FEATURED ARCHIVE - UGANDA: INTERNATIONAL PRAYER CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO END CHILD SACRIFICE
In October last year, seven-year-old Allan Ssembatya was walking home from school with friends when he was kidnapped.
A frantic search followed before he was found, whimpering, under a bush, laying in a pool of his own blood. He had suffered injuries that can only be described as horrific – an axe had torn open his skull and a section removed. He had been stabbed in the neck and had been castrated.
Allan, who lives in the Kayunga District of Uganda - just to the north of the capital of Kampala, is one of the many children taken each year by people looking for children to sacrifice to their gods. Thankfully Allan survived his wounds – although a stroke caused as a result of the horrific attack has left him with epilepsy and weakness and numbness in one arm – but many don’t.
One organisation attempting to tackle the rising problem is Uganda-based Kyampisi Childcare Ministries (KCM) which aims to help vulnerable children. Its data, based on police information, shows that the numbers of children believed to have been killed or disappeared as a result of child sacrifice are growing.
DAVID ADAMS speaks to Pastor Peter M. Sewakiryanga about a campaign to end the tragedy of child sacrifice in Uganda...|
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SIGHT'S YEAR IN REVIEW - 2013
We've rounded up some of the articles that helped define 2013 for us as we look back at the year that was. Follow the link to have a browse... |
"(Within the church) I don’t think there’s
an apathy in trying to work hard or build something or make
something work but I think that when it comes to really trusting
Jesus, for some reason we have just kind of subtly fallen
into the belief that Christ alone is not sufficient; that
we need Christ plus other things to help us or we’re
not going to get it done; that God alone is not going to be
enough to reach this culture. I’m in my forties but
I’m finding guys younger than me are really trying to
find some kind of method or program or strategy that will
help them become the next Hillsong or something like that.
God’s not always trying to build a Hillsong or a Times
Square church, sometimes He wants the church to be 200 people
that are really serving the community faithfully and reaching
prisoners or homeless kids. God is very creative and has different
callings on different lives."
Wilkerson, 47, is the son of renowned evangelist David Wilkerson
(co-author of The Cross and the Switchblade, founder
of Teen Challenge, pastor of New York's Times Square Church
- the list goes on). In Australia to preach at a series of
conferences with his father, Gary spoke with DAVID ADAMS...| more...|
'APPALLING' COST OF CONFLICT IN AFRICA EXPOSED IN OXFAM REPORT
The African economy is drained of as much as $US18 billion very year thanks to armed conflicts with as much as $US284 billion lost over the 15 years to 2005, according to new research released by Oxfam this week.
The report - Africa’s Missing Billions - found that, on average, a war, civil war or insurgency shrinks an African economy by 15 per cent.
“Armed violence is one of the greatest threats to development in Africa,” said Irungu Houghton, African policy advisor at Oxfam, who conducted the research with the backing of non-government organisations International Action Network on Small Arms and Saferworld. “The costs are shocking”. DAVID ADAMS reports...| more... |
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WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE JESUS PRO-AM?
Hunt is the media contact for the Christian Surfers competition,
the Jesus Pro Am.
were many highlights of this year’s Jesus Pro Am: the
incredible surfing, the great weather and waves that God blessed
the event with (despite the forecast), the inspiring work
of all the Christian Surfers crew and local church members,
and more. However, probably the biggest highlight of the Jesus
Pro Am for me was witnessing the name of Jesus proclaimed
so boldly at my local beach, Cronulla. Cronulla is a very
secular place at the best of times and to see even the ‘Jesus
Pro Am’ banner or the Christian Surfers logos on the
many tents at the event is a great thing. But the event went
further. There was the win-a-surfboard competition, where
entrants had to look up various verses from the Surfers Bible
and then answer important questions about who the Bible says
Jesus is and then who they thought he is. There were also
the event commentators, who on regular occasions during their
commentary explained to all within reach of the loud speakers
who Jesus is and what He means to us as Christians. There
was also the church service in the park behind the beach held
on the Sunday by the Beachside Vineyard Christian Fellowship.
And finally there was the Gospel presentation given by ‘Mousey’
during the presentation at the conclusion of the event, where
the strong crowd of locals and competitors heard who Jesus
is and what He has done for them through His death and resurrection.
The Jesus Pro Am was truly a blessing for Cronulla."
here for an image gallery
from the Jesus Pro Am...
Why a Christmas album? “It’s Christmas - that’s the easy answer. I’ve done a Christmas album before. I did one a few years ago with a German orchestra actually...It was your regular kind of Christmas album - it had some carols and it had Santa Claus is Coming to Town and all that stuff on it and it was instrumental only. I thought it was time to do a bit more of a focused Christmas album; one a little bit more on what Christmas is really about. So this is just carols and also I’m got Emma Pask singing on there with me because I wanted people to hear the lyrics. So, yeah, just a bit more focused...a real Christmas album, is how I think of it.”
Musical virtuoso James Morrison has just released his latest album, Christmas. The 44-year-old speaks to DAVID ADAMS about Christmas, the power of music and what he’d be doing if he wasn’t a musician...|
I hear from God when...I am alert to the possibility that God can and does speak at any time through scripture, experience, circumstance, worship, creation, or the person (people) I happen to be with at the time.
We talk to Rev David Pitman, moderator of the Uniting Church in Queensland......|
RIGHT-OF-REPLY: WHY RICHARD DAWKINS IS WRONG
all atheists, Richard Dawkins does not understand the concept
of God and why God exists. He has been told this before, as
he writes in his book, The God Delusion: "This
is as good a moment as any to forestall an inevitable retort
to the book, one that would otherwise - as sure as night follows
day - turn up in a review: ‘The God that Dawkins doesn’t
believe in is a God that I don’t believe in either.
I don‘t believe in an old man in the sky with a long
white beard.'...I am attacking God, all gods, anything and
everything supernatural, wherever and whenever they have been
or will be invented."
In this essay, I will try to succeed where others have
failed so that we can say of Dawkins, “And immediately
there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received
Dawkins is an atheist because he places too much confidence
in the methods and ideas of science. Working scientists are
just people living their lives in a practical and reasonable
manner. If something unusual occurs in the lab, scientists
assumes there is a reason and try to replicate what happened.
This is the same kind of common sense and reason mothers use
when they assume there has been no change in the number of
children they have when they are out shopping.
DAVID ROEMER answers the arguments in Richard
Dawkin's book, The God Delusion...|
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SIGHT HELPDESK: ID THEFT - SIX WAYS TO STAY SAFE
News that criminals are buying personal identities for around $1 should come as no great surprise.
In an age where almost everything from cash to family contact is being digitised, it's not hard to see huge opportunities for scams large and small.
According to a new study on internet security, fraudsters can now buy your credit card details, your name, address and date of birth for less than the cost of a can of coke.
Data collected from over 200 countries showed 349.6 billion spam messages were sent in 2008, a 192 per cent increase on the previous year.
In the midst of all this, more and more people are handing over details of their identities to criminals, via phishing websites. These are designed to mirror trustworthy web pages, and users are fooled into giving away their username, password and even bank details.
MAL FLETCHER outlines some simple steps you can take to help prevent the likelihood of becoming a victim of fraud when online...|
LifeTips is a Sight column for short tips that help make life easier. Do you have a tip or an idea that others could benefit from? Just add it on the Your Say at the bottom of the LifeTips page or simply send us an email to email@example.com.
7th December, 2009
RE-REGISTER FOR THE DO NOT CALL LIST: Most Australians have probably heard of the Do Not Call list - where to date more than four million people have listed their phone number to protect against some unsolicited marketing calls (there are exceptions for organisations like charities, government bodies and political candidates) - but you may not be aware the listings have a time limit of three years...
GET YOUR TASTEBUDS TINGLING WITH INDONESIAN DISHES CHICKEN SATAY AND GADO-GADO
Both chicken satay and gado-gado are traditional Indonesian meals that I experienced when travelling there a couple of years ago. The satay are popular with tourists - immediately likeable, they are familiar chicken skewers often topped with a spicy peanut sauce.
Gado-gado is a little different, but is a good option for vegetarians and tastes awesome. The salad is served cold atop cold or lukewarm potatoes, tofu and eggs, with the only heated ingredient being the sauce.
The common use of peanut sauce makes partnering these dishes an obvious choice, and one that will leave your taste buds tingling for more!
CROOKIVER" enjoys some Asian flavours...|
If I mention the word olive, does your mind turn to a particular
paint colour, perhaps a dear old aunty who dates from the
early 1900s or Popeye’s famous girlfriend “Olive
Oil”? Or you might relate them to food, perhaps the
ever present black olive on your weekend pizza. In this case,
olives are a bit like anchovies: most people either love or
Recent research is indicating that virgin olive oil is extremely
good for your health and it is frequently listed in the “must
have foods” section of many fat reduction and weight
loss diets. The olive tree (Olea europaea) is also
making a big comeback in Australian gardens.
GRAHAM LEWIS takes a look at the Mediterranean olive,
a Biblical fruit tree on the comeback...|
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THEY SAID IT
"This is a great day today."
- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, speaking on Sunday, 10th July, 2016, as he claimed victory in the federal election following a phone call from ALP leader Bill Shorten conceding the result.
"I understand we need to make this parliament function and we'll be up for that."
- ALP leader Bill Shorten, speaking on Sunday, 10th July, 2016, after conceding the election result.
“I believe we made the right decision and the world is better and safer.”
- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair speaking on 6th July, 2016, after the release of the Chilcot Report which found that then Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein posed "no imminent threat" at the time of the 2003 invasion of Iraq (as quoted on The Guardian).
"Whenever those of us who are concerned about fairness in the criminal justice system attack police officers, you are doing a disservice to the cause."
- US President Barack Obama, speaking on 10th July, 2016, after the killing of five police officers in Dallas on 7th July, 2016 (as quoted on ABC).
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THIS WEEK ON THE WEB
7th July, 2016
The NASA spacecraft Juno this week entered into orbit around the gas giant Jupiter after almost a five year journey. You can watch a time-lapse movie here showing a view of the planet as Juno approaches,
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5th July, 2016
Faith has become a religious word easily derided as the domain of the ignorant and foolish. We usually interpret it to mean 'blind faith' - believing something without any evidence - because there are those who use it like this.
But faith is more normal than we think. Most businesses are built on faith: you have a great idea, do your research, make a business plan, but in the end you have to take a big breath, step out and risk it all, on something you can never be completely sure of.
Short snippets reflecting on daily life from a Christian perspective...|
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PRINT YOUR OWN OFFICE BUILDING; A SAUNA WITH YOUR BURGER?; BLIND-FOLDED MOWING; AND THE 'CHICKEN CHURCH'...
We've all seen the excitement over 3D printing and the opportunity it presents to print all manner of objects. But what about an entire building? Dubai has opened what it's called the first fully functioning 3D-printed office building, created by printers both large and small. The one-storey prototype cement building was reportedly built in just 17 days and cost about $US140,000.
ADAMS writes about the odder side of life...|
CHRISTIAN SYMBOL DISCOVERED ON ROMAN-ERA POTTERY SHARD FOUND IN LONDON...
A 4th century piece of pottery discovered in London almost 50 years ago has recently been found to bear a Christian symbol in what experts say is a rare example of such a find from the city's Roman period.
The symbol, etched into the pottery, depicts the first two letters of the Greek word for Christ, Christos. The monogram, known as the chi-rho (chi being the Greek X and rho being the Greek P), was reportedly recently discovered on the pottery piece by volunteers at the Museum of London's Archaeological Archive.