THIS WEEK ON THE WEB

 

This Week On The Web provides links to interesting and challenging items we've come across on the web.

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31st May, 2016

The Australian Prayer Network has launched a weekly prayer guide with reference to Australia's upcoming federal election. The five week guide is based around a series of weekly themes with a different prayer and Scriptures for each day. To access the prayer guide, head here.

 

20th May, 2016

It was 22 years ago this year that Captain Mbaye Diagne, a military observer at the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda, was killed when a mortar fell near his vehicle. Though unarmed, Captain Diagne had risked his life repeatedly to save hundreds of people during the genocide, hiding them in the Hotel des Mille Collines (the story of the hotel's role has been immortalised in the film Hotel Rwanda). This month, the UN have honoured Captain Diagne with the inaugural 'Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage' which was awarded to his family. To read more of his story and hear some family reflections, follow this link...

 

15th April, 2016

Open Doors Australia are offering a rare chance to peek behind the walls of the 'Hermit Kingdom' of North Korea. The organisation, which says the country is the hardest place in the world to be a Christian, has published 21 images depicting daily life there. To see the images, head here...

 

11h March, 2016

Looking for a reason to be optimistic about the future of Africa? Here's five. Earlier this month, TIME's Ian Bremmer outlived "five facts which explain the good news about Africa". You can read the article here...

 

4th March, 2016

Almost two weeks have passed since Cyclone Winston tore through Fiji, leaving 43 dead and thousands homeless. The ABC has published a photo essay showing the devastation and how people are coping in the aftermath. You can see it here...

 

19th February, 2016

The images of three-year-old Syrian refugee Alan lying lifeless on a Turkish beach was image that made frontpages - and touched hearts - around the world. Australian musician Missy Higgins this week released a song Oh Canada which highlights his story - and the plight of the Syrian people. The video that goes with it features images which were drawn by Syrian children taking part in a program being run for children by Catholic charity Caritas in Damascus, Syria. The organisation is asking people to share the video to help raise awareness of the ongoing crisis. You hear the song and see the images here.

 

12th February, 2016

Lent kicked off around the world this week and to mark the occasion, TIME has published a graphic showing what people in the US have given up for the season. To see the graphic, follow this link...

 

1st February, 2016

Published online in the lead-up to Australia Day last week, a speech by Indigenous Australian journalist STAN GRANT in which he confronts the issue of racism has gone viral. To see the full speech, which Grant originally gave at an event in Sydney last year, follow this link...

 

24th January, 2016

To mark Australia Day, the Christian History Institute has released a new short documentary on the life of Captain William Bligh. Dr Graham McLennan says that while Captain Bligh is often simply remembered as a "bad-tempered disciplinarian" known for the 'Mutiny on the Bounty', his story is actually that of an "accomplished man" who played a part in the European settlement of Australia and who was "guided by faith in Jesus Christ". To see the full video, head here...

 

12th January, 2016

This month marks 60 years since American missionary Nate Saint and four friends were martyred in Ecuador. In this YouTube video, STEVE SAINT, son of Nate, talks about what happened that fateful day on 8th January, 1956, and the amazing story that has unfolded in the years since. You can see the video, 60 Years Later with Steve Saint, here...

 

22nd December, 2015

When Christmas becomes nothing more than a "cultural celebration", how do you recapture what the reason for the celebration really is? In an book excerpt - 'How Becoming A Christian Ruined My Love Of Christmas' - published by Christianity Today, author KIRSTEN POWERS writes of how she grappled with what it's really all about in an effort to find meaning. You can read the article here...

 

8th December, 2015

U2's Bono has written a song which, as well as being inspired by Paris and the terrorist attacks there, also alludes to the widely published photograph of a Syrian child found dead on a Turkish beach in September. You can listen to an excerpt between Bono, the band's guitarist, The Edge, and CNN host Fareed Zakaria as they talk about the new song - Streets of Surrender or SOS - here...

 

3rd December, 2015

Christian group A Just Cause has released a special kit for churches to use to mark the mid-point of the UN climate change conference in Paris(otherwise known as COP21) this Sunday. The kit, which includes background notes on the conference, a 1.5 minute video for use in church services, and a sample prayer, can be downloaded for free from the organisation's website here...

 

26th November, 2015

Jarrod McKenna and Teresa Lee are Perth-based Christian activists who share their home in Perth with refugee families and work to make their transition to Australian life as positive as possible while demonstrating in politicians' offices to draw attention to the plight of children in detention. They were recently the subject of a report on the ABC's Compass program. To watch it, follow this link.

 

16th November, 2015

All around the world, landmarks have been lit up in the colours of the French flag - red, white and blue - in an expression of solidarity with the French people in the wake of the shocking terrorist attacks in Paris on 13th November. To see a gallery of buildings on Slate, follow this link.

 

8th November, 2015

Writing on his blog, US Christian writer, speaker and preacher, Dr RT Kendall, writes about the day that changed him forever - and about the importance of both the Word and Spirit in a Christian's life. You can read the article here.

 

29th October, 2015

Syrian Catholic monk, Fr Jacques 'Jack' Murad, abducted by followers of the Islamic State in May and before he managed to escape their grasp on 11th October. He spoke to the BBC about his ordeal - you can see their report and watch a video of him speaking of his ordeal here...

 

5th October, 2015

Following another mass shooting in the US late last week, US President Barack Obama said the country's "thoughts and prayers" were not enough and intimated it was time the country take action to prevent further gun deaths. You can read his entire speech here...

 

28th September, 2015

Pope Francis wrapped up his historic visit to the US on Sunday with an open-air mass in Philadelphia. You can read the full text of the pontiff's homily on TIME's website here and the fully text of the speech her gave to the US Congress last week here.

 

21st September, 2015

In the light of last week's change of Australian Prime Minister, BEN EACHEN, writing in the Uniting Church's Insights Magazine writes a piece on "If Jesus was Prime Minister...". You can read the article by following the link here...

 

4th September, 2015

Father's Day is celebrated in Australia on 6th September and to mark the event, Dads4Kids is promoting a short film by Gold Coast film-maker NILS NILSSON. Dads4Kids founder Warwick Marsh says Faderskap, meaning "fatherhood" in Swedish, is a tribute to "those fathers who are committed to remaining present in their children's lives in the light of his abandonment and his own fatherlessness and a very emotional journey of forgiveness of healing". To see video, follow this link. Meanwhile, Dads4Kids are also inviting dads to submit images of their favorite moments with their children in a competition running on Instagram which closes on 30th September. For details head here...

 

24th August, 2015

ABIGAIL SANTAMARIA, author of Joy: Poet, Seeker and the Woman Who Captivated CS Lewis, writes of how Joy Davidson, best known as the wife of CS Lewis, came to Christ against the backdrop of the atomic bombings in Japan in 1945. You can read the article in UK's Premier Christianity magazine here...

 

17th August, 2015

In the wake of June's deadly attack which left nine people dead at an historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, black churches across the US are weighing up security versus their open door policies. Read TYLER PAGER's article - 'After Charleston, black churches straddle fine line between security, openness' - in USA Today here...

 

10th August, 2015

Two European computer scientists have formalised a theorem regarding the existence of God which had been penned by Austrian mathematician Kurt Godel before his death in 1978. But, says DAVID KNIGHT, writing for the German publication, Der Spiegel, that's only part of the story. You can see his full article 'Holy logic: Computer scientists "prove" God exists' here...

 

4th August, 2015

In an hour-long interview with Hillsong Senior Pastor Brian Houston, Mark Driscoll, co-founder of the now folded controversial Seattle-based megachurch Mars Hill, and his wife Grace talk about why they left the church. You can see the full interview on Brian Houston's website here....

 

23rd July, 2015

ELIZA GRISWOLD, in an article in The New York Times Magazine, looks at whether the persecution of Christians by groups like the so-called Islamic State will mean the end of Christianity in the Middle East. You can see the article here...

 

17th July, 2015

In a speech in Bolivia last week, Pope Francis asked for forgiveness from the Indigenous peoples of South America for the crimes committed by the Catholic Church during the time of the so-called "Conquest" by European nations. TIME has a transcript of the speech here...

 

2nd July, 2015

In a video on Australia's ABC, finance editor gives a two minute explanation behind the current debt crisis in Greece. Follow this link to watch the video...

 

24th June, 2015

In an article published by Religion News Service, MARK SILK, professor of religion in public life at Trinity College in the US and contributing editor at RNS, writes that it's time to end the "religion" of the Confederate flag in the US. You can read his article here...

 

17th June, 2015

Pope Francis has been in the headlines this week after his papal encyclical, Laudato Si, or Praised Be, which addresses themes of environmental stewardship and climate change was leaked by an Italian magazine (Vatican officials say the leaked version was a draft). Here in The Atlantic, EMMA GREEN looks at what is significant about the document (to be officially released on 18th June). You can read her article here...

 

25th May, 2015

Ethiopian Jews, who recently clashed with police in Israel, suffer from the highest poverty rate among the Jews in Israel, and suffer much higher levels of police stop-search, arrests and incarceration, according to YOSSI MEKELBERG, professor of international relations at Regent's University London and associate fellow, Middle East and North Africa programme, at Chatham House. You can read his article - The plight of Ethiopian Jews in Israel - looking at the background of Ethiopian Jews, in an article published by the BBC here...

 

8th May, 2015

In the wake of rioting in the US city of Baltimore following the death of African-American man Freddie Grey after he was fatally injured while in police custody, RANA FOROOHAR argues in an article published by TIME that racial and economic fairness in the US can no longer be treated as separate issues. You can read the article here...

 

22nd April, 2015

Geelong-based musician and singer GURYEL ALI has written a song, Lest We Forget, which he recently performed for more than 500 people at Gallipoli in Turkey in the lead-up to Anzac Day in Saturday. To see it and hear the song, head here...

 

19th April, 2015

Along with the centenary of the Gallipoli landings, this year also marks 100 years since the Armenian Genocide in which as many as 1.5 million Armenians, Assyrians and Pontian Greeks were killed at the hands of the rulers of the Ottoman Empire. You can read about the genocide and ongoing attacks against Armenians in Chris Ray's article in the Sydney Morning Herald, 'Soft targets: the continuing persecution of Armenians'...

 

10th April, 2015

Millions of children around the world still suffer from what Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu calls "humiliating acts of violence" inflicted as corporal punishment. The Churches' Network for Non-violence and the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children has published a worship resource to help church leaders and Christian communities end the corporal punishment of children. It includes Bible studies, prayers, vigils, liturgies and reflections and can be downloaded free of charge here...

 

31st March, 2015

Buying chocolate Easter eggs but want to ensure your purchase is ethical? World Vision have produced an Ethical Chocolate Guide which provides a list of ethically sourced chocolate brands in Australia. You can download the guide here...

 

25th March, 2015

Blind Brazilian surfer Derek Rabelo - star of the film Beyond Sight - recently completed a tour in Australia. Head to YWAM Newcastle's website to see an interview conducted with him while here...

 

13th March, 2015

Under The Dome, a documentary about pollution in China made by well-known investigative journalist Chai Jing, has been making headlines around the world (not the least because, according to reports, it was initially welcomed by Chinese authorities but later banned). Follow this link for version complete with English subtitles.

 

20th February, 2015

ZVIKA KLEIN, a report for Israeli news website NRG, spent 10 hours wandering around suburbs of Paris wearing traditional Jewish dress. The video, which has been watched more than four million times on YouTube, shows some of what he encountered and closes with data on the rise of anti-Semitic attacks in France. You can read the report and find a link the video here...

 

13th February, 2015

UN photographer MARTINE PERRET has taken thousands of images in recent months while on assignment in West Africa covering the Ebola outbreak, which to date has claimed the lives of almost 9,000 people. You can hear Ms Perret talk about her experience and see a slideshow produced for UN Radio on the UN website here...

 

6th February, 2015

Asia Bibi, a poor, illiterate woman from rural Punjab in Pakistan, has been on death row for almost five years after being accused of blaspheming against Islam - a charge she denies. In this rare and extensive interview, the BBC's SHAIMAA KHALIL speaks with her family. You can read the story here...

 

23rd January, 2015

The Daily Telegraph has published a list of 26 odd things about Australia in the lead-up to the country's celebration of Australia Day. To see the list, head here...

 

16th January, 2015

French photographer WILLIAM DANIELS has spent the past 14 months documenting the conflict in the Central African Republic. You can see a gallery of his images in TIME magazine here...

 

24th December, 2014

As part of the ABC's coverage of the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami - in which about 230,000 people lost their lives in 13 Asian countries - they've published an interactive photo gallery showing the immediate devastation in a range of places after the disaster and what they look like now. Follow this link to see the gallery...

 

11th December, 2014

Former Australian Prime Minister MALCOLM FRASER has hit out at the recent passing of new immigration legislation in Australia, saying it gives Immigration Minister Scott Morrison "dictatorial, tyrannical powers", in a speech delivered in Melbourne this week. You can read the full speech here...

 

2nd December, 2014

The Salvation Army's Freedom Partnership has released a new video detailing 'Sandra's story' of slavery as a domestic worker in Australia to mark the UN's International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. To see Sandra's story, head here. For more about the work of the Freedom Partnership, head to www.endslavery.salvos.org.au.

 

26th November, 2014

Uniting Church minister Rev JOHN BRENTNALL was among those who blockaded an open cut coal mine at Maules Creek near Narrabri in NSW today - the third time he has joined the blockade (he was arrested on a previous occasion). In an article published on the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change website this week, he explains why, in this case, he has engaged in acts of civil disobedience. Follow this link...

 

13th November, 2014

The sea of poppies around the Tower of London representing British and Commonwealth military fatalities of World War I has been a poignant reminder of the great cost of war. But Quakers in the UK have taken the concept a step further and created a map showing the area needed if every death as a result of the war - military and civllians alike - was included. You can see the map here and find out more about the project here...

 

31st October, 2014

Things might seem bleak in many parts of the Middle East but, as MARK ELLIS writes in an article on Godreports, "God is touching hearts in powerful ways". You can read his article 'The extraordinary move of God in the Middle East' here...

 

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...

 

10th October, 2014

Ban the burqa? In an article published on 9th October, reporters for Bible Society publication, Eternity Magazine, canvasses some opinions on the issue among Christians in Australia. Read the article here...

 

18th September, 2014

In a speech made in Rome earlier this week, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, president of the Caritas international federation of Catholic charities, said conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Gaza have resulted in the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II. You can read his complete speech on The Tablet here...

 

4th September, 2014

In an article published by the Ethos EA Centre for Christianity and Society, a Cambodian national working in the field of aid and development writes about why they are critical of the Australian Government's plan to send refugees to Cambodia. You can read the article here...

 

25th August, 2014

Amid horrifying reports of persecution of Christians and other minorities in various regions of the world - including the Middle East, MAL FLETCHER, chairman of the London-based think tank 2020Plus, interviews Anglican bishop, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, about the "historical, political and religious origins of militant extremism and what might be done about the problem of persecution - and for the persecuted". You can watch this special interview at www.edges.tv/persecution/.

 

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...

 

6th August, 2014

Award-winning journalist NINO KURI, in an article published on The World Post, calls for US President Barack Obama and Christians in the US (and by extension, the world) to raise their voices in support of their persecuted brethren in Iraq and Syria. You can read the article 'What would Jesus say?' here...

 

29th July, 2014

Writing for Fairfax Media, MICHAEL GREEN takes a look at the growing gap between rich and poor in Australia and what can be done about it. You can see his report - What happened to the fair go? - here...

 

18th July, 2014

Reckon you know the Bible? To mark the release of Bible Society CEO Greg Clarke's book, The Great Bible Swindle - recently short-listed for Australian Christian Book of the Year, the Bible Society have put up an online quiz of 20 questions about the Bible. You can take the quiz here...

 

3rd July, 2014

Sold into marriage by her parents, beaten then summarily divorced - all by the age of just 14, sadly the plight of Nigerian Maimuna Abdullahi is far from unique in Africa's most populous country where thousands of girls face a similar fate. To read her story, see KIERAN CORCORAN's piece in The Daily Mail by following the link here...

 

25th June, 2014

Open Doors has released a prayer calendar for Christians to use during the Muslim fasting period of Ramadan. During the 30 days of Ramadan, which starts on 28th June, Open Doors is asking Christians to consider praying particularly for Christians living in Muslim countries who face "heightened pressure" during the period. The free prayer calendar, which provides details on a different nation each day, can be downloaded from this link.

 

4th June, 2014

This week marks 25 years since the Tiananmen Square massacre in China. TIME magazine spoke with three eyewitnesses to the events of 4th June, 1989. You can read its piece here.

 

30th May, 2014

Christianity could see a resurgence thanks to population decline in countries noted for their "sceptic" populations, according to geneticist and atheist Steve Jones. You can read an interview with Professor Jones, who has just published a book, 'The Serpent’s Promise: The Bible Retold as Science', on the Telegraph website here.

 

23rd May, 2014

The Age sports writer MICHAEL GLEESON reports that there's a "growing band of religious players" in the AFL - from the Gold Coast Sun's Gary Ablett to North Melbourne's Daniel Wells. You can read their stories in Gleeson's piece here...

 

9th May, 2014

Chances are that if you've walked over the Sydney Harbour Bridge in recent years, you will have seen the sign plastered in a nearby apartment window - "One Way! Jesus", an echo of the 'Eternity' messages written around the city by the late Arthur Stace. In The Guardian Australia, the apartment's occupant Owen McAloon tells ANTHONY BREWSTER about why he's put the sign up. You can read the article here...

 

16th April, 2014

Buying last minute Easter eggs? Stop the Traffik has produced a guide to ensure your chocolate has been created without the involvement of trafficked children. You can download the guide (and see what other actions you can take to help make chocolate "traffick free") here...

 

2nd April, 2014

Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti has taken a series of images of children from around the world surrounded by their favorite toys. The results are both poignant and thought-provoking. You can see a gallery of the images here...

 

21st March, 2014

Last month Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, announced funding would enable AiG to embark upon its plans to build a life-sized replica Noah's Ark. The ark will be based in northern Kentucky in the US. Visit the website to see the plans in detail.

 

10th March, 2014

About 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy, a chronic disorder of the brain which is characterised by seizures. In a photo-diary, Briton HELEN STEPHENS and her photographer boyfriend Matt Thompson document what it's like to live with the condition. You can read Helen's thoughts in a piece published in The Observer...

 

6th February, 2014

Earlier this week Ken Ham, CEO of Answers in Genesis, and Bill Nye, known in the US as 'The Science Guy', debated whether creation is a "viable model of origins in today's modern scientific era" at the Creation Museum in the US state of Kentucky. Head to YouTube to see the debate and decide for yourself who won...

 

23rd January, 2014

Catholic priest Father LAWRENCE HUMMER, pastor of St Mary's Church in Chillicothe, in the US state of Ohio, has been working with death row inmates at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution for the past few years. Last week, he witnessed the execution of convicted murderer Dennis McGuire. In this piece published in The Guardian's Comment is Free section, he argues that execution by lethal injection is inhumane, stating that capital punishment "is simply a way of society avoiding the possibility of changing lives". You can read the article here...

 

16th January, 2014

Australian Liberal Senator Corey Bernardi has been making headlines following the publication of his book, The Conservative Revolution, earlier this month. LYLE SHELTON, managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby, gives his views on the text in this article published on the ACL's website...

 

20th December, 2013

In an article appeared on her Huffington Post blog, SAFIYA JAFARI SIMMONS writes about how she and her husband walked the line between having Jesus, not Santa, at the centre of their Christmas and not "ruining" Christmas for others. You can read 'On Not Ruining Christmas' here...

 

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)...

 

23rd November, 2013

In an article on the US magazine Charisma's website, MARK DRISCOLL, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in the US, writes about 'Why the 'new' tolerance is actually intolerant'. To read the article, follow this link...

 

12th November, 2013

Read about how Christian missionaries are working undercover to spread the Gospel in North Korea. Follow this link to read Justin Rohrlich and Chad O'Carroll's piece, 'Onward Christian Soldiers', published in Slate recently...

 

4th November, 2013

Persecution of Christians is increasing at a rapid rate around the world. Read the recent piece by The Age religion editor, Barney Zwartz, on the issue, 'Age of intolerance: The war on religion'. Follow this link to read the full article...

 

22nd October 2013

People may most often associate slavery with females living in developing countries. But in a piece published by Time recently, Katie Harris looks at the problem of male slavery in the UK. Follow this link to read it...

 

9th October 2013

"The global persecution of Christians is the unreported catastrophe of our time". So reads the sub-heading to John L Allen Jr's piece 'The war on Christians' running in the UK magazine, The Spectator. Follow this link to read it...

 

30th September, 2013

Jesus was the first person to send tweets, Catholic Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi told a press conference last week. Read James Vincent's account in the UK Independent here...

 

12th September, 2013

Cairo-based photographer David Degner spent several days in late August in the Minya region of Egypt where he documented "the deep wounds" to some of the country's churches which have occurred over the past few months. To see his photographic slideshow on World Watch Monitor, follow this link...

 

2nd September, 2013

In a report published in The Australian newspaper, Amanda Hodge looks at the harsh life of those who work in India's tea gardens. For the report, follow this link...

 

16th August, 2013

The US Presbyterian Church's decision to drop the popular modern hymn In Christ Alone from its new hymnal has sparked a debate over the song - in particular the phrase "wrath of God". You can read the story in the USA Today here...

 

8th August, 2013

In one of his first interviews since taking office, General Andre Cox, the new worldwide head of the Salvation Army, told theWashington Post he wants "to see an army that reflects the mind of Jesus". Read the story in the Washington Post here...

 

1st July, 2013

"What? How? Who? Why? Here are the great questions every human should ask about our world." Read the full sermon given by Dr Peter Jensen - his last as Archbishop of Sydney, it was given at his farewell service on 14th June, 2013 - here...

 

12th June, 2013

In a new video posted on his website, Martin Johnson talks to director Rob Draper - currently working at Cinecitta Studios in Rome - about his upcoming film Nicaea. You can see the film here...


28th May, 2013

Peter Munro takes a look at the changing face of the Christian music scene in Australia in his piece, 'Raising hell for Jesus', published in the Sydney Morning Herald. You can see the article here...

 

18th April, 2013

Richard Chartres, Bishop of London, gave a public address at the London funeral this week of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in which he said that "after the storm of a life lived in the heat of political controversy, there is a great calm". To read the full address, visit the website of St Paul's Cathedral here...

 

14th April, 2013

'Millions face starvation as world warms, say scientists.' Read this report in The Guardian in which experts warn of the devastating effect rising food prices could have on communities in Africa and Asia in coming decades. Read the report here...


13th March, 2013

The History Channel's five-part miniseries The Bible has surprised many with the strength of its ratings since going to air in the US earlier this month. Producer Mark Burnett told Entertainment Weekly that the "hand of God" was on the production. You can read more about some of the "weird things" that happened during its filming at Entertainment Weekly here...

 

3rd February, 2013

Elizabeth Kendal, an international religious liberty analyst and advocate, has published the text of a letter written by Guy Horton, a researcher known internationally for his work regarding human rights in Burma. Sent from the northern Kachin State in Burma on 25th January, 2013, it represents a "grave appeal" for the international community to act. You can read the letter on Elizabeth's Kendal's blog here...

 

23rd January, 2013

Political hotspots? A graphic highlighting the countries most likely to face a coup in 2013. See it on the Washington Post blog, WorldViews, here...

 

18th December, 2012

Christianity Today canvases some opinions on whether churches should discourage belief in Santa Claus. You can read the responses here...

 

3rd November, 2012

Rupert Shortt, author of Christianophobia: A Faith Under Attack, writes about the persecution of Christians around the world in the UK newspaper, The Telegraph. To read it, follow this link...

 

22nd October, 2012

A fascinating piece about the olive trees which grow in the Jerusalem's Garden of Gethsemane. Read the ABC article 'Jerusalem's olive trees among oldest in the world' by following this link...

 

10th October, 2012

How many Christians in Egypt? Mary Abdelmassih, in an article recently published by the Assyrian International News Agency, takes a look at what the Egyptian Government recently said about the controversial question. You can read the article here...

 

13th September, 2012

A tragic story out of Afghanistan. You can read Emma Graham-Harrison's piece, 'A circle of childhood friends broken with a bomb in Kabul', in the UK's The Guardian here...

 

14th August,2012

'Beyond 7 billion', an indepth report on the world's population and what our growing numbers mean for the future. See this report - and the infographics - in the LA Times here...

 

12th July,2012

A new video posted on the website, What is Marriage?, takes a look at how marriage is defined under the Marriage Act. To see it, head to www.whatismarriage.org.au.

 

16th June,2012

Remember Arthur Blessitt, the man who carried the Cross around the world (read a previous Sight story about him here)? The Cross is now orbiting the earth in space - head here to see a live update of its position above the earth...

 

24th May,2012

Join in with the One Million Acts of Kindness challenge. This eight week event hopes to reach that goal but it needs your help to do so. To find out more, head to www.1millionacts.com.au.

 

6th May,2012

Saliba Sarsar writes in Lebanon's The Daily Star about the decline in the number of Christian Palestinians. You can read Sarsar's op-ed article  - 'Palestinian Christians are disappearing' - here...

 

4th April,2012

A provocative piece in Newsweek - 'Christianity in Crisis' - in which writer Andrew Sullivan says, thanks to Christianity having been "destroyed by politics, priests and get-rich evangelists", we should ignore them and embrace Him. You can read it here...

 

27th March,2012

See The Economist's graphic on cigarette smoking around the world with charts showing locations where the highest number of men and women smoke. You can see the charts here...

 

18th March,2012

Hear Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams' interview with the Press Association following the announcement that he will step down. Follow this link to find the recording...

 

27th February, 2012

Leading evolutionist Professor Richard Dawkins went head to head with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, in a discussion about the "the nature of human beings and the question of their ultimate origin" in Oxford University's Sheldonian Theatre on 23rd February. To see a webcast of the event, follow this link...

 

3rd February, 2012

Ahead of the upcoming National Day of Prayer and Fasting on 19th February, organiser Pastor Matt Prater has recorded a cover of the MC Hammer rap song, Pray. To download and listen to it, follow this link (2.2 MB). For more on the National Day of Prayer and Fasting, see www.nationaldayofprayer.com.au...


21st December, 2011

Looking to put the Christ back in Christmas? Become a follower of Zondervan's Reclaiming Christmas page on Facebook. You'll find it here...


14th December, 2011

A rapping version of the Nativity? English vicar Gavin Tyte (aka Ty Te) was a professional 'beatboxer' before taking the cloth. He's put his former skills to great use in a new rapping version of the Nativity. You can watch it here...

 

28th November, 2011

The Australian Christian Lobby have made a video about their petition to next weekend's ALP National Conference in which they call on delegates not to change the ALP's current definition of marriage. You can see the video here...

 

11th October, 2011

Australian Copts have called for the Egyptian ambassador to be expelled following the death of at least 24 Coptic Christians in Cairo on Sunday after police and military opened fire on a demonstrators. Read Barney Zwartz's article from The Age newspaper here...

 

21st September, 2011

Read about a rugby-themed Gospel of Luke, released in New Zealand to coincide with the Rugby World Cup. See the story in The Dominion newspaper here...

 

13th September, 2011

It's 'Include a Charity Week'; a week which is aimed at encouraging you to remember your favorite charity in your will. If its sounds like something you might be interested in, just follow the link to find out more...


6th September, 2011

Nicholas Tonti-Filippini, associate professor at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family and an author of the national church leaders' statement on marriage, writes about why marriage is about the rights of children. You can read the piece on The Age online here...


23rd August, 2011

The Australian Christian Lobby has set up an electronic petition about keeping the definition of marriage between a man and a woman, which is expected to be tabled in the Senate this Wednesday. More than 55,000 people have signed the petition. To see the petition, click here...

 

17th August, 2011

Read about a project in which scholars at Hebrew University in Jerusalem have been working for 53 years to publish an authoritative edition of the Old Testament and track every single version of the text over the past two millennia. Click here to read the story...

 

21st July, 2011

Looking for contacts or a job in the Australian development community? Chris Piper of overseas aid consultancy Torqaid has just published the latest edition of the Australian Aid Resource and Training Guide (AARTG) which provides a comprehensive directory of organisations in the Australian and overseas development sector as well as information on training courses. You can access the guide online here...

 

14th July, 2011

Read about how archaeologists are digging up Goliath's home town of Gath and, as a result, are piecing together the history of the Philistines. Click here to read this Foxnews piece...

 

8th July, 2011

The Word on the web. Read Alicia Wood's story 'Holy tweet: God's network grows' in the Sydney Morning Herald about how the church is embracing new technology. Click here to read...

 

23rd June, 2011

Read the full text of US President Barack Obama's speech on Wednesday night in which he states his decision to withdraw 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by mid 2012. Click here...

 

9th June, 2011

See a  photo gallery from Time magazine, Yemen on the brink, about recent events in the African nation here...

 

11th April, 2011

One month after Japan's earthquake. See a photo gallery on the International Business Times website here...

 

2nd March, 2011

See Chilean miner Jose "the Pastor" Henriquez talk about faith and Israel during his recent visit to Israel. Follow this link to see the video from Travelujah...

 

19th February, 2011

Read the stories of those who suffered at the hands of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, where for nearly 25 years the group has been terrorising villagers. Read their harrowing stories at London's The Telegraph website here...

 

10th February, 2011

Read the full text of Prime Minister Julia Gillard's emotional 'motion of condolence' to the House of Representatives concerning Australia's summer of natural disasters here...

 

19th January, 2011

See amazing before and after pictures of the floods on Queensland on the news.com.au website here...

 

11th January, 2011

See Time magazine's photo gallery on 'Christians under siege in the Muslim world' here...

 

7th January, 2011

Read about why human rights workers are concerned for the safety of Pakistani woman Asia Bibi, being held in solitary confinement after becoming the first woman to be sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy, following the assassination of the Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer this week. See the report in the UK's Guardian newspaper here...

 

21st December, 2010

Social networking has brought about a whole new way of telling the Christmas story. Here's a couple of examples we've found on the web - the Natwivity and the amazingly intricate The Digital Story of the Nativity on YouTube...

 

16th December, 2010

See an amazing map of how people around the world are connected by Facebook. The brighter the lights, the more Facebook users present at a given location. Click here to see the map..

 

6th December, 2010

Believe this, or else...

The Age's Barney Zwartz writes about concerns over a proposed UN resolution on the "defamation of religion" and why it could lead to many more cases like that of Asia Bibi, recently condemned to death in Pakistan for blasphemy. To read his initial article, click here. To read a subsequent blog entry on the issue, click here..

 

11th November, 2010

Read how some Christians are vowing to remain in Iraqi despite the recent spate of killings. Time magazine reports this week on how some Muslims are offering their support to Christians who are living in a state of siege. Read the article here...

 

3rd November, 2010

US abortion 'survivor' Melissa Ohden, who recently toured Australia, tells her story in a video published by Pro-Life Victoria. The video A Story About Life, which also features state MP Peter Kavanagh, is part of a push to raise awareness of changes in the abortion laws in that state that were made in 2008. You can watch the video on YouTube here...

17th October, 2010

Former Australian PM Kevin Rudd has been in Rome, where he is leading the Australian Government's delegation for the canonisation of Mary MacKillop. In an article in the Sydney Morning Herald, he talks about his belief in miracles. Read it here...

 

29th September, 2010

The official end of World War I takes place this Sunday, 3rd October, when Germany pays off the last of its reparations. Follow this link to read Allan Hall's story in London's Daily Telegraph...

 

14th September, 2010

See a digital reconstruction showing where more than 560 earthquakes have occurred on New Zealand's South Island since a 7.1 magnitude quake struck near Christchurch earlier this month. Follow this link...

 

3rd September, 2010

Retired Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking says in his latest book that God was not needed to create the universe but that instead the 'big bang' was the inevitable consequence of the laws of physics. Here, read a reply from author, Professor John Lennox, who argues that, on the contrary, the creation of the universe can't be explained without God...

 

5th July, 2010

HIV/AIDS has killed 27 million people, says the World Health Organisation. Read Peter Hartcher's article in The Sydney Morning Herald of the latest calls to keep funding the fight against the ongoing spread of the disease...

 

8th June, 2010

Read Ghaith Abdul-Ahad's report published in The Guardian newspaper 'How Somalia's civil war became new front in battle against al-Qaida' about what's been happening in the African nation here...

 

21st May, 2010

Listen to Dr Craig Venter, the scientist responsible for creating the first synthetic living cell, talk about the ramifications of his work in an interview with the BBC here...

 

17th May, 2010

The battle for Bangkok. Read Ben Doherty's report in The Guardian 'Thailand's tourists shop for bargains as protest battle rages' here...

 

1st May, 2010

Read Tom Allard's report in The Sydney Morning Herald 'God help us: Bali Nine pray' here...

 

1st April, 2010

Read an explanation of some of the Easter customs and traditions here...

 

22nd March, 2010

Read a report from TIME magazine on Morocco's crackdown on Christian aid workers here...

 

19th February, 2010

Take a virtual journey along Russia's famed Trans-Siberian railway with a new 'virtual train journey' on Google. Simply follow the link to get started...

 

25th January, 2010

Read the amazing story of Wismond Exantus, a 24-year-old supermarket cashier who survived 11 days buried under rubble after the Haiti earthquake on 12th January. Rescued last Saturday, he said he had been saved by God. "It was God who was tucking me away in his arms."

 

8th December, 2009

How did 25th December become the date we celebrate Christmas? Andrew McGowan, associate professor of early Christian history at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has penned his thoughts on the matter in an article published in the Bibical Archaeology Review. Click here to start reading...

 

23rd November, 2009

Australia Post has published 200 'Letters of a Nation' as part of its bicentenary celebrations. The letters have been chosen to represent the different "events, people and regions of Australia's rich history". Click here to start reading...

 

29th October, 2009

News of the Pope Benedict XVI's invitation for disenchanted Anglicans to return to Roman Catholicism has sparked discussion around the world - and in Australia. Follow this link to see The Age's Barney Zwartz's report on the Australian reaction...

 

19th October, 2009

More from YouTube - this time it's the amazing work of Ukranian 'sand artist' Kseniya Simonova. In June, Ms Simonova won Ukraine's Got Talent with a moving performance in which she illustrated the story of her country during World War II. Click here to see the YouTube video of her performance...

 

12th October, 2009

Rare footage of Anne Frank - the Jewish girl who kept a diary while living in hiding in Amsterdam before she was captured and died seven months later in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp - is viewable on a new 'Anne Frank Channel' launched on YouTube by Anne Frank House. Go here to see it...

 

1st October, 2009

It's Ocsober! Life Education Australia is running a fundraising program which challenges Australians to cut out alcohol for a month to raise money to educate children about the effects of drugs and alcohol. Go here to find out more...

 

31st August, 2009

Atheist Adam Rutherford is taking the Alpha course and blogging about his experiences for The Guardian newspaper's website. You can read about his experiences here...

 

19th August, 2009

The National Film & Sound Archive recently added another 10 recordings to its Sounds of Australia registry. They include the Happy Little Vegemites advertising jingle. Click here to listen to the complete list...

 

6th July, 2009

Read the UK Daily Mail's take on the amazing story of Australian Nick Vujicic who was born without arms or legs here...

 

1st July, 2009

Following the disputed presidential election in Iran on 12th June, authorities have detained hundreds of people. There have also been some deaths. The Guardian newspaper in the UK is compiling a list of people detained or killed and is asking for help in identifying them. You can see the list here...

 

23rd June, 2009

Want to gain a better understanding of events in Iran? Time has published a who's who list looking at 10 of the top players in events unfolding there. You can see the list here...

 

3rd June, 2009

In an interview with Christianity Today, Casting Crowns frontman Mark Hall talks about his band's second trip to North Korea. Read the story here...

 

16th May, 2009

The National Day of Thanksgiving will be held on 30th May - with this year's focus on elected leaders at all levels of government, leaders within all spheres of community life and public servants. For resources and to find out how you can be involved, see www.thanksgiving.org.au

 

9th May, 2009

Child development agency Compassion Australia is holding its annual 'Compassion Day' on 14th May in conjunction with Christian radio stations around the country. This year, the organisation will attempt to find sponsors for 1,500 children living in Bangladesh and Ethiopia. To see how you can help. visit www.compassionday.com.au.

 

4th May, 2009

Follow this link to read an interview in The Christian Post with machine gun- toting pastor Sam Childers about his work in helping defend children against being forced into the Lord's Resistance Army in Africa, and his recent book, Another Man's War: The True Story of One Man's Battle to Save Children in the Sudan...

 

24th April, 2009

Take a photo of your tap and email it to Samaritan's Purse Australia and they'll receive a $2 donation to their "Turn on the Tap" initiative. To find out more details about "Turn on the Tap", read the Sight story here or visit www.turnonthetap.org.au (where there's also a gallery of tap images).

 

8th April, 2009

"Twitter the Passion". Trinity Wall Street in lower Manhattan, New York, will be publishing a series of tweets describing the Stations of the Cross on their Twitter site, @twspassionplay, this Friday from noon until 3pm. For a preview of black and white photographs and accompanying text, you can click here...

 

3rd April, 2009

See a gallery of Christian-related images at Flickr's 'Christian Faith' group. Go here to see the images...

 

26th March, 2009

Switch off your lights for an hour this weekend and join with millions around the world in Earth Hour 2009. Earth Hour aims to have more than a billion people turn off their lights at 8.30pm on March 28th for one hour in what they describe as a "global vote for action on climate change". For more details, follow this link...

 

14th March, 2009

Many people will already be familiar with the famous sermon of Dr S.M. Lockeridge, That's My King! If you've never heard it or would love to hear it again, you can listen to an edited version of the sermon set to images of Christ here...

 

5th March, 2009

This week the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against Sudan's President, Omar al-Bashir, on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. In an opinion article in The New York Times, US evangelist and relief organistion chief Franklin Graham - who recently met with President al-Bashir in Sudan - writes that justice shouldn't be served at the cost of peace. You can read his article here...

 

27th February, 2009

British man, Alec Garrard, has spent 30 years building a model of the Temple of Herod. You can read about his work here or see an amazing gallery of pictures here...

 

19th February, 2009

Time magazine has published a cover story looking at 'How faith can heal' which explores various positions around the connections between faith and healing. You can read the piece and related coverage here...

 

4th February, 2009

In late December, London Times columnist Matthew Parris wrote an article 'As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God', saying that missionaries, not aid money, are the solution to Africa's problems. Read the piece here...

 

28th January, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI has launched his own YouTube channel, ostensibly to broaden the Pope's audience. Visit www.youtube.com/vaticanit.

 

15th January, 2009

Sydney-sider and Christian Arthur Stace is remembered for writing the word 'Eternity' all over the harbour city. The story of his life is being retold as an opera, The Eternity Man, screening on ABC1 at 9.45pm on Sunday, 18th January, 2009. Here, read Pastor Peter Rahme's retelling of the life of Arthur Stace and here, watch Peter, pastor of Sydney's Inner West Baptist Church and author of The Life & Legacy Of Mr Eternity, talk about what "eternity" is really all about...

 

23rd November, 2008

"Christmas can (still) change the world." For a reminder of what Christmas is really all about, see the Advent Conspiracy's video on YouTube or visit the organisation's website for the video and more information...

 

1st November, 2008

See Bethlehem pastor and peace-prize winner, Rev Dr Mitri Raheb, address the Australian Conference on Lutheran Education, which was held in Melbourne in early October. Dr Raheb, winner of two peace prizes and Palestine's most published theologian, was unable to travel to Australia to attend the conference but recorded his lecture in which he talks about the global literacies young people need in order to contribute in a multi-cultural and multi-faith global community. Access Dr Raheb's sessions here...


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