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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23rd November, 2017
The Guardian's 
PETER BEAUMONT and OLIVIER LAUGHLAND report on the trade in the Dead Sea Scrolls and fears of a "significant number" of suspected forgeries in this story published on 21st November...

19th October, 2017
In an article published in online publication, The Quartz, LILY KUO reports on how Africans are being called to the UK as missionaries to reach out to white populations. Read 'Africa’s “reverse missionaries” are bringing Christianity back to the United Kingdom'...

14th September, 2017
Lyle Shelton, managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby, and Karina Okotel, lawyer and Liberal Party Senate candidate, presented the 'no' case for same-sex marriage at the National Press Club this week (Tiernan Brady, executive director of Australians for Equality, and Janine Middleton, co-chair of Australian Marriage Equality, had earlier presented the 'yes' case). To see both presentations, head to the ABC's National Press Club page...

5th September, 2017
Chinese missionaries Meng Lisi and Li Xinhen were abducted in Pakistan earlier this year and then killed by followers of the so-called Islamic State. Read the BBC report on what happened to them and why their case raised problems from the Chinese Government...

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?...

18th April, 2017
Jerusalem-based Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou is a 93-year-old Ethiopian composer-pianist - and a nun. Documentary-maker KATE MOLLESON, in a story in The Guardian, talks about Emahoy's extraordinary life...

21st March, 2017
Newly released footage of America's nuclear tests have been published on YouTube after the US Government declassified 750 films of the tests which took place between 1945 and 1962. You can see some of them here.

21st February, 2017
In an article published on the UK-based Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, James W Skillen, founder and former president of the Center for Public Justice in Washington, DC, and James R Skillen, assistant professor of environmental studies at Calvin College in Michigan in the US, give their take on the presidency of Donald Trump. Read The Trump Presidency: Everything Up For Grabs...

3rd February, 2017
In an article on the Nurturing Justice blog, BRUCE C WEARNE looks at the ongoing debate over the refugee "deal" brokered between Canberra and Washington in the dying days of the Obama administration. Read The Unsettlement of Asylum Seekers: Trump, Turnbull and the Deal: A brief comment on an international disgrace.

21st January, 2017
The World Economic Forum met in Davos, Switzerland, for their annual gathering this week and among those who attended was the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches. In a speech given as world leaders were arriving at the summit, Rev Dr Tveit urged them to remember those who are "left behind", calling for "accountable leadership" and noting that the solution to the divisions we see in the world today cannot be based on "appeasing the fear of one group by increasing the fear of another". You can read the full speech on the World Council of Churches' website.

24th December, 2016
Christian mother-of-five ASIA BIBI will spend her seventh consecutive Christmas in solitary confinement in Pakistan this year as she awaits the outcome of an appeal after she was sentenced to death for blasphemy over an incident involving drinking water. BBC correspondent MARTIN BASHIR revisits her case...

14th December, 2016
LORI HINNANT, in a story - Ransomed: The freeing of 226 Christians from Islamic State - published by Associated Press, looks at how a Syrian bishop raised ransoms from among the Assyrian Christian diaspora to free hundreds of Assyrian Christians kidnapped by followers of the so-called Islamic State in Syria...

30th November, 2016
Longriders Christian Motorcycle Club recently opened a new chapter in Mount Gambier in South Australia. The ABC's KATE HILL talks to the bikers about their faith - and their passion for motorcycles - in this article, Biker Church: An unconventional house of God...

23rd November, 2016
What are the connections between child marriage and climate change in Bangladesh? The Thomas Reuters Foundation, together with TakePart, explored the issue in a 20 minute documentary, Hidden Connections...

25th October, 2016
Following their release earlier this month by terror group Boko Haram, 21 schoolgirls who had been kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Nigeria, in 2014, met with their nation's President Muhammadu Buhari to express their thanks for his role in their release. You can read and watch CNN's report of the meeting here...

16th September, 2016
Colombian Catholic priest Rito Julio Alvarez's mission spans the world, helping former child soldiers and explioted children in his homeland, and asylum seekers from north Africa in his adopted home of Italy. Read about his work in this story by the ABC's Europe correspondant STEVE CANNANE here...

30th August, 2016
It may have fallen off front pages around the world but the two-year-old conflict in eastern Ukraine continues to result in almost daily casualties even after the signing of a peace deal. Writing in The GuardianSHAUN WALKER reports from the frontlines...

16th August, 2016
The Christian Post has looked at the stories of five Christian athletes at the Rio Olympics who have had to overcome obstacles on their journey to win gold. You can read CHRISTINE THOMASOS' story here...

26th July, 2016
Writing in The Guardian, NAZIA PARVEEN reports on how one church in the UK is welcoming refugees and see many Muslims converting to Christianity - you can read the article here and read an earlier article on how the phenomena is occurring across Europe here.

12th July, 2016
Wondering how your church can capitalise on the Pokemon Go trend? Look no further. The Wardrobe Door blog (love the name!) has a list of eight ways for your church to make the most of the "cultural phenomenon". See the list here...

7th July, 2016
The NASA spacecraft Juno this week entered into orbit around the gas giant Jupiter after almost a five year journey. You can watch a time-lapse movie here showing a view of the planet as Juno approaches.

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.

20th May, 2016
It was 22 years ago this year that Captain Mbaye Diagne, a military observer at the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda, was killed when a mortar fell near his vehicle. Though unarmed, Captain Diagne had risked his life repeatedly to save hundreds of people during the genocide, hiding them in the Hotel des Mille Collines (the story of the hotel's role has been immortalised in the film Hotel Rwanda). This month, the UN have honoured Captain Diagne with the inaugural 'Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage' which was awarded to his family. To read more of his story and hear some family reflections, follow this link...

15th April, 2016
Open Doors Australia are offering a rare chance to peek behind the walls of the 'Hermit Kingdom' of North Korea. The organisation, which says the country is the hardest place in the world to be a Christian, has published 21 images depicting daily life there. To see the images, head here...

11th March, 2016
Looking for a reason to be optimistic about the future of Africa? Here's five. Earlier this month, TIME's Ian Bremmer outlived "five facts which explain the good news about Africa". You can read the article here...

4th March, 2016
Almost two weeks have passed since Cyclone Winston tore through Fiji, leaving 43 dead and thousands homeless. The ABC has published a photo essay showing the devastation and how people are coping in the aftermath. You can see it here...

19th February, 2016
The images of three-year-old Syrian refugee Alan lying lifeless on a Turkish beach was image that made frontpages - and touched hearts - around the world. Australian musician Missy Higgins this week released a song Oh Canada which highlights his story - and the plight of the Syrian people. The video that goes with it features images which were drawn by Syrian children taking part in a program being run for children by Catholic charity Caritas in Damascus, Syria. The organisation is asking people to share the video to help raise awareness of the ongoing crisis. You hear the song and see the images here.

12th February, 2016
Lent kicked off around the world this week and to mark the occasion, TIME has published a graphic showing what people in the US have given up for the season. To see the graphic, follow this link...

1st February, 2016
Published online in the lead-up to Australia Day last week, a speech by Indigenous Australian journalist STAN GRANT in which he confronts the issue of racism has gone viral. To see the full speech, which Grant originally gave at an event in Sydney last year, follow this link...

24th January, 2016
To mark Australia Day, the Christian History Institute has released a new short documentary on the life of Captain William Bligh. Dr Graham McLennan says that while Captain Bligh is often simply remembered as a "bad-tempered disciplinarian" known for the 'Mutiny on the Bounty', his story is actually that of an "accomplished man" who played a part in the European settlement of Australia and who was "guided by faith in Jesus Christ". To see the full video, head here...

12th January, 2016
This month marks 60 years since American missionary Nate Saint and four friends were martyred in Ecuador. In this YouTube video, STEVE SAINT, son of Nate, talks about what happened that fateful day on 8th January, 1956, and the amazing story that has unfolded in the years since. You can see the video, 60 Years Later with Steve Sainthere...

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...