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Disciple-making in practice

Friday, April 13, 2018

While Avondale alumnus Dr Peter Roennfeldt’s Following the Spirit stands alone as a study of the church in Acts, as a sequel to Following Jesus, it demonstrates how the disciple-making method of Jesus played out in the life and mission of His first disciples.

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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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Think&Do in practice

Friday, June 8, 2018

Avondale’s giving campaign uses a phrase from founder Ellen White to seek support for research that improves lives, but where is the evidence?

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Think&Do in my words

Friday, June 1, 2018

Avondale’s giving campaign uses a phrase from founder Ellen White to seek support for research that improves lives, but what does this look like?

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The ration challenge

Friday, May 18, 2018

Arts academics at Avondale have raised $4550 for vulnerable communities by eating in a week only the food Syrians refugees in Jordan would eat.

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Walks now a fun run

Friday, May 4, 2018

Hunter students competing in cross-country championships at Avondale today can thank a lecturer’s 10-year commitment to bush regeneration on the Lake Macquarie campus.

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Homegrown album deserves wider hearing

Friday, April 6, 2018

The soundtrack to the Avondale musical event Jericho Road is a truly homegrown production—one of which the contributors can be justifiably proud and that deserves the wider hearing this recording offers.

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Think&Do in practice

Friday, June 8, 2018

Avondale’s giving campaign uses a phrase from founder Ellen White to seek support for research that improves lives, but where is the evidence?

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Think&Do in my words

Friday, June 1, 2018

Avondale’s giving campaign uses a phrase from founder Ellen White to seek support for research that improves lives, but what does this look like?

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Living life to the full

Friday, May 25, 2018

Challenging findings from surveys and an Avondale academic’s study are encouraging Seventh-day Adventist schools in Australia to invest more in the wellbeing of students.

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Old school or cutting edge?

Friday, May 11, 2018

Teachers demonstrating best practice reflect principles espoused by a pioneering Seventh-day Adventist more than a century ago, a paper by two Avondale academics 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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Homegrown album deserves wider hearing

Friday, April 6, 2018

The soundtrack to the Avondale musical event Jericho Road is a truly homegrown production—one of which the contributors can be justifiably proud and that deserves the wider hearing this recording offers.

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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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Think&Do in practice

Friday, June 8, 2018

Avondale’s giving campaign uses a phrase from founder Ellen White to seek support for research that improves lives, but where is the evidence?

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Think&Do in my words

Friday, June 1, 2018

Avondale’s giving campaign uses a phrase from founder Ellen White to seek support for research that improves lives, but what does this look like?

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Morton’s media blitz

Monday, March 26, 2018

An Avondale academic shared his wholistic happiness message with audiences in Australia’s four largest cities to celebrate International Day of Happiness on March 20.

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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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The ration challenge

Friday, May 18, 2018

Arts academics at Avondale have raised $4550 for vulnerable communities by eating in a week only the food Syrians refugees in Jordan would eat.

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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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Armed Man more about peace and hope

Friday, June 1, 2018

It might be called The Armed Man but the piece by Welsh composer Sir Karl Jenkins that Avondale Conservatorium presents tomorrow evening (Saturday, June 2) is actually anti-war.

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Keen wit now a living book

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The former Lakes Mail editor shared stories from his journalism career as one of the living books at Avondale’s free Human Library on April 7.

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Anzac spirituality: the evidence

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Anzacs by reputation were not a religious bunch, yet five of their most prominent and distinguished members engaged voluntarily with matters of belief. What may surprise you is they were not rare.

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Avondale academic on Anzac spirituality

Friday, March 23, 2018

A new book by an Avondale academic challenges the myth Australians and their Anzac soldiers are not interested in matters of the spirit. Associate Professor Daniel Reynaud speaks about Anzac Spirituality and its historical context in this question and answer.

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Fighters had faith

Friday, March 23, 2018

We continue perpetuating the Anzacs-were-not-religious myth despite revelations of a deep but concealed interest in spirituality, research by an Avondale academic shows.

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The Prophetic Imagination at 40

Friday, June 8, 2018

Walter Brueggemann is an Old Testament theologian whose The Prophetic Imagination has sold more than one million copies, but this year marks the 40th anniversary of its initial publication. This remarkable work still speaks powerfully to the role of faith and imagination in responding to the cultural and political powers dominating our consciousness and actions.

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Think&Do in practice

Friday, June 8, 2018

Avondale’s giving campaign uses a phrase from founder Ellen White to seek support for research that improves lives, but where is the evidence?

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Think&Do in my words

Friday, June 1, 2018

Avondale’s giving campaign uses a phrase from founder Ellen White to seek support for research that improves lives, but what does this look like?

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From grief comes faith, hope, healing

Friday, June 1, 2018

He is presenter and director of a television ministry and has worked as a pastor and chaplain, often counselling people and teaching classes on grief recovery. But everything Pr Mike Tucker had taught and recommended was put to the most extreme test when Gayle—his wife of 40 years—died just three months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

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I know God still guides me

Friday, May 11, 2018

Theologian Dr Denis Fortin is author of and contributor to a number of Seventh-day Adventist books, including an annotated edition of pioneer Ellen White’s Steps to Christ. Signs Publishing Book Editor Nathan Brown asked about his work, the Reformation and White’s affirmation of salvation by faith alone in Christ alone.

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Think&Do in practice

Friday, June 8, 2018

Avondale’s giving campaign uses a phrase from founder Ellen White to seek support for research that improves lives, but where is the evidence?

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Think&Do in my words

Friday, June 1, 2018

Avondale’s giving campaign uses a phrase from founder Ellen White to seek support for research that improves lives, but what does this look like?

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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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