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Defining discipleship

Friday, February 17, 2017

It’s a term used frequently within Christianity, but what exactly does discipleship mean? Researchers from Avondale College of Higher Education have tackled one of the founding terms of faith in their two-year, church-funded study.

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Mission shift

Thursday, February 2, 2017

An Avondale seminarian’s new book describes the local church as the future of Seventh-day Adventism but issues this challenge: biblically reinvent or become irrelevant.

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A memorial in time

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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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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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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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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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Defining discipleship

Friday, February 17, 2017

It’s a term used frequently within Christianity, but what exactly does discipleship mean? Researchers from Avondale College of Higher Education have tackled one of the founding terms of faith in their two-year, church-funded study.

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Confessions of a failing lobbyist

Friday, February 17, 2017

“I feel like a failed lobbyist.” The five years of Signs Publishing Book Editor Nathan Brown’s greatest political engagement have seen significant reversals on the issues about which he has been speaking. “For me, this is frustrating and disappointing; for others—those most at risk and most affected by these political decisions—it’s as serious as survival.”

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Mission shift

Thursday, February 2, 2017

An Avondale seminarian’s new book describes the local church as the future of Seventh-day Adventism but issues this challenge: biblically reinvent or become irrelevant.

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A question of mission

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

We are now living in one of the fastest periods of change in history and the local Seventh-day Adventist church is in danger of becoming irrelevant, even outdated. Based on his teaching, ministry and evangelism experience and on his research, Dr Kayle de Waal explains what we have to do to not only make the church grow but to make it part of a multiplying movement.

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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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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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