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Time to say sorry to decent man

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The memorial service for an Avondale alumnus at the centre of one of Australia’s most publicised legal cases may lead to a formal apology for wrongful conviction.

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Remembering Michael Chamberlain

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Avondale academic known around the world for his 32-year fight for justice over his daughter’s death has died suddenly, following complications of leukaemia.

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A class of many cultures

Friday, December 16, 2016

Five international academics helped teach a unit about literary movements of the 20th century this past semester thanks to an Avondale lecturer’s use of videoconferencing.

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A memorial in time

Monday, December 12, 2016

Part of a gift by graduates of Avondale has this year honoured classmates who died before completing their studies at the college of higher education.

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Seafarers

Friday, December 9, 2016

Outdoor recreation students from Avondale have guided a group of teenagers on a four-day sea kayaking expedition in the Whitsundays.

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Leadership landslide

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Fewer teachers are willing to accept or even apply for leadership positions in Seventh-day Adventist schools, new research by Avondale Business School shows.

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Anywhere email now everywhere

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Email is intrusive but employees do not want restrictions placed on their use of it at home, research by Avondale Business School shows.

Text translated twice

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A textbook written by an Avondale lecturer to help share faith development with students has readers worldwide after being translated into Spanish and now Russian.

Strong schools; weak bullies

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A positive school climate significantly reduces the prevalence and the popularity of student peer bullying, doctoral research by an Avondale lecturer shows.

Barbara’s text a first for teachers

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

An Avondale College lecturer has given teachers planning to work in Australia’s Christian, Protestant schools their own textbook to help share faith development with students.

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The Strong Woman Revolution

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

When Avondale alumna Shauna Ryan was challenged by a friend to take and post 40 photos in one week, she didn’t anticipate the momentum the project would gain. Tagged with #projectstrongwoman, the photos revealed ordinary women and their extraordinary lives—and it wasn’t long before Ryan felt God’s call to pursue …

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Heroism, faith and forgiveness

Friday, October 28, 2016

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. The story of Desmond Doss, a United Staes Army medic in World War II who refused to carry a gun or take life but became the first conscientious objector to receive the Congressional Medal of Honour, seems like it could be a fabrication. It’s so remarkable, so unlikely.

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The 17-year project

Friday, October 28, 2016

Terry Benedict began documenting on film the life of former United States Army medic, conscientious objector and Seventh-day Adventist Desmond Doss in 1999. Seventeen years later, Benedict has just finished working as a producer on Hacksaw Ridge, the Mel Gibson-directed movie of Doss’ remarkable story. Signs Publishing Book Editor Nathan Brown asks Benedict about the new film, Doss’ faith and his passion to share the story with a much wider audience.

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Hacksaw Ridge: a reflection

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Watching Hacksaw Ridge is an ordeal. Even more so when the central character is a United States Army medic, a conscientious objector and a Seventh-day Adventist. The portrayal of the battlefield horrors in this new biographical film render the heroism and the faithfulness of Desmond Doss more troubling than inspiring.

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A scientific church?

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

When it comes to health, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has been consistently on the forefront, but the church’s relationship with modern science has not always been so favourable.

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The food doctor

Friday, November 18, 2016

Sue Radd is an award-winning dietitian and now doctoral researcher. The published author and long-time food columnist has a new cookbook entitled Food As Medicine: Cooking For Your Best Health. Signs Publishing Book Editor Nathan Brown asks Radd about her work and about her passion for good nutrition.

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More than a cookbook

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Adele Nash loves cookbooks, particularly ones about healthy cooking. “This is quite a contrast to the way I felt when I was big—literally—into decadently unhealthy food.” So, when she had a peek at Food As Medicine, she could not wait to get her own copy. This thick hardcover by dietician Sue Radd “is more than a cookbook,” writes Nash in this review. “It’s a ‘comprehensive introduction to cooking food as medicine in your kitchen.’”

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Healthy fellows

Thursday, November 17, 2016

An Avondale academic and a conjoint lecturer are among the first recipients of an inaugural professional fellowship in lifestyle medicine.

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Practical and delicious

Friday, November 4, 2016

A new cookbook promoting best health practices includes 150 plant-based recipes and almost 100 pages of research underpinning the recipes, responses to dietary trends and tips for setting up a heath-promoting home kitchen.

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A story about a toilet in Timor-Leste

Friday, December 16, 2016

Meet Amivi Naja Sousa. She lives in southern Timor-Leste. Her story is one of overcoming serious emotional and physical obstacles. And it is an inspirational one informed in part by a sanitation project and the visit of a short-term mission team.

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My MOTO mission

Friday, October 21, 2016

Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained enlightenment in Bodhgaya, a town in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. The Director of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Bihar, Pr Alex Dang, describes the region as the “graveyard of Christianity.” But I presented an evangelistic series with Alex at the AoZora school near Bodhgaya. The result: the planting of a Seventh-day Adventist church at the school.

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MOTO’s greater vision

Friday, October 21, 2016

A school that began under a tree is changing lives in one of India’s most impoverished states with support from alumni and friends of Avondale.

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More affordable mission

Monday, October 10, 2016

A new dollar-match scheme between a humanitarian agency and Avondale that has halved fundraising costs for overseas trips should see more students in mission.

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On Hard Quiz

Friday, December 2, 2016

Nathan Brown appeared on ABC TV this week. His goal: to make it to the final round of a quiz show so the host would ask him more questions about a classic series of fantasy novels. Why did he do it and how did he go?

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How Mac tried to fight back

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Great War traumatised an Anzac chaplain even though his prolific writing “put words upon that which is unspeakable,” a paper by three Avondale academics shows.

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History in the details

Friday, May 20, 2016

A historian reflects on the value of letters, particularly their role in preserving information and in offering clearer accounts of situations.

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How to find a legend

Thursday, April 21, 2016

It’s not often that we see evangelical religion and Anzac popularity go together—but that’s exactly what we find in the story of Anzac chaplain William McKenzie, says Avondale associate professor Daniel Reynaud.

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Glory in the lowest

Thursday, December 15, 2016

It seems almost inevitable at this time of year: someone will announce the pagan origins of what we have come to know as Christmas. After some years of being only mildly troubled by such “warnings,” Nathan Brown has this year a better response: “Thanks be to God.”

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Jubilee imagination

Friday, November 25, 2016

One of the underlying issues in many of our political debates is the growing disparity between the rich and the poor. In these conversations, writes Nathan Brown, the Bible should spark our imagination toward a creative and just response.

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A fair-trade faith

Friday, November 4, 2016

It’s a sad truth: those of us who are not obviously exploited often benefit from the exploitation of others, without even realising it. How do we as Christians make our consumer activities a test of our faith?

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The academic who wants to bring Adventists together

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Dr Alden Thompson drew a crowd to his Sydney Adventist Forum lecture at Avondale College of Higher Education’s Homecoming in August. His writings are, at times, controversial. But the academic sees himself as a helper not a hindrance.

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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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A class of many cultures

Friday, December 16, 2016

Five international academics helped teach a unit about literary movements of the 20th century this past semester thanks to an Avondale lecturer’s use of videoconferencing.

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Writers share readings with scholars

Friday, November 25, 2016

An anthology featuring student and professional work has been dedicated to the poet whose collaboration with an Avondale academic led to a national award for innovative teaching.

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Ytravel and not share the adventure?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Endless sunburnt dunes pass by as a bus speeds through the outback. Cramp creeps up a crouched leg on a boat in the Mekong River. And children play saxophones slightly off tempo in a cringeworthy performance on a crowded train in Berlin. These scenes from Avondale’s Ytravel blog give us a sense of adventure and the students who write it the fundamentals of freelancing.

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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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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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