NIGERIA: CLAIM OF TRUCE RAISES HOPE THAT KIDNAPPED GIRLS WILL BE RELEASED

 

ChibokNigeria’s kidnapped schoolgirls will be released as part of a truce between militant Islamist group Boko Haram and government forces, the Nigerian army said Friday.

     The Nigerian chief of defence, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, made the announcement. Boko Haram has yet to make a public statement, although Voice of America is reporting that Danladi Ahmadu, who calls himself Boko Haram’s secretary-general, told the news service that a ceasefire agreement had been reached.

     It was six months ago this week when Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls by from a secondary school in a predominantly Christian village in northeastern Nigeria. For much of that period, little was heard of their fate. Some were presumed to have been forced into labor, or into marriages. A handful escaped.

     The reported truce was reached after a month of negotiations, mediated in Saudi Arabia by Chadian president Idriss Deby and officials from Cameroon, two countries that border Nigeria’s restive northeast.

     The talks focused on the release of the kidnapped girls, who Ahmadu said are “in good condition and unharmed,” according to Voice of America. Presidential aide Hassan Tukur told VOA he is “cautiously optimistic” the girls will be released.

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17th October, 2014

CHRISTIANS ENCOURAGED TO PRAY FOR G20 LEADERS IN LEAD-UP TO NOVEMBER SUMMIT

Christians are being urged to pray for world leaders in the lead-up to the G20 Leaders' Summit in Brisbane next month.

A website - Prayer for Leaders - has been specifically created ahead of the summit and suggests people pray for a different world leader each day. It is hosted by Brisbane-based business networking and training group Business Blessings on behalf of local churches.

Wesley Leake, the CEO of Business Blessings and also a member of the team behind the National Day of Prayer and Fasting, said the G20 summit presented an opportunity for Christians to pray for world leaders and the economic decisions they'll be making.

DAVID ADAMS reports... |  more... |


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21st October, 2014

Percentage of Australian primary teachers who are female:

81 per cent

Source: The Staff in Australia's Schools report, 2013

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21st October, 2014

WORLDVIEW: CONCERNS OVER ONGOING KIDNAPPINGS OF CLERGY IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Rights activists expressed concern this week over the ongoing kidnappings of clergy in Central African Republic (CAR) after a Polish Catholic missionary was abducted in Baboua, some 550 kilometres north-west of the capital Bangui.

Priest Mateusz Dziedzic was captured last week, on 12th October, by eight men from rebel group Democratic Front of the Central African People (FDPC), though Poland's Foreign Ministry said he was "treated well."

The rebels say they will release the priest only if authorities free their leader Abdolaye Miskine, who was imprisoned in neighboring Cameroon in September 2013.

FDPC was part of the 'Seleka alliance' that took control of CAR in a coup in March 2013. Following a dispute with Seleka officials, Abdolaye Miskine left CAR and moved to Cameroon, where he was detained.

Following the abduction of a Polish missionary last week, BosNewsLife reports on ongoing concerns over the kidnapping of clergy in the Central African Republic...  |  more... |

 

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SOAPBOX: BUT I HAVE ROOM MINISTER MORRISON - AN OPEN LETTER TO THE IMMIGRATION MINISTER AND A PLEA FOR MERCY

     As the Federal Government looks to re-introduce temporary protection visas along with new safe haven enterprise visas - neither of which will apply to people on Nauru or Manus Island, Queenslander BEV HOLMES-BROWN pleads for mercy for those held in these offshore immigration detention facilities...  |  more... |

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PAKISTAN: DEATH SENTENCE UPHELD FOR CHRISTIAN MOTHER

 

In spite of protests within Pakistan and abroad against the country’s blasphemy laws, the Lahore High Court today upheld the death sentence for a Christian mother accused of insulting Islam’s prophet.

     Aasiya Noreen, commonly known as Asia Bibi, is the first woman to be sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan. Arrested in June 2009 after Muslim co-workers in a berry field 60 miles west of Lahore beat her when she refused to convert to Islam, her death sentence was announced in November 2010.

     Bibi’s husband, Ashiq Masih, told Morning Star News that they were hoping for some relief but that the verdict had devastated the family.

     “I met Asia in prison a month ago,” he said. “She’s fine and was hoping to hear good news, but, alas, our ordeal is not over yet.”

     Bibi’s lawyer, Naeem Shakir, told Morning Star News that Justice Anwarul Haq and Justice Shahbaz Ali Rizvi had rejected her appeal even though there were glaring contradictions in the witnesses’ testimonies.

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MIDDLE EAST: CHRISTIAN AND JEWISH LEADERS UNITE IN CALL FOR WORLD LEADERS TO HALT PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS

 

Leaders of global Jewish and Christian organisations have joined in signing a letter calling on world leaders to take urgent action to halt the brutal persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

     The letter, which was recently sent to 120 leaders in 95 countries, was co-signed by Dr Jürgen Bühler, executive director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), Ronald S Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, and Dr William M Wilson, president and co-chairman of the Empowered21 Global Council - a network evangelical Christian leaders.

     The joint initiative was unveiled at a press conference on 13th October, held in Jerusalem during the 35th annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration sponsored by ICEJ. Among world leaders addressed in the letter are Queen Elizabeth II, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama, and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

     Dr Wilson, who is also president of US-based Oral Robert University, said the letter "gives an important voice to Christians who are being persecuted and even killed for their faith around the world, especially in the Middle East".

    DAVID ADAMS, and ASSIST News Service's MICHAEL IRELAND, report... |  more... |

 

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SEX SLAVERY: HOW SIM IS HELPING GIRLS ESCAPE BROTHELS AND SEXUAL ABUSE IN INDIA

 

IndiaPhysically and emotionally abused by her father, 17-year-old Indian girl Meenu* didn’t hesitate when a man from the city took a special interest and promised to marry her.

     But the excitement of marriage was short-lived and Meenu found herself locked into a tiny room and abused by the man. She managed to escape after three months and found shelter with a kindly couple who contacted police and Meenu’s abuser eventually faced justice.

     Now 18, Meenu lives at Christian mission organisation SIM's Beauty for Ashes home for at risk women in India and there has met other women who have also been victims of abuse, including trafficking and domestic abuse.

     Her story is just one of the many encountered by those who work at the Beauty for Ashes restoration home, a refuge for women aged 18 and over which aims to support and equip the young women to make positive changes in their lives through community involvement and peer counseling as well as helping the girls to finalise their education and move into employment.

    This Saturday (18th October), the world will mark Anti-Slavery Day. DAVID ADAMS reports on how one Christian organisation, SIM, is making a difference in India... |  more... |

 

 

IRAQ: MORE THAN 26,000 CIVILIANS KILLED OR INJURED AMID "STAGGERING" REPORTS OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES

 

At least 26,000 civilians have been killed or injured in Iraq so far this year, according to UN figures released last week - only a day before the publication of a UN report documenting “gross human rights abuses and acts of violence” in the country.

     The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) released figures showing that at least 9,347 civilians have been killed and 17,386 injured so far this year with “well over” half of them taking place since IS began over-running large parts of the country’s north in early June.  

     Meanwhile the report - published jointly by the UNAMI and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on 2nd October – contains a “staggering" array of human rights abuses and violations perpetrated by members of IS (also known as ISIL or ISIS) and associated armed groups between the period of 6th July to 10th September.

     Noting that the abuses were systemic and widespread in nature, the report says they include the direct targeting of civilians, illegal executions including of captured soldiers, abductions, sexual and physical violence against women and children, forced recruitment of child soldiers as young as 12, desecration of religious places, looting of property, the use of civilians as shields and “denial of fundamental freedoms”.

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SIGHT-SEEING: APPLE AND FACEBOOK SHOULD NOT COMMODIFY PREGNANCY

Apple and Facebook have announced plans to pay for their female employees to freeze their eggs.

     This, say the tech giants, will boost the performance of women in their employ.

     The companies seem to be betting that women will devote themselves body-and-soul to the job in the present, knowing that their bosses have helped provide other options for their future.

     In reality, the reverse is likely to be true.

     Many women will likely see this as a thinly veiled attempt to get them to delay motherhood because, in the companies’ eyes, this will make them more productive in the short-term.

     This offer will also be perceived as a direct challenge to the idea that women can balance highly productive jobs with family life.

     It should also be considered a misrepresentation of the effectiveness of fertility treatments, with which there are no guarantees of success.

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OPEN BOOK - HUNCHES ABOUT JESUS: THE ANOINTING

oilRemember when Jesus healed Jairus' daughter? We didn't get all the intimate family details. There are reasons why we were not told all the facts. Jesus commanded Jairus and his wife and His disciples to keep it secret. Jesus judged that it was more important for the crowds to hear that the little girl had been healed, rather than to know all the details.

     But on this occasion we do hear about what happened in Bethany. It is told in Matthew 26:6-16, John 12:1-8 and Luke 7:36-50. These accounts differ; that shouldn't worry us. Mark tells us that something important took place.

     We don't know all that happened, but it is clear Jesus had a special relationship with this woman. My hunch is that what Jesus said about her pouring oil on his body for his burial did not hit home with her until the morning of His resurrection. At that time this woman was with others, who were distraught because they were not able to find the body to perform their funerary rites. But then Jesus appeared to them and so that's how they came to realise that an anointing had been done back when this woman broke the vase of perfume. That was a week or so earlier.

      BRUCE C WEARNE reflects on what Mark says about the anointing of Jesus at Bethany...  | more... |

 

THIS LIFE: FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE?

BeachwalkWhen we humans imagine God, we imagine the divine being as all-powerful, omnipresent, omnipotent, and so on. That can very easily translate into an understanding that everything for God – life, creating, holding the universe together – is easy. It’s a truism, God can do anything, so it must be easy. I wonder if that view underestimates God; turns God into an impersonal force rather than a personal being. I know that Jesus kept revealing a God who was much more personal than the Greeks professed!

     Perhaps we only see life, the universe and everything as easy because we have no concept of how hard, how complex, how marvellous such things are. God might speak galaxies into existence, but that doesn’t mean He can ignore the maths behind them and hope the physics will work itself out. Perhaps the universe is billions of years old because that’s how long it has taken God to work these things out.  

     In our own lives, we know that things that are easy aren’t highly prized, but things that take effort, hard work and many years are treasured.

      In a letter written to his daughter Jenny for her 15th birthday, PAUL CLARK reflects on the journey we all face through life... | more... |


POSTCARDS: PAPUA NEW GUINEA TRIBE TO RECEIVE NEW TESTAMENT AFTER DECADES OF STRUGGLE

WaxeA tribe in Papua New Guinea will for the first time receive the Bible's New Testament in its own language after more than three decades of translation work amid persecution and disappointments, missionaries told BosNewsLife on Sunday.

     "The Waxe New Testament has gone through the final proofing stages and is off to the printers!", said New Tribes Mission (NTM), a US-based group supporting native and international missionaries around the world.

     The Waxe tribe speaks one of more than 700 native tongues known in Papua New Guinea, the world's most linguistically diverse nation. Shipments of the New Testament to the Asian country were expected as early as this month.

     Yet, missionaries faced an uphill battle in the rural area, acknowledged NTM. They were initially rejected after moving into a Waxe village, forcing them to leave. Villager Kletus reportedly felt "utter disappointment" and continued to urge NTM missionaries to resume their work as they "promised to give us God’s Word".

     A BosNewsLife report on how a Papua New Guinean tribe came to have its own New Testament translation... | more... |

 

MY MISSION: HOW COMING FACE-TO-FACE WITH POVERTY AND DISABILITY IN AFRICA HELPED SHAPE DAVID LEWIS' PASSION FOR THOSE WHO NEED A HELPING HAND

David LewisDavid Lewis has been a part of the CBM family for nearly 25 years, yet he recalls this story as though it happened yesterday.

     “Working with our Christian partner organisation in Sierra Leone, we had set up a small clinic and feeding station as close to the war front as the military would allow. Our Toyota Hilux was loaded down to the axles with people needing to reach safety and better medical help - pregnant women, young mothers and children, people with disabilities, the elderly, people who were sick or wounded. 

     "We had started the engine, when a young mother carrying a small child came panting up the hill. With desperation, she told us that her husband and other child had been shot dead by rebels, and that her little boy was severely wounded.  We explained her predicament to the crowd in the Hilux, and our need for someone to surrender their place. No chance, I had thought!

     "Yet, without hesitation a young man with  severe contractures due to polio said “Sir, let me come down from the vehicle and make room for my ‘sister’. God will take care of me.” I was amazed by his courage and generosity.

     In an article written by CBM staff for Sight, David Lewis, strategic program director at CBM in Australia, tells of how his work in Africa inspired him to work on ensuring people with disabilities living in the poorest countries aren't overlooked in development and emergency response initiatives...  | more... |

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IN HIS HANDS...

16th October, 2014
VenezuelaThis is the story of a very ordinary person with no claims to any special attributes or exceptional virtues but who is bursting inside to tell what the Lord has done for her.

I am recounting this with a heart full of deep gratitude. I am humbled by the fact that a spiritual being, maybe a guardian angel or the hands of the almighty God, saved me from serious harm on two occasions. I have remained silent for too long and it would dishonour and diminish the work of our Lord if I did not tell the story.

     I was 12-years-old, living in Caracas in Venezuela, when I joined the girl scouts, and remember vividly my first excursion. Armed with all the required scout “gear” - including a medium size machete - we set out to conquer Mount Avila, a 2,740 metre high mountain. In 1977, when this excursion took place there were no such things as mobile phones or GPS equipment.

     TANIA NEALE tells of two occasions in which she credits God with saving her life... | more...|

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DISCOVERING ANZACS

Discovering AnzacsA joint project of the National Archives of Australia and Archives New Zealand marking the centenary of World War I, this newly launched website features the digitised service dossiers of every Australian and New Zealander who served in World War I. Simply entering the name of the person you're looking for will bring up a list of associated files (which may mean taking some time to find the particular John Smith you're after) and while looking for the records of a relative may be your first impulse, you can also search for the records of more famous figures like war correspondent Charles (CEW) Bean or he of "Simpson and his donkey" fame, stretcher-bearer John Simpson Kirkpatrick or simply spending some time browsing (including by location).

      DAVID ADAMS takes a look at a new website containing the records of every Australian and New Zealander who served in World War I - launched as part of the commemorations marking the conflict's centenary... | more... |

 

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RESOURCING MISSION A "VALUABLE RESOURCE" IN UNDERSTANDING HOW CHURCHES WORK

Resourcing MissionAn ideal way of learning the art of studying ecclesiology and ethnography is seeing the approach of other practitioners. I appreciate practical theology case study books not just for what my students and I can learn form the issues under analysis, but also what we can learn about the process and methodology of theological reflection and ethnographic investigation.

     Helen Cameron is an experienced practical theologian who, when she wrote this book, had been an active church researcher for 18 years. She was the first fulltime director of the Oxford Centre for Ecclesiology and Practical Theology (OxCEPT), and for a decade taught an MA in consultancy for ministry and mission.

     In Resourcing Mission, Cameron argues that to understand change in local churches we need to analyse it theologically (using the pastoral cycle) and consider the cultural forms (of five different types of congregations). She outlines these two assumptions in the first two chapters, and then discusses seven illustrative case studies.

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CAMP A SIMPLE STORY OF HOPE REGAINED

CampThis family-friendly film provides a warm-hearted – and yes, somewhat sentimental - take on the American genre of summer camp films with Christian overtones in place of the more usual 'boy meets girl' or 'city dwellers surviving in the wilderness' themes.

     Early on, we’re introduced to troubled 10-year-old Eli (played by Miles Elliot), an abused child who has been taken into state care and ends up being a last minute inclusion at a Christian camp for at-risk children.

     Arriving at the camp, Eli is paired with another last minute inclusion – a first-time camp counselor, Ken Matthews (Michael Mattera), who has only taken on the position to further his career in the world of financial services.

     As one would expect, their initial meeting is fraught with tension and their time at camp almost comes to a premature end early on.

     DAVID ADAMS watches Camp...  | more... |

 

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U2'S SONGS OF INNOCENCE "WORTH THE WAIT"

Songs of InnocenceLast Wednesday was a good day for me. In fact it was a Beautiful Day. You might even say it was Magnificent. Do you see where I’m going with this? Yes, The Miracle has occurred. After years of speculation, the latest U2 album is finally here. And, just like that other miracle in Luke 9:10-17, hundreds of thousands of iTunes users have downloaded it for free and had their fill.

     But can you ever get your fill of a U2 album? I have listened to this one a few times already and while I prefer some songs over others, those lesser ones are growing on me. You could say a U2 song is like pizza, chocolate or sex: when it’s good it’s really good, and when it’s bad it’s still pretty good!

     This album has definitely been worth the wait. The first six songs have the potential to become classics, some of them even anthems. I can just picture them ringing out around massive stadiums around the world (although they would have to be pretty special to beat the sheer spine-tingling electricity of Where the Streets Have No Name being performed live).

      NILS VON KALM listens - and then listens again - to U2's new release, Songs of Innocence...  | more... |

 

Soundbite16th October, 2014

THE TCM UPDATE: FAREWELL BLACKSTUMP...

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KNOW IT ALL: G20

G20The G20 Leader's Summit in Brisbane is less than a month away. So before we get all carried away with the hype, we're taking a quick look at what the G20 is all about...

• The G20 started in 1999 with a meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors in the wake of the Asian financial crisis.

• The first Leader's Summit was held in 2008 and the leaders have met eight times since, annually since 2011.

• The United States is the only country to have hosted the Leader's Summit twice - in Washington, DC, in 2008, and in Pittsburgh in September, 2009.

    DAVID ADAMS provides a quick primer on the G20...  | more...|

 

ORIGINS: NATIONAL REPOSITORY OF AUSTRALIA'S AUDIO-VISUAL HERITAGE MARKS 30 YEARS

NFSAAustralia's National Film and Sound Archive - repository of more than two million moving images, recorded sounds, documents and artefacts - is this month marking 30 years since its creation.

     The NFSA was established in 1984 when the then Minister for Home Affairs and Environment, Barry Cohen, announced its creation as an autonomous body for collecting, preserving and sharing the nation's audio-visual heritage on 5th April of that year.

     The organisation moved into its new home - a 1930s Art Deco building previously occupied by the Australian Institute of Anatomy in October that year. The building was officially rededicated by Prime Minister Bob Hawke on 3rd October the same year.

    DAVID ADAMS writes about the founding of the National Film and Sound Archive...  | more...|

 

Silent Night ChapelSEE YOU THERE! SIGHT'S NEW TRAVEL DEALS COLUMN...

Sight is unveiling a new travel deals column for our Australian readers. Every week, we'll try and bring you a new deal that might be of interest.

This week - spend Christmas in Salzburg, Austria, with a side excursion to a memorial service at the Silent Night Chapel on Christmas Eve.

     Follow this link to see this travel deal in full... | more...|

 

TRENDSPOTTER: ALTERNATIVE CURRENCIES LOOK TO CASH IN

BitcoinsAlternative currency systems have been around for centuries, but the growth of the internet has, in more recent times, led to the rise of a new generation of alternative, digitally-based currencies. While among the most often mentioned of thse cryto-currencies is Bitcoin, others include Dogecoin, Litecoin and Ripples. Bitcoin itself was apparently invented by the somewhat mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009. Used to pay for a range of things - from real estate, both real and virtual, to tickets to musical gigs, restaurant bills and at a range of online businesses.

     DAVID ADAMS takes a look at the growing use of alternative, digital currencies like Bitcoin... | more...|

 

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THE BIG PICTURE: WHY I BELIEVE...

October poster

Why I believe - Laureate Professor Graeme Clark (AC, FAA, FRS, Hon FRCS)
      At the Cavendish Physics Laboratory, Cambridge University, are the words from Psalm 111:2 “Great are the works of the Lord, they are pondered by all who delight in them".
      I have been committed to science for a number of decades and also spent the same period considering the importance of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I have come to learn that many leading philosophers and scientists see the laws that have produced the physical universe and the origin of biological life on Earth are the result of a remarkable intelligence, and their origin is next to impossible from mindless chance.

     One of the most exciting discoveries in the last two centuries has been the functioning of the human brain: probably the most complex structure in the universe. The brain is more than an incredibly complex arrangement of electrical circuits, connections and proteins; it is responsible for our thinking, feeling, morality and creativity. This is a great mystery, and I believe can be best explained by the fact that we have been created in the image of a God who is personal.

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

 

THE WEEKLY SNAPSHOT

Warsaw

    20th October, 2014

    Men taking the strain in old Warsaw by TONY KERRIGAN

    Taken on the 25th anniversary of Polish democracy in June, 2014.

In Sight's Weekly Snapshot, we'll endeavour to publish an image from somewhere around the globe every week. To see this image in a larger scale and for details of how you can submit images, follow the link...  | more... |

 

WORDPLAY CHALLENGE #3: RECKON YOU KNOW YOUR BIBLE? AND THE ANSWER IS...

The Wordplay Challenge is back! This wordcloud represents the words contained in a oft-quoted passage from the Bible (with the more frequently used words shown in larger type). The challenge for you is to identify the passage - which book and chapter does it come from? Follow the link to see the answer to this challenge - we'll post another shortly... | more... |

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"I’m going to shirt-front Mr Putin."

-  Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, speaking during a press conference on 13th October, 2014, in reference to his plans to approach the Russian President over the shooting down of Flight MH17 over Ukraine in July in which 38 Australians died.

"I know Prime Minister Abbott is a very keen bicyclist. The Russian President does a lot of judo, which is a type of wrestling."

- Alexander Odoevskiy, the Russian Embassy in Canberra's second secretary, in comments he made to Fairfax Media on 14th October, 2014, in the wake of Mr Abbott's comments (as quoted on www.smh.com.au on 14th October, 2014).

 

"Oops, I'm sorry about that."

- Rock star Bono, apologising after U2's latest album was automatically downloaded to the libraries of iTunes listeners around the world (as quoted on the BBC on 15th October, 2014)

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THIS WEEK ON THE WEB

 

 

20th October, 2014

Speaking at the One Young World Summit in Dublin last weekend, North Korean Yeonmi Park tells a harrowing story of life in the "hermit kingdom" and calls for action against human rights violators. To watch the video, click here


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ON REVELATION...

21st October, 2014

DAVID ADAMS

Revelation, the final book of the Bible, is not always an easy book to read. Its apocalyptic imagery can be confronting and the quest to understand what it's all about isn't simple.

Sure, the letters to the seven churches seem easy enough to get hold of. But after that?

One of the ways which has helped me in grappling with Revelation over the years has been to see it as something of an exclamation mark at the end of the Bible - a point at which I am reminded of God's greatness.

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BLOGS

 


THE MYSTERIES OF KHIRBET EL-MAQATIR
A tiny excavation that started with a handful of people in 1995 has become one of the largest excavations in Israel and may help Bible scholars determine not one but two Biblical locations. The site known as Khirbet el-Maqatir is located about nine miles (14 kilometres) north of Jerusalem.

Bryant Wood, of Associates for Biblical Research, began the excavation to search for evidence to support his belief that Maqatir, and not the nearby site of et-Tell, was the location of Ai, the city conquered by Joshua after the destruction of Jericho.

In an article first published by ASSIST News Service, GORDON GOVIER writes about findings on one of the largest excavation sites in Israel... | more... |


FLYING KITES TO BE LEGAL IN INDIA; SELLING THE HOUSE - AND CAT; AND, BIG PUMPKINS...

Flying kites and balloons, driving with dirty teeth, and failing to give the 10 rupees you found to the long dead British Queen Victoria will no longer be illegal in India as the world's most populous democracy looks to clean its statute books of outdated and obsolete laws, some of which date back to the period of the British Raj.

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


AN END...AND A NEW BEGINNING...

What's on my mind?... Thanks for asking, Facebook.
Time to say goodbye to Just Been Thinking after many years, stops and starts. Thank you for your attention over the years, readers. Thank you for your endless commitment, encouragement and patience, David Adams- editor extraordinaire.
And now...I migrate back across to sightmagazine.com.au to begin a Coach Column, sharing insights in the area of human behaviour and life design.
 The final instalment in ANN WOJCZUK's blog about 'life, the universe and possibly everything'...
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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.

ELISA MOED, of Travelujah, reports...  | more... |

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