NIGERIA: A YEAR ON, STILL NO OFFICIAL WORD ABOUT KIDNAPPED GIRLS

 

Chibok mothersA year later, the parents are still crying.

     It was 14th April, 2014, when militants of the radical Islamic group Boko Haram kidnapped about 275 teenage school girls from Chibok, a predominantly Christian village in northeastern Nigeria. Some 232 of them are still missing, and for much of the year, little has been heard of their fate.

     But in the offices of the Centre for Caring, Empowerment and Peace Initiatives, the Chibok kidnappings remain a daily reality.

     ‘‘Just recently, one of the sisters of the Chibok girls came to our office and asked for some food stores and mattress because she said her mother is always crying. She said, they are always near her, comforting her, as nobody is taking care of her,” said Rebecca Dali, who runs the centre.

     It was a year ago that more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped from their school in Chibok. World Watch Monitor reports on what little progress has been made in finding them... |  more... | 

     

MORE THAN 800,000 CHILDREN FORCED TO FLEE THEIR HOMES IN NIGERIA

The number of children forced to flee their homes in Nigeria thanks to ongoing violence has more than doubled in the past year with more than 800,000 now displaced, according to a report from UNICEF.

     The child-focused UN agency - which has released the report a year after more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted from Chibok - says the ongoing conflict involving terror group Boko Haram, military forces and civilian self-defence groups is "exacting a heavy toll on children, affecting not just their well-being and their safety but also their access to basic health, education and social services."

     It says at least 15,000 children have been killed since 2009 with more than 7,300 killed in 2014 alone.

     DAVID ADAMS reports on a new UNICEF report showing the horrors facing children in Nigeria amid the ongoing fighting... |  more... | 


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RENOWNED PHOTOGRAPHER KEN DUNCAN LOOKS FOR "BELIEVABILITY" IN NEW PHOTO COMPETITION

World renowned Australian photographer Ken Duncan has launched a new photographic competition aimed at showcasing what he terms "photo realism" - "believeable" images which have minimal post-processing.

Mr Duncan, who is known for his spectacular panoramic images of the Australian landscape, said that while he has nothing against the creation of images in which no limits are put upon the use of post-processing techniques - images he describes as "photo illustration" - there needs to be a clear line between the two types of photographs, both of which he describes as "valid".

"Each has its own marketplace and I think having a separation makes people understand more what they're looking at..." he said.

DAVID ADAMS reports... |  more... |



THE DAILY STATISTIC:

17th April, 2015

Proportion of US citizens who support the death penalty (down from 78 per cent in 1996):

56 per cent

Source: Pew Research Center

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13th April, 2015

WORLDVIEW: AMERICANS ALMOST UNANIMOUS IN SUPPORT FOR UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO THE BIBLE BUT FAIL TO SEE THE NEED FOR ONGOING TRANSLATION WORK, ACCORDING TO LATEST BIBLE REPORT

Ninety-eight per cent of Americans believe that all people should have access to the Bible but just one in five see a need for ongoing Bible translation with seven out of 10 unaware that the Bible is not available in some languages, according to the findings of the American Bible Society's annual State of the Bible report.

     Drawing on a survey of 2,000 people conducted by the Barna Group, the report found that 72 per cent of people in the US were unaware of the ongoing need for Bible translation while only 21 per cent recognised the need for ongoing translation.

     This is despite the fact that the Bible has not been completely translated into more than half of the world's 6,901 languages. According to the report, the Bible has yet to be completely translated into 57 per cent of the world's languages with translations in progress in 26 per cent of languages and no Scripture translation work yet started in  some 31 per cent of languages.

DAVID ADAMS reports on the findings of the latest report looking at US attitudes towards the Bible...  |  more... |

 

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REMEMBERING THE FALLEN OF WORLD WAR I

8th April, 2015

I was born in 1974, and just wanted to share my feelings about both World War I and World War II.
      I wanted as a child to take all the soldiers home and wash their feet and let them sleep in our backyard in tents where mum and I could bring them breakfast.

     REBEKAH BLACKWOLF-MITCHELL remembers those who have fallen in war...  |  more... |

 

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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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NIGERIA: HOPE - AND ANXIETY - AFTER BUHARI'S WIN

 

Nigeria’s Christians, especially those in the troubled northeast, had a good reason to be worried that Muhammadu Buhari would be elected president. The former military ruler had once endorsed the full implementation of sharia - Islamic law - throughout the country.

     Yet in the weeks leading up to the 28th March election, leaders of the Christian churches in Africa’s most populous nation announced their support for Buhari. And since the former general defeated incumbent Goodluck Jonathan by a 54 to 46 margin, they have praised Buhari, a Muslim, as “a man of peace” and “a man of integrity and decency”.

     The Christian Association of Nigeria and the National Christian Elders Forum each issued congratulatory statements to Buhari. They praised Jonathan, a Christian, for relinquishing power peacefully, saying his concession and Nigeria’s post-election calm demonstrated “political maturity”.

     World Watch Monitor reports on the outcome of the Nigerian election... |  more... | 


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

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

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INTO THE FUTURE: NEW REPORT PREDICTS DRAMATIC RISE IN NUMBER OF MUSLIMS BY 2050 WHILE PROPORTION OF CHRISTIANS TO REMAIN STEADY

 

Church steepleThe proportion of the world's population who identify as Christian is expected to remain steady over the next four decades and see them continue to make up the world’s largest religious group despite dramatic growth in the number of Muslims, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.

     Released earlier this month, the report, The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050, shows that if current demographic trends continue, the number of Muslims is projected to rise from 1.6 billion people – or 23 per cent of the global population - in 2010 to 2.8 billion people – or 30 per cent of the world’s population - by 2050, representing a 73 per cent rise and making it the fastest growing religion in the world.

     In contrast, the number of Christians – 2.2 billion or 31 per cent of the world’s population in 2010 – is only expected to see a 35 per cent rise in absolute numbers with projections showing 2.9 billion – a figure still equating to 31 per cent of the world’s population – will identify as Christians in 2050.

     DAVID ADAMS reports on the findings of a new study looking at how demographic trends are expected to impact world religions around the globe over the next four decades... |  more... | 

NO LONGER A CHRISTIAN MAJORITY?

Australia, the UK  and New Zealand are among eight countries in which the majority of people will no longer identify as Christian in 2050, according to the Pew Research Center report.

 DAVID ADAMS reports... |  more... |

 

 

KENYA: SHOCKED NATION GRIEVES WORST ISLAMIC EXTREMIST ASSAULT SINCE 1998

 

As Kenya comes to grips with the worst attack on its soil since the 1998 bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi, survivors revealed grim details of last week’s Islamic extremist assault.
      Separating out Christian students from Muslims, members of Somalia’s rebel al-Shabaab killed 148 people on Thursday, 2nd April, and wounded 104 at Garissa University College in north-eastern Kenya, sources said. The gunmen first targeted a chapel service where Christians had gathered for prayer at 5am, area church leaders told Morning Star News.

     The assailants sprayed them with bullets, killing 22 students. A female student and member of the East Africa Pentecostal Church (EAPC) lay in a pool of blood among the bodies, feigning death.
     “One terrorist picked up a call from a phone on a dead body close by, and he said that they were continuing to kill their children, and that they need to know that Garissa is for Muslims only,” Millicent Murugi told a Morning Star News source.

     As a nation reels from a deadly terrorist attack on a university, Morning Star News reveals that a Christian prayer service was the first target... |  more... | 

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COUNTRY IN MOURNING AFTER ALMOST 150 KILLED IN ATTACK ON CHRISTIAN STUDENTS

Kenya is holding three days of national mourning after 148 people were killed and another 79 injured when al-Shabaab terrorists stormed a Kenyan university campus in the town of Garissa, taking Christians hostage and engaged security forces in an extended shootout.

     Ceremonies have been held over Easter to commemorate those who died in the attack while Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has reportedly pledged to respond "in the severest way possible".

     Morning Star News reported that one of the victims at Garissa General Hospital, told a visiting pastor that members of the Islamic terrorist group had asked students if they were Christians or Muslims when they attacked Garissa University College at dawn last Thursday.

     “They started questioning the students whether they were Christians or not before shooting," the unnamed student reportedly said.

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

 

 

TURKEY: ORTHODOX AND PROTESTANT CHRISTIANS MEND CENTURIES OF DISTRUST

 

Mardin churchOn a Saturday in late March, a group of 20 volunteers went to an abandoned church in Turkey’s southeastern city of Mardin. They cleaned out broken chairs, a cracked pulpit, and books that haven't been opened in decades. In the corner sat a 100-year-old organ.

     The church, in the heartland of Assyrian Orthodoxy, has recently been transferred to a Protestant congregation. And this donation marks an extraordinary change in relations between the two branches of Christianity.
      The Syriac Church (known as Assyrian in Iraq and Syria) is one of the oldest branches of Christianity in the world; its churches in Mardin date back to the fourth century. It claims a historical connection to the Assyrian Empire of the Old Testament, which predates today's national borders. But its population has dwindled in Turkey ever since the Ottoman Empire’s 1915 massacre of hundreds of thousands of Armenians and Syriacs. Some 20,000 Syriacs still remain in Turkey, with only 3,500 in its remote southeast.

     Although only big enough to hold 50 people, the building's transfer represents the first steps of reconciliation between Protestantism and Orthodoxy in a city where the denominations have been bitter rivals for nearly two centuries.

     World Watch Monitor reports... |  more... | 

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OPEN BOOK SPECIAL - HUNCHES ABOUT JESUS: WITNESSES TO DEATH AND NEW LIFE, PART I

AngelsHave a good close look at your Bible. Here is Mark's statement of Jesus' resurrection. Just like the statement of how they crucified him, it is very brief. Matthew's account is brief also (Matthew 28), as is the statement of Luke who adds some other later appearances of Jesus. John's Gospel is the longest and includes a few stories as well. It is as if Mark is saying: well here it is! This is what happened. I have said enough for you to work out what has taken place here. By writing this, young Mark was actively giving his own view of events.
      Look again at how Mark refers to Mary. At one point it is Mary mother of James the younger and of Joseph (15:40), at here it is Mary mother of James. And it seems this is Jesus' mother who is being referred to. What's going on? We don't know for sure but it seems like Mark is telling us that James and Joseph were also young witnesses to what took place. Was Joseph also there with Mary when they saw where Jesus' body was laid? Was James there when they discovered the body was gone? That's my hunch as to what Mark means by referring to Mary in this way.

      BRUCE C WEARNE takes a look at what Mark says in his Gospel about how three women discovered Jesus' empty tomb...  | more... |

 

SAINTS OF PAST AGES: THOMAS HELWYS

Thomas HelwysBaptists the world over are being encouraged to mark the 400th anniversary of the death in London’s notorious Newgate Prison of Thomas Helwys, one of their founders.

     It was an obscure and unheralded demise at the time, and almost no-one noticed it except King James. But Helwys is now considered to have put the first argument for full religious liberty in English.

     Although stridently denouncing all Christian movements of the era but his own, he nevertheless championed the right to personal conviction, becoming a pioneer of religious tolerance.

     Such a stand required immense courage that brought him into direct conflict with King James I who, like much of Europe at the time, believed the stability of the state depended on religious uniformity. The law required attendance at their local parish church of the entire population. And the sovereign believed in the "divine right of kings" through which he controlled not only their bodies, but also their souls.

     Next year marks the 400th anniversary of the martyrdom of Baptist pioneer Thomas Helwys. In an article first published by ASSIST News Service, CHARLES GARDNEY and ADRIAN GRAY take a look at who he was and preparations to commemorate his death against the backdrop of the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the pilgrim ship, Mayflower, to the US in 2020...  | more... |

 

SIGHT-SEEING: WELL PLAYED, MR BENAUD - WE NEED MORE PUBLIC FIGURES LIKE YOU

Richie BenaudIf imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the late Australian cricket champion and commentator Richie Benaud must have been one of the most flattered men in the sporting world.

     Scores of Benaud imitators would turn up at cricket matches wearing Richie wigs and waving faux microphones, even well after his retirement as a pundit.

     Perhaps unusually for a sportsperson, his post-athletic career provides some important cues for people in every corner of public life - including politicos vying for election. He came to personify a type of individual that seems at times to be fast disappearing from the public stage.

     A celebrated Test captain in his own era, Benaud later became the voice of Australian summers - and, along with Christopher Martin-Jenkins and Brian Johnson, a great many English summers too.

     Like Don Bradman before him - another antipodean warmly embraced by the English cousins - Benaud was always a gentleman who was concerned with his bearing as well as his words.

Mal Fletcher     Former Australian Test captain and cricket commentator Richie Benaud passed away early on 10th April at the age of 84. MAL FLETCHER says there is much to learn from the way this man conducted himself in the public eye...  | more... |

 

LIFESTORY: IN MEMORY OF GORDON MOYES

Rev Dr Gordon MoyesIn December, 1982, I started work as media manager at Wesley Central Mission, Sydney. (The name was changed to Wesley Mission a few years later).
      I have my wife Janine to thank because she saw the job advertised soon after we returned to Wagga Wagga after spending a year studying film and television production in the US.

     Rev Gordon Moyes was the mission’s superintendent which is a cross between a CEO and senior pastor. My job was to manage the media ministry of the mission.

     This was a real answer to prayer for us both as we had wondered where my year long study at San Diego University would lead. I was soon to find out.

     Gordon had succeeded Rev Dr Sir Alan Walker who had been a pioneer in using the media for the Gospel. It was Sir Alan’s lobbying prior to 1956 that helped secure what was known as the statutory time clause. This clause in the television broadcasting act required commercial television broadcasters to provide an hour of broadcast and associated production time each week for religious programs produced by churches, free of charge.

     MARTIN JOHNSON, a long-time colleague of Rev Dr Gordon Moyes who died this week at the age of 76, reflects on his friend's life and legacy... | more... |

 

THIS LIFE: THE EASTER ANGUISH OF JESSE ADAMS

The Songs of Jesse AdamsWe are so fortunate that God has come to Earth in the form of Jesus. If we want to know what God is like, we need only look at Jesus.

     How did Jesus treat people? He went to the outcast and the poor. Most importantly though, he went to those who were hated and despised by mainstream society.

     I’ve recently been reading the Australian novel, The Songs of Jesse Adams. This fascinating story is about what it could be like if Jesus came to Melbourne in the 1960s.

     What has struck me about the story is something that is not often emphasised by Christians of a social justice persuasion. It is the magnitude in which Jesus seemed to upset and offend those who had a vested interest in the status quo. Everywhere He went, those in power felt threatened by this upstart young preacher who had the audacity to claim the most outrageous things about Himself, and who had the gumption to love those who didn’t deserve it: the morally loose and low lifes of society.

      Against the background of Easter, NILS VON KALM reflects on Peter McKinnon's book, The Songs of Jesse Adams... | 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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FROM THE ROUGH A SPORTING STORY OF OVERCOMING ADVERSITY

From  the RoughYes, the title is a golf reference – used here as a metaphor for tackling life from a hard place. And yes, this is a film about golf. But more than that it’s a film about overcoming adversity in the face of tough opposition.
      Based on fact, From The Rough tells the story of Dr Catana Starks, a swimming coach at Tennessee State University who became the first female to coach a men’s university golf team.

     Under-funded and with a boss determined to see her fail, she brings together a ragtag group of recruits to form the university’s first men’s golf team and, as one might expect, things don’t go smoothly for Starks and her team.

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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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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... |

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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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TRENDSPOTTER: HELPING THE BLIND EXPERIENCE GREAT WORKS OF ART

ReachingIt is one of the world's great pleasures to visit a gallery and gaze upon a great work of art - provided, of course, there's no touching involved. But sadly, for the visually impaired, that hasn't always been an experience they've been able to partake in. Until now. The Museo del Prado in Madrid is among galleries around the world which are exploring how to help the blind and visually impaired 'see' the works through the sense of touch. Don't be alarmed. The Prado has utilised a new 3D printing technology known as Didú to recreate remarkably accurate versions of some of the art world's greatest works

     DAVID ADAMS takes a look at the trend for galleries to allow the visually impaired to experience art through touch... | more...|

 

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...|

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THE BIG PICTURE: LEST WE FORGET

I never met Oswald. Yet my heart swells with pride for what he did. My grandfather was in the first wave of soldiers that landed on the beach before dawn at Anzac Cove on 25th April, 1915. It was the beginning of a campaign that would leave families all over Australia missing sons, fathers, brothers, uncles...and mates.

     By late morning Oswald had been shot in the left foot but, although wounded, he chose to stay with his battalion until it was relieved some days later. After recuperating in Egypt for two months, he returned to keep fighting at Gallipoli. When that campaign closed Oswald fought on the Western front where he received severe gunshot wounds to his chest and arm. After recovering in England he returned to France only to suffer gunshot wounds to his forehead. This sent him back again to England for more recuperation. Despite all these traumas, in 1918, Oswald returned to France one more time to fight.

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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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THEY SAID IT

 

 

"This is obviously an historic meeting."

- US president Barack Obama at the start of a meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro in Panama on 11th April, 2015 (as quoted on CNN)

"Now, let me ask you, what is a double Irish sandwich with Dutch affiliations?"

- Greens leader, Senator Christine Milne, in a question addressed to Apple Australia and New Zealand boss, Tony King, at an Australian Senate inquiry into corporate tax avoidance on 8th April, 2015. Mr King answered that he had "no idea" (as quoted on ABC)

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19th April, 2015

Along with the centenary of the Gallipoli landings, this year also marks 100 years since the Armenian Genocide in which as many as 1.5 million Armenians, Assyrians and Pontian Greeks were killed at the hands of the rulers of the Ottoman Empire. You can read about the genocide and ongoing attacks against Armenians in Chris Ray's article in the Sydney Morning Herald, 'Soft targets: the continuing persecution of Armenians'...


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AUTHOR OF LIFE...

7th April, 2015

PAUL CLARK

AuthorAs an author I’ve learnt that the most authentic stories come from authentic characters.
Characters who have their own identity and intrinsically consistent personalities. They are real and can’t be forced - even by the author - to do things that cut across their character.
If an author does create inauthentic characters, we know longer believe in them and the story comes crumbling down.

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

 

 

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MR BURGER AND MRS KING; A GOLDFISH INVASION; AND, GROWING FURNITURE...

US couple Burger and King are getting married so it seems only natural that fast food chain Burger King should offer to pay for the wedding. Illinois couple Joel Burger, 24, and Ashley King, 23, are reportedly planning a July wedding in Jacksonville and it will now come complete with Burger King sponsorship following an offer from the company to cover expenses. Who knows, they might even throw in a free drink and fries.

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.

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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.

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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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