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ESSAY: THE 'ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE' AND THE CHRISTIAN RESPONSE
From the moment a live, on-air 'ice bucket challenge' was performed on US television on 30th June, 2014, the phenomena has gained increased media attention and, thanks to social media, gone viral all over the globe.
For those not up to speed, the ‘ALS Ice Bucket Challenge’ involves dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) - or motor neurone disease (MND) as it is more commonly known in Australia. The challenge involves nominated participants being filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and then nominating others to do the same.
A common stipulation is that the nominated participants have 48 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation. Whether people choose to donate, perform the challenge, or do both varies. The chill experienced by the participants as the ice rolls down their spine is designed to provide a glimpse of that experienced by some sufferers of ALS.
At the time of writing this article, it had raised more than $US100 million for the charity in the US alone. It has been described as “one of the most viral philanthropic social media campaigns in history”, but some, particularly some Christian groups, have questioned whether campaigns like this should really be looked at in such positive light.
PIRI KULARAJAH argues that Christians shouldn't be critical of a fad just because it is a fad but apply an "active and constructive" approach to the way they view charitable social media campaigns like the 'ice bucket challenge'... | more... |
ESSAY: THE ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE AND SOCIAL MEDIA
The ice bucket challenge has become a subject of not-so-icy debate in sections of the British media and press.
Is it a colossal waste of time - and water - or a genuine attempt to raise money and awareness about debilitating diseases?
The ice bucket challenge started life in the US, as a way of raising much-needed funds for research into a form of motor neurone disease. This disease weakens many of the muscles in the human body by changing the way the brains sends messages to them.
Once the challenge went viral via social media, however, charities representing other causes also became involved, including the MacMillan Cancer Support group in the UK. At one point, some of the original recipients of peoples’ giving expressed annoyance that their funding was being diverted to these other causes.
Writing from London, MAL FLETCHER takes a critical look at the ice bucket challenge and the role social media has played in its viral nature... | more... |
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27th August, 2014
CALL FOR SEVEN DAYS OF PRAYER AND FASTING FOR REVIVAL IN AUSTRALIA AND FOR THE PROTECTION OF THOSE SUFFERING PERSECUTION IN THE MIDDLE EAST
National prayer leaders have joined in calling for seven days of prayer and fasting, asking God for an "explosion" of the Gospel in Australia and for protection for those being persecuted for their faith overseas.
Warwick Marsh, one of the organisers of the National Day of Prayer and Fasting which takes place in February each year, said he had been feeling for some months to call the nation to fast and pray for "breakthrough for revival and transformation and specifically for marriage, family and fatherhood" as well as for "our Christian brothers and sisters" facing persecution in the Middle East.
WORLDVIEW: PALESTINIAN CHURCH FORCED OUT OF BUILDING IN EAST JERUSALEM
Seven years of harassment and attacks by hard-line Muslims have finally forced a Palestinian church in East Jerusalem out of their building, church leaders said.
The congregation of Calvary Baptist Church, under Holy Land Missions, moved out of their building in the Shofat area of Jerusalem in July after Islamists threatened their landlord. They are looking for a safer, more permanent place to meet.
Pastor Steven Khoury said he was emotionally torn when he handed over the keys. The persecution was difficult but had also been a catalyst for spiritual development, he said.
“It was very emotional, because a lot of our people really started to grow there,” he said. “Most of the growth happened in Shofat because of the persecution.”
The persecution started almost immediately after the congregation moved into the building in a predominantly Muslim area in 2007.
SOAPBOX: REMEMBERING WORLD WAR I AS IT REALLY WAS...
26th August, 2014
I am a history freak. No doubt about it. A double major in history at uni; a history thesis in my Masters; journal articles; all that...I love history!
But I am not looking forward to the next four years of "celebrating" the First World War. Sorry: I am not. That war was a horrid tragedy that should never have happened. It was a war between empires that shared the same overall philosophy, religion, and culture. It was all about imperialism, domination around the world, leader's pride and irrational arrogance.
Second-rate world leaders let the world fall into a shocking horrible war. And that war saw the birth of Communism, as Russia went that way and later other nations followed suit. That war led to the rise of Nazism in Germany. That war saw the death of millions. It was one of the very worst events in human history that fueled one of the very worst centuries the world has ever seen.
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WATER WORKS: HOW GOING FOR A WALK IN AUSTRALIA CAN BRING NEW HOPE TO VILLAGES IN NORTHERN NIGERIA
For people in many communities in northern Nigeria, having a glass of water doesn’t simply mean turning on a tap. It can mean walking an average of some eight kilometres a day, just to provide the family with enough to keep them going. Every day.
Now in its sixth year, Open Doors Australia’s Walk to Water initiative aims to change that by raising money to install deep water wells in a range of Christian communities in the northern Nigerian states of Kano, Katsina, Kaduna and Bauchi.
Not only are such communities facing ongoing attacks from groups like Islamic extremists Boko Haram – who made world headlines earlier this year when they kidnapped more than 250 schoolgirls from the predominantly Christian town of Chibok – and health threats like that from the Ebola virus, Open Doors says many Christians in northern Nigeria are being excluded from basic government services, like health and education, because of their faith in Jesus Christ.
“These are Christian villages who the government really neglect...” says Jeanette*, Walk to Water coordinator at Open Doors Australia.
DAVID ADAMS reports on Open Doors Australia's Walk to Water initiative which aims to support Christian villages in northern Nigeria... | more... |
MILITANTS DECLARE ISLAMIC CALIPHATE AFTER KILLING 100 CHRISTIANS
The leader of Nigeria's feared Boko Haram group says a northeastern town is now part of an Islamic caliphate after his militants killed more than 100 civilians there, most of them Christians.
BosNewsLife reports on the latest developments in the persecution of Christians in Nigeria... | more... |
ESSAY: WHY YOU WANT A GOAT FOR FATHER'S DAY (TRUST US, YOU REALLY DO!)
It’s that time of year again - your offspring are gearing up to show how much they care by choosing the perfect pair of socks, and you’re gearing up to show them how much you appreciate the sentiment with the appropriate level of enthusiasm. After all, no doubt you really are grateful to avoid having to shop for socks. But what if the thought really could be made to count this Father’s Day?
That’s where the goat comes in. Like my socks don’t smell enough, I hear you say, so I need a goat? No thanks! But with all of us dealing with more than enough stuff in our lives, and an estimated $676.5 million spent on Aussie dads in 2013 alone, it may be time to rethink your position.
Goats, you see, are one of a smorgasbord of options on offer this Father’s Day through gift catalogues like Compassion Australia’s Gifts of Compassion. That goat, while every bit as real and pungent as you imagine, will not end up in your backyard, but in that of a family living in poverty in the developing world. Aussie dads given the gift of the goat receive an equally real but much less odorous card, and the knowledge that it can help change the future for a family on the other side of the world. That’s more than you can say about the socks.
With Father's Day just around the corner in Australia, Compassion Australia's KATY CAUSEY and ELISSA WEBSTER put forward the case for making this year's present one that lasts... | more... |
HEALTH: YWAM MEDICAL SHIPS RAISING $6.5 MILLION FOR NEW SHIP TO DRAMATICALLY INCREASE PROVISION OF CARE TO PAPUA NEW GUINEA
For the past five years, the YWAM Medical Ships Australia vessel MV Pacific Link has brought much needed medical care to remote communities in Papua New Guinea.
But with the ship – the only medical ship currently operating in PNG - now running at capacity, the organisation is looking to replace it with a much larger vessel – the MV Ammari – in a bid to extend their impact and reach in the country. And to do that, they’re looking to raise $6.5 million.
“We’ve signed an agreement to charter the vessel (MV Ammari) for the next five months and we are fundraising at the moment to purchase that vessel,” says YWAM MSA spokesperson Anna Scott.
To that end, they’re running a “ship tour” along the east coast of Australia, calling in at 10 ports extending from Sydney to Cairns.
While the tour has already raised more than $1.5 million, Ms Scott says the tour is also about recruiting volunteers to staff the ship – the crew are all volunteers as are all the health care professionals on board - as well as supplies. “And also raising awareness about the health concerns in Papua New Guinea,” she says.
EGYPT: ONE YEAR AFTER HISTORIC ATTACKS, STATE HAS YET TO AID CHRISTIANS
One year after the attacks, Mina Thabet can still see the ruins in his mind; a seemingly endless series of scorched, hollowed-out church buildings, schools, homes and businesses stretching out across Egypt.
On 14th August, 2013, thousands of Muslims began a four-day rampage throughout the country seeking revenge for the military-backed, popular ouster of the Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. They attacked anything remotely associated with Christ, Christians or Christianity.
When it was over, Thabet, a well-known Coptic human rights activist, went to survey the damage. He said it was a life-changing experience.
“I visited Minya – it was awful,” he said. “When I got to the Corniche area, I saw how much damage had been done, and I saw the bathroom that had what remained of two people who were burned alive inside.”
A year has passed since the attacks, but Mina and others say that Christians are still struggling to rebuild their lives. After the first day of attacks, then-Defense Minister Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, now the nation’s president, publicly promised that the army would restore all church buildings destroyed in the attacks. Only five of the 32 destroyed church buildings have been rebuilt.
Morning Star News reports on what's happened - and hasn't - in the year since what has been characterised as the "most widespread" outbreak of persecution against Christians in Egypt's history... | more... |
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LIFESTORY: LIVING A 'NORMAL LIFE' WITH MS - FROM A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE
Hi, my name is Chris Tatevosian and like you, or someone you know, I have multiple sclerosis. Today I live to lift people’s spirits and help them to live a great life post-diagnosis.
I was diagnosed with MS in 1980 when I was a freshman in college and for the next 15 years, I had relapsing remitting disease with sporadic ups and downs. Somewhere in the early 1990s, the disease became secondary progressive and in 1995 I began using a wheelchair.
The reality is that I have MS, and those of us with this disease is have two choices...One, we can either think about what we can do, or two, we can think about what we can no longer do. No matter what, this is our new reality. As difficult as our hardships maybe, it really is our choice how we choose to go on living.
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28 - NIV)
The first choice involves changes and adjustments to our new life, which will allow us to go on living and enjoying the life we have...smiling, even laughing. Yeah, it's not what any of us expected, but life throws us curves every day. Sometimes it is as simple as locking our keys in the car, having the power go out, or breaking a fingernail, so we adjust and continue our day.
In an article first published by ASSIST News Service, American CHRIS TATEVOSIAN talks about what it's like to live with MS as a Christian...|
OPEN BOOK SPECIAL: HUNCHES ABOUT JESUS: BRING IN THE WRECKERS!
This was an important event. It was to play a part when Jesus was put on trial. It was not just chit-chat. Think about the brief discussion. What was it about?
Disciple: What do you think about
Jesus: What do you mean?
Disciple: Well it is so lovely! It's
such a glorious place!
Could this disciple have been singing Psalm 84? How lovely are your places fair
O Lord of Hosts how dear
The pleasant places where you live
And dwell with us so near!
My life cries out. I almost die
Your courts O Lord to view
My heart and body shout aloud
My living God for You.
BRUCE C WEARNE looks at a confronting passage in Mark 13 in which Jesus talks about the fate of the Temple in Jerusalem... |
SIGHT-SEEING: A VOICE OF AUTHORITY? GRAPPLING WITH WHAT IT MEANS TO WITNESS FOR CHRIST IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE
I’ve written over 400 one-minute spots for radio from a Judeo-Christian perspective on all sorts of topics. One topic I have not addressed at all is the current debate on same-sex marriage.
Why have I not gone there?
Well, one minute doesn’t allow one much space to address the subtleties and nuances of such a complex topic, but I’ve tackled others.
The randomness of the broadcast for such content means I must keep things fairly family friendly, but it could be done.
I have to ask myself, ‘am I scared?’ Am I afraid of being called all the names one is often called in these types of debates when trying to espouse a position, even as graciously as one can?
Or perhaps it’s that I don’t want to call someone else names. Knowing such topics can go to the core of people’s identity, I am somewhat reluctant to get involved least I hurt someone else, permanently!
PAUL CLARK reflects on how Christians in the public sphere should approach issues like same-sex marriage...|
THIS LIFE: SHINING A NEW LIGHT ON MINE SAFETY
A smouldering fire in a timber pumphouse deep underground led to one of the greatest mine disasters in Australian history. It also led to one of the greatest rescues - a triumph of human determination and cooperation.
Just over a century ago, on 12th October, 1912, the day’s shift of copper miners headed deep into the bowels of Mt Lyell in Tasmania. Forty-two of the men would never make it topside again.
When the fire started, nearly 100 workers were trapped below it. Unable to find a passage to the surface, they urgently needed breathing equipment to have any hope of surviving. And the nearest suitable gear was in the gold-mining towns of Bendigo and Ballarat on the far side of Bass Strait. Breaking all existing shipping and railway speed records, the breathing apparatus reached Tasmania’s west coast in time to save more than 50 miners who were finally brought to the surface four days later.
ANNIE HAMILTON writes about how Australian Bob Mellows made mining safer by heeding the words of Christ... |
SIGHT-SEEING: A MATTER OF FAITH - WHEN WE STRUGGLE TO UNDERSTAND WHY
"Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God”
- Psalm 43:5 (NIV).
With the recent unexpected suicide of comedian and actor Robin Williams, many in the world struggle to understand what would lead someone, who seemed to have it all, to take his own life. Even though Robin candidly shared his lifelong struggles with depression and addictions, it’s still difficult to comprehend how a funny and kind man would be so desperate to end it all.
For those who saw a comedic genius on stage and in the movies, it might be harder to grasp the pain he often concealed. I recall reading an article about the famous comic about 10 years ago, which revealed facts about the beloved actor’s childhood. As a child, he was overweight, shy and bullied by others in his class. Comedy became his relief and earned him friends.
Robin’s father, who was a senior executive at Ford Motor Company, was away much of the time and, according to sources, when the elder Williams was home, the young boy found his father “frightening.” His mother also worked, leaving Robin to be cared for by the maids employed by the family. He claimed his upbringing left him with “an acute fear of abandonment and a condition he described as ‘Love Me Syndrome.’”
In an article first published by ASSIST News Service, CAROL ROUND reflects on the recent death of comedian and actor Robin Williams...|
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28th August, 2013 My son and I met someone on holidays who was in a wheelchair. He was paralysed on the left side of his body due to a virus that effected his brain.
He told us that he could have been healed if the doctors had diagnosed his condition within 72 hours but they were not able to. He had since been in a car accident where he was hit head-on by a drunk-driver, an accident which caused further permanent health issues.
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SALT, LIGHT, AND A CITY AN "IMPORTANT" STEP FORWARD IN A FRESH UNDERSTANDING OF JESUS, MISSION AND CHURCH
The missional church conversation, as Michael Frost explains in his foreword, has called the church back to getting a fresh understanding of Jesus, recalibrating around mission, and then thinking about how to shape church (Christology determining missiology, in turn determining ecclesiology). That is a helpful corrective to pragmatic preoccupations of church growth that wants to find a model of church that will best work, let alone postmodern consumer mentality that looks for a church system that “meets my needs”.
Re-encountering Jesus and recalibrating around mission is a healthy reality check for churches. Nevertheless, it is also important to thoroughly rethink our foundations for church for our 21st century context. Given the demands of our context, let alone the mission of God that the church is invited to cooperate with, what we need is a distinctively missional ecclesiology. But who can we learn from? What guiding frameworks will best shape a missional ecclesiology? From where can we take our bearings?
DARREN CRONSHAW is impressed by Graham Hill's Salt, Light, and a City... |
MUSEUM OF ENDANGERED SOUNDS
This site oozes with nostalgia and, why not? After all, who among us of a certain age haven't yearned for the sound of a telephone dial, that of a floppy disc being read in a disc drive or the delight one used to feel at hearing the sound of their computer dial-up the internet? Launched in 2012 by Brendan Chilcutt "as a way to preserve the sounds made famous by my favorite old technologies and electronic equipment", the Museum of Endangered Sounds features a collection of sounds accessed simply by clicking on the icon of the outmoded piece of technology you want to hear.
DAVID ADAMS goes on an audio-driven trip down memory lane... |
THE INSPIRING STORY OF THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD MEETS THAT OF NEWTON'S AMAZING GRACE IN FREEDOM
A moving film about slavery and the efforts to end the trade, Freedom bring together the stories of the 19th century Underground Railroad in the US with that of the creation of the iconic song Amazing Grace a century before in a tale whose impact will particularly resonate among those concerned with the issue of slavery around the world today.
Cuba Gooding, Jr, stars as Samuel Woodward, a Virginian plantation slave who, in the mid-1800s, decides to escape to Canada with his family using the resources of the Underground Railroad - a network of people and safe houses that existed across the US.
As much as it’s the story of his family's escape, Freedom also follows Woodward’s personal journey of faith. It's in encouraging him in that, that through his mother we encounter the story of a Bible she owns which once belonged to John Newton, an 18th century slave ship captain who became an abolitionist and authored one of the most powerful Christian songs of all time - Amazing Grace.
WATERCOLOURS "WITHOUT THE MESS", AND, MINDING YOUR LANGUAGE...
Waterlogue can take any photo and turn it into a watercolour painting. The wide range of preset effects, which include natural, bold, illustration, soaked, fashionable and a number of others, can apply to landscapes, portraits and still lifes. The app starts with a pencilled outline and builds on it until a watercolour image appears. Print the image, dab it with water for a bit of crinkle and hang it on your wall.
ALAN TAYLOR finds an app that makes creating watercolours simple and another all about expanding your language skills... |
THE TCM UPDATE: DISCOVERING AUTHENTIC WORSHIP...
Discovery Music, the praise and worship movement from Discovery Church in Melbourne, is set to release a new worship EP. Audience Of One (Live At The Stables) is a five track project recorded ‘direct to tape’ at The Stables - the old ‘horse stable turned studio’ by Jon Hume from Evermore.
Creative pastor Greg Attwells says the EP aims to capture the sound of worship at Discovery Church in Mt Evelyn.
“It’s the song of our psalmists and story tellers, and it’s our expression of God-centred and God-orientated music,” Attwells explains.
He says the church music team aims to present what he calls “authentic worship”. He suggests that this even impacts the sound.
CAM WANT with this week's edition of The TCM Update...|
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KNOW IT ALL: EBOLA VIRUS
With the death toll from the latest Ebola outbreak now more than 1,400, we take a look at what we know about the disease...
• Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, first appeared in 1976 in simultaneous outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (then Zaire) and Sudan.
• The disease takes its name from the site of the DRC outbreak - the village of Yambuku, located about 100 kilometres south of the Ebola River. It was first 'discovered' by 27-year-old Belgian scientist and medical school graduate Peter Piot, who went on to become under secretary-general of the United Nations and executive director of UNAIDS.
• EVD is believed to be naturally hosted by fruit bats and is understood to be transmitted to the human population through contact with blood or bodily fluids of infected animals such as chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines.
DAVID ADAMS takes a look at some facts about the deadly Ebola virus...|
ORIGINS: RED CROSS MARKS 100 YEARS IN AUSTRALIA
The Australian Red Cross is this month celebrating its 100th anniversary and it's no coincidence the commemoration comes at the same time as we mark the outbreak of World War I.
The organisation was founded on 13th August, 1914, as the Australian branch of the British Red Cross Society at Government House in Melbourne, just nine days after the outbreak of the war.
It was Lady Helen Munro Ferguson, wife of Australia's sixth Governor-General, Sir Ronald Munro Ferguson, who was the driving force behind the founding of the organisation in Australia.
Having come to the country with an extensive knowledge of how the organisation had been run in Scotland, she formed the initial national body and encouraged the wives of Australia's governors to establish divisions in each of their states.
DAVID ADAMS looks back to where it all began for the Australian Red Cross... |
SIGHT HELPDESK: GOING SLOW? TWEAKING YOUR WI-FI MAY BE THE ANSWER
Slow and steady may win some races, but not when it comes to internet speed.
Or in some cases, lack of.
Most of us have been there. You click on a link to download a file and you can feel yourself aging while waiting for something to happen. This is often the case when using public wi-fi such as those found in cafes, libraries and shopping centres, due to the amount of people using it.
However, the wi-fi in your home shouldn't be this slow. With fewer devices using it, home wi-fi should be fast. Of course, other factors include the speed of the internet connection leading to your home. Speed can be affected by the distance your home is from the telephone exchange, your internet plan (pay more money and you get more speed) and the quality of cabling in the street.
Once the internet connection enters your home, it is distributed throughout with a router, via cabling or wi-fi. Cabling will give the fastest and most reliable connection but can be impractical and expensive. Wi-fi is an easier, cheaper and convenient way for the internet to be distributed.
ALAN TAYLOR looks at how you can improve your wi-fi speed...|
If there were any question you could ask God, what would it be? Would you ask about pain and suffering or why sometimes Christians do such a bad job of living up to Jesus’s teachings? Perhaps you’d like to know who God is and how you can know Him or why He made the world the way He did. There are so many kinds of questions to ask - questions about life’s purpose or church or what the future holds or about your personal situation. Whatever your question, now is the time to ask God.
But you may be wondering how a website can speak for God? The answer is that Christians believe the Bible is God’s inspired Word. It has answers to life’s important questions. So, any response from AskGod.com.au will always be based on what the Bible does or doesn’t say. Which might just raise another question in your mind. Namely, ‘Why is it reasonable to think the Bible is God speaking?’
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THE WEEKLY SNAPSHOT
22nd June, 2014
Balloons over Melbourne by DAVID ADAMS
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WORDPLAY: REVELATION 22
It's always interesting to look at something from another angle and the Bible, with its layers and depths of meaning, always has more to reveal. Here's a word cloud of Revelation, chapter 22 - the final chapter in the whole of the Bible. Let us know below what insights you find... | more... |
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THEY SAID IT
"Everybody is fully aware that we have to act quickly given the evolution on the ground and the tragic loss of life of the last days."
- EU President Herman Van Rompuy speaking on 31st August as EU leaders announced they will introduce new sanctions in a week if Russia does not back down in Ukraine (as quoted in The Guardian on 31st August, 2014)
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THIS WEEK ON THE WEB
25th August, 2014
Amid horrifying reports of persecution of Christians and other minorities in various regions of the world - including the Middle East, MAL FLETCHER, chairman of the London-based think tank 2020Plus, interviews Anglican bishop, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, about the "historical, political and religious origins of militant extremism and what might be done about the problem of persecution - and for the persecuted". You can watch this special interview at www.edges.tv/persecution/.
As Robin Williams' death sank in around the world and the news of his depression came to light, the outpouring of love and support of him caused me to wonder again why it takes the death of someone for people to appreciate them.
How often have people been hit with the sudden death of someone in their church or community? In such a situation guilt can set in, leading to thoughts such as: "I didn't spend enough time with them, I didn't tell them I loved or appreciated them." And we wish we had a little more time with them. If we were granted more time, I think we'd make every minute count.
Musings is a regularly updated, column featuring short snippets reflecting on daily life from a Christian perspective...|
TALKING STATUES; ROADWORKS GONE WRONG; AND, BURNING DOWN THE WHITE HOUSE...
Would you like to talk to a statue of Isaac Newton, Abraham Lincoln or Dick Whittington’s cat? A new project, Talking Statues, launched across London and Manchester earlier this month sees up to 35 statues across the two cities talk to passers by keen to have a chat. Simply scan a tag near the statue with your smart phone and you'll receive a call back from the statue in question.
ADAMS writes about the odder side of life...|
TOMBS OF JONAH AND DANIEL DESTROYED IN MOSUL, SAY REPORTS...
Following news last week that members of extremist group, the Islamic State, had destroyed the tombs of the Old Testament prophets Jonah and Daniel, both of which were located in Mosul in northern Iraq, we take a quick look at their history.
First, Jonah. There is tradition that the Prophet Jonah - known for being swallowed by a leviathan or great whale after refusing to obey God's commands to deliver a warning to the people of the Assyrian city of Ninevah, a message which he did eventually deliver - was eventually buried in the ancient city where Mosul now stands.
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THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS IN JERUSALEM FOR FEAST OF TABER-NACLES... Despite the recent tensions in Syria, over 5,000 Christian pilgrims from nearly 100 nations will descend on Jerusalem for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem's annual celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles.
The festival began last Friday evening in Ein Gedi at the Oasis Hotel and continues to Jerusalem's International Convention Center for the remainder of the week of Sukkot. The weeklong celebration is expected to generate $US16 million in revenues, and is the largest annual tourist event to Israel.
Can you think of a time when someone has been brutally honest and vulnerable about themselves and it's taken you by surprise? For me it happened about 20 years ago at a church I had just started attending.
As I remember it, the person leading the service that day asked anyone to come forward who wanted to share what they thought God had been doing in their lives recently. One young guy got up - he was probably about my age at the time - and told about his relationship with his girlfriend and how he had recently gotten her pregnant, and how he had walked away from his faith. He then shared about the support he had received from the church community through his struggle.
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