The Statistic

13th December, 2017
Decline in the daily intake of added sugars (as well as those in honey and naturally present in fruit juices) in children aged between two and 18, over the period from 1995 to 2011-12: 23 per cent
Source: ABS


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13th December, 2017
DECLARED: A state of emergency in Italy after an explosion disrupted Austria's main gas pipeline in the country's east.
 The US stance on North Korea with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson saying the country was ready to open nuclear disarmament talks with the rogue nation. Meanwhile, a report from three renowned international jurists said the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity.
VOTED: Citizens of the US state of Alabama in a high stakes and controversial poll involving Republican candidate Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones.


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NILS VON KALM, a member of the management committee of the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network (PIEN) in Australia, reflects on the situation in Bethlehem - the birthplace of Jesus Christ - and the plight of the Palestinian people in the lead-up to Christmas... 

Writing against the backdrop of the debate over the tax reform bill in the US, MATHEW SCHMALZ, associate professor of religion at the College of the Holy Cross, explores, in an article first published on The Conversation, what the Bible says about how to help the needy...

In an article first published on The Conversation, FREYA HIGGINS-DEBIOLLES, senior lecturer in tourism management at the University of South Australia, reflects on the impact of US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus...

They Said It

"You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office."
- US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who has called for US President Donald Trump to resign over accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct against him, in a tweet which followed one from Mr Trump in which he called her a "total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office 'begging' for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them)".


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This Week on the Web

13th December, 2017
US evangelist Franklin Graham recently made an historic visit to Vietnam to join in a Christian celebration known as the Love Hanoi Festival. To read about the historic moment, see the story by TIFFANY JOTHEN on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website...

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The Word Explained

11th December, 2017
Sanctify: a) To set apart or deem something to be holy.
               b) To rid of sin. 


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Mr Eternity book

Due to the fact the book we'd selected wasn't yet available in paperback in Australia (we'll read that next year) - we've made a change so for November-December, 2017. We're now reading Roy Williams and Elizabeth Meyers' book, Mr Eternity: The Story of Arthur Stace. To buy the book, follow this link (ebook) - Mr Eternity: The Story of Arthur Stace or this link (paperback) - Mr Eternity: The Story of Arthur Stace.

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