The Statistic

22nd June, 2017
Predicted size of the world's population by 2030: 8.6 billion (it is now at least 7.6 billion)
Source:  UN

 

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Moments

22nd June, 2017
BLOWN UP: By the so-called Islamic State, the landmark al-Nuri mosque in Mosul, Iraq, according to Iraqi forces (IS claim it was bombed in a US airstrike). The mosque was the location where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a "caliphate" in 2014.
HACKED: Election systems in 21 US states during the last presidential election by Russian hackers, according to Jeanette Manfra of the Department of Homeland Security, who added their was no evidence to suggest actual votes were tampered with.

 

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Essays

PETER CADWALLADER, a council member at Opportunity International Australia, reflects on the meaning of hope in the context of the organisation's work...

Florida-based pastor JOEL C HUNTER reflects on lessons learned in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shootings, in which 49 people died, in Orlando a year ago...

MAL FLETCHER looks at what the UK election result reveals...

They Said It

"Today, we stand in front of an impasse and we have reached a deadlock. Despite all the promises, endless summits, UN resolutions, religious and lay leader’s callings – Palestinians are still yearning for their freedom and independence, and seeking justice and equality."
- From an open letter from The National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP) to the World Council of Churches and the Christian ecumenical movement published this week at an international peace consultation held in Bethlehem.

 

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This Week on the Web

22nd May, 2017
In an article written for the Lausanne Movement's Lausanne Global Analysis, SAM GEORGE looks at whether God is turning the refugee crisis in Europe into one of the "greatest mission opportunities". Read Is God Reviving Europe Through Refugees?...

 

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The Word Explained

19th June, 2017
(Take the) Veil: Traditional phrase for becoming a nun.

 

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The Confessions of X

For June and July, 2017, we're reading Suzanne M Wolfe's historical novel The Confessions of X. To buy the book, follow this link - The Confessions of X.

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