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Followers of the Spirit

Friday, February 16, 2018

A new discipleship book encouraging readers to transform church honours three “innovative” leaders who “cultivated creative thinking” in the ministry of an Avondale alumnus.

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A new chapter is needed

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The follow up to an Avondale alumnus’ book about the life and ministry of Jesus explores His ongoing movement and mission while challenging the reader to write the next chapter of Acts.

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NASA sent me to space camp

Thursday, February 15, 2018

It’s an invitation no child can refuse. “Let’s blow something up, let’s break something.” No wonder Jacob Windle’s students enjoy learning about science. “You talk to kids,” says the Avondale alumnus. “‘What’s your favourite subject?’ ‘Love sport.’ Not at the school where I teach.”

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She (and he) serves

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Chapmans are a ministry family. Michael and Bethany met at Avondale—both studied theology and ministry. The couple are now ordained/commissioned ministers. Bethany reflects on being a woman in ministry, on having a husband who’s also a minister and on ensuring ministry blesses not burdens their daughters.

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Queens of teens

Monday, December 18, 2017

Two Avondale arts graduates from 2007 are establishing themselves as queens of young adult and new adult fiction.

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We love local authors

Monday, December 4, 2017

Customers prefer books written by local authors, an annual list of the top 20 bestsellers through Adventist Book Centres in Australia and New Zealand shows.

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Meet one of our Pacific partners

Friday, February 23, 2018

A Fijian medical doctor who received a scholarship from Avondale credits his wife for encouraging him to treat the causes not symptoms of chronic disease.

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My new mission: live more happy

Friday, February 9, 2018

The launch yesterday of a book about emotional wellbeing is part of an Avondale academic’s “audacious” plan to lift the life of 10 million people.

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Strengthening stories of self

Friday, February 2, 2018

Challenging overseas professional experiences fostering a sense of freedom and belonging lead to better learning for pre-service teachers, research by an Avondale lecturer shows.

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An African Adventure

Monday, December 18, 2017

Many of Avondale’s students travel during their uni years. Take the opportunities, start ticking off your bucket list items while you’re at uni and let it broaden your horizons.

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Dressed for success

Friday, December 8, 2017

Research featured prominently during Avondale’s graduation ceremony as the college of higher education enters the final stage of its application for university college status.

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We love local authors

Monday, December 4, 2017

Customers prefer books written by local authors, an annual list of the top 20 bestsellers through Adventist Book Centres in Australia and New Zealand shows.

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Hinze and his OSPEX

Friday, February 2, 2018

New PhD graduate Dr Jason Hinze on his overseas professional experience for pre-service teachers study and how he will apply its findings in his classes.

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Strengthening stories of self

Friday, February 2, 2018

Challenging overseas professional experiences fostering a sense of freedom and belonging lead to better learning for pre-service teachers, research by an Avondale lecturer shows.

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Belonging, being and becoming

Monday, September 18, 2017

Avondale has helped establish the first association for Christian early childhood educators in Australia at an inaugural conference organised and hosted by its Discipline of Education.

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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.

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Queens of teens

Monday, December 18, 2017

Two Avondale arts graduates from 2007 are establishing themselves as queens of young adult and new adult fiction.

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Digital discipleship

Friday, December 8, 2017

I’m a balloon-twisting children’s pastor with a soapbox on Facebook. I use the social media and social networking service to speak for those whose voices are muted. And I cop a lot of flak. I seem to, as Wess Stafford says, “spend half my time comforting the afflicted and the other half afflicting the comfortable.”

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Faithful creatives put people first

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The recipients of Manifest’s most prestigious award this year have used their acceptance speeches to show how relational networks build and benefit from digital discipleship.

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Faithful creativity in my own words: Part 2

Thursday, July 6, 2017

A pastor using Facebook to advocate for children and their families is one of two recipients of Manifest’s most prestigious award this year. Manifest Co-Convenor Brenton Stacey asks Pr Daron Pratt about his “personal pulpit.”

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Faithful creativity in my own words: Part 1

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A singer/songwriter making a living from her music is one of two recipients of Manifest’s most prestigious award this year. Manifest Co-Convenor Brenton Stacey asks Melissa Otto about her music and her ministry.

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Meet one of our Pacific partners

Friday, February 23, 2018

A Fijian medical doctor who received a scholarship from Avondale credits his wife for encouraging him to treat the causes not symptoms of chronic disease.

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My new mission: live more happy

Friday, February 9, 2018

The launch yesterday of a book about emotional wellbeing is part of an Avondale academic’s “audacious” plan to lift the life of 10 million people.

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Hooked by a feel-good book

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The review of Dr Darren Morton’s new book about boosting emotional wellbeing and becoming happier. And a warning: what you read could change your life.

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Morton on lifestyle as medicine

Monday, January 29, 2018

Dr Darren Morton is a lifestyle medicine pioneer. He is not only an established communicator but also a recognised researcher in this emerging field, appointed as Lead Researcher in the Lifestyle Research Centre at Avondale and as a founding fellow of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. Morton reflects on his work and on his new book, Live More Happy.

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Nursing at sea to become a PhD

Friday, November 24, 2017

An Avondale nursing lecturer has returned from Africa to complete a PhD she began during a six-month volunteer stint onboard a floating hospital.

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Service matters

Friday, October 13, 2017

While their classmates enjoyed a break from study, a team of students from Avondale cared for kids in a far western New South Wales town.

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They are not alone

Monday, September 11, 2017

An Avondale academic and his students are partnering with the Seventh-day Adventist Church and its humanitarian agency to address family violence in Papua New Guinea.

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Go fund me . . . please

Monday, July 10, 2017

The quality of proposals pitched by students for new community services has inspired staff members at Avondale to more than double donations for the projects.

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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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The justice of the Jesus story in song

Thursday, October 26, 2017

I remember my mother waking me and tugging me up off the floor to stand with 5600 other people at the Sydney Opera House. Bedtime had come and gone, but I shuffled to my feet. Wow! The sound of the choir and the orchestra struck me. “Hallelujah! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth!” Messiah composer George Frideric Handel said of writing the “Hallelujah” chorus, “I did think I did see all heaven before me, and the great God himself.” But not everyone agreed. What happened after controversial and wealthy theologian Charles Jennens commissioned the story of Jesus in the new oratorio style?

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Pathways leads to prize shortlist

Friday, September 22, 2017

Two Avondale academics, a lecturer and an alumna are finalists in an annual Gosford Regional Gallery exhibition offering $24,000 in prize money to winning artists.

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Songbook a step up for Promise

Friday, May 5, 2017

A first commissioning and six original compositions mark the musical maturity of an Avondale vocal ensemble as it celebrates the launch of a fifth album.

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A cappella return reveals vocal ensemble’s mission

Friday, May 5, 2017

In listening to the latest release from Avondale College of Higher Education vocal ensemble The Promise, one feels granted an opening into the true heart of its mission: a pursuit of musical excellence and a deep commitment to share the message of Jesus.

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Forgive To Live

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Bible teaches the importance of forgiveness for living faithfully and well, but what difference can forgiveness actually make in our lives, spiritually, emotionally and even physically? As an experienced pastor, counsellor and healthcare administrator, Dr Dick Tibbits decided to find out.

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Ready to dig deeper?

Friday, February 23, 2018

Avondale alumna Julie Hoey reflects on her first experience as a member of a Signs Publishing Book Club.

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Followers of the Spirit

Friday, February 16, 2018

A new discipleship book encouraging readers to transform church honours three “innovative” leaders who “cultivated creative thinking” in the ministry of an Avondale alumnus.

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A new chapter is needed

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The follow up to an Avondale alumnus’ book about the life and ministry of Jesus explores His ongoing movement and mission while challenging the reader to write the next chapter of Acts.

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Learning from Martin Luther

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Big round numbers seem to inordinately fascinate us, meaning we sometimes accord anniversaries more significance than they would otherwise merit. As such, the importance of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s “95 Theses” nailed to the door of the Wittenberg Church came more from the opportunity for re-examination and reflection than from the big number itself. A stand-out example of this opportunity taken: Here We Stand’s focus on the Reformation’s continuing significance for Seventh-day Adventists.

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Hope heals

Friday, November 24, 2017

The best way to describe Okay, All Together Now . . . is as a collection of articles. Not essays, just simple articles, most of which only fill a couple of pages. But, oh, the content of those articles!

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Of discontinuity and waiting

Friday, October 27, 2017

Sitting beside a hospital bed. Waiting. The morning busyness had subsided into a slower afternoon. Dad marked his 75th birthday with this unplanned but urgent visit to hospital. The place challenges me. We can care for the sick, even campaign for better health care and teach more healthful living, but as good and necessary as these things are, they seemingly end here or somewhere like it.

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NASA sent me to space camp

Thursday, February 15, 2018

It’s an invitation no child can refuse. “Let’s blow something up, let’s break something.” No wonder Jacob Windle’s students enjoy learning about science. “You talk to kids,” says the Avondale alumnus. “‘What’s your favourite subject?’ ‘Love sport.’ Not at the school where I teach.”

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Power to the students, right on

Monday, December 4, 2017

A disempowering of my PointPoint presentations is empowering my students and making my History and Theory of Art unit more memorable (for them and me).

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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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