PAKISTAN: ECUMENICAL COMMISSION DEMANDS CRACKDOWN ON MILITANTS AFTER SUICIDE BLASTS

 

Less than two weeks after suicide bombers murdered 18 worshippers at two churches in Lahore, Pakistan, the country’s Ecumenical Commission for Human Development has issued its initial report on the atrocity saying it underscores "growing intolerance" towards minority groups.

     “Recent years...have witnessed an environment of growing intolerance, vigilantism and impunity against various groups, endorsed by the state and sanctioned by the society," the commission said in a report obtained by BosNewsLife.

     "As a result, these divisions have developed into fault lines, threatening the very existence of the country. And within this atmosphere rife with violent extremism, the religious minorities in the country continue to be on the frontline of persecution.”

     Among a series of recommendations it said Pakistan's government should take "strict action" against the Taliban-linked Jamaat-ul-Ahrar group, who claimed responsibility for the twin bombings and "all suspected person who are involved in these deadly blasts".

     MARTIN ROTH, of BosNewsLife, reports... |  more... | 

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EASTER 2015

Easter

The Easter season is a rich and beautiful time for contemplating and meditating on the meaning of an unfolding series of extraordinary events.

      As a disciple of Jesus and an artist, this time of the year is a wonderful opportunity for the challenge of expressing Easter in some visual or written form.

     It is a privilege to follow in the footsteps of so many who have sought to artistically express thoughts and theology centring around this spiritual season. I was discussing this with our esteemed editor the other day, and shared what joy and illumination I get from developing the ideas and putting the artwork together each year. I hope this offering blesses you as you ‘Easter muse’. It is always my intention to invite you into a journey of your own making. I hope you will accept that invitation, it is a rich opportunity.

     ANN WOJCZUK talks about the image she's created in celebration of Easter, 2015... |  more... | 

 

 

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1st April, 2015

EASTER CELEBRATIONS GET UNDERWAY IN AUSTRALIA

With tens of thousands expected to attend church services around Australia this weekend, a series of other events are already underway this week as Christians remember and celebrate the events of Easter more than 2000 years ago.

Last Sunday, tourists and diners at Sydney's Circular Quay witnessed a processional re-enactment of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem on what is know as Palm Sunday.

The annual event - put on by the Wesley Mission - saw 23-year-old drama student Brendan Paul playing the role of Jesus as he rode on a donkey accompanied by people waving palm fronds. The celebration then moved out to First Fleet Park for an outdoor festival.

DAVID ADAMS reports... |  more... |



THE DAILY STATISTIC:

1st April, 2015

Increase in number of deaths in Australia due to dementia and Alzheimer's disease in the five years to 2013:

More than 30 per cent to about 11,000

Source: ABS

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30th March, 2015

WORLDVIEW: RELIGIOUS GROUPS IN CRIMEA FACING GREATER RESTRICTIONS FOLLOWING RUSSIAN ANNEXATION, SAYS REPORT

The imposition of Russian restrictions upon freedom of religion in Crimea following the annexation of the region last year has seen individuals and religious communities facing raids, fines, the seizure of religious literature and even the expulsion of invited foreign leaders, according to a report from Norwegian-based religious freedom advocates Forum 18.

     In a report marking a year since the region was annexed, the group said religious organisations have also faced the "unilateral cancellation of property rental contracts and obstructions to regaining places of worship confiscated in the Soviet period".

     They note that, according to Russian Justice Ministry only one per cent of religious communities which had state registration under Ukrainian law have been reregistered under Russian law ahead of a 1st March deadline. This equates to only 14 of Crimea's 1,546 religious communities.

DAVID ADAMS reports on the findings of Forum 18's latest religious freedom survey of Crimea...  |  more... |

 

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13th March, 2015

I saw a Sky News report recently on this young fellow reported to have blown himself up in the service of IS. But the report was after a trailer for a new terrorist film. This is my letter to them:

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John WilsonIt’s being reported that persecution of Christians is on the rise around the world at the moment. Do you think that is the case based on what you’re seeing and, if so, why?

"I believe that there is a definite rise in persecution today that has impacted faithful believers in many restricted nations. What we have personally seen firsthand by travelling to these restricted nations and hearing stories detailing evidence of the horrific brutality of persecution that many Christians face today for their belief in Christ, leads us to the cold hard facts that Christians today are still persecuted. This fact is often endorsed by the many other global reports not only from Voice of the Martyrs but also other associated ministries who are also concerned in helping the persecuted church worldwide."

     Persecuted church ministry Voice of the Martyrs' Australian arm is currently running its annual Bible Plus appeal. DAVID ADAMS speaks to CEO John Wilson about the organisation, the appeal, and trends he's seeing in the persecution of Christians around the world... |  more... | 

 

 

VANUATU: DEATH TOLL DOWNGRADED BUT NEED FOR FOOD AND SHELTER REMAINS DESPERATE

 

Cyclone Pam survivorsThe death toll from the Cyclone Pam has been downgraded to 11 but tens of thousands of people remain in need of shelter in the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.

     In an update published on Monday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said while there are about 3,300 people currently in evacuation centres on the island of Efate, about 75,000 people remain in need of shelter while 110,000 people are without access to clean drinking water.

     Food aid has so far reached about 120,000 people but UNOCHA says with root crops - which make up at least 80 per cent of the local diet - significantly damaged, it was envisaged that around 166,000 people on 22 islands will require food and assistance in recovering their farms. That figure includes as many as 82,000 children.

     Housing and built infrastructure in the 80 plus island nation was devastated when the category 5 tropical cyclone tore a swathe across the archipelago on 13th and 14th March. Wind gusts reached as high as 320kph.

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DEATH TOLL RISES TO 24 WHILE THERE ARE FEARS TENS OF THOUSANDS HAVE LOST HOMES

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     Send entries to editor@sightmagazine.com.au with 'Unlimited Competition' in the subject line. As well as your answer, please include your name and postal address. Entries close 5pm on 13th April, 2015. The five winners will each receive a copy of the DVD, Unlimited. Competition open to Australian residents subscribed to Sight's email weekly updates as at 5pm, 13th April, 2015 (to subscribe click here). For full details, follow this link... |  more... |

 

 

NIGERIA: GUNMEN KILL 100 CHRISTIAN VILLAGERS IN COUNTRY'S 'MIDDLE BELT'

 

Destroyed houseWhile all eyes are on Nigeria’s north-eastern regions where the radical group Boko Haram is at last being challenged by multi-national military forces, violence targeting Christian communities in the group of states across the centre of Nigeria, known as the Middle Belt, has increased dramatically. This comes ahead of presidential elections on 28th March.

     In the early hours of 15th March in a village in Benue state, close to the Cameroon border, 100 people, including women and children, were slaughtered by Fulani herdsmen who broke into homes and started shooting while their victims slept.
      A witness who escaped the killings said ‘we were still sleeping when they entered our village and started shooting sporadically in all directions killing every human and animal in sight’.

     The Fulani destroyed crops and set houses ablaze in what was described by a local priest as the worst attack by the herdsmen in four years.

     Presidential candidate General Muhammadu Buhari, himself an ethnic Fulani, condemned the attack as "killings in cold blood".

     A report from the World Watch Monitor... |  more... | 

MIGRATION CAUSED BY ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION ONLY PART OF THE STORY BEHIND NON-BOKO HARAM VIOLENCE

While the world's attention is focused on a catalogue of horrors being inflicted by terrorist group Boko Haram in northern Nigeria - including the abduction of 276 schoolgirls in Chibok in April last year, a more widespread persecution of Christians in the "Middle Belt" region of the country is going largely unnoticed, according to a new report.

DAVID ADAMS reports...  |  more... |

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FEARING ELECTION VIOLENCE, NIGERIANS FORFEIT VOTE TO MOVE TO OTHER END OF THE COUNTRY

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PAKISTAN: CHRISTIANS DEMAND PROTECTION AFTER LAHORE BOMBINGS

 

Influential South Asian Christians have urged Britain to pressure Pakistan's government to protect Christians after Sunday's bombings of two churches in Lahore left 17 people dead and more than 70 injured.

     The appeal by the South Asian Forum of the Evangelical Alliance (SAF), which represents millions of evangelical Christians, and the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) came while hundreds of Pakistani Christians attended funerals for the victims of the attacks in the Youhanabad area of Lahore, Pakistan's second largest city.

     Maryam Bibi, a member of the attacked Protestant Christ Church, said the attacks happened soon after the church service. "I could hear guns firing and I asked my mother to stay seated at the front of the church. Soon after there was a blast at the gates and pieces of flesh and blood sprayed across all of those in the church," Bibi said in published remarks.

     “Everywhere I looked there were broken window panes, blood and shoes scattered across the blast site.”

     Protests following the bombings also ended in violence and Priest Gulzar of the attacked St John’s Catholic Church was quoted as saying that police "brutally beat many protesters" leading to riots in which four Christian men were killed.

     BosNewsLife reports... |  more... | 

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CHRISTIANS RIOT AFTER TWO CHURCHES BOMBED IN LAHORE

     DAVID ADAMS reports... |  more... | 

POPE FRANCIS CONDEMNS CHURCH BOMBINGS IN LAHORE; AT LEAST 14 DEAD

     CHRISTOPHER RALTIERI and STEFAN J BOS report for BosNewsLife... |  more... | 

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SIGHT-SEEING: THE WIDOW'S OFFERING - SCRIPTURE AND JUSTICE

OfferingThe story of the widow’s offering in Luke 21:1-4 is well-known for its example of sacrificial giving. The widow’s devotion to God is admirable, and her willingness to give out of her extreme poverty challenges all of us today.

     But Luke 21:1–4 can hardly mean that every widow should give all she had to live on, given the fact that widows in the ancient world were among the poorest of the poor, and that the temple was an adorned and magnificent building (Mark 13:1; Luke 21:5). To ask a widow to give to the temple treasury is like asking a low-income person living with a disability to give away their disability payment to the church for a brand-new auditorium. It is also like requiring someone living below the poverty line to pay GST for basic food such as bread, milk, rice, fruit, and vegetables.

     It should be noted that Jesus did not ask other widows to “go and do likewise". Instead, when Jesus said that the widow had put in more than all the others, He was probably saying that the gifts of the rich were in fact acts of religiosity that were incompatible with God’s requirement to stand in solidarity with the poor and marginalised. On the contrary, the widow was commendable because she did not allow her poverty to stop her from loving God wholeheartedly. Let us look at the context of the passage.

     As Christians all around the world prepare to mark Easter and God's gift of salvation through His son, Jesus Christ, SIU FUNG WU takes a second look at what Jesus was saying to us when He spoke of a widow's willingness to give her all...  | more... |

 

OPEN BOOK - HUNCHES ABOUT JESUS: THE LAST MINUTES - WILL ELIJAH TURN UP?
Jesus on the Cross
In all the Gospels it takes only a few verses to get from the arrival at Skull Hill (verse 12) to Jesus breathing His last (verse 37). In Matthew 27:23-50 the account is a little longer - 18 verses. Luke 23:33-46 is the same length as Mark about the same as John (John 19:17-30). In all Gospels the actual act of dying - Jesus breathing His last breath - is short and swift. We are told what we have to know. There is no dwelling upon it.
      Jesus was on the cross from nine o'clock in the morning (the 3rd hour after sunrise) (verse 25) until three o'clock in the afternoon (the ninth hour).
       When He knew His agony was almost over He cried loudly so that all who heard it shuddered. But they couldn't help listening to the shout in Aramaic: "Elo-I, Elo-I Lama sabachthani?" (pronounced: eeloyee, eeloyee, larma sarbarktarnee) and it meant: "My God, My God why have you abandoned me?"

      Dying as a wrongly convicted criminal was bad enough. But to experience the abandonment of His Heavenly Father - that was an agony we can scarcely understand. Or can we? Sometimes God brings people into our lives who have felt deep abandonment and it is good for us to listen to them and try to understand.

      BRUCE C WEARNE looks at what the Gospel of Mark says about the moment when Jesus actually died - and what those around were expecting...  | more... |

 

SIGHT-SEEING: THE RISE OF 'NEWS LAUNDERING'

Online newsYou might have come across a story I want to be true, especially at this Easter season –'Islamist Fighter converts to Christianity after Allah Refuses Him ‘Entrance to Gates of Heaven'.

     It purports to tell the true story of an Islamist fighter, fatally wounded, whose body was rescued by ‘nuns’. He revived and reported Allah had banned him from heaven because of his failure as a human being.

     It has been picked up by various websites including the influential Christianity Today.

     If you dig a bit deeper, though you discover that the story is a fabrication. The story first appeared on the World News Daily Report written by Bob Flanagan – WNRD looks like a credible world news service, but in its disclaimer you will find: "WNDR assumes...all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle."

     PAUL CLARK says the rise of satirical news sites means now, more than ever, there's a need to be discerning when sourcing news online...  | more... |

 

SIGHT-SEEING: THE JEREMY CLARKSON SAGA - DO PETITIONS EVER WORK?

WritingOn Tuesday, The Telegraph reported that the BBC has decided to sack TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson, because of an altercation between him and a producer on the Top Gear program.

     The decision has ramifications beyond the survival of the global Top Gear brand. For one thing, it raises questions about the efficacy of large online protests and petitions.

     A plethora of social media platforms have turned opinion-sharing into a compulsion for many people. Yet online public petitions – even well subscribed ones – may carry far less weight than we’d like to believe.

     In the past couple of weeks, more than one million people signed a petition calling for Clarkson’s return to what is arguably the most popular car programme ever devised for TV, anywhere.

     More than 350 million viewers tuned in worldwide to Top Gear, which was fronted by Clarkson and is to date BBC Worldwide’s biggest money spinner.

Mal Fletcher     In the wake of the Jeremy Clarkson saga in the UK, MAL FLETCHER - writing from London - looks at the power of online activism and why it sometimes works and other times doesn't...  | more... |

 

THIS LIFE: DOES JESUS REALLY UNDERSTAND OUR TRIALS?

Jesus in the garden“Jesus and his disciples came to a place called Gethsemane. Jesus said to them, ‘Sit here while I pray.’He took Peter, James, and John along with him. He began to feel despair and was anxious.He said to them, ‘I’m very sad. It’s as if I’m dying. Stay here and keep alert’” - Mark 14:32-34 (CEB).

     Distressed? Agitated? Afraid? Would you use these words to describe Jesus? Most of us would not. However, in Mark 14:32-34 above, we read that Jesus experienced emotions just like the rest of us.

     I’m participating, along with other church members, in a 40-Day Lent study by Adam Hamilton. In day ten of Hamilton’s 24 Hours That Changed the World: 40 Days of Reflection, he reminds us that Jesus was feeling what any human should feel when facing what He was going to face. “In Jesus Christ, God experienced anguish, sorrow, and suffering as human beings do.”

     In Hebrews 4:15-16, Paul wrote, “For we do not have a high priest unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but, we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

      In an article published by ASSIST News Service, CAROL ROUND looks at whether Jesus really understands our trials... | more... |

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IN HIS HANDS...

16th October, 2014
VenezuelaThis 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.

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WATERLOO200

The 18th June, 2015, marks 200 years since the fateful Battle of Waterloo in which the forces of the Duke of Wellington finally put an end to the ambitions of the French Emperor Napoleon at a site in modern Belgium. To mark the occasion, the National Army Museum in the UK and commemorative group Waterloo200 have created a special website, the highlight of which is a gallery of some 200 Waterloo and Napoleonic Wars-related objects. These include everything from the artificial leg of the Earl of Uxbridge whose leg had to be amputated after the battle (along with the saw that did the amputation), and the original "Wellington boots" worn by the Iron Duke himself.

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EXPLORING HOW CHRISTIANITY CAN SHAPE THE WORLD

Imagining the KingdomIf church and Christian education are about preparing and sending Christians to remake the world in cooperation with God, how do they do that? In what ways does the Gospel work its way out in the lives of Christians? What is it that best forms what we long for and love? How can churches and Christian universities foster not just right thinking but right acting, and recruit the imagination of people in the direction of the kingdom of God?

     These are questions James Smith, professor of philosophy at Calvin College, explores in his Cultural Liturgies project, of which Imagining the Kingdom is the second volume of a three volume series of a philosophical theology of culture. Following Desiring the Kingdom, Smith continues to argue that formation happens not primarily through thinking and knowledge accumulation, but by actions and cultivating the right desires and an imagination that comes from imbibing where you are as an actor in God’s story.

     DARREN CRONSHAW reviews James KA Smith's Imaging the Kingdom...  | more... |

 

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CHAPPIE A CONFRONTING RETURN TO THE IDEA OF THE SENTIENT ROBOT

ChappieA gritty take on the introduction of artificially intelligent ‘life’, this film – set in the violent world of Johannesburg’s ganglands in the not-to-distant future – follows the story of Chappie, a robot initially created to combat crime who ends up finding a ‘family’ in the unlikeliest of places – a crime gang. The film’s name (and knowing its based around the creation of a sentient robot) may evoke suggestions of WALL-E or even Robin William’s Bicentennial Man but while Neill Blomkamp’s film tackles some of the same themes surrounding creation, identity and family that they did (albeit not too deeply), like his previous films, District 9 and Elysium, there’s no soft edges here.

     DAVID ADAMS reviews Chappie...  | more... |

 

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CONCERT: THIRD DAY LIVE UP TO EXPECTATIONS AS THEY 'MAKE A DIFFERENCE'

First the bad news. Third Day's Mark Lee, it seems, is a Collingwood supporter (something that, as he discovered, divides an audience pretty quickly when in the AFL heartland of Melbourne).

     The good news, on the other hand, is that this concert was a delight. Consummate professionals, Third Day claim to be a band that are at their best on stage - and last night's concert at Festival Hall was no exception.

     Part rock concert, and as you'd expect from Third Day, part worship service, the band pulled out some old favorites as well as newer hits, the latter including numbers off their 2012 release Miracle and their shortly to be released Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship (their first worship album for 12 years).

      DAVID ADAMS was among those who enjoyed Third Day's Melbourne show...  | more... |

ALBUM REVIEW: MIRACLE KICKS OFF WITH ENERGY BUT DOESN'T PLAY A GREAT SECOND HALF

MiracleWith 11 studio albums and over 10 million(!) albums sold, countless awards, and multiple world tours, Third Day are one of the truly mega acts of Christian music. Hit play on a Third Day CD and you know you’re going to get confident strong music. Miracle is no exception.

     Opening with Hit Me Like A Bomb, Miracle gets off to a strong and energetic rock start - Australian listeners will likely recognise some Powder Finger-like similarities. But the album does then take a bit of an unexpected turn into contemporary acoustic pop with Kicking And Screaming and the worshipful Your Love Is Like A River. Neither of these songs are bad, they just sound a bit out of place after such a strong opening track.

     Up next is the title track I Need A Miracle which is drawn from a true story of a young man who drove into the woods to end his own life only to hear a ‘miracle’ song that made him change his mind. The story within this song is moving, and is testament to the power of music and how God can use it to speak deeply into the lives of people.

      Yes, Third Day are in Australia and about to release a new album. In the meantime, ROBBIE TOWNSEND takes a look at their last, Miracle...  | more... |

Soundbite19th March, 2015

THE TCM UPDATE: PETER BEVERIDGE GETS SAMPLED - BY EMINEM...

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A HELPING HAND TO FIND THE RIGHT BOOK FOR YOU; AND, GETTING A COLLECTIVE VIEW (WITHOUT DISTRACTIONS)...

BlinkistEach year thousands of books are published on leadership, entrepreneurship, science and a range of other nonfiction topics. But how do you know which ones are right for you? And who has time to read them all? Enter Blinkist. For a small subscription per month, Blinkist will give you access to their summaries of over 400 books with more added each month. The summaries highlight the major points in each book and provide a link to the e-book if you decide to purchase it.

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KNOW IT ALL: RICHARD III

Richard IIILast week, the bones of former English King Richard III were finally laid to rest in Leicester Cathedral, having been found three years before buried beneath a carpark in the city. We take a quick look at the life of this somewhat notorious king and the rediscovery of his remains...

     • Richard III was born on 2nd October, 1542, the 12th of 13 children of Richard Plantagenet, third Duke of York, and Cecily Neville. He lived during the period known as the Wars of Roses when his family, the House of York, vied with the House of Lancaster for the English crown.

    • His eldest brother, King Edward IV, was the first Yorkist king and  reigned from 4th March, 1461, until deposed on 3rd October, 1470, and again from 11th April, 1471, until his death in 1483. His brother created Richard Duke of Gloucester the year he was crowned.

     • Following the death of King Edward IV, Richard was made Lord Protector of Edward's son (and his nephew), Edward V (who was never crowned and only ruled for 86 days). Twelve-year-old Edward V and his younger brother Richard, Duke of York, were known as the "Princes in the Tower" and disappeared after they were taken to the Tower of London. Their deaths have been widely attributed to Richard III although their fate remains a matter of debate.

    DAVID ADAMS looks at King Richard III - in life and death...  | more...|

 

ORIGINS: HOWZAT! BACK TO CRICKET'S BEGINNINGS

CricketWith cricket's World Cup coming to the decisive end of the competition in Australia and New Zealand, it's timely to take a quick look back to the game's beginnings.

     Cricket's origins go back as far as the idea of someone throwing a ball or rock to someone else and them then hitting it with a club of some form but evidence of the game as we know it starts to emerge in England in the early to mid-Middle Ages.

     The earliest reference to a cricket game dates back to the 16th century while the earliest reference to an 11-a-side match - a game in Surrey - apparently dates from 1697.

     In 1744, the first known version of the "laws of cricket" were issued by the London Club, with the length of the pitch as formalised as 22 yards long (that club was apparently founded in 1722, although some claim the Hambledon Cricket Club, formed in the 1760s, was the first cricket club).

    DAVID ADAMS looks back over the centuries to the start of the game of cricket...  | more...|

 

TRENDSPOTTER: WHEN THE NEED FOR SPEED BECOMES A SICKNESS

ClocksPerpetually feel like there's never enough hours in the day? That you don't ever seem to make much of an impact on your endless list of jobs? You may be suffering from what's called "hurry sickness". While the term was originally coined by two cardiologists as far back as 1959, time - and the rise of apparently time-saving technologies - seems to have only exacerbated it. Defined in a blog post on the Psychology Today website as “a behavior pattern characterised by continual rushing and anxiousness; an overwhelming and continual sense of urgency" or “a malaise in which a person feels chronically short of time, and so tends to perform every task faster and to get flustered when encountering any kind of delay", it may be more common than you might think.

     It'll only take a minute! DAVID ADAMS takes a quick look at "hurry sickness"... | more...|

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THE BIG PICTURE: CHRISTIANITY LIVES OR DIES WITH JESUS


Jesus made both a promise and a prediction in His earthly ministry - the church He was building would never fail. "The gates of Hades," Jesus said, "would never prevail’ over the church" (Matthew 16:18). In other words, Hades (the place of the dead) would never swallow up Christians forever. Rather, as the years continued, they would keep gathering around the world, worshiping God until this age closed in readiness for the next. And, as each generation encountered physical death, their trust would be in a living Jesus who, because He Himself had already risen, was able to also raise their bodies from the dead.

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THE WEEKLY SNAPSHOT

     28th February, 2015

    Cruise Ship by DAVID ADAMS

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...  | more... |

 

WORDPLAY CHALLENGE #5

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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Vanishing GraceThroughout 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.

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THEY SAID IT

 

 

"(E)verything is pointing towards an act that we can't describe: criminal, crazy, suicidal."

- French Prime Minister Manuel Valls speaking after black box voice recordings seem  to indicate Germanwings Flight FU 9525 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, 27, deliberately locked the Airbus A320's captain out of the cockpit as he flew the plane into a mountainside in the French Alps, killing all 150 on board (as quoted on Sky News on 28th March, 2015).

 

"I'm sure I don't speak for myself, I'm sure everyone standing on this stage tonight will say we played this World Cup with 16 players and tonight is certainly dedicated to our little brother and our teammate Phillip Hughes."

- Australian one day cricket captain Michael Clark, speaking after Australia's win over New Zealand in cricket's World Cup final, in a reference to former team-mate Phillip Hughes who died during an unrelated cricket game at Sydney in November (as quoted on Fox Sports on 29th March, 2015)

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31st March, 2015

Buying chocolate Easter eggs but want to ensure your purchase is ethical? World Vision have produced an Ethical Chocolate Guide which provides a list of ethically sourced chocolate brands in Australia. You can download the guide here...


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GOOGLE AND PROBLEM SOLVING...

24th March, 2015

PAUL CLARK

GoogleIt used to be that computer games were praised for developing problem solving skills in children.
      That was until the development of Google! Now if my kids get stuck on a part of a game they can't do, in under 30 seconds, it's straight onto the computer to find out how to do it. And aren't they upset if they can't find someone else who has solved the problem and put it on the net.
      Are we developing a generation whose problem solving, and research skills, amount to doing a search on Google? What are the long-term implications for research and innovation? What happens when the power goes off?

Musings is a regularly updated, column featuring short snippets reflecting on daily life from a Christian perspective...  | more... |

 

 

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AN APRIL FOOLS' DAY ROUND-UP; BIG MAC CLOTHING; AND, JAPAN'S SCARECROW VILLAGE...

It's April Fools' Day and as usual, organisations are outdoing themselves to come up with clever gags. Some of the local offerings this year include a claim by supermarket chain Woolworths to have created a 'watermapple' - a hybrid of a watermelon and an apple and an announcement from the Queensland Police Service that it was to trial kangaroo-inspired 'roo shoes'.

DAVID ADAMS writes about the odder side of life... | more... |


TEXT FOUND ON MUMMY'S MASK MAY PROVE TO BE OLDEST SURVIVING GOSPEL FRAGMENT...
Containing a fragment of what may be the oldest surviving copy of the Gospel, a text which was written on papyrus and reused in the making of a funerary mask for a first century mummy in Egypt is set to be published, according to a reports.

DAVID ADAMS reports... | more... |


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...  | more... |


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 WOJCZUK's blog about 'life, the universe and possibly everything'...
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