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AFRICA: REPORT CLAIMS 30,000 ERITREANS KIDNAPPED IN FIVE YEARS
A report presented to the European Parliament shows that around 30,000 Eritreans have been kidnapped since 2007 and taken to the Sinai while ransom payments are demanded.
The report, conducted by an Eritrean human rights activist and professors from a Dutch University, says that a total of around $US600 million (€468m) was extorted from families. During its launch in London on 4th December, it was confirmed that Christians were among the thousands kidnapped.
Eritrea is ranked 10th on the 2013 World Watch List, which ranks the 50 countries in which Christians are most under pressure for their faith. According to Eritrea’s Evangelical Alliance, approximately 1,200 Christians are now incarcerated in Eritrea.
After 366 refugees died in early October off the coast of Lampedusa in Italy, where they had been attempting to find refuge, Father Mussie Zerai, chairman of the Habeshia Agency, which works on behalf of these migrants, told World Watch Monitor the majority of those involved in the shipwreck were Christians.
JULIUS MBALUTO, of the World Watch Monitor, reports on claims of an alarming kidnapping trend in the African state of Eritrea...|
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SIGHT'S 2013 CHRISTMAS GIFT LIST
Christmas is coming up fast and so, once again, we're publishing our annual Christmas gift list, packed with alternative gift ideas. Feel free to add any other good ideas for gifts you've come across... |
DID YOU KNOW? NEWS REPORTS...
UK PARLIAMENT TOLD CHRISTIANITY IS "MOST PERSECUTED RELIGION"
4th December, 2013
The plight of Christians around the world was discussed in a three-hour debate at the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday.
Members of the House of Commons were told that the persecution of Christians is increasing, that one Christian is killed around every 11 minutes around the world, and that Christianity is the “most persecuted religion globally”.
A long list of countries in which life as a Christian is most difficult was discussed, including Syria, North Korea, Eritrea, Nigeria, Iraq and Egypt.
A report from the World Watch Monitor...|
WORLDVIEW: CHURCHES CALL FOR EUROPE TO ADOPT "COMMON APPROACH" TO SYRIAN REFUGEES
The Conference of European Churches has called for European states to adopt a common approach to Syrian refugees, saying all Syrian nationals "should be allowed entry; treated as presumptively in need of international protection; and given full, immediate access to fair and effective asylum procedures".
In a statement issued by the CEC's governing board last week following a late November meeting in Geneva, the churches body also urged European States to follow the UNHCR´s "appeal for a global moratorium on any return of Syrians to neighbouring countries" and for immigration detention not be used except in "exceptional circumstances".
The statement also called on European states to consider the "possibility of the practical expression of solidarity between European States in refugee protection" by taking actions such as offering to relocate refugees from countries "facing difficulties to cope with the influx of persons seeking protection".
SIGHT SOAPBOX: DATA ON MARRIAGE A "WAKE-UP CALL" BUT WHAT ARE CHURCHES DOING TO SUPPORT MARRIAGE IN THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE?
28th November, 2013
The Australian Bureau of Statistics have just released the figures relating to marriage and divorce in our nation for 2012. The salient points to note are that:
• Marriages, between one man and one woman, are still on the increase - there were 123,244 marriages and increase of 1,492(1.2 per cent) on 2011. This is, however, not all good news in that in relation to our population the "crude" marriage rate is lower than it was in 1992.
• In 2012, 80.8 per cent of all brides and 79.2 per cent of all grooms had not married previously.
DENNIS OUTRED, organiser of Marriage Week in Australia, says churches need to be active in promoting marriage within their community...| more... |
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Renée Rutherfurd's first full length release FOUND is a self-produced concept album that takes the listener through an ambient vocal and instrumental offering, inviting them to journey through the musical landscape in one sitting."We were made to worship God," Renée says. "In worship, the simple act of thanking God for who He is and what He has done, opens heaven." www.reneerutherfurd.com.au/store.html
ESSAY: HOW AUSTRALIA CAN PLAY A KEY ROLE IN TACKLING GLOBAL CORRUPTION IN 2014
A big thing happened in Australia last week, quietly, barely noticed by anyone outside Canberra bureaucracy. Australia took over the presidency of the G20 nations for the next 12 months.
So what’s the big deal?
The G20 mainly deals with financial decisions among the 20 biggest economies of the world, and their deliberations are not likely to cause heart palpitations among many of us. But global financial decisions affect us all and Australia’s presidency promises some positive decisions on transparency in business and government that could cut down on corruption.
The G20 nations are interested in corruption because it steals money out of the economy, which in turn robs nations of tax revenue.
Corruption (and practices which are on the edges of legality) take trillions out of the formal economy every year: $US1,000,000,000,000 is paid in bribes and around $US150 billion is stolen from African economies, (25 per cent of the continent’s GDP*)
AMANDA JACKSON, of Micah Challenge International - a key supporter of the global EXPOSED campaign, explains why Australia should take a lead role in the battle against corruption around the world...|
VALE NELSON MANDELA
WORLD LEADERS HEAD TO SOUTH AFRICA TO REMEMBER MANDELA
World leaders - including Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten - are travelling to South Africa to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela who died on Thursday.
Other world leaders heading to South Africa this week include US President Barack Obama (along with at least three former US presidents), British Prime Minister David Cameron (and three former British PMs) as well as representatives of the European Union and more than a dozen heads of African countries.
A national day of prayer and reflection was held on Sunday with South African President Jacb Zuma attending a service at the Bryanston Methodist Church. President Zuma had urged people to attend services "to celebrate the life of Madiba and through him, that of all other South Africans who sacrificed so much so that we could be free from apartheid colonialism, all of us, black and white."
A few years ago, at a rally organised by the Make Poverty History campaign, Nelson Mandela said: "Sometimes, it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation."
In using the word ‘generation’ he was not, of course, referring to a specific age demographic. He was laying down a challenge to people of all ages, from all walks of life and ethnic groups.
Years later, the challenge carries even greater import. If this generation is to achieve any kind of greatness, it will need to wrestle with enormous global challenges and make the most of unprecedented opportunities.
Research into group dynamics reveals that human cultures have a strong impact on individual choice. Being social creatures, even the most individualistic of us will temper our choices to fit in with the accepted norms of the groups to which we belong.
Cultures shape choices and human choices are the stuff that makes tomorrow.
MAL FLETCHER reflects on the lessons in leadership Nelson Mandela left behind as part of his legacy... |
SOUTH AFRICA MOURNS AS "GREATEST SON" DIES AT AGE 95
South Africa's "greatest son", Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of 95.
Mandela, who had spent much of this year in hospital, died at about 8.50pm local time on Thursday, according to an emotional South African President Joseph Zuma.
In a televised address, Mr Zuma said the country's thoughts were with Mandela's family and friends. "We’ve lost our greatest son," he said. "Our people have lost a father."
Mandela, who become South Africa's first black president when he was elected in the country's first multi-racial elections in 1994, was viewed not just in South Africa but around the world as a symbol of reconciliation and forgiveness following his fight against apartheid.
He spent 27 years in prison before being freed in 1990 and taking up leadership of the African National Congress.
DAVID ADAMS reports on the passing of former South African president and symbol of reconciliation, Nelson Mandela... |
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NORTH KOREA: HOW CHRISTIAN GROUPS ARE USING BALLOONS TO TAKE BIBLE LITERATURE INSIDE CLOSED COUNTRY
The JoongAng Ilbo, a South Korean newspaper, says 80 North Koreans were executed by firing squad for watching smuggled foreign television broadcasts and possibly for owning Bibles.
Multiple newspapers published eyewitness reports that described everything from the circumstance of public execution before an audience of thousands to the manner in which it was carried out. Although the executions were reportedly carried out on 3rd November, the report highlights the ongoing struggles for freedom in that reclusive nation.
In North Korea, the practice of Christianity is illegal, even though article 68 of the North Korean constitution guarantees the freedom of religious practice. Owning a Bible is a crime, and any person caught with one is sent--along with three generations of his or her family--to prison. North Koreans are forced to embrace Juche ideology, a warped version of Christianity which mixes Marxism with worship of the late "Great Leader" Kim Il Sung and his family.
Mission Network News reports on how Christians groups are placing Bible literature into North Korea... |
PAKISTAN: RASH OF BLASPHEMY ACCUSATIONS AFTER CHURCH BOMBINGS
Two months ago, on 22nd September, two suicide bombers blew themselves up outside All Saints Church in Peshawar when congregants were leaving the church after the Sunday communion.
The incident was a landmark in the history of Pakistani Christians. To condemn this largest attack on the Christian community - in terms of loss of life - Christians from across the country held protest rallies, claiming that, as a recognised minority, the government fails to protect Christians.
Reactions from the Muslim majority to those protests were mixed, which might signify how Christians are on the whole perceived in Pakistani society. In the light of UK Foreign Office Minister Baroness Warsi’s speech in Washington DC 13 days ago, World Watch Monitor has looked back over the period since the Peshawar bombs. A climate of much sympathy has nevertheless been punctured by several charges of blasphemy against Christians for actions in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy.
In an in-depth report, the World Watch Monitor examines the ongoing hostility towards Christians in Pakistan following the Peshawar church bombing in September... |
SYRIA: WORLD HAS FAILED THE COUNTRY'S CHILDREN SAYS WORLD VISION AS NEW REPORT DETAILS HORRIFIC VIOLENCE INCLUDING 'DELIBERATE' KILLINGS
More than 7,000 children have been killed in the three-year-old conflict in Syria – sometimes deliberately targeted in massacres and executions, according to a new report released by the international arm of Christian humanitarian agency World Vision.
The report – Stand with Me: Ending the War on Syria’s Children – also found that in some conflict hotspots as many as 25 per cent of those children aged over 15 are tied to an armed group with reports indicating children as young as eight are being used as human shields.
“Children have been killed, targeted with maiming, sexual violence, torture, detention and recruitment by all parties in the conflict,” it says.
“Fleeing children and their families bring with them reports of what they saw in their homeland, whether in their families or their communities, and those reports suggest that ‘what is at stake is nothing less that the survival and wellbeing of a generation of innocents’. The psychological impact on children witnessing and surviving such violence is enormous”.
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POSTCARDS: WILL THE BIBLE SURVIVE?
There is an exhibition quietly and modestly making its way across the United State that is one of the most astonishing displays I have ever witnessed. I choose my words carefully -- actually, an unbreakable habit of mine, even on good days -- but I have been to America’s great museums, as well those of the world, including the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay, the Uffizi, down to treasure-filled Halls of Fame. But currently (until 1st February) housed in an otherwise ordinary former retail space in a neighborhood of Colorado Springs, is Passages: The Experience.
I think the weak link in their chain might be “branding,” since it is impossible to guess the exhibition’s theme from its title. And this is counter-intuitive, since the person behind this exhibition is one of America’s great marketers: Steve Green. The president of Hobby Lobby, Steve recently has been the focus of news - and prayers - because of his determination to resist the government’s ObamaCare guidelines to provide and pay 100 per cent of abortifacients, contraceptives, and abortion procedures for his employees. He and the Green family have sacrificed much to fight this battle, which has last week been accepted by the Supreme Court for a hearing.
Passages is an exhibition of Steve Green’s substantial collection of Bibles, illuminated manuscripts, ancient scrolls, Biblical relics, and artifacts of the faithful. After Colorado Springs, the exhibition will continue its tour to other cities, ultimately top reside permanently in Washington DC.
In a report first published on ASSIST News Service, RICK MARSCHALL writes about a Bible exhibition currently touring the US and reflects on the future of the world's best selling book... |
THE WORD: JOY AND REJOICING
Without joy we fade but with joy strength surges.
Paul’s letter to the Philippian church places joy and rejoicing front and centre. Writing from prison to a church that often lifted his spirit, Paul is drawn to the subject of joy 16 times.
There was a surge, a welling up of joy within Paul distinct from an adrenalin rush, distinct from excitement, distinct from momentary exuberance. Although his joy almost certainly contained these dimensions, the joy he writes of is deeper.
If we confine joy to exuberant ecstasy we could all too soon find ourselves in the doldrums. If we think we can sustain exuberance...well, the constructs of ‘sustain’ and ‘exuberance’ do not sit side by side.
Exuberance bubbles with moments of free expression. It bubbles from that which runs quiet and deep, from what delights our soul, from our source of contentment. This is partly why Paul advised Timothy: "Godliness with contentment is great gain." That river was running for Paul even when circumstances conspired against exuberance.
LLOYD HARKNESS looks at what real joy is all about... |
OPEN BOOK SPECIAL - HUNCHES ABOUT JESUS: STOP ARGUING. START CARING
If you have ever witnessed someone in an epileptic fit, you'll know it's not pretty. But we should not avoid giving help, if we can. Maybe this story can prepare us to help when such a thing happens. Let's go through it with that in mind.
The crowd following Jesus were not just ignorant, uneducated people. They had the benefit of going to synagogue and hearing God's Law explained every week. They could judge a good teacher when one came along. They could discuss the law with the scribes who made it their job to interpret God's law for every situation. Here they busily argued about the fit! How should they view the seizure? How could they help without getting themselves unclean, or in touch with evil spirits?
Jesus however proclaimed a plain message; epileptics and sick people are not here so professional faith healers can show how powerful they are. Jesus' healing of the boy was about helping him and his dad to be together quietly so they could find their way in the next few minutes, let alone in the future. And only when the boy and his dad had gone was Jesus ready to answer any questions. When they asked, "Why couldn't we cast this evil spirit out?" His replied was straight. This can only happen after much prayer...
In his series on Hunches about Jesus, BRUCE C WEARNE takes a look what Jesus is teaching His followers when he restores a boy suffering from seizures...|
If you're after a good trivia question for upcoming Christmas BBQs, try this one: Which two other famous people died on the same day as JFK, 22nd November, 1963? The answer is CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley. Most readers will be well aware of CS Lewis, but not as many will be aware of Huxley.
The latter is the author of the influential book, Brave New World. The story is about a futuristic society in which happiness is chemically engineered. It's a famous work which takes the line that happiness can be achieved through external influences. Such a contrast to the Christian worldview of Lewis, which says that happiness is only achieved through surrender to the Spirit of God as revealed in Jesus. And a contrast again to Kennedy, the first Catholic president and by all accounts, a man who desired peace in the world, would have pulled combat troops out of Vietnam, and above all, the person we can thank for life still existing on this planet due to his role in the Cuban missile crisis of 1962.
Peter Kreeft has written a highly acclaimed tale of an imaginary conversation between Lewis, Huxley and Kennedy somewhere in the afterlife on the day they died. The book, called Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere Beyond Death with John F Kennedy, CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley, takes a look at the worldviews of these three people who influenced their worlds in their own distinct ways. I haven't read this book but I plan to buy it. Now would seem the perfect time of any to read what seems like a fascinating story.
NILS VON KALM looks at the legacy of three men whose lives intersected on 22nd November, 1963...|
SIGHT-SEEING: FAITH IN EXILE
Recently on the ABC’s Q&A, Peter Hitchens, conservative UK Christian social commentator and brother of the late ‘new atheist’ Christopher Hitchens, was thrown into the lion’s den trying to enunciate a Christian worldview to a hostile panel and largely unsympathetic audience. (You can watch the episode or read the transcript here (warning, strong language!))
It took great courage for Mr Hitchens to agree to go on the panel when you see who the other panelists were. He did a valiant job, although at times it seems he was good at provoking the audience and other panelists in unproductive ways – but perhaps that is what the show is built on.
Where he did outshine the others was in answer to the final question; ‘Which so-called dangerous idea do you each think would have the greatest potential to change the world for the better if (it) where implemented?’ (This Q&A was part of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.)
While the other panelists stumbled for something useful to say, even resorting to generational genocide as a legitimate answer to over-population, Peter was on the money - “The most dangerous idea in human history and philosophy remains the belief that Jesus Christ was the son of God and rose from the dead and that is the most dangerous idea you will ever encounter.”
What this uncomfortable hour of television provoked in me was the question – ‘How do we best, as Christians, connect to an increasingly hostile world?’ Kudos to Mr Hitchens for what he does; but how do we win back the crowd?
PAUL CLARK looks at what the church can learn from Daniel about living in exile...|
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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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CHRISTIAN WISDOM FROM THE ANCIENT PAST
Covering the spiritual writings of more than 70 authors whose lives span 14 centuries, this reader offers daily wisdom that witnesses to rich Christian traditions of faith and spirituality.
This book is enabling me to learn from the ancient wisdom, by providing sufficient material to companion my reflection and prayer for a year at the rate of one page per day. These meditations are feeding my growth in spirit on the journey and enriching the transcendental dimension of my life.
Each day is structured with a Scripture reading, the theme of the day, a three to four line summary with a challenging thought directed to ‘we’ or ‘us’, three to six sentences applying a quote sourced from an ancient writer, and a concluding thought as an invitation for meditation, reflection and prayer.
Dr JOHN STEWARD drinks deep from Charles R Ringma's well of ancient Christian wisdom... |
I COMMIT TO PRAY
Launched on the 3rd November - one of the days designated as the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, this website is about encouraging believers to set aside time to prayer for those who are suffering because of their faith. Created by persecuted church ministry The Voice of the Martyrs in the US, it features a series of prayer requests posted by the organisation relating to individuals or people groups who are facing persecution around the world and enables users to post their own prayer in response. In a recent interview with Mission Network News, Todd Nettleton, of The Voice of the Martyrs, said the idea came out of the comments and prayers people responded with they post prayer requests on the internet.
DAVID ADAMS takes a look at iCommitToPray, a new interactive site aimed at encouraging Christians to pray for persecuted believers... |
SCREEN SHORT: AN INTENSE RIDE
Captain Phillips (M)
Based upon the book A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea, this Tom Hanks vehicle tells the story of Captain Richard Phillips who was in command of the US flagged container ship, MV Maersk Alabama, when it was hijacked off the Somali coast in 2009. The storyline in this Paul Greengrass-directed film isn't overly complex and the ending ain't no mystery (though we won't give too much away here), but there's plenty of tension along the way.
DAVID ADAMS takes a look at Captain Phillips... |
TRAA NEWS: EASTERFEST ANNOUNCES 2014 HEADLINERS
6th December, 2014
More than 200 acts will perform at Easterfest in Toowoomba next Easter.
The three-day festival presents the biggest lineup of Christian acts the country sees each year, and attracts an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 people.
2014 sees a record lineup of artists including Aussie headliners Young & Free (Hillsong), New Empire, The Idea Of North, Alabaster Box (now a duo), Bec Laughton and NZ’s Evermore, plus Jars Of Clay, Hawk Nelson, Shonlock, DJ Maj, The Almost, and Christian music legends, Whiteheart.
Director Dave Schenk says next year’s festival will be a significant one in the history of the event.
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KNOW IT ALL: BUSHFIRES
Bushfires are a part of life in Australia. Here - as the country enters another bushfire season - are 10 facts about them you may not be aware of:
• A bushfire front will travel much faster up slopes than down slopes. Its speed will double every 10 degrees of slope.
• In Australia, eucalyptus trees provide the perfect fuel for bushfires. This is due to eucalyptus oil being flammable. In fact, eucalyptus trees have been known to explode in the most intense fires.
• Bushfires occur more frequently on Sundays than any other day.
• Some plants, such as the Banksia, rely on the heat of bushfires to open their seed pods and release the seeds. The seeds allow the plant to regenerate by falling onto the fertilised soil.
ALAN TAYLOR uncovers some facts about bushfires in Australia...|
TRENDSPOTTER: A SELF-OBSESSION
So established has the trend for 'selfies' – taking photographic self portraits and then posting them on social media – that Oxford Dictionaries has this week declared it the “word of the year” for 2013. While the dictionary says the word reportedly first emerged in 2002 when an Australian uni student posted a picture of his split lip on an online ABC forum, the basic concept – taking a picture of oneself – has been around ever since cameras came into existence (the advent of the camera timer was a great boon). None can argue, however, that the selfie (which, strictly speaking, can only be called such if it is posted to social media) hasn't reached new heights in the digital era.
DAVID ADAMS looks at the rise of the 'selfie'...|
SIGHT HELPDESK: PLUG INTO THE CLOUD TO MAKE YOUR DATA MOBILE
The term, 'the cloud', is fast becoming common in everyday language. But what exactly is the cloud? The cloud, or more accurately cloud computing, is the storing of documents, photos and many other types of files in a secure location on the internet. This allows the stored files to be accessed anywhere an internet connection is present.
Cloud storage is about convenience and assurance. You can be visiting friends and want to show them photos of your latest adventure or you receive an email when you're out and about, requesting you reply with your CV. You may have lost your computer or phone, along with all your contacts and notes.
In each of these situations, if you had uploaded your photos or CV to the cloud, you'd be able to respond right away. Within minutes of purchasing a device to replace your lost one, your contacts and documents can be retrieved from the cloud.
You can also share the location of your files with people you trust and they can access those files whenever they need them; doing away with the need to email large files. This can also save precious data if you need to share the same files with multiple people.
ALAN TAYLOR removes some of the fogginess around the concept of cloud computing...|
THE BIG PICTURE: DEAR JESUS, THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY SINS AWAY
What’s the most famous thing to come out of Turkey? Turkish bread? Perhaps Turkish delight! Maybe the ANZAC legend? Well no. More famous than all of these is Santa Claus! Yes, it’s true. Santa Claus was born by the sea in Turkey!
His parents called him Nicholas and as far as we know he had a normal 3rd century Mediterranean upbringing. One thing made him stand apart from the crowd though. He was famous for giving presents. And not just that...he gave presents secretly. And not only to children. He carefully looked out for anyone in need.
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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 the New Testament Book of Philemon. Let us know below what insights you find... | more... |
Shafts of light
Through cathedral windows.
Upon the leaves
Beneath my feet.
In the branches above.
In the distance
Hind and fawn
Cross the forest track.
The sweet fragrance of autumn
Fills the misty air.
Cold winter's morning at RAAFSBeach, Ocean Grove, by VANESSA SMITH
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THEY SAID IT
"The level of atrocities and the lack of humanity, the senseless killing defies imagination."
- Amy Martin, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, speaking about Christian-Muslim violence taking place in parts of Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic. A UN-backed French peace-keeping mission in CAR began on Friday, 6th December, 2013, after two days of violence in which more than 300 people are believed to have died (as quoted in The Independent)
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THIS WEEK ON THE WEB
11th December, 2013
SBS this week aired an independent documentary, The Surgery Ship, which gives "an insight into the life-changing work of Mercy Ships volunteers who provide surgery to Africa's poor" during a 12 month stint in Guinea. If you missed this documentary - narrated by Toni Collette - you can catch it on SBS on Demand where it will be until 9th January. Follow this link to see The Surgery Ship (M)...
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BEYOND OUR MEANS...
10th December, 2013
There’s a huge irony in today’s world. As a society we’ve never been richer. We have incomes three times our grandparents*. Yet a small interest rate rise can cause huge financial trouble, even for those on three figure incomes.
What’s going on?
Too many of us are living beyond our means. What was once considered a luxury, is now a necessity. We want it all, and we want it now!
We’re in debt up to our eyeballs with no capacity in the system.
Musings is a regularly updated, column featuring short snippets reflecting on daily life from a Christian perspective...|
HAVING YOUR VIRTUAL CAKE AND EATING IT; WORLD RECORD CHRISTMAS LIGHTS; AND, BUYING DINOSAURS...
Looking to see your virtual cake and taste it? Researchers at the National University of Singapore have reportedly developed a digital taste simulator that can fool your tastebuds into thinking they are tasting food. The device, which is inserted into the mouth and wired to a computer via a ‘control centre’, delivers electric currents to stimulate your tastebuds into thinking they are tasting salty, bitter, sour or sweet foods.
ADAMS writes about the odder side of life...|
EARLIEST DEPICTION OF CHRIST FOUND ON COINS?...
The earliest known depictions of Jesus Christ may have been found on hand-struck coins uncovered by Texan archaeologist and historian Dr Ronald Stewart.
The coins, believed to have been minted between 33 and 47 AD feature what Dr Stewart says are images and depictions of Jesus Christ, and would predate the previously earliest known image of Christ - known as 'The Healing of the Paralytic', it is from the Syrian city of Dura Europos and dates from about 235 - by 200 years. The previously earliest known coin depicting Jesus is Byzantine and dates from about 692 AD.
I am proud of the kind, generous heart of Australia. A courageous kindness that is deeply embedded and has been evident at all levels of our society, in war and peace, for decades...But, on a federal level, if the government of this land continues to be so inhumane, so openly lacking in political, moral, pastoral care for these asylum seeking, boat arriving people, l believe their 'leadership' will help to further erode the caring psyche of the population.
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THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS IN JERUSALEM FOR FEAST OF TABERNACLES... 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.
NILS VON KALM'S blog on faith, life and how it all might fit together...|
OUT OF AFRICA: TAKING YOUR BLESSINGS FOR GRANTED...
I have been thinking a lot lately about how blessed I was living in Australia. Sadly much of that blessing was in a sense ‘lost on me’ because I didn’t see it for what it was. The longer I live here the more I realise the day-to-day difficulties people face in the majority of the world. I am amazed that people are able to keep their hope when so many things seem so difficult.
Things I have always taken for granted - access to water, nutritious food and good medical assistance - are, at times, just not available here. I am horrified at the number of times people come back from our local medical clinic saying that there is no medicine or even occasionally no doctor.
LENA JOHNSTONE's blog about life in Malawi, Africa, where she works with the Mphatso Children's Foundation...|
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