Dealing with your Thorny Bits
Jul11

Dealing with your Thorny Bits

Article by Mark Sayers. After Jesus, Paul is most definitely the main protagonist of the New Testament. Today we are still in awe of his leadership, his apostolic gifting and his pastoral insights. He was able to mix it with the best of the Rabbis and to also converse and debate with the leading Hellenic thinkers. He planted churches, healed the sick, preached the gospel throughout the Roman world and generally created a magnificently...

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Speaking to the Soul, with Niki Vasilakis
Jun27

Speaking to the Soul, with Niki Vasilakis

Article by Wendy Rush. Niki Vasilakis is regarded as one of the most exciting violinists to have emerged from Australia in recent years.  In the lead up to her appearance at a LifeWell conference she spoke to RISE about music, faith and restoration. Niki grew up in a very safe, loving Christian environment, with a strong and real faith and relationship with God from a very young age. In her teenage years and young adult life she...

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Looking ‘at’ our Lenses: Consumerism
Jun13

Looking ‘at’ our Lenses: Consumerism

By Scott Berry, pastor and music journalist Have you ever noticed that if you wear sunglasses long enough you forget you have them on, and sometimes even ask the embarrassing question “has anyone seen my sunglasses?” We are even less aware of the cultural lenses that always colour our vision of the world. The most all-pervading cultural lens that affects us in the Western world is that of consumerism. Wikipedia, the (dubious) source...

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‘My Choices’ gives peace of mind to people at the end of life
Jun10

‘My Choices’ gives peace of mind to people at the end of life

Article supplied. It’s not easy to talk about dying. Which is why many of us never really have that conversation, adding to the stress and anxiety experienced by individuals and their families when the time approaches. But the launch of Baptist Care SA’s ‘My Choices: An A-Z of personal choices and practical preparations to facilitate end of life support’, has made it a little bit easier to make your wishes known. Authored by Vicky...

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MasterChef now savours the Sweet Life
May30

MasterChef now savours the Sweet Life

RISE editor Wendy Rush met 2011 MasterChef winner Kate Bracks at a City Bible Forum event in Adelaide where Kate shared something of her faith, her passion for food and her Australian reality television experience. Everyone with a television has heard of MasterChef and if we are all honest we have watched an episode or two, maybe more, since 2009 when it began airing on Australian TV. The show has been a major success with those...

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Fearless evangelism in a post-Christian world

Article supplied. Australia has a distinctly Christian heritage, but today, mention Jesus in a Queensland school and you could find yourself in hot water. The latest Census data shows a steady decline in the number of people professing a Christian faith and in an increasingly pluralistic society, it’s no wonder Christians are fearful about fulfilling the Great Commission. Helen Devenish is a Street Evangelist in Hobart, reaching...

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