EGYPT: ONE YEAR AFTER HISTORIC ATTACKS, STATE HAS YET TO AID CHRISTIANS

 

EgyptOne 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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12th August, 2014

VIOLATIONS OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN CUBA RISING, SAYS NEW REPORT

Violations of religious freedom in Cuba have risen significantly during the first half of 2014, according to a new report from UK-based persecuted church advocacy organisation Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

The report, released earlier this month, recorded 170 separate violations of religious freedoms from the start of the year to mid-July, a figure which is on track to see the annual total amount come in at double that of the 2013 total of 180. The 2013 figure itself was up significantly on the 2012 total of 120 and the 2011 total of just 40 religious freedom violations.

DAVID ADAMS reports... |  more... |


THE DAILY STATISTIC:

20th August, 2014

Estimated number of African elephants killed by ivory poachers between 2010-2012:

100,000

Source: Via National Geographic

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• Nigeria: Muslim herdsmen kill 18 Christians in Plateau, Kaduna states... |  more... |

• Africa: Ebola outbreak affects works of medical ship charity Mercy Ships... |  more... |

• China: Health scare overshadows release of lawyer Gao Zhisheng... |  more... |

• Australia: The Great Bible Swindle named Australian Christian Book of the Year... |  more... |

• Australia: Baptists call for an end to immigration detention for children... |  more... |

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18th August, 2014

WORLDVIEW: POPE'S KOREA VISIT HIGHLIGHTS PLIGHT OF NORTH'S CHRISTIANS

Pope Francis has arrived in South Korea and is calling for peace and dialogue between the two Koreas instead of ‘displays of force.’ His five-day visit is the first time a pope has visited the Korean Peninsula in 25 years. It coincides with the appeals of two detained American Christians, Kenneth Bae and Jeffrey Fowle, both arrested in the North for their religious affiliations.

Fowle, aged 56, was detained in May for alleged hostile acts that violated his tourist status after leaving a Bible in a nightclub in the northern port city of Chongjin. On 12th August, ten days after he pleaded for the US government to intervene, his wife and three children in Ohio said in a statement that they're "desperate for his release and return home."

His trial date still has yet to be confirmed.

Also on 12th August, CNN reported that Korean-American Kenneth Bae’s health has significantly deteriorated due to strenuous work at his labour camp, and that he has been moved to hospital. This is the third time in less than two years.

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IRAQ: REFUGEES TURNING TO CHRIST AMID ISLAMIC STATE ATTACKS, SAY MISSIONARIES

 

Native missionaries in Iraq say God is using them to spread hope and faith in Jesus Christ among thousands fleeing Islamic State militants - and many are becoming Christians.

     "In a crisis like this, we are experiencing a time of revival and awakening everywhere,” a mission leader said, speaking on condition of anonymity amid security concerns. “God is not just moving people geographically, He is moving in their hearts, as well.”

     Among them is Norya, a Syrian refugee "who got saved in a (refugee) camp in Iraq," another mission leader said.

     "She lost five children and her husband when a rocket fired by Syrian government forces toward the terrorists landed on her house causing their death," the missionary added in a statement obtained by BosNewsLife. "She sings hymns with us at our church group meetings.”

     Norya’s story is one of several sent to Christian Aid Mission (CAM), a group supporting native missionaries, including in the Kurdish region of Iraq, home to many refugees.

      BosNewsLife brings word of people turning to Christianity in the midst of the crisis in Iraq... |  more... |

 

OPEN DOORS AUSTRALIA CALLS FOR DAY OF PRAYER FOR IRAQ

Open Doors Australia has invited Christians to join in a day of prayer for Iraq on Saturday, 23rd August.

"Prayer is of vital important to church leaders and all Christians of Iraq and the Middle East," the group said in a statement.

"Thousands of Christians around Australia have already committed to attending an event in their church and other venues - and many more are encouraged to take part."

DAVID ADAMS reports... |  more... |

 

 

AFRICA: WAKING THE "SLEEPING GIANT" TO SHARE THE LIGHT OF CHRIST

 

Stephen MbogoThink of Africa’s challenges and, for many, their first thought is of poverty and role it plays in conflict. But according to evangelist Stephen Mbogo, bad governance also plays a key role in many of the continent’s problems.

     Rev Dr Mbogo, international team leader at Christian mission organisation African Enterprise, says addressing this issue of poor leadership is a key part of the organisation's mandate.

     “We have a saying that says ‘When a fish begins to rot, it begins at the head’...” he says. This means that as well as reaching out with the Gospel to “people in the streets”, AE is also in the business of reaching out to the “five per cent that rules the nation”, according to Rev Dr Mbogo.

     “(H)ow do we reach our to these Zacchaeuses, to these Matthews, to these Nicodemuses? How do we reach out to that five per cent so that we can influence their thinking, their policy-making, their decision-making? Because we believe when Jesus says 'Go and make fishers of men', He meant...the big fish and the small fish.”

      Stephen Mbogo, the global head of Christian mission organisation African Enterprise has been in Australia for the past few weeks taking about the group's mission to share Jesus. DAVID ADAMS reports... |  more... |

 

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FILM: THE STORY OF AMERICA'S "UNDERGROUND RAILROAD" MEETS THAT OF AMAZING GRACE IN NEW MOVIE FREEDOM

 

FreedomThe story of the Underground Railroad and the impact it had on slavery in the United States during the 1800s is one that’s reasonably well-known in the US and Canada. Not so much in Australia.

     A new film sets out to change that, showing the important role “ordinary people” had in confronting slavery then in a bid to inspire people to join with those who are still doing so today.

     Directed by Australian Peter Cousens, Freedom follows a family of slaves who, in the 1850s, look to escape from their owners on a Virginian plantation in the southern US. They’re helped along the way by members of the secret network of people who form the backbone of the Underground Railroad, which used secret routes and safe houses to help slaves reach a new life in Canada.

     One of the slaves in the story owns a Bible which was once the property of a slave ship captain turned abolitionist John Newton and it’s through that link that, alongside the journey of the escaping slaves, the story of how Newton came to write the song Amazing Grace is told.

      DAVID ADAMS speaks with Peter Cousens, director of new film Freedom... |  more... |

 

 

IRAQ IN CRISIS

 

200,000 CHRISTIANS FLEE ISLAMIC MILITANTS; US AIRSTRIKES ONGOING

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians face an unprecedented crisis after fleeing Islamic militants who overran towns and villages in northern Iraq, while US warplanes carried out air strikes in an attempt to halt the violent Islamists.

     Fighters of the feared Islamic State (formerly known as ISIL or ISIS) overran one of Iraq's biggest Christian towns Qaraqosh, as well as the Christian towns Tilkaif and Al Kwair in Nineveh Province, witnesses said.

     IS militants have published video footage of executions, while fighters were also seen pulling down church crosses and burning manuscripts, as part of their self declared campaign to establish a strict Islamic state in areas of Iraq and Syria.

     "At least 200,000 Christians are now thought to be fleeing towards the Iraqi Kurdistan region," said aid group Barnabas Fund, which supports Christians in heavily Islamic nations. "Some of the displaced had already fled to the Nineveh plain from Mosul" which was taken by IS on 10th June, Barnabas Fund told BosNewsLife.

     Several towns have reportedly been emptied of their Christian populations.

      A report from BosNewsLife... |  more... |

 

CHURCHES MAKE URGENT APPEAL FOR INTERNATIONAL ACTION

The World Council of Churches has appealed to the United Nations to take an “immediate response” to the killing of Christians and others in northern Iraq and Syria.

     In an open letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, acting general secretary of the WCC, said the council was “deeply disturbed” by threats being faced by Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities at the hands of the extremist Islamic State.

      “The international community recognises that nations have a responsibility to protect their most vulnerable citizens,” Dr Phiri said. “When a national government lacks the control necessary to ensure citizens’ rights and wellbeing, the responsibility is taken up by international bodies and their member states. We urge you to marshal all available resources to protect the people of Iraq in this hour.”

     The appeal follows word from the Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon, Louis Raphael Sako, that during the night of 6th-7th August, ISIS militants conducted a mortar assault in the region of Nineveh in northern Iraq, driving as many as 100,000 Christians from their homes and villages.

     The patriarch said those fleeing include the sick, elderly, infants and pregnant women and there is now an urgent need for water, food and shelter.

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

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OPEN BOOK SPECIAL - HUNCHES ABOUT JESUS: A POOR WIDOW AND THE RELIGION OF SHOW

CoinsJesus made it plain. The teaching of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law had missed the Kingdom of God. They were so concerned about preserving their places that they could not see what was really going on.

     People then, like now, might leave heaps of dosh to schools run by religious teachers or churches. Sometimes such generosity means those Jesus called hypocrites have more resources to make poor people miserable. But it is for the poor and miserable that the Kingdom of God has come.
     There was the poor-box in its place in the temple. From it widows could draw an income; an income of sorts, an income to get by. What Mark tells us is that Jesus taught His disciples the difference between those who are truly honouring the Lord God - the Giver of every good and perfect gift - and the hypocrites, those in it for the show. The religion of show keeps the hypocrites in the style of life to which they have become accustomed. The religion of show helps pay their salaries so they can afford to throw large amounts of money into the poor box.

      BRUCE C WEARNE look at what Jesus says about the "widow's offering" in Mark 12...  | more... |

 

POSTCARDS: ARGENTINIAN CHURCHES REJOICE AT GRANDMOTHER FINDING GRANDSON BORN TO DEATH CAMP MOTHER

CarlottoAfter searching for more than 35 years, the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo in Argentina have finally found the grandson of one of their founders, Estela de Carlotto.

     The recent discovery ends a long and painful journey for Carlotto who lost her pregnant daughter, Laura Carlotto, during the days of the brutal military dictatorship of 1976-83 in Argentina, when she was abducted and imprisoned.
      Henchmen of the dictatorship allowed Carlotto’s daughter to give birth to her child, a son. Then they took the infant and placed it with a childless family of their choosing, often selecting military families, just before killing Carlotto’s daughter shortly after the birth.

     Since its formation, the goal of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo has been focused on the search for children, who were born in the clandestine detention centres of Argentina's military dictatorship.

     A report from the World Council of Churches... | more... |

 

CONVERSATIONS: STEVE MITCHELL, CLUB SOLO DIRECTOR

Steve MitchellWhat is Club Solo all about?
Club Solo is an interdenominational ministry of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia, serving Christian single adults, who have never married, are divorced, or widowed, through social, holiday and activity programs. It is in its 33rd year of ministry. It is a place where single Christian singles can get together in friendly and non-threatening environment to have some fun, fellowship and spiritual uplifting. Since its inception in 1983, thousands of singles have attended various camps and tours in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, the US, and the South Pacific.

     Who is involved - is it across all age groups and both men and women and from a range of different circumstances?
Males and females of any age that have never married, are divorced, or separated for over 12 months, or widowed. The age bracket at present is 40-plus.

     How did you become personally involved in the organisation?
When I was at Kingsley College (a Bible college), I was appointed the Sunshine Wesleyan Methodist Church under the pastor, Rev Bill Foster, from America. That was in beginning of 1987. I was leading worship at the time and Bill offered me a free camp if I would come to a singles' camp on the June long weekend in 1987. It was at Creswick in Ballarat and. being a college student I took the offer for a free camp not ever expecting to last more than one camp. From then on I went to every camp and activity until I took over as director in 1998 when the Fosters moved to Adelaide.

Rev Steve Mitchell is the director of Club Solo Ministries in Australia. Here the Melbourne-based 59-year-old married father of two talks with DAVID ADAMS about his role with the singles-oriented ministry... | more... |

 

SIGHT-SEEING: LEADERSHIP LESSONS IN A TIME OF CRISIS

"Leadership is not proven in the good times, anyone can go along for the ride in the good times. I think what's really in us comes out in the tough times. And your leadership is always proven in the tough times."

     So says Brian Houston who recently ran a session at the Hillsong Conference in which he addressed some of the challenges of church life. In particular Houston spoke about the time the bottom dropped out of his world.
      It was 1999 and one of his staff members told him his father had abused a boy more than 30 years before. An investigation ensued and the result was that his father was removed from the ministry and never preached again.

     "I couldn't even begin to tell you what that moment felt like," said Houston, on receiving the news.

     Houston went into further detail about having to share the news with his family, all the while leading a denomination of over 1,100 churches, pastoring a large church body that had just brought his father's church into the fold.

     "Then of course I had to navigate and negotiate it as a husband and father; talk to my own kids about their grandad, who to all of us was an absolute hero. And then finally I had to look after myself."

    Having recently attended the recent Hillsong Conference in Sydney, ALAN TAYLOR writes about some leadership lessons Brian Houston, a senior pastor at the church, shared in one of a series of sessions focused on churches...  | more... |

 

THE LOBBYISTS' VIEW: TIME TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ALL OF THE BABY GAMMYS IN THE WORLD

Should baby Gammy have been born? Australians who raised $220,000 for the Thai-born Down syndrome baby’s medical costs think so.

     It has been heartening to see the outpouring of compassion for him.

     But the sad fact is not enough of us are willing to do what is needed to create the political environment in which public policy can be created that will protect such babies.

     In Australia, if pre-natal testing reveals Down syndrome, the baby’s life is routinely ended through abortion.

     Reflecting society, a majority of Australian parliamentarians long ago abandoned the idea that a Down syndrome baby was worth saving.

     Our collective lack of compassion for the baby Gammys of the world was demonstrated during Senate hearings into the Medicare funding of abortion in 2008.

      LYLE SHELTON, managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby, says all the baby Gammys of the world deserve our protection - both overseas and in Australia... | more... |

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SHARING FAITH...

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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LIVING WITNESS - LOOKING AT ETHICS THROUGH A "MISSIONAL LENS"

Living WitnessOn first seeing this book, I was sceptical about whether the title was an attempt to jump on the bandwagon of interest in anything ‘missional’. But I was also intrigued by what the writers might say about ethics with a missional lens, or what it is to be missional with ethical implications. Schleiermachian theological disciplines all too often stay within their siloes, and this book is a helpful interdisciplinary deconstruction of the boundaries between theology, ethics and mission.

     The theme of Living Witness, and the basis of missional ethics, is that morality and right living are part of the witness of the people of God, and unethical living is ‘anti-mission’. Witness is living and incorporates the whole of life well-lived - politics, family, friendship, money, and how churches serve and welcome outsiders. Thus, mission and ethics are integrally connected and mutually reinforcing.

     To explore several foundations and issues of this newly named research interest, 13 contributors draw on specific areas of expertise and address them as aspects of missional ethics. This was the theme of the 2011 Tyndale Fellowship’s ethics and social theology study group, and was discussed in conferences in Cambridge and California. Draycott and Rowe, editors of the resulting volume, are based respectively at Biola University, California, and at the South West Ministry Training Course in Exeter, UK.  

     DARREN CRONSHAW reviews LIving Witness...  | more... |

 

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LibriVoxLike listening to books on your mobile phone, iPod or computer? LibriVox offers an extensive catalog of free audio books for download, spanning genres ranging from historical fiction and short stories to children's books and even Bibles. The non-profit website, which was founded in 2005 by Montreal-based writer and web developer Hugh McGuire, draws its texts from Project Gutenberg, an online repository of books in the public domain, and among the works on the site is everything from Herman Melville's Moby Dick to William Shakespeare's As You Like It and Australian Banjo Paterson's The Man from Snowy River.

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WATERCOLOURS "WITHOUT THE MESS", AND, MINDING YOUR LANGUAGE...

WatercolourWaterlogue 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... | more... |

 

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DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Ten years have passed since we last saw Caesar (played by Andy Serkis) and his genetically enhanced fellow apes disappear into the woods near San Francisco in 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes and in that time man has managed to all but wipe himself off the face of the earth through disease and fighting. But a few survivors - led by Malcolm (Jason Clarke) and Dreyfus (Gary Oldman) - remain in the Californian city and when they stumble across the colony of apes living among the trees, it doesn't bode well for either party. Mayhem predictably ensues, as both sides find themselves facing internal divisions as well the external threat of the 'other' and war between the two is painted as virtually inevitable.

   DAVID ADAMS reviews Dawn of the Planet of the Apes...  | more... |

 

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ResurrectionTHE 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.

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ORIGINS: RED CROSS MARKS 100 YEARS IN AUSTRALIA

Red CrossThe 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...  | more...|

 

SIGHT HELPDESK: GOING SLOW? TWEAKING YOUR WI-FI MAY BE THE ANSWER

wi-fiSlow 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... | more...|

 

TRENDSPOTTER: LOCKING UP LOVE

Love locksThe at times controversial concept has been around for at least a century but the past decade has seen a resurgence in "love locks" being placed in public spaces across the globe. An update on the idea of carving the name of yourself and your loved one into a tree truck, the concept of love locks involves people declaring their love for each other by inscribing their names or initials on a padlock and then attaching the padlock to a public fixture – like a bridge railing – before throwing away the key in a symbolic gesture of a love that will never be broken. Viewed variously as vandalism, littering, a blight on public amenity, sappy sentimentalism, a curiosity of city life or a celebration of free expression, love locks - the popularity of which some attribute, at least partly, to Italian writer Federico Moccia mentioning them in his 2006 novel Ho Voglia De Te (I Want You) - can now be found in numerous countries around the world including in Australia

     DAVID ADAMS looks at the rise of "love locks"... | more...|

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THE BIG PICTURE: TOP 10 WAYS TO GET INTO HEAVEN...

August posterPicture a mountain with many paths. There are narrow, winding tracks, some staircases crafted out of the mountainside, rocky outcrops, even a paved road with lanes. On each of these are people on a journey seeking truth, looking for a better future. There are hikers, rock climbers, long-distance runners...each finding their own way up towards the top.
      We try and find our own way in life and hope we’re making good decisions that will bring good outcomes in the future. Because, ‘It doesn’t matter how you get there, as long as you believe it’s true for you’. Isn’t that right?
      But Jesus talks about the way to Heaven in very simple terms. He really says that we can’t make it up the mountain without his help. He says that we have to trust in Him.

     To see Outreach Media's August poster and read the full text, follow the link... | more... |

 

THE WEEKLY SNAPSHOT

    22nd June, 2014

    Balloons over Melbourne 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: 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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"The poorest people either don't have cars or actually don't drive very far in many cases."

- Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey speaking on radio last week in relation to the impact of a petrol tax increase after which he apologised, saying he was "really, genuinely sorry there is any suggestion...that I or the government does not care for the most disadvantaged".

"Well, plainly, I wouldn't say that but I do want to make it clear that the best thing we can do for all Australians, rich and poor alike, is get the budget back under control."

- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's response to Mr Hockey's comments.

"We can't all hop on cows and ride into town I don't think."

- Victorian Motoring Enthusiasts Party senator Ricky Muir's response to Mr Hockey's comments

(as quoted on ABC on 14th August, 2014, on The Australian on 15th August, 2014, and an ABC radio program on 15th August, 2014)

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20th August, 2014

The World Watch Monitor has created an interactive graphic showing the incursion of the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) into northern Iraq and the effects on the Christian population there. Follow this link to see it...


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INDIVIDUALISM...

30th July, 2014

PAUL CLARK

The 2002 Chinese movie Hero starring Jet Li is a visceral feast. Its story line sucks you in only to shock you at the end; for the message of the film is - is worth the sacrifice of the individual, the minority, for the sake of the community. To have a united China, all the individual tribes had to be consumed.
It’s a message that shocks our Western sensibilities. ‘Give up our individuality, our rights, for the common good? No way!’ It shows how far down the individuality road we’ve come. The rise of individuality is at the demise of community.

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A ROBOT HITCH-HIKER; 'AIR PUNCH' AND BINGE-'WATCH' ADDED TO THE DICTIONARY - WDYT?; AND, GETTING COLD FOR A CAUSE...

A robot has hitch-hiked its way across Canada in a 6,000 kilometre experiment exploring human-robot interaction and artificial intelligence technologies. HitchBOT is the creation of a group of Toronto researchers and features a torso made from a beer cooler bucket with foam swimming pool noodles for limbs, Wellington boots for feet and rubber gloves for hands.

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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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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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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.

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A DAY THAT CHANGED MY LIFE...

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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