What is religious freedom?
Aug21

What is religious freedom?

Article by Chelsea Pietsch. Chelsea explores what religious freedom – a term commonly used but often misunderstood – actually entails. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right recognised by international human rights documents, and one which is integral to our human dignity. It enables people to live in accordance with deeply held views about what it means to be human. The right is safe-guarded by placing certain limits on...

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Somalia’s Hope
Aug07

Somalia’s Hope

Article by Levi McGrath. ‘The children here…they need milk’, were the words echoing in my mind after talking with a village elder outside his makeshift home. Surrounded by the driest of deserts, with huts made from sticks and torn clothing, no running water, power or even a useable toilet; for him this was the most important thing. Milk. I had visited the Internally Displaced Peoples (IDP) settlement just days into a two-week trip to...

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Sexual integrity in a sexualised world
Jul24

Sexual integrity in a sexualised world

Article by medical doctor and sexologist, Patricia Weerakoon. We live in a culture soaked in sex. From sexy clothes for children, medicalisation of sexual desire, genital reconstructive surgery and pornography, we have sexualised, objectified and commodifies our bodies and our sex lives, and some would say our very souls. The very tools that provide us with information and relaxation feed our brains with a diet of varied, perverse and...

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The Bible ‘not on Gen Z’s radar’
Jul10

The Bible ‘not on Gen Z’s radar’

Article by Adrian Blenkinsop. Is the Bible relevant to Australian young people anymore? Gen Z is the generation born since the mid-1990s, often called ‘the Net’ generation. According to social researcher Mark McCrindle, Gen Z is “the most digitally supplied, globally connected, and formally educated generation in history.”  Adrian Blenkinsop, author of ‘The Bible According to Gen Z’ writes about his resource for youth leaders that...

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Sex is more than “skin on skin”
Jul03

Sex is more than “skin on skin”

RISE managing editor Wendy Rush talks to LWC19 keynote speaker Renee Yam. This year’s LifeWell Conference theme is ‘DEEP’ – getting real about the deep issues impacting our churches, communities and individual lives and finding restoration in Jesus’ name. This theme resonates strongly with Christian sexologist and counsellor Renee Yam. “What a great theme! I love talking about the real and deep issues of our lives and sexuality is...

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Jesus versus the Bullies
Jun17

Jesus versus the Bullies

Article by Dr John Dickson.  CHRISTIANS CANNOT POSSIBLY HOPE TO CONVINCE WESTERNERS THAT JESUS CHRIST CAME TO SERVE, SUFFER, AND SAVE THEM, IF THEY ARE THOUGHT OF AS BULLYING, GRUMBLING, AND GRASPING FOR CULTURAL GROUND? UNDERSTANDING JESUS’ CLAIM—AND DENIAL—THAT HE WAS THE MESSIAH CHANGES EVERYTHING. _______________ In the first century, worldwide devotion to a Jewish teacher was not what the Jews hoped for when they looked at their...

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