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The leader who’s growing a church

Monday, August 22, 2016

He’s preached from Papua New Guinea to India to Russia, but like the One about whom he speaks, Pr Justin Lawman began his adult life as a tradie. Lawman, the recipient of a citation from the Class of 1996 at Homecoming this year, worked as the foreperson of a construction crew building stormwater and sewerage systems on the Sunshine Coast. Then, encouraged by his church minister, Lawman presented a sermon that would change his life’s focus.

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My adventure in mission

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Though attending Avondale was a “family expectation,” Narece Thapa saw her education as training for mission and adventure. Both came soon after Thapa, the recipient of a citation from the Class of 1986 at Homecoming this year, graduated with a Bachelor of Education (English). She volunteered in Nepal and the experience would change her life.

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Giver a friend of nonprofits

Friday, August 26, 2016

Maximising the good of giving—it’s the motto of Calvin Edwards and Company and something Edwards himself has always taken seriously. Since graduating 40 years ago, the recipient of a citation from the Class of 1976 at Homecoming this year has devoted his career to giving—and helping others give—more effectively to nonprofit organisations.

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Missionary a jill-of-all-trades

Friday, August 26, 2016

She had promised to go where God called, and when the call to Vanuatu came, Margaret Watts packed up her little family and followed. Together with husband Horrie, the recipient of a citation from the Class of 1946 at Homecoming this year would serve in the Pacific for the next decade, raising the couple’s three children and nursing almost everyone else in the mission field.

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The ministry of teaching 101

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Young Alumnus of the Year for 2016 is developing an effective ministry in the schools in which he teaches. The ministry, a combination of sport, service and worship, “engages young people and helps them grow personally and spiritually,” says Christopher Starrett. He should know: it led to him making a decision for baptism while at Avondale College.

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Pacific Partnership in our own words

Friday, July 29, 2016

Giving to Avondale’s Annual Appeal this year will help reduce the “crippling” burden of chronic disease in the South Pacific islands. Donations to the appeal will provide seed money to Pacific islanders so they can begin postgraduate study in lifestyle medicine. The idea for this Pacific Partnership came from two academics. They talk in this post about the potential impact of the partnership and the role of lifestyle medicine in improving the quality of our health and wellbeing.

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Academic’s paper best

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A win for best research paper at an international literary journalism studies conference has earned an Avondale lecturer academic and financial credit.

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Research granted

Friday, June 24, 2016

Avondale is the only private higher education provider to receive one of this year’s most competitive government grants, which it will use to improve student engagement.

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Moviementary memorable

Friday, August 26, 2016

Tell the World is an ambitious film that represents a step forward for a Seventh-day Adventist production, breaking out from the traditional “talking heads” documentary. It represents progress in an Adventist understanding of how visual media works best: as a communicator of attitudes, emotions and values rather than of information.

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Author’s subject is the One

Friday, August 12, 2016

At the conclusion of his gospel, John makes this comment: there’ll always be more books written about Jesus (see John 21:25). Across his decades of writing and editing, Avondale alumnus Dr William Johnsson has taken this seriously, returning regularly to the story. His newest instalment in this lifelong project is the two-volume Jesus of Nazareth, and it’s a worthy addition to the library of re-tellings John anticipated.

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Why Becky tries to believe

Friday, August 5, 2016

Author Nathan Brown acknowledges the negative reaction to the title of his book, Why I Try to Believe, in the book itself. But isn’t figuring out how our own experiences have built or shaken our faith an experiment that will go on for as long as our lives last? asks Becky De Oliveira in her review. Acknowledging there are no easy answers, but that commitment to God through faith is worthwhile anyway, “Brown challenges us in a quiet and deeply respectful way to ‘walk on’ in faith” and “makes it seem like a noble approach.”

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The magnificence of the cross

Saturday, July 30, 2016

There is no grander theme, no better event, no deeper doctrine to reflect upon than the singular event that defines all of human history: the cross of Christ and the Christ of the cross.

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Why try to believe

Friday, July 22, 2016

Something within us seeks purpose, meaning and hope amid the busyness, distractions and disappointments of our lives, writes Nathan Brown. It prompts us toward a relationship with our Creator, although we’re not sure what that might mean, even as we use that language to describe what we try to believe.

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Moviementary memorable

Friday, August 26, 2016

Tell the World is an ambitious film that represents a step forward for a Seventh-day Adventist production, breaking out from the traditional “talking heads” documentary. It represents progress in an Adventist understanding of how visual media works best: as a communicator of attitudes, emotions and values rather than of information.

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Author’s subject is the One

Friday, August 12, 2016

At the conclusion of his gospel, John makes this comment: there’ll always be more books written about Jesus (see John 21:25). Across his decades of writing and editing, Avondale alumnus Dr William Johnsson has taken this seriously, returning regularly to the story. His newest instalment in this lifelong project is the two-volume Jesus of Nazareth, and it’s a worthy addition to the library of re-tellings John anticipated.

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Why Becky tries to believe

Friday, August 5, 2016

Author Nathan Brown acknowledges the negative reaction to the title of his book, Why I Try to Believe, in the book itself. But isn’t figuring out how our own experiences have built or shaken our faith an experiment that will go on for as long as our lives last? asks Becky De Oliveira in her review. Acknowledging there are no easy answers, but that commitment to God through faith is worthwhile anyway, “Brown challenges us in a quiet and deeply respectful way to ‘walk on’ in faith” and “makes it seem like a noble approach.”

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Author’s Jesus. All. focus

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Dr William Johnsson served for 24 years as editor of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s flagship journal Adventist Review. Now retired, the Avondale College of Higher Education alumnus continues to write and speak about Jesus and grace.

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Why I Try to Believe

Friday, June 24, 2016

As society and situations become more challenging and complicated, we may have to admit that some of the answers from generations ago no longer satisfy today’s believers.

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Moviementary memorable

Friday, August 26, 2016

Tell the World is an ambitious film that represents a step forward for a Seventh-day Adventist production, breaking out from the traditional “talking heads” documentary. It represents progress in an Adventist understanding of how visual media works best: as a communicator of attitudes, emotions and values rather than of information.

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No Heil Hitler!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Amidst stories of deception, betrayal, and murder, Paul’s turbulent journey allows readers to discern bright sparkles of hope entrenched in the darkness of evil.

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Powerful words

Thursday, April 28, 2016

“The written word preaches long after everything else has melted into the ether.” So says Dwain Esmond, a former editor in this reflection on the power of words.

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Beat it

Thursday, April 7, 2016

I loved the beat generation and the men in it. I loved how they shared themselves with each other and their readers, generously. But I always had, and still have, the sneaking and sinking suspicion there would have been no place for me in that world.

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Pacific Partnership in our own words

Friday, July 29, 2016

Giving to Avondale’s Annual Appeal this year will help reduce the “crippling” burden of chronic disease in the South Pacific islands. Donations to the appeal will provide seed money to Pacific islanders so they can begin postgraduate study in lifestyle medicine. The idea for this Pacific Partnership came from two academics. They talk in this post about the potential impact of the partnership and the role of lifestyle medicine in improving the quality of our health and wellbeing.

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Pacific Partnership a win-win

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Giving to Avondale’s Annual Appeal this year will help reduce the “crippling” burden of chronic disease in the South Pacific islands.

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Live more: happy!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Happiness. Memory. Motivation. Many automatic bodily processes. Hmmm. This is the sound you’ll be making as you consider how important it is to look after your Limbo. After all, it’s your body’s emotional hub.

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Wellbeing a focus for life

Thursday, May 5, 2016

An innovative class may not only increase the emotional intelligence and wellbeing of students at Avondale but also of those whom the students will teach.

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HDR’s new home

Thursday, March 10, 2016

A grant awarded to Avondale for the first time has helped the college of higher education develop a framework to more easily train research supervisors.

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Aussie ideas go OS

Friday, July 29, 2016

Translations of two books published in Australia by the Seventh-day Adventist Church are now adding to conversations about creativity, justice and faith in different languages.

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Marg and mission a hit

Friday, June 3, 2016

A book about an Avondale alumna’s mission experience set attendance and sales records at its launch in Cooranbong this past Saturday (May 28).

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Dearest Folks

Thursday, May 26, 2016

A long-ago letter-writer addresses a new audience and offers an invitation to journey with her through letters that give snapshots into the life of a missionary wife and her family on remote mission stations in the 1950s and 60s.

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No Heil Hitler!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Amidst stories of deception, betrayal, and murder, Paul’s turbulent journey allows readers to discern bright sparkles of hope entrenched in the darkness of evil.

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Powerful words

Thursday, April 28, 2016

“The written word preaches long after everything else has melted into the ether.” So says Dwain Esmond, a former editor in this reflection on the power of words.

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