ways in which my work in statistics relates to the way I think about my Christian faith.
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THE WEEKLY SNAPSHOT
31st July, 2015
Warming comfort by BOB ZANKER
In Sight's Weekly 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...|
WORDPLAY CHALLENGE #6
This wordcloud represents the words contained in a oft-quoted passage from the Bible (with the more frequently used words shown in larger type). The challenge for you is to identify the passage - which book and chapter does it come from... | more... |
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NEW! THE SIGHT BOOKCLUB
Throughout the year, we'll be reading a series of books and then joining in a discussion about it - both among others within your church or small group and the wider Sight community. For August-September, 2015, we're reading CS Lewis' classic of Christian apologetics, Mere Christianity. To register your group (and receive our discussion notes via email) and for more details about how the club works, head here...
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THEY SAID IT
"There is always a chance for war, but that chance is very, very low."
- Yang Moo-jin, professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, in comments made after North and South Korea exchanged fire across the border amid escalating tensions (as quoted on USA Today on 21st August, 2015)
"I came to see my friends on my first trip in Europe, and we stopped a terrorist. Kinda crazy."
- Anthony Sadler, one of a group of men including three Americans and a British man who overpowered a heavily armed gunman on a train in northern France on 21st August, 2015. The men have been praised by world leaders for preventing what US President Barack Obama said could have been "a far worse tragedy". (as quoted on the BBC on 22nd August, 2015)
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THIS WEEK ON THE WEB
24th August, 2015
ABIGAIL SANTAMARIA, author of Joy: Poet, Seeker and the Woman Who Captivated CS Lewis, writes of how Joy Davidson, best known as the wife of CS Lewis, came to Christ against the backdrop of the atomic bombings in Japan in 1945. You can read the article in UK's Premier Christianity magazine here...
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25th August, 2015
Did my eyes deceive me? Was that advert what I think it was? A lady buys a car and can’t wait to show off to all her friends. ‘This car can reverse parallel park all by itself! Isn’t this amazing!’
Well yes, the technology is amazing, but when did we start celebrating our own incompetence?
Did it start with GPS systems? I’ve got one of those. I have no sense of direction without my wife in the car.
The calculator? The electric toothbrush?
Musings is a regularly updated, column featuring short snippets reflecting on daily life from a Christian perspective...|
STATUE FOR INSPIRA-TIONAL RUNNER TURNED MISSIONARY ERIC LIDDELL UNVEILED IN CHINA...
Eric Liddell, the champion British runner who later became a missionary, has been honoured in China with a statue of him erected in the city of Tianjin.
Liddell, whose story was depicted in the film Chariots of Fire, set a new world record and won gold in the 400 metre race at the 1924 Paris Olympics after refusing to run in the event he had trained for - the 100 metres - because his Christian faith meant he could not run in an event held on a Sunday.
HAVE A BORING TIME AT DISMALAND; AN ART GALLERY'S NIGHTMARE; AND, IF YOU EVER HAPPEN TO FALL INTO A BLACK HOLE...
Described as a "dystopian theme park", the Dismaland Bemusement Park has recently opened its doors in the UK seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare near Bristol. A pop-up art installation created in a derelict lido by world-renowned artist Banksy, Dismaland features a ruinous take on the Disneyland castle, a model village where there's a riot in progress, a pool around which visitors can steer groups of asylum seekers, rather bored looking attendants, and even ticket problems (although these are reportedly not supposed to be part of the experience).
ADAMS writes about the odder side of life...|
CHRISTIAN GENERAL RECALLED IN JERUSALEM EXHIBITION... The World War I British officer who gave the order to lay down arms in 1918 is the subject of a year-long exhibition in Jerusalem opening this week.
On the 50th anniversary of his death, Lt Gen Sir William Dobbie's life is being celebrated at Christ Church, an Anglican community with strong links to the family and located within the ancient walls of the Old City.
CHARLES GARDNER, of ASSIST News Service, reports... |
AN END...AND A NEW BEGINNING...
What's on my mind?... Thanks for asking, Facebook.
Time to say goodbye to Just Been Thinking after many years, stops and starts. Thank you for your attention over the years, readers. Thank you for your endless commitment, encouragement and patience, David Adams- editor extraordinaire.
And now...I migrate back across to sightmagazine.com.au to begin a Coach Column, sharing insights in the area of human behaviour and life design.
The final instalment in ANN
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