The 'sermon' at the Royal wedding

The 'sermon' at the Royal wedding

The 'sermon' given at the Royal wedding has got tongues waging. Given by the Reverend Michael Curry, an American Episcopalian Archbishop from Chicago and invited by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to give the sermon – he gave a 14 minute, what I call - a Black American regular preaching style of passion and vigour. No surprise there.

  • Video highlights One Day in Melbourne

    Video highlights One Day in Melbourne

    Bridget Brenton's short video highlights One Day in Melbourne last Saturday (19 May) held at the Craigieburn Salvation Army.

  • Publishing Philosophy: Medium-sized Organisation

    Publishing Philosophy: Medium-sized Organisation

    Many aspects of a publishing philosophy for medium-sized organisations are shared by both larger and smaller organisations. However, two aspects stand out as being of critical importance.

  • New team leading One Day in Melbourne for 2019

    New team leading One Day in Melbourne for 2019

    One Day in Melbourne for 2018 was held on the 19 May at the Craigieburn Salvation Army, the same venue for next year 2019 – 75 Interlink Dr, Craigieburn, 20 minutes from Melbourne airport.

  • Ben Campbell - International Missions Communication

    Ben Campbell - International Missions Communication

    This session on international communications draws on the experience of Ben Campbell during his two years as Executive Director of African Enterprise, and his 27 years of marketing and communications experience in the corporate, not for profit and charitable sectors.

  • Head in the Clouds – One Day in Melbourne

    Head in the Clouds – One Day in Melbourne

    While technology hasn’t advanced to the point where it can do all the hard work for you, it can certainly make life a lot easier for writers. The rise of cloud technology provides a number of tools for content producers, and when used properly can save large amounts of time and effort—and reduce stress, too!

  • Significant missions attended One Day in Melbourne

    Significant missions attended One Day in Melbourne

    22 separate missions sent their representatives (one or more) to One Day in Melbourne held at the Craigieburn Salvation Army on Saturday.

  • 2018 One Day in Melbourne last Saturday

    2018 One Day in Melbourne last Saturday

    2018 One Day in Melbourne on Saturday (19 May) held at the Craigieburn Salvation Army – proved to be another special occasion for missions.

  • Young writers and dramas over their photographs

    Young writers and dramas over their photographs

    When Press Service International initiated its young writer program to Christian Today in 2010 with five young people writing “sport' the idea of a head and shoulder photograph to accompany their articles seemed both sensible and appropriate.

  • Running sheet - One Day in Melbourne

    Running sheet - One Day in Melbourne

    One Day in Melbourne's running sheet sets out the day's schedule  -  Saturday 19 May, Craigieburn Salvation Army, 75 Interlink Dr, Craigieburn

  • Denmark examples

    Denmark examples

    One of the fascinating things that have been said by  -  some coalition politicians, Christian groups, and asylum seeker refugee agencies is that  -  to send Muslims to Papua New Guinea which is a Christian nation  -  will be to initiate serious social problems.

  • One Day in Melbourne on 19 May – 2 days away

    One Day in Melbourne on 19 May – 2 days away

    One Day in Melbourne for 2018 is on the 19 May at the Craigieburn Salvation Army – 75 Interlink Dr, Craigieburn, 20 minutes from Melbourne airport.

  • Is business always business

    Is business always business

    An article in my archives from the Sydney Morning Herald written by Christine Long looked at the process of avoiding court after receiving a solicitor’s letter to sue (legal action), claiming you have faulted with this, that and other.

  • Funeral attendance is a mix today

    Funeral attendance is a mix today

    Listening to an ABC Radio National program recently, the subject came up it seems in passing, that with so many second and third marriages, and children from each, the nature of who turns up at a funeral in this new world of ours, illustrates there are many different kinds of families.

  • Training agencies

    Training agencies

    A new wave in jobs are in such areas: Sports coaches and fitness trainers. Massage therapists, registered nurses and physical therapists. School psychologists, music tutors, preschool teachers and speech-language pathologists.

  • Laguna Quays Respite – in our 7th year

    Laguna Quays Respite – in our 7th year

    The Whitsundays Laguna Quays Respite coordinated by Well-Being Australia for missions now in its seventh year has proven to be a lovely break away for a wide range of those in Christian service. 2018 is a good year.

  • 101 Evangelism

    101 Evangelism

    In recent months across a broad plane of Christian sites I have read the most astonishing clap trap on  - the don'ts in evangelism – but not one article of one to one evangelism which is 101 evangelism.

  • What punishment

    What punishment

    It repeats itself every sporting annual calendar since this 2013 story  -  the Rugby League world was in uproar when the referees allowed a seventh tackle in the Cronulla Sharks – North Queensland Cowboys quarter-finals game in a 2013 September and from that illegal play the Cronulla Sharks scored and eventually went on to win by 2 points.

  • One Day in Melbourne on 19 May – 9 days away

    One Day in Melbourne on 19 May – 9 days away

    One Day in Melbourne for 2018 is on the 19 May at the Craigieburn Salvation Army – 75 Interlink Dr, Craigieburn, 20 minutes from Melbourne airport.

  • Debt from an ex or bought into a relationship

    Debt from an ex or bought into a relationship

    In an article in my archive from the Sydney Morning Herald by Larke Riemer opened a Pandora box of heartache (physical and emotional) when discussing her own bitter experience of what she calls STD (Sexually Transmitted Debt).

  • Children walking away with a stranger

    Children walking away with a stranger

    Not that long ago the Sydney Morning Herald ran a frightening story on how likely it is that our children will walk away with a stranger and under stringent controlled experiment 85% of the kids took the bait.

  • Money keeps missions afloat

    Money keeps missions afloat

    The Church of England's former Bishop of Rochester Michael Nazir-Ali says that what the great faiths condemn is the irresponsible use of wealth, not wealth itself. The worship of money is the root of all evil and not money on its own.

  • Young writer reviews - 4

    Young writer reviews - 4

    The Press Service International young writer program in conjunction with Christian Today has each Week's editor or coordinator write a review of their week the week after publication.

  • Politically incorrect statement – led by boycott

    Politically incorrect statement – led by boycott

    A fascinating article some time ago appeared recently in News.com from Italy where in a businessman made a politically incorrect statement regarding the advertising emphasis by his company and then to find the Gay lobby constituency call for a boycott of his product.

  • A ripe old age – what does it mean?

    A ripe old age – what does it mean?

    In a recent News.com article on a new milestone on longevity of living, an Ethiopian  man claims he is 160 years old, and it raised the question as to who he might actually know – all his mates and fiends are long dead, mostly 80—90 years ago.

  • One Day in Melbourne on 19 May – 16 days away

    One Day in Melbourne on 19 May – 16 days away

    One Day in Melbourne for 2018 is on the 19 May at the Craigieburn Salvation Army – 75 Interlink Dr, Craigieburn, 20 minutes from Melbourne airport.

  • Family reunions

    Family reunions

    I for one cannot recount the number of movies produced since the cinema was created based around family reunions. There are depictions of the typical US family union for Thanksgiving, when someone brings home a boy/girl friend, there is the family union on the ranch, in the suburb, the city, where ever really.

  • Nelson Cook – to coaches - sin is at the door

    Nelson Cook – to coaches - sin is at the door

    Nelson Cook who established Coaches of Influence 25 years ago in LA USA writes a monthly letter to the many coaches at professional, college and high school levels and the current correspondence touches the spot.

  • Never underestimate what children hear at home

    Never underestimate what children hear at home

    This is a story that needs to be told as it reflects Christian homes everywhere. Some years ago now our family celebrated the engagement of our fourth, our third daughter, Salley to Sam. They have now been married four and a half years.

  • CoolyRocksOn Church Service -10 June – Coolangatta, Gold Coast

    CoolyRocksOn Church Service -10 June – Coolangatta, Gold Coast

    The CoolyRocksOn nostalgic Rock 'n Roll Festival held in Coolangatta (Gold Coast) during the entire Queens Birthday 7 day week culminating on Mon 11 June with 115,000 visitors (competing with the numbers at the April Gold Coast Commonwealth Games) is gearing up for another remarkable music and vintage car festival.

  • The sugar industry needs rail – Footplate Padre

    The sugar industry needs rail – Footplate Padre

    The Footplate Padre was born and raised in the Mackay region of Queensland which is a huge sugar cane growing area. There were several sugar mills in the region and they were all largely supplied in the fifties by an astonishing 2 foot gauge railway network.

  • The NBN example reinforces to the public who are the biggest... just like us all...

    The NBN example reinforces to the public who are the biggest... just like us all...

    When the former Federal Labor Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy admitted that the NBN was "overly ambitious" with its National Broadband Network rollout targets and "clearly underestimated" working with the construction industry.

  • Young writer reviews – No 3

    Young writer reviews – No 3

    The Press Service International young writer program in conjunction with Christian Today has each Week's editor or coordinator write a review of their week the week after publication.

  • Israel turned 70 with a population of 8.8m

    Israel turned 70 with a population of 8.8m

    Israel turned 70 last week. In the year David Ben-Gurion declared the State's establishment, only one city in Israel, At that time Tel Aviv and Jaffa had a population of over 100,000 residents.

  • Just War Theology and Islamic rants

    Just War Theology and Islamic rants

    Has Christian theology on a “Just War” influenced the rhetoric of hard line Islamic rants? This has become a valid question after a recent rant by an Adelaide Islamic preacher Sheikh Sharif Hussein which was videoed and uploaded to the Internet.

  • War Artists

    War Artists

    Over the years it has come my way to give an ANZAC Day speech and in recent years I have touched on War Artists. 

  • ANZAC - Japanese attacked Australia's seaboard

    ANZAC - Japanese attacked Australia's seaboard

    The Japanese ran amok on Australia's eastern seaboard in 1942-43 with submarine attacks, air attacks and moreover Sydney and Newcastle were shelled let alone northern and the western seaboard of Australian with the bombing of Darwin all the way to Broome.

  • Laguna Quays Respite - delightful visits

    Laguna Quays Respite - delightful visits

    The Whitsundays Laguna Quays Respite coordinated by Well-Being Australia for missions now in its seventh year has proven to be a lovely break away for a wide range of those in Christian service. It continues to be a good seven years.

  • Very Fast Train – here we go again!

    Very Fast Train – here we go again!

    Once again the Very fast Train has come to the fore and strangely, as is the custom in Australia, around election time – State or Federal. The Very fast Train proposals have popped up since the 1970's and they have ranged from Japanese and European models where huge populations are moved en-mass.

  • Efficient energy

    Efficient energy

    The phrase 'think globally, act locally' has been a mantra of the environmental movement since the late 1960s, but its origin probably dates back to town planning initiatives in the early 1900s.  

  • Australian young writers striding ahead

    Australian young writers striding ahead

    The 2018 young writer program with Press Service International in conjunction with Christian Today is well and truly striding ahead.

  • Heart breaking - putting a spoke in the wheel

    Heart breaking - putting a spoke in the wheel

    In recent years I have noted a number of Australia’s civilian honours and sadly, (history is replete with military honours) which are similarly ‘posthumous’ - or after the event of death. There has been a push for some years now to see one or more of our soldiers killed in Afghanistan to be awarded “posthumously”. 

  • The do-gooders are out in force – grand-dad's are at risk

    The do-gooders are out in force – grand-dad's are at risk

    This was a story in the Sydney Morning Herald written by Eamonn Duff titled 'Police investigate frolicking child' and sub-titled 'A family is shattered after an innocent outing turned sour'.

  • Our family pets and the neighbours

    Our family pets and the neighbours

    The number of times Shire Councils are asked to adjudicate neighbourhood disputes over pet animals and birds is legion, and some finally end up in a court of law when all other possibilities and compromises and negotiations breaks down.

  • One Day in Melbourne on 19 May – Craigieburn Salvation Army

    One Day in Melbourne on 19 May – Craigieburn Salvation Army

    One Day in Melbourne for 2018 is on the 19 May at the Craigieburn Salvation Army – 75 Interlink Dr, Craigieburn, 20 minutes from Melbourne airport.

  • When the clergy 'mess-up'

    When the clergy 'mess-up'

    Some time ago a News.com article listed major stuff-ups from the political, corporate, business, sport and entertainment worlds. For those interested in witnessing such things, this site is a good starting point.

  • Secular media and sex issues

    Secular media and sex issues

    Since 2008 when I initiated my daily column in Christian Today I have regularly written on issues associated with the secular media and the various issues of sex. These articles have ranged from both a theological review of the current crop of leading preachers who have spoken on sex, to the types of articles in glossy magazines, pornography and almost everything else between.

  • Commonwealth Games - ups and downs rap - but great Christian outreach

    Commonwealth Games - ups and downs rap - but great Christian outreach

    Gold, Gold, Gold …..  has been the call time and again as Australian sportsmen and women have excelled. Likewise those who have won Silver medals and Bronze medals. It is no easy feat to finish first, second or third in a Commonwealth Games at any time or in any era.

  • On message – 'Back to Nature' (the bush)

    On message – 'Back to Nature' (the bush)

    During Prime Minister Julia Gillard tenure, Tim Matheson the then nation’s ‘first bloke’ was the centre of attention in an article in the Sydney Morning Herald at that time written by Tony Wright, as Tim had purchased a bush block on the Goulburn River in north east Victoria, setting up his caravan for his own personal space.

  • Population increase is a science

    Population increase is a science

    Previously I have mentioned in this column on numerous occasions since 2008 that a former missionary (a lady) who spent many years in Bangladesh and who travelled extensively throughout the sub-continent and south east Asia said that Australia could settle 20 million from that region.

  • Minister's spouses - huge changes

    Minister's spouses - huge changes

    The cinema has presented the Parson’s wife as the all conquering little woman of the Rectory, the calmer of troubled waters, a murderess, and the scarlet woman, but none of these descriptions truly represents the true-blue parson’s wife of the twenty first century.

  • Celebrating longevity young writers or now serving elsewhere

    Celebrating longevity young writers or now serving elsewhere

    The Press Service International young writer program in conjunction with Christian Today has enjoyed many young writers who have excelled with the Basil Sellers Award and given many years of their time to this program, now serving elsewhere.

  • Finding a job

    Finding a job

    In a past New.com article, raises the suggestion that a job seeker or someone wanting to change jobs should put into their engagement quiver of options good old Centrelink and moreover think twice before changing jobs in the current economic climate.

  • A point of view – men do matter

    A point of view – men do matter

    Out of my archives I retrieved the article from the Sydney Morning Herald – a published review of Dr Helen Smith’s then new book, Men on Strike: Why Men are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood and the American Dream – And Why it Matters and what it contains will be like lighting a bushfire to ready sets of ears.

  • One Day in Melbourne on 19 May – Craigieburn Salvation Army

    One Day in Melbourne on 19 May – Craigieburn Salvation Army

    One Day in Melbourne for 2018 is on the 19 May at the Craigieburn Salvation Army – 75 Interlink Dr, Craigieburn, 20 minutes from Melbourne airport.

  • Business success and celebrity

    Business success and celebrity

    How many times have we heard that a celebrity from the cinema, entertainment and sports, who made small fortunes then went bust in business, and now we have read of another, possibly Australia’s most famous motor racing name, Dick Johnson.

  • War Tourism is massive

    War Tourism is massive

    Tourism is a favourite topic of mine and those who have read my column over many years have noted this interest. We founded and ran Australia's Bush Orchestra in Moruya in 1996 and have run many tourism ministry seminars both in Australia and internationally, and a common denominator are the huge numbers who visit war tourist sites.

  • Islamic input – Japan is different

    Islamic input – Japan is different

    Some time ago Dr. Mordechai Kedar had an interesting article published translated from Hebrew into English and recently published on the nationalistic attitudes of Japanese culture that has witnessed the lack of any Islamic influence in Japan.

  • Laguna Quays Respite - missions recuperation

    Laguna Quays Respite - missions recuperation

    The Whitsundays Laguna Quays Respite coordinated by Well-Being Australia for missions now in its seventh year has proven to be a lovely break away for a wide range of those in Christian service. 2018 is a good year.

  • Respite a continued factor of Retired Cricketers

    Respite a continued factor of Retired Cricketers

    The Retired Australian Cricketers Bi-Annual Newsletter released today, 30 March has emphasised the value of Respite, a topic that has been in main stream cricket news for the past six months with the official Cricket Australia policy of resting players.

  • Easter - publishing always critical

    Easter - publishing always critical

    When I was a school student and growing up in the 1950's and 60's our family household were regular recipients of innumerable Christian newspapers and magazine from various mission societies.

  • Senior Writers an aberration

    Senior Writers an aberration

    The Press Service International young writer program in conjunction with Christian Today has a number of senior writers which seems something on an aberration.

  • Sub-contractors lose every time

    Sub-contractors lose every time

    Not that long ago another financial calamity for the construction sub-contractor industry came to notice recently when National Buildplan Group went into administration with at least $18 million owed to small operators – suppliers and sub-contractors.

  • Helping youth make ‘some’ sense of the Bible

    Helping youth make ‘some’ sense of the Bible

    Bible Society New Zealand (BSNZ) has produced an innovative new resource to help young people navigate their way through the Bible.

  • Look further than Smith's cricket saga

    Look further than Smith's cricket saga

    Yes, what Steven Smith did was plain stupid. He was the captain of the Australian cricket team leading the Australians in the Test Series with South Africa – a position traditionally held in high regard for integrity as well as skill.

  • NZ took jobs from across the Tasman

    NZ took jobs from across the Tasman

    An article some time ago from Stuff NZ notes how call-centre jobs were coming to Wellington, New Zealand with city councillor John Morrison and businessman John Dow brokering a deal with Australian firm CallActive to bring 300 to 500 call-centre jobs to the city, with that number possibly growing to as many as 2000 in the next few years.

  • Farming in the outback

    Farming in the outback

    An article some time ago in the Sydney Morning Herald by Damien Murphy spelt out some very different farming issues being faced today in the outback with the upshot that female back-backers from Germany, Sweden and Denmark have gone bush and earning $1000 a week, five meals a day and accommodation thrown in.

  • 2018 Panellists well under way in young writer program

    2018 Panellists well under way in young writer program

    The Press Service International young writer program in conjunction with Christian Today see the 2018 Panellist program well under way.

  • Team work on steam – Footplate Padre

    Team work on steam – Footplate Padre

    New South Wales Government Railways locomotive crews in the days of steam out the back blocks of the state an all country town depots, everyone worked together to get their trains over long difficult dusty destinations, especially in mid summer.

  • National 'Sector' Contribution

    National 'Sector' Contribution

    Way back in 1982 Dr David Millington wrote the book 'The Sunburnt Soul' which gained national headlines as he explored the religious contribution to the nation and one statistic that has never been questioned and has oft been quoted is that 82% of all charity in Australia comes through the agencies of the Churches / Denominations.

  • Sophia Sinclair video interview

    Sophia Sinclair video interview

    This is another of those wonderful interviews for the Australian Missionary News IPTV, this one is of Sophia Sinclair interviewed by Jeremy Dover.

  • An illustration of leadership

    An illustration of leadership

    We are constantly being presented ideals of leadership. In the weeks after former British Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher's April death in 2012, there were innumerable articles written about her including her leadership style, along with assorted radio and television programs.  

  • The secularism of Turkey – incrementally diminished

    The secularism of Turkey – incrementally diminished

    Many in Turkey have become alarmed with the latest directive which to a host of Turks represents another nail in the coffin of a free Turkey – that of a slow death - to that of an Islamised Turkey – the reader may even recall the ban of red and pink lipsticks on Air Turkey's Airline hostesses.

  • What to teach our children

    What to teach our children

    A Sydney Morning Herald article some time ago by Josefa Peter on five things she did not need to teach her children got me thinking about what were the 5 most important things we taught our four children.

  • Charley Cox video interview

    Charley Cox video interview

    This is another of those wonderful interviews for the Australian Missionary News IPTV, this one is of Charley Cox (nee Goiris) interviewed by Jeremy Dover.

  • Locomotive's and their drivers – Footplate Padre

    Locomotive's and their drivers – Footplate Padre

    The Footplate Padre tells the story of the retired steam locomotive driver Vince Laymos who recalls the best steam locomotive driver he ever witnessed first hand  - this was Nyngan steam locomotive depot driver Don McLeod  - but the story may have just as valid a any depot in Australia or New Zealand.

  • Your photograph ends up in an advert, a blog, newsprint, whatever ?

    Your photograph ends up in an advert, a blog, newsprint, whatever ?

    Some years ago the HeraldSun ran an article on a woman sun-baking in a G-String in her back yard in Mt Martha and a photographic company was commissioned to get suburb photographs for a real estate business and they in turn hired a photographic drone – you can see where we're going with this.

  • 2018 Basil Sellers Awards marking under way

    2018 Basil Sellers Awards marking under way

    The Press Service International young writer program in conjunction with Christian Today has annual Basil Sellers Awards and these are highly prized and are celebrated by the young writers at each annual conference.

  • Nelson Cook in 'ideas as challenges'

    Nelson Cook in 'ideas as challenges'

    Nelson Cook the founder of Coaches of Influence in Los Angeles has been ministering to athletes and coaches for well over thirty five years and has hosted me on many occasions and invited me to address athlete and coaches' meetings and various men's functions.

  • Titles in the modern world

    Titles in the modern world

    In a NZ Herald article it was reported that a cousin of Winston Churchill has died, leaving the son he once described as a "black sheep" to inherit one of Britain's most prestigious aristocratic titles.

  • Tweeting – it can be costly

    Tweeting – it can be costly

    Since President Trump came to the Oval Office, his Tweets are common place and announces it seems policy. But us ordinary plebs Tweeting can be dangerous.   

  • One Day in Melbourne on 19 May – Craigieburn Salvation Army

    One Day in Melbourne on 19 May – Craigieburn Salvation Army

    One Day in Melbourne for 2018 is on the 19 May at the Craigieburn Salvation Army – 75 Interlink Dr, Craigieburn, 20 minutes from Melbourne airport.

  • Christchurch to Greymouth by KiwiRail

    Christchurch to Greymouth by KiwiRail

    The Alpine tourist train Christchurch - Greymouth travelling across the middle of the New Zealand south island is surely one of the great scenic rail journeys says Footplate Padre Dr Mark Tronson.

  • The ardour and the principles

    The ardour and the principles

    Principles are encased with stone. They are set in concrete. They are the foundation upon which a society functions. Principles stand alone. Principles are like a beacon on a hill. 

  • Our Sport Writers

    Our Sport Writers

    Jeremy Dover, David Goodwin, Wes Tronson, Josh Hinds and Phil Hall are our sport writers, who week at a time, each write a sport article once every five weeks.

  • The new tourism and its issues

    The new tourism and its issues

    A crazy mixed up situation has been allowed to function, particularly with coastal local councils after a Land and Environment Court in Gosford closed down a home owner from short term holiday maker rentals, where the judge criticised the council itself, for not sorting it our before it got this far.

  • Annoying work habits by colleagues

    Annoying work habits by colleagues

    A few years back, a News.com article headline jumped out at me, shouting and screaming, which applied to mission and church colleagues in our 'religious' work places - those annoying things are so very difficult to bring to book – yet we're all supposed to be sweet and lovely.  

  • French nobility to a line of Reverend's then to little-old me

    French nobility to a line of Reverend's then to little-old me

    A popular television series “Who do you think you are” - both the UK and the Australian versions, trace specific identities pasts, to find out where they came from and the juicier the characters in their past the more interesting, in so far as the production on Michael Parkinson was stopped as his ancestors proved not interesting enough. 

  • New young writers

    New young writers

    The Press Service International young writer program in conjunction with Christian Today each year finds a bunch of young people who join the happy band of young writers.

  • Young writer reviews - 2

    Young writer reviews - 2

    The Press Service International young writer program in conjunction with Christian Today has each Week's editor or coordinator write a review of their week the week after publication.

  • Young writer reviews - 1

    Young writer reviews - 1

    The Press Service International young writer program in conjunction with Christian Today has each Week's editor or coordinator write a review of their week the week after publication.

  • 19 May - One Day in Melbourne - small Christian media

    19 May - One Day in Melbourne - small Christian media

    One Day in Melbourne for 2018 is on the 19 May at the Craigieburn Salvation Army, 75 Interlink Dr, Craigieburn, 20 minutes from Melbourne airport.

  • What drives us away – the unexplained

    What drives us away – the unexplained

    Some have claimed, that former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd lost his Prime Ministership at the hands of Labor factions (the faceless men) partly due to his inability to convey to the Australian people the true worth and value of the mining “super tax”.

  • CTNZ – Kiwi young writer program

    CTNZ – Kiwi young writer program

    Christian Today New Zealand (CTNZ) commenced in February 2017 – a full year ago, and it has come a full year with a smooth entry into the international market place of Christian media.

  • 41 years ago an alarm was given

    41 years ago an alarm was given

    There are times when remarkable gems unexpectedly pop up in the secular media about the Christian church  -  that would never be tolerated in the Christian media  -  and this one hit me square in the eye  -  and a great secret truth is revealed.

  • 7th year - Laguna Quays Respite

    7th year - Laguna Quays Respite

    The Whitsundays Laguna Quays Respite coordinated by Well-Being Australia for missions now in its seventh year has proven to be a lovely break away for a wide range of those in Christian service. 2018 is a good year.

  • Busy depots in the days of steam

    Busy depots in the days of steam

    In the days of steam on the New South Wales Government Railways young men initiated their career as Trainee Enginemen to becoming a Train Driver, and their role as a Trainee Engineman included cleaning the steam engine cabins, managing the turntable, oiling the steam engine's rods and motions and the like.

  • Many variables to learning quickly

    Many variables to learning quickly

    It has always been of interest and of scientific research as why is it that some of our young people whether they be interested in science or maths or literature or top sport pick things up quickly.

  • Internationals young writers marching leads Cycle 2

    Internationals young writers marching leads Cycle 2

    The international young writers in Press Service International (PSI) continues to shine – having completed one full Cycle of 2018. 

  • Top of the tree – dilemmas galore

    Top of the tree – dilemmas galore

    As discussed in yesterday's article, Part 2 of this professional series, we looked at why women with children in Australia are the main contributors within the family unit – in that in our society, for practical and emotional reasons, women do most of the family-based caring – whether it be for children, elderly relatives or family members with a disability.

  • Young writers 2018 program well under way

    Young writers 2018 program well under way

    The 2018 young writer program with Press Service International in conjunction with Christian Today is well under way and into the second Cycle.

  • Australian leadership – women – Part 2

    Australian leadership – women – Part 2

    Yesterday I finished up explaining that the Law in Australia and England also provides various ways in which a young person can forge a career.  If they stick to the face-to-face provision of services (usually in their own area of expertise), rather than staying with a firm of solicitors (large or small or medium-sized), they can develop their own private clientele, or they can become barristers and defend cases in court. 

  • Cornucopia of statistics – women in leadership

    Cornucopia of statistics – women in leadership

    Having been a teenager during the social changes of the 1960s, I assumed the girls in my class, as they chose their careers, would have equal opportunities with men.

  • Ramon Williams the Lion of religious media medically retires

    Ramon Williams the Lion of religious media medically retires

    Ramon Williams 87 the Lion of 'religious media distribution' has medically retired.

  • Footplate Padre and the menagerie

    Footplate Padre and the menagerie

    There are many remarkable stories of things that have happened to the astonishment of all those around them and in today's world, these would have been recorded on video for social media and the entertainment of us all.

  • Bushfires – across the nation

    Bushfires – across the nation

    Australia it seems has a third certainty apart from the old adage of taxes and death, and this is that every summer the nation experiences bush fires and inevitably homes are destroyed, burnt to the ground.

  • One Day in Melbourne on 19 May

    One Day in Melbourne on 19 May

    One Day in Melbourne for 2018 is on the 19 May. This is the 3rd annual One Day in Melbourne for mission publication editors, writers, designers, social media mavens, authors, bloggers, self-publishers.

  • Federal Court's ruling a bed fellow for itinerant evangelists

    Federal Court's ruling a bed fellow for itinerant evangelists

    This ruling has serious implications as the reader will soon realise. Some time ago a full bench decision of the Federal Court, as revealed in a Sydney Morning Herald, being injured while having sex when within a work environment is a work related injury and therefore claimable. 

  • Theology adviser aims for main stream

    Theology adviser aims for main stream

    Way back in 2008 the then Christian Today editor sought me out as a columnist, and shortly afterwards, as a theological and philosophical adviser. Over these past 10 years it has also been my privilege to introduce a team of young sports writers, followed by young Comment writers and then, a team of New Zealand and International young writers.

  • New Zealand young writers working toward autonomy

    New Zealand young writers working toward autonomy

    The New Zealand young writers program is taking a leap forward with inaugural steps toward autonomy from Australia's Press Service International.

  • 'Small Media” new focus of Christian Media Leaders

    'Small Media” new focus of Christian Media Leaders

    Christian Media Leaders met again with an outcome to work with one or two “small Christian media” each year for positive outcomes.

  • Christian Media Leaders meet for 2nd year – 10 February gathering

    Christian Media Leaders meet for 2nd year – 10 February gathering

    Christian media leaders meet for the second year tomorrow (Saturday) 10 February at the Salvation Army's Stanmore House in Sydney.

  • NZ Tourism and Kiwi Rail hand in hand

    NZ Tourism and Kiwi Rail hand in hand

    As this article is being published in Christian Today, my wife Delma and I are on our way back to the Gold Coast after a week in New Zealand.

  • Concreting the Laguna Quays Respite drive

    Concreting the Laguna Quays Respite drive

    This is another of those wonderful interviews for the Australian Missionary News IPTV, this one is concreting the Laguna Quays Respite drive in 2011.

  • ‘The Resurrection - an unimaginable joy, a story to broadcast’

    ‘The Resurrection - an unimaginable joy, a story to broadcast’

    Christians have a specific focus on the death of Jesus on the Cross at Calvary which leads us into an unknown world followed by the resurrection which brings hope and assurance.

  • Ethical dilemma for IS captured

    Ethical dilemma for IS captured

    News.com on Monday published an article relating to the capture of German citizen IS bride Linda Wenzel - who found her way to IS at 16 years of age — and the options relating to what happens next.

  • The politic is deadly

    The politic is deadly

    Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull once revealed the deadly nature of politics...

  • Innocence issues

    Innocence issues

    Some time ago I wrote on the Innocence Project — how Griffith University in Queensland says of their Innocence Project...

  • The Bride (Part 1)

    The Bride (Part 1)

    In Jewish tradition the pre-marriage betrothal takes place a year before the wedding and it is affirmed in the presence of two witnesses.

  • Young people living at home — painful option

    Young people living at home — painful option

    Several recent Australian surveys have shown that young people are choosing to stay at home longer than their parents ever did; or they return back home to save money.

  • Forks in the road — an old theme

    Forks in the road — an old theme

    Recently, I wrote to a young man suggesting he might prayerfully consider a ministry opportunity that if handled in the right way, would provide him remarkable evangelism, especially within the area of his interest.

  • Femininity is alive and well

    Femininity is alive and well

    Femininity is alive and well – the fashion industry thrives on it, the boutique business world depends upon it, social media is full of it, it heralds a woman's sex appeal and the Bible says it is God's wonderful gift to women. 

  • Incy Wincy is very hungry

    Incy Wincy is very hungry

    Way back in 2014 I wrote an article on spiders getting bigger which was initiated in an article in The Conversation.

  • Half wars — can they ever be won?

    Half wars — can they ever be won?

    Like all things, there comes a time when the nation's policy will change, and new direction given and this includes military conflict.

  • Surprising realisation

    Surprising realisation

    A surprising realisation came from the lips of Ric Charlesworth a few years ago, the renown Australian hockey player and coach, a World Cup gold medallist from London...

  • Immune to death?

    Immune to death?

    A modern issue for Christian evangelism is that every day we are visually invaded on the television news with multiple deaths of good people who have led meaningful and value-add community and family lives whereupon.

  • Rural Australia is worth considering

    Rural Australia is worth considering

    Many Australians each and every year after a holiday return to their city lives with the traffic chaos, people in your face 24/7, the pollution and the rest of it, and wonder why on earth they came back after their break.

  • Think critically and deliver ideas well

    Think critically and deliver ideas well

    The Press Service International young writer program philosophy is to convey their 'Voice' into the marketplace of ideas with university standard English a secondary consideration.

  • Jonathan Mayne video interview — international canoe commentator

    Jonathan Mayne video interview — international canoe commentator

    This is another of those wonderful interviews for the Australian Missionary News IPTV, this one is Jonathan Mayne an international canoe commentator.

  • A fresh honest look at Islamism

    A fresh honest look at Islamism

    There has been a spate of national articles recently on a fresh determination to haul in these Islamic terrorists and their non-belligerents with the left and elites being a whole lot quieter.

  • Playing politics

    Playing politics

    Engaging in some research from a previous article of mine, I found this News.com piece from some years ago how playing politics 'can be identified'.

  • 2018 Panellists kick start this week

    2018 Panellists kick start this week

    The Press Service International young writer program in conjunction with Christian Today see the 2018 Panellist program commence today with the international panellist group getting under way.

  • Praying ladies the highlight

    Praying ladies the highlight

    Forty years ago when my wife Delma and I established our Christian ministry the first thing we arranged were five ladies willing to hold up our family and ministry in prayer on a daily basis.

  • The Kiwi Alpine Train

    The Kiwi Alpine Train

    As the Footplate Padre I am able a-test that the Alpine tourist train Christchurch - Greymouth travelling across the middle of the New Zealand south island is surely one of the great scenic rail journeys.

  • Young writers 2018 program commences on Monday

    Young writers 2018 program commences on Monday

    The 2018 young writer program with Press Service International in conjunction with Christian Today commences this Monday 15 January.

  • The humble whistle

    The humble whistle

    Since Jill Meagher the young ABC journalist brutally raped and killed in Melbourne a few years ago there has been numerous other young women similarly snatched, assaulted and murdered.

  • Prosecutorial overreach — what is it?

    Prosecutorial overreach — what is it?

    The question raised is — has anything changed in the fast few years — this was the story: the family of Reddit.com co-founder and internet activist Aaron Swartz 26, who was found dead in his New York apartment claimed...

  • Survey reality

    Survey reality

    A fascinating survey from News.com run by Gallaxy illustrated once again that Australians prefer time over money, the 'she'll be right' attitude is pervasive...

  • Young Scientist of the Year 2010 — Nathanael Yates video interview

    Young Scientist of the Year 2010 — Nathanael Yates video interview

    This is another of those wonderful interviews for the Australian Missionary News IPTV, this one Nathanael Yates from Perth — Australian Young Scientist of the Year from 2010.

  • Meaningful contentment

    Meaningful contentment

    Let's be realistic — I need money to meet our family's grocery housekeeping expenses, our home living costs along with our ministry.

  • The menagerie — Footplate Padre

    The menagerie — Footplate Padre

    There are many remarkable stories of things that have happened to the astonishment of all those around them and in today's world, these would have been recorded on video for social media and the entertainment of us all.

  • Why should we be surprised?

    Why should we be surprised?

    After 11 September 2001 (9/11) when Muslim terrorists piloted passenger aircraft into the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington DC, the great debate was whether the security forces were asleep on the job.

  • The freelance option

    The freelance option

    International cricketer Brett Lee retired from the Test Cricket arena some years ago and subsequently concentrated on his ‘limited over’ opportunities and freelanced himself to 'other' professional cricket arenas.

  • 2010 netballer Susan Furhmann video interview

    2010 netballer Susan Furhmann video interview

    This is another of those wonderful interviews for the Australian Missionary News IPTV, this one Australian Netballer Susan Furhmann from 2010.

  • The science behind some Aboriginal medicines

    The science behind some Aboriginal medicines

    Before there were modern methods of making and analysing medicines, and before there were regulations about testing them for safety and efficacy, there were traditional herbal remedies handed down from one generation to the next. 

  • The Richard Pengelley video interview

    The Richard Pengelley video interview

    Richard is from Perth, an Australian water polo Captain, an Olympian, then an Anglican priest...

  • The importance of music through the ages

    The importance of music through the ages

    Music is important in worshipping God. There are many references in the Bible to singing, playing or dancing with joy.

  • The art of 'silence'

    The art of 'silence'

    Silence can be utilised as a defence, a weapon, a plea for mercy, a statement of ignominy, a cry of ignorance, a shout of defiance, a political comment, an expression of contempt, and much more besides.

  • Jarrod McKenna video interviewed

    Jarrod McKenna video interviewed

    Jarrod McKenna the youngest recipient of the Donald Groom Peace Fellowship, an Australian Peace Award.

  • AUSLAN now in the education system

    AUSLAN now in the education system

  • Children's colouring books challenge

    Children's colouring books challenge

    NZ Herald ran an interesting article recently how children's colouring books dropped off the top sales list to a parenting book and this behoves the question as to what might be happening to this traditional and essential tool for children.

  • Christmas and community in Australia

    Christmas and community in Australia

    Throughout Australia an annual Christmas season highlight are the Carols by Candlelight.

  • One Day in Melbourne 'young writer' planning team

    One Day in Melbourne 'young writer' planning team

    Last weekend saw a mammoth development for the annual 'One Day in Melbourne' seminars for the unsung Australian Christian media — mission publication editors, small Christian publications, Social Media mavens, congregation publication editors, writers, editors …

  • Cathedrals and Pentecostal Churches growing

    Cathedrals and Pentecostal Churches growing

    A fascinating article appeared in the NZ Herald recently on the best SuperBowl commercials and had available for viewing these super 'cool' and 'engaging' adverts. This they were. They were all designed to do precisely this.

  • A long stretch from Anne Frank to current refugees

    A long stretch from Anne Frank to current refugees

    It is a long stretch to claim Anne Frank of Holocaust note was a refugee on the same level as those seeking a new life in America from Islamic countries.

  • Back to the future – KiwiRail

    Back to the future – KiwiRail

    Late last year both the New Zealand Herald and the Railway Gazette made play that KiwiRail had finally made a decision on the 'electric' haulage of freight trains.

  • Basil Sellers young writers art — 2017 'Slicing Thru'

    Basil Sellers young writers art — 2017 'Slicing Thru'

    The Basil Sellers Press Service International young writer program with Christian Today is celebrated each year with an art work by Tronson du Coudray — this year's art work is titled 'Slicing Thru'.

  • Person of Faith: Dr Ken and Jocelyn Elliott

    Person of Faith: Dr Ken and Jocelyn Elliott

    God is love, and our mission to serve humanity and reach the lost is inspired by its passion. That statement is summed up by this couple. The story of doctors Ken and Jocelyn Elliott should inspire and challenge us all.

  • Ben Mogg God's Squad video interview

    Ben Mogg God's Squad video interview

    Ben Mogg is a Lutheran pastor and we him at the Australasian Religious Press Association conference in Hobart way back in 2011.

  • Nelson Cook on the race of life

    Nelson Cook on the race of life

    Nelson Cook the founder of Coaches of Influence (COIN) in Los Angeles has been ministering to athletes and coaches for forty years and has hosted me on many occasions and invited me to address athlete and coaches' meetings and various men's functions.

  • New panellists for 2018

    New panellists for 2018

    There are quite a number of 2018 new panellists in the Press Service International young writer program in conjunction with Christian Today who mark the 85 young writer articles in the first half of each year.

  • Jenny Baxter video interview on trafficking

    Jenny Baxter video interview on trafficking

    This is another of those wonderful interviews for the Australian Missionary News IPTV, this one is of Jenny Baxter interviewed by Jeremy Dover.

  • Farm 'arts' morning tea plans 2018

    Farm 'arts' morning tea plans 2018

    A farm morning tea last week set plans for the 2018 rural arts community — that of the Midge Point — Bloomsbury — Whitsundays region.

  • Ross Clifford 2009 video interview

    Ross Clifford 2009 video interview

    This is another of those wonderful interviews for the Australian Missionary News IPTV, this one is of Ross Clifford, Principal of Morling College.

  • 2018 'Panellists' extravaganza for the young writer program

    2018 'Panellists' extravaganza for the young writer program

    The Press Service International young writer program in conjunction with Christian Today has annual awards — these are determined by different sets of panellists.

  • People of Faith — Dr. Mark Tronson

    People of Faith — Dr. Mark Tronson

    Dr Mark Tronson and his wife Delma are the driving force behind Press Service International. They founded the young writers ministry in 2009. Throughout his active career, Mark has authored 24 books. The name Tronson means ‘son of the throne'.

  • Australian cricketer Peter George interview

    Australian cricketer Peter George interview

    Peter George is synonymous with the 'quick' that finally got Tendulker out when on tour in India.

  • Fresh faces in the young writer team and more to come

    Fresh faces in the young writer team and more to come

    Blessed beyond measure is how I describe our young writer ministry in conjunction with Christian Today as we draw towards 2018 a numbers of fresh faces have joined this amazing group of young people.

  • Kookaburra Andrew Smith interview

    Kookaburra Andrew Smith interview

    Over these past two months it has been my privilege to air some of the older videos Well-Being Australia has released on YouTube — short DVDs that have been played at outreaches such as men's breakfasts and dinner, youth groups and the like.

  • Doesn't ring true …

    Doesn't ring true …

    Discernment is one of the attributes that followers of Jesus Christ seem to gather as the years roll on. It comes from various sources...

  • Rowland Croucher video on the church

    Rowland Croucher video on the church

    Over these past two months it has been my privilege to air some of the older videos Well-Being Australia has released on YouTube — short DVDs that have been played at outreaches such as men's breakfasts and dinner, youth groups and the like.

  • Laguna Quays Respite — summer is upon us

    Laguna Quays Respite — summer is upon us

    The Whitsundays Laguna Quays Respite coordinated by Well-Being Australia for missions is about to embark on its seventh year — proven to be a lovely break away for a wide range of those in Christian service.

  • Michael Faraday: his Christian faith influenced his science.

    Michael Faraday: his Christian faith influenced his science.

    Michael Faraday (1791–1867) was one of the most influential scientists who worked during the Victorian era, and he certainly let his light shine both in science and in his faith.

  • Published today — Retired Australian Cricketers Bi-Annual Newsletter

    Published today — Retired Australian Cricketers Bi-Annual Newsletter

    The latest edition of the Retired Australian Cricketers Bi-Annual Newsletter released 30 November illustrates the value of respite for the cricket family.

  • A week of science articles — Solving the problem of feral cats

    A week of science articles — Solving the problem of feral cats

    When Europeans first came to the Australian island-continent, they did not understand how to "take care of" their new "garden".

  • A week of science articles — Can plants talk to each other?

    A week of science articles — Can plants talk to each other?

    The magical or mysterious whisperings of trees, as if they are talking to us, have been the stuff of legend, poetry and fiction since time immemorial.

  • A week of science articles — Pestilence and disease

    A week of science articles — Pestilence and disease

    In all of history, diseases have run rife through unprotected populations. There were several bouts of 'black death' in Europe; typhus, pneumonia and 'stomach bugs' that decimated armies, killing even more soldiers than in battle...

  • Aira Chilcott — an Australian Panellist for the young writer project

    Aira Chilcott — an Australian Panellist for the young writer project

    Aira Chilchott is a science teacher and and Australian panellist. These are her own words.

  • A week of science articles — Famous paintings depict science or medicine

    A week of science articles — Famous paintings depict science or medicine

    I paint pictures for recreation and ministry as part of my personal respite plan, and I often represent the natural environment.

  • Preventative values can be calculated

    Preventative values can be calculated

    There are now studies available around the world as to the cost value of savings of road accidents by using rail transport.

  • Vic Matthews — International Panellist in the young writer program

    Vic Matthews — International Panellist in the young writer program

    Vic Matthews is a professional and theological thinker and one of the international young writer panellists. These are his own words.

  • Video on sports chaplains and Christian athletes, 18 years to 2000

    Video on sports chaplains and Christian athletes, 18 years to 2000

    Mark and Delma Tronson established the Sports and Leisure Ministry in 1982 having attended an international congress on sports mission in Hong Kong and returning to see this vision come to fruition.

  • A philosophy of service

    A philosophy of service

    Jeremy Dover in 2012 wrote an article of 'service in sport' and how this is such a strong illustration of Christian service. I wish to take this theme further.

  • A friend

    A friend

    A vital question for an Australian male is the difference between a friend and a mate?

  • Peter Nelson — a Sport Panellist in the young writer program

    Peter Nelson — a Sport Panellist in the young writer program

    Peter Nelson is a retired Church of Christ Minister, AIS chaplain and a sport writer panellist. These are his own words.

  • Video on sport ministry 18 years to 2000

    Video on sport ministry 18 years to 2000

    Mark and Delma Tronson established the Sports and Leisure Ministry in 1982 having attended an international congress on sports mission in Hong Kong

  • Do we hang out Jesus style?

    Do we hang out Jesus style?

    In 1988, Floyd McClung and Kalafi Moala wrote a book, Nine Worlds to Win. They emphasized evangelism into the worlds of Islam, Buddhism, Communism with a chapter on nominal Christians.

  • Top Driver — Footplate Padre

    Top Driver — Footplate Padre

    This is a story from the Footplate Padre's book titled Steam Stories. This article was titled ‘Nyngan Depot Running’ on page 48.

  • 30 years of ministry — 10 years ago — a video

    30 years of ministry — 10 years ago — a video

    10 years ago Dr Mark and Delma Tronson celebrated their 30th year in Christian Ministry and a video was created with an array of their ministries along with several salient interviews.

  • Simon Farrer — a Sport Panellist for the young writer program

    Simon Farrer — a Sport Panellist for the young writer program

    Simon Farrer has practised as an accountant in the public corporate sector all his working life and has served as a sport panellist since 2014. These are his own words.

  • Reality statistics — Nonconformists

    Reality statistics — Nonconformists

    The history of 'nonconformity' — came from the English 1662 Act of Uniformity.

  • When it all goes pear-shaped

    When it all goes pear-shaped

    London has hosted the Olympics three times, 1908, 1948 and 2012. A lot of things went awry at each.

  • Liz Hay — New Zealand Panellist in the young writer program

    Liz Hay — New Zealand Panellist in the young writer program

    Liz Hay is a professional in her literary field and a NZ young writer panellist. These are her own words.

  • Check this out — athletics and theology

    Check this out — athletics and theology

    The World Athletics Championships highlight was undoubtedly the blue ribbon track and field event — the 100 metres sprint.

  • Footplate Padre takes the viewer of rail clean-up

    Footplate Padre takes the viewer of rail clean-up

    One of the Well-Being Australia ministries exercised by Dr Mark Tronson is as the Footplate Padre.

  • Love your enemies. Really?

    Love your enemies. Really?

    Love your enemies! We often say it, read it, and then leave it in the too hard basket. We are surrounded by enemies, how are we to react?

  • It's crucial, believe it!

    It's crucial, believe it!

    The old adage that says “She who rocks the cradle rules the world” refers to an era when the mother, on the most part, was able to stay at home and raise the children.

  • Baptist legal independence in Australia

    Baptist legal independence in Australia

    Some time ago I wrote a feature piece questioning the wisdom of having separate legal systems for a range of people groups in Australia. How far down the track has this developed.

  • 2003 video of Basil Sellers Art Centre

    2003 video of Basil Sellers Art Centre

    The Basil Sellers Art Centre was opened in 1992 by Mr Basil Sellers AM with the assistance of distinguished artist John Hackwell.

  • Mission retirement — Ha !

    Mission retirement — Ha !

    Yesterday, I turned 66. Ron Ross, who is as heavily engaged in mission as I am, is 79. Rowland Croucher, the Pastor's Pastor with a hectic mission schedule, turns 80 in December.

  • Boundaries affect us every day

    Boundaries affect us every day

    Two days ago, Saturday 4 November were two significant family events. It was our granddaughter’s ninth birthday and in our family that celebration has a family boundary where we highlight this wonderful event.

  • Cane trains — the life blood of the sugar industry in a grass-roots sort of way

    Cane trains — the life blood of the sugar industry in a grass-roots sort of way

    The Footplate Padre was born and raised in the Mackay region of Queensland which is a huge sugar cane growing area.

  • Good and bad compromise ongoing

    Good and bad compromise ongoing

    The classic modern historical example of 'bad compromise' was UK Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's 'Peace for our time' on 30 September 1938 in relation to his policy of appeasement toward Nazi Germany.

  • Olympic Ministry Medal video 2009

    Olympic Ministry Medal video 2009

    A number of previous ministry videos from Well-Being Australia are being given an airing and one of these was when Dr Mark and Delma Tronson were awarded the Olympic Ministry Medal.

  • The nature of trust — dealing with rule changes

    The nature of trust — dealing with rule changes

    This is a follow on from yesterday where I have written on trust many times before. In this instance, I introduced this subject by asking whether you ever had a niggling injury or medical problem that just wouldn't go away?

  • EMP! Nuclear terror threat

    EMP! Nuclear terror threat

    Violence has marked 2017. American protesters took to the streets to accost each other, topple statues, trash cars and shops and grab headlines. Then came hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

  • Thousands of Kiwi kids will get really good news this Christmas

    Thousands of Kiwi kids will get really good news this Christmas

    Bible Society is giving away 93,000 booklets and leaflets nationwide telling the story of Christmas.

  • The nature of trust — who can you trust?

    The nature of trust — who can you trust?

    My question is, have you ever had a niggling injury or medical problem that just wouldn't go away?

  • Tim Wilson — a panellist in the young writer program

    Tim Wilson — a panellist in the young writer program

    Tim Wilson is a sport writer panellist who served with YWAM for many years and is now studying for a masters in divinity at a seminary (Bible college) in the US. These are his words.

  • Video of Well-Being Australia from yesteryear

    Video of Well-Being Australia from yesteryear

    Well-Being Australia as a ministry was established in March 2000 when Heads of Churches released Dr Mark and Delma Tronson from their 18 years of founding the Sports and Leisure Ministry.

  • Hand-crafted Cards

    Hand-crafted Cards

    Delma Tronson, my wife of 40 years and in missionary service the same number of years, has given workshops and seminars on many occasions in her extensive ministry and continues to speak about the high value of a hand-written letter or a hand-crafted card.

  • Video of the Footplate Padre ministry from 2002

    Video of the Footplate Padre ministry from 2002

    The Footplate Padre ministry was initiated during my years at seminary 1977–1980 at Morling College having been a locomotive driver for 10 years and my interest in industrial chaplaincy with the InterChurch Trade and Industry Mission.

  • Euan McDonald — International panellist for the young writer programs

    Euan McDonald — International panellist for the young writer programs

    Euan McDonald is a Uniting Church Minister and these are his own words.

  • Subcontractors — terrific and troubling

    Subcontractors — terrific and troubling

    Another financial calamity for the construction sub-contractor industry came to notice some time ago when National Buildplan Group went into administration with at least $18 million owed to small operators

  • Strange things are occurring with the SSM push

    Strange things are occurring with the SSM push

    The Same Sex Marriage (SSM) issue is right before Australians with the national postal survey front and centre.

  • Nazi nuclear bomb — more evidence — a history rewrite

    Nazi nuclear bomb — more evidence — a history rewrite

    Recently, a News.com feature highlighted how radio-active material was found in Germany from a war-time site which is the first hard evidence apart from hear-say that Nazi scientists were much closer than previously thought.

  • 1997 video of Timeout in Moruya, Basil Sellers House

    1997 video of Timeout in Moruya, Basil Sellers House

    Timeout in Moruya — Basil Sellers House, originally Sanctuary Lodge, was opened in 1992 in fanfare by Nick Farr-Jones (Rugby) and Jeanine Treharne (Yachting) as a respite facility for elite athletes from the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

  • Children giving gifts

    Children giving gifts

    News.com ran a story some time ago telling the story of an eight year old in the US who in the second week before Christmas gave away 500 toys, his entire toy collection to charity.

  • Powerful and articulate — biblical symbolism

    Powerful and articulate — biblical symbolism

    As we're in the midst of spring the paddocks are green with native grasses, I am reminded of the biblical references to grass and pastures, and the many references to the limitations of this scarce resource.

  • Christina Tyson — Panellist for the Kiwi young writer program

    Christina Tyson — Panellist for the Kiwi young writer program

    Christina Tyson is a Kiwi young writer panelists for the annual awards. Christina Tyson is a wife, mother, editor of NZ War Cry and these are her own words.

  • 1997 video of Australia's Bush Orchestra release

    1997 video of Australia's Bush Orchestra release

    Australia's Bush Orchestra was a tourism ministry located in Moruya on the NSW south coast which ran from 1996 through to 2006.

  • 3 dimensions — why not !

    3 dimensions — why not !

    Being an artist, I am fascinated by visual images. I can always understand a scientist's explanation better if he or she can paint me a word picture or show me an image.

  • John Skinner — sport writer 'panellist' for the young writer program

    John Skinner — sport writer 'panellist' for the young writer program

    John Skinner is one of the young writer panellists. John Skinner is a Vietnam veteran, a journalist, a national rodeo judge, and these are his own words.

  • Oligarchs — concerns

    Oligarchs — concerns

    In a fascinating article by Ross Gittens the Sydney Morning Herald's Economics Editor titled 'The Four Business Gangs that run the US'. a scenario is put forward whereby these four control the US economy and therefore most of us as well.

  • Person of Faith — Ian Worby

    Person of Faith — Ian Worby

    Ian Worby was 10 when he accepted Jesus as his Lord. His work commenced at 2TM, Tamworth but after two years he moved on to work for his father. When his parents divorced Ian struggled.

  • The internet and children

    The internet and children

    Annie, 8, watched a YouTube video on the best way to apply make-up so as to appear even prettier. Annie's mum only discovered this when checking the "URL History" on what their kids had been viewing on the Internet.

  • March of the Living video release after 12 years

    March of the Living video release after 12 years

    'March of the Living' is a pilgrimage each May from Auschwitz to Birkenau in Poland by young Jewish students and special invited Gentile guests.

  • University is not for everyone

    University is not for everyone

    In a recent article in News.com it is claimed that very lucrative jobs are going begging for an insane push to attend university.

  • Experience from a sport scientist

    Experience from a sport scientist

    This is an article about science in sport — but NOT the usual subject matter of describing physiology, nor training regimes, nor the effects of nutrition or drugs.

  • Youth's own responsibility

    Youth's own responsibility

    Every young man desperate to gain their driving license (not negating young women by any means) can remember with some detail the day they earned it by passing the various tests.

  • A vital question — Who needs me?

    A vital question — Who needs me?

    Who needs me? is one of the new agenda questions that is replacing the more philosophical set such as: Who am I? Where do I come from? Where am I going? Who determines right and wrong?

  • The young writer program volunteers make it all work

    The young writer program volunteers make it all work

    The Press Service International Young Writer Program in conjunction with Christian Today has an ambient feature central to the good running of the program.

  • Locomotive wheel-slip — Footplate Padre

    Locomotive wheel-slip — Footplate Padre

    The Footplate Padre in his 16 books on railways specialising in train driver's anecdotes notes that wet and oily rail tracks have created havoc on railway operations for as long as trains have been operating.

  • The Internet — good grief how dependent are we on others

    The Internet — good grief how dependent are we on others

    An interesting piece came across News.com a couple of weeks ago where YouTube was cutting out North Korea from its service.

  • October 'Panellists Commission' for the young writer program

    October 'Panellists Commission' for the young writer program

    The 'Panellists Commission' follows on this month after the 'Awards Commission' report for the Press Service International young writer program which functions in conjunction with Christian Today.   

  • What! — a movable house

    What! — a movable house

    Some time ago in news.com an article illustrated the solving an eternal problem for architects and home owners alike: How to keep your house cool in summer and warm in winter.

  • Where is safe?

    Where is safe?

    Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott last month in Hobart walking with an advisor was accosted and head-butted by a man wearing a SSM badge.

  • Valiance and gallantry

    Valiance and gallantry

    Gallantry and desperate valiance is the meat of myth, ancient and modern stories, radio, repertory and movies. Moreover, everyone loves such a great story and actions...

  • Midge Point Beach repair promised $4.1m — ideal for mission respite

    Midge Point Beach repair promised $4.1m — ideal for mission respite

    "Mackay Regional Council CEO Craig Doyle said beach projects in Mackay, to be completed using NDRRA Category D funding, would include $4.1 million for Midge Point."

  • 6 books worthy of a good-read

    6 books worthy of a good-read

    Some time ago News.com recently came up with an article suggesting the six books to read to become a successful CEO of a corporation. Three leading CEO's were asked to list two books to recommend for such a list.

  • Racism or racism or something else

    Racism or racism or something else

    In the television and DVD series World at War in Episode No 19 titled 'Pincers', an American soldier who also happened to be a Jew tells the story of invading Germany and on one occasion being hassled by a German woman civilian.

  • Week coordinators and editors ensure the young writer program function

    Week coordinators and editors ensure the young writer program function

    The Press Service International Young Writer Program in conjunction with Christian Today depends upon the voluntary services of its Week Coordinators and Week Editors.

  • Tourism ministry—correspondence report

    Tourism ministry—correspondence report

    We have been involved with tourism ministry since 1996 with the opening of Australia's Bush Orchestra in Moruya on the NSW south coast, a two hour drive from Canberra. 

  • Submarines and a theology of stealth

    Submarines and a theology of stealth

    There was a debate, not on whether Australia should have submarines, that is a given, but rather on what type of submarine the nation should have as part of its overall defence mechanisms.

  • Furniture

    Furniture

    One of our wider family members is an artisan with most things, including working with fine timbers and has produced for family members a range of fine furniture from lounge suits to single chairs to stools to coffee tables, whatever.

  • Awards Commission sets Young Writer Program 'annual awards'

    Awards Commission sets Young Writer Program 'annual awards'

    The Press Service International young writer program in conjunction with Christian Today has released the long awaited 'Awards Commission' report developed by Major Christina Tyson of Wellington NZ...

  • A mish-mash of diesel liveries—remains an issue

    A mish-mash of diesel liveries—remains an issue

    1952 was a wonderful year for Queensland Railways when the very first mainline diesel electric locomotive came on stream, the gleaming blue and white 1100 class hood designed monster of the rail followed not long after by the streamline designed 1200 Class.

  • Hacking—dangerous to missions

    Hacking—dangerous to missions

    Hackers of the world are in the news big-time. Recent articles have revealed how serious it is with concerns over last year's US election, the 2016 Australian Census, the US Federal Reserve is shown to be at risk...

  • Laguna Quays Respite—missions taking a rest to recuperate

    Laguna Quays Respite—missions taking a rest to recuperate

    The Whitsundays Laguna Quays Respite coordinated by Well-Being Australia for missions now in its sixth year has proven to be a lovely break away for a wide range of those in Christian service.

  • Our remarkable indigenous animals

    Our remarkable indigenous animals

    A recent AdelaideNow.com news article detailed how a Koala on a very hot day, climbed the garden and pool fence, had its fill of water being so hot, and then took its rest under the jetty on the cool rocks all afternoon, moreover with the householders doing their own things.

  • Un-resting, un-hasting—two famous words captured

    Un-resting, un-hasting—two famous words captured

    Walter Chalmers Smith 1824–1908 penned the famous hymn “Immortal Invisible, God only wise” but few know that his second stanza's first two words were quoted by Adolf Hitler in his description of the game of cricket.

  • Good and evil in the cosmic cathedral

    Good and evil in the cosmic cathedral

    QM physics says that everything is somehow connected “entangled” with everything else. That this is how things are, is shown by such aspects of consciousness as these: telepathy, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, synchronicity...

  • Commercial vans and utes—happy hunting

    Commercial vans and utes—happy hunting

    Commercial vans and utes have consistent major industrial sales from the city and rural tradies to the big miners and all points in-between. Moreover, government tax incentives where those in business required such vehicles have helped in these sales.

  • Leigh Clough—Seeds of a dream—'Endless Increase'

    Leigh Clough—Seeds of a dream—'Endless Increase'

    Leigh Clough, one of a new generation of young Christian entrepreneurs, moved on a direction by God’s spirit to host a conference for people like himself to meet together and bring a new biblical paradigm the purpose of building businesses...

  • A week of science articles: Benefits of exercise for all of us

    A week of science articles: Benefits of exercise for all of us

    Much of the publicity about exercise these days makes people feel guilty if they don’t do it, don’t enjoy it, or have health problems that prevent them from doing it.

  • Te Reo—a labour of love

    Te Reo—a labour of love

    Te Reo lover and speaker Brenda Crooks is one of only 5,000 people in New Zealand able to speak Māori and also communicate in sign language, our country’s two official languages alongside English.

  • A week of science articles: So mathematics is useful after all

    A week of science articles: So mathematics is useful after all

    I am always interested in the use of mathematics in society.  Though I am not a mathematician, I have a close relative who uses mathematics to model real world situations, and he makes it seem fascinating.

  • Christchurch for 2018 young writer's conference

    Christchurch for 2018 young writer's conference

    Christchurch is the venue for the 2018 Press Service International young writer conference with a Saturday 25 August date and Saturday 1 September reserve date.

  • A week of science articles: The sea turned red—scientific answers

    A week of science articles: The sea turned red—scientific answers

    The sea turned red and the scientists came up with an answer. No, this is not about the Biblical account of a similar occurrence in the biblical Nile that was one of the 10 plagues that struck Egypt as Moses called upon Pharaoh to let his people go.

  • A week of science articles: This is clean—biosecure laboratory

    A week of science articles: This is clean—biosecure laboratory

    Science week—I have been inspired to revisit and revise this article after my relatives described a visit to the “Museum of Clean” at Pocatello, Idaho, USA during a road trip they took when visiting Yellowstone National Park. 

  • A week of science articles: How insulin affects glucose

    A week of science articles: How insulin affects glucose

    Like many others of 'a certain age' I have to be careful with my diet and exercise to stave off the worst effects of diabetes. In 2013, researchers worked out how to visualise the interaction between the hormone insulin and the cell surfaces within our bodies. 

  • 1 min video released on young writers conference

    1 min video released on young writers conference

    The 1 min video of the Press Service International young writers’ annual awards conference has been released, another production by Bridget Brenton of Brisbane.

  • Chosen

    Chosen

    Nelson Cook, the founder of Coaches of Influence (COIN) in Los Angeles, has been ministering to athletes and coaches for forty years and has hosted me on many occasions and invited me to address athlete and coaches' meetings and various men's functions.

  • Christchurch young writers

    Christchurch young writers

    Christchurch and Invercargill young writers were on the agenda for the New Zealand leg of the Press Service International visit last week after the Auckland 'Australasian Religious Press Association' (ARPA).

  • Israel and appeasement—The Covenant

    Israel and appeasement—The Covenant

    Appeasement holds weight where there is a theological position of Replacement Theology, as Israel is nothing more than any other nation state and a world weight will come upon them to acquiesce to the demands of world opinion.

  • Israel and appeasement—the Biblical relationship

    Israel and appeasement—the Biblical relationship

    An initial discussion must therefore be an understanding of a theology of Israel. There are different theologies. Replacement Theology at theological college was taught as Super-succession-ism—that Christ at the cross "superseded" the Old Covenant ...

  • Israel and appeasement, part 1

    Israel and appeasement, part 1

    Israel has consistently fought against any form of appeasement. To illustrate, a few years ago it's foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, challenged his nation's strained relations with its western allies lack of reality regarding the Palestinians ...

  • Auckland young writers

    Auckland young writers

    Auckland Rydges hosted the Australasian Religious Press Association conference late last month and it seemed like a good opportunity to have an afternoon tea for the Auckland young writers in the Press Service International young writer program.

  • NZ Tourism and KiwiRail hand in hand

    NZ Tourism and KiwiRail hand in hand

    In 2015, Stuff NZ revealed the story behind the suggestion to close the entire New Zealand railways system and this created an enormous backlash from the NZ Tourism industry who realises the value of its rail tourism trains.

  • Laguna Quays Respite missions ministry

    Laguna Quays Respite missions ministry

    The Whitsundays Laguna Quays Respite coordinated by Well-Being Australia for missions in its sixth year has proven to be a lovely break away for a wide range of those in Christian service.

  • Young writers' focus group comments on the overall program

    Young writers' focus group comments on the overall program

    All in all, the young writer program, established in 2009 provides young people a 'voice' in the market place of ideas through Christian Today. It's quite remarkable. A touch of the Lord.

  • Young writers Focus Groups—Session 2

    Young writers Focus Groups—Session 2

    The Press Service International—Christian Today 'young writers conference' this month saw the afternoon session divided into two separate sessions and with a set of questions for each of the three 'focus groups'.

  • Young writers' focus groups—Session 1

    Young writers' focus groups—Session 1

    The Press Service International—Christian Today 'young writers conference' this month saw the afternoon session divided into two separate sessions and with a set of questions for each of the three 'focus groups.'

  • ARPA 2017 Ramon Williams Youth Scholarship—Sophia Sinclair

    ARPA 2017 Ramon Williams Youth Scholarship—Sophia Sinclair

    The Australasian Religious Press Association 2017 Ramon William Youth Scholarship was presented Saturday evening in Auckland, New Zealand to Sophia Sinclair at the ARPA gala annual awards night.

  • Teacher issues—constantly in the news

    Teacher issues—constantly in the news

    One might not think so after the 2017 May Federal budget, but Education constitutionally is a State issue and teachers need to do their own homework to get accredited to teach in States other than their own.

  • Australian rail 1st Class travel—viz Euro Rail's 1st class

    Australian rail 1st Class travel—viz Euro Rail's 1st class

    In my 'all things rail' archive, I noticed a News.com article about whether it is worth the extra cost going 1st Class on Euro Rail. It's a very interesting article and well worth a read. But what about Australia's rail 1st Class trains journeys?

  • ARPA—Australasian Religious Press Association meets in Auckland

    ARPA—Australasian Religious Press Association meets in Auckland

    25–27 August at the Rydges Hotel Auckland the annual Australasian Religious Press Association conference and awards are held with the kick-start as a 12.15pm lunch on Friday 25th.

  • Designer babies

    Designer babies

    Last year US scientists successfully edited viable human embryos. In a report for The Verge, Alessandra Potenza observed: “Gaining the ability to edit human DNA is the first step toward one day allowing scientists to prevent babies from being born with incurable diseases or disabilities.

  • Summing up of the 2017 Young Writers’ Conference

    Summing up of the 2017 Young Writers’ Conference

    The first thing we can say is that everyone is looking forward in anticipation to the 2018 young writers conference in New Zealand after such a delightful time on the Sunshine Coast on the 12 August this year.

  • Young writers’ Best Articles of 2017—Part two

    Young writers’ Best Articles of 2017—Part two

    Each year the Australian and New Zealand statisticians collate the four sets of points from the panellists who mark the young writers in the Press Service International–Christian Today program and from those points the Best Article of each young writer is determined.

  • Young writers' Best Articles of 2017—Part one

    Young writers' Best Articles of 2017—Part one

    Each year the Australian and New Zealand statisticians collate the four sets of points from the panellists who mark the young writers in the Press Service International—Christian Today program and from those points the Best Article of each young writer is determined.

  • 2017 Young Writers' Conference awards listings

    2017 Young Writers' Conference awards listings

    The 2017 Young Writers' Conference awards listings are a thing to celebrate. The young writer program is coordinated by Press Service International in conjunction with Christian Today and has 85 young people submitting a monthly article for publication.

  • Four winners—2017 Tony Dunkerley Sport Writer Award

    Four winners—2017 Tony Dunkerley Sport Writer Award

    Jeremy Dover, David Goodwin, Wes Tronson and Josh Hinds have all been deemed as the 2017 Tony Dunkerely 'Sport Writers Award' winners presented on Saturday at the annual Young Writers’ Conference held on the Sunshine Coast at the Alexandra Park Conference Centre.

  • New Zealand's Matthew Joils and Australia's Haydn Lea take out 'Theology' Awards

    New Zealand's Matthew Joils and Australia's Haydn Lea take out 'Theology' Awards

    New Zealand's Matthew Joils and Australia's Haydn Lea are the celebrated winners of the 2017 $500 Basil Sellers Young Writer 'Theology Award' presented on Saturday at the annual young writer conference held on the Sunshine Coast at the Alexandra Park Conference Centre.

  • International young writer winners for 2017

    International young writer winners for 2017

    West Indies young writers scooped the international young writer awards for 2017. Their certificates were emailed after the 12 August conference held on the Sunshine Coast at the Alexandra Park Conference Centre.

  • New Zealand's Irenie How and Australia's Peter Brookshaw win respective 'Tronson' Awards

    New Zealand's Irenie How and Australia's Peter Brookshaw win respective 'Tronson' Awards

    New Zealand's Irenie How and Australia's Peter Brookshaw are the celebrated winners of the 2017 $500 Basil Sellers Young Writer 'Tronson Award' for Consistency presented on Saturday ...

  • Cheryl McGrath 2017 Basil Sellers Young Writer Award winner

    Cheryl McGrath 2017 Basil Sellers Young Writer Award winner

    Melbourne's Cheryl McGrath is the celebrated winner of the 2017 Australian $1000 Basil Sellers Young Writer Award presented on Saturday at the annual young writer conference, held on the Sunshine Coast at the Alexandra Park Conference Centre.

  • 2017 Young Writers’ Conference—News angles and blogging

    2017 Young Writers’ Conference—News angles and blogging

    The 2017 Young Writers' Conference was held on the Sunshine Coast at the Alexandra Park Conference Centre with the key speakers Mark Furler on news angles and John Lemmon on blogging in a Christian context.

  • Emma McGeorge—2017 NZ Basil Sellers Young Writer Award

    Emma McGeorge—2017 NZ Basil Sellers Young Writer Award

    MAF's Emma McGeorge based in PNG, from Auckland New Zealand is the celebrated winner of the 2017 New Zealand $1000 'Basil Sellers Young Writer' Award presented on Saturday at the annual Young Writers' Conference ...

  • Footplate Padre—steam days out west

    Footplate Padre—steam days out west

    New South Wales Government Railways locomotive crews in the days of steam out the back blocks of the state such as at Nyngan Locomotive Depot—everyone worked together to get their trains over long difficult dusty destinations, especially in midsummer.

  • Queensland young writers biting at the bit

    Queensland young writers biting at the bit

    Queensland based young writers are biting at the bit to be part of the 2017 young writer conference on the Sunshine Coast at the Alexandra Park Conference Centre at Alexandra Headland on Saturday 12 August.

  • Utility term—flexible use asset

    Utility term—flexible use asset

    Sometimes a terrific gem pops up in the media and you wonder why you weren't you the one to come up with such a catchy phrase. This is one that I found in my archive. News.com article on the RAAF's Multirole-Tanker is termed a “flexible use asset.”

  • I had faith, and I was not healed

    I had faith, and I was not healed

    Reverend Michael Cocks editor of The Grounds of Faith based out of Christchurch, New Zealand, writers—I have a friend who is a Pentecostal missionary in Brazil, and he conducts very large meetings where those present are invited to come up for the laying on of hands and for healing.

  • Best article 'reviews' a hit

    Best article 'reviews' a hit

    The editors of the Press Service International young writer program with Christian Today met on 3 June at One Day in Melbourne—determined—every second week a previous 'top article' be reviewed—in the weekly young writer memo.

  • Details of the young writers conference

    Details of the young writers conference

    The Press Service International young writer program in conjunction with Christian Today is set for Saturday, 12 August at the Alexandra Park Conference Centre at Alexandra Headland on the Sunshine Coast.

  • One week to the young writer Logies

    One week to the young writer Logies

    The Press Service International young writer program in conjunction with Christian Today has two 'statisticians' for the annual young writer conference 'awards' – one is based in Australia and the other in New Zealand.

  • Basil Sellers $2000 Midge Point Art Prize - the winner...

    Basil Sellers $2000 Midge Point Art Prize - the winner...

    Jill Liepertz's art work 'Abandoned Settlers Cottage' has won the 2017 Basil Sellers $2000 Art Prize held at the Point Tavern over the weekend – the 2017 theme was 'the outback'.

  • Footplate Padre frightened by level crossings

    Footplate Padre frightened by level crossings

    As the Footplate Padre I have written on this subject of level crossings many times. This is nothing new. To illustrate, in 2010 the Tasmanian secular media highlighted level crossings with such accidents.

  • 5th Basil Sellers Art Prize – Midge Point

    5th Basil Sellers Art Prize – Midge Point

    The 5th The Point Tavern - Basil Sellers $2000 Midge Point Art Prize 'winner' will be announced in two days, 11.00am Saturday 29 July at The Point Tavern over a morning tea.

  • The Citroen – technologically years ahead

    The Citroen – technologically years ahead

    This is the second time I have written of the classic Citroen DS. James May's YouTube video on the Citroen DS is introduced by looking at a wall with photographs of modern vehicles with the latest of technologies and exclaiming a question – What if all these things were in one vehicle.

  • Best Articles a big deal

    Best Articles a big deal

    The Press Service International young writer program in conjunction with Christian Today has a major awards feature at its annual conference, that of Best Articles of each young writer.

  • Young writer conference seminars

    Young writer conference seminars

    The 2017 annual young writer conference is being held at the Alexander Park Conference Centre at Alexander Headland on Saturday 12 August only three weeks away with a 'splendid' program.

  • Baptists urge focus on domestic violence in church life

    Baptists urge focus on domestic violence in church life

    NSW Baptists' Director of Ministries Steve Bartlett circulated a letter to ministers and churches on the ABC article and 7.30 Report story Wednesday evening highlighting the issue of domestic violence in Christian churches in Australia.

  • Where are they now?

    Where are they now?

    The young writer program with Christian Today has had many winners of the Basil Sellers Awards and like school reunions, we ask 'Where are they now?' 

  • 40 sec video on up-coming young writer's conference

    40 sec video on up-coming young writer's conference

    Video producer Bridget Brenton has again set aside time to release the 40 sec video on up-coming young writers conference on the Sunshine Coast.

  • Overview of the young writer program

    Overview of the young writer program

    One of the Press Service International team Rebecca Moore has spoken at a number of Christian functions about her recent book and sought from me a brief overview of the young writer program with Christian Today for her presentations.

  • Cross Tasman rail holiday trips promoted in New Zealand and Australia

    Cross Tasman rail holiday trips promoted in New Zealand and Australia

    As a regular reader of the New Zealand Herald I am constantly delighted to see promotions Australian rail journeys such as The Spirit of Queensland tourist train that takes in the Brisbane to Cairns route with tourist stops in between.

  • One month to young writers conference – Sunshine Coast

    One month to young writers conference – Sunshine Coast

    The 2017 Press Service International in conjunction with Christian Today the anual 'Young Writer Conference' is one month away, Saturday 12 August at the Alexander Park Conference Centre, Alexander Headland, Sunshine Coast.

  • The Everywhere God

    The Everywhere God

    Editor of New Zealand's 'Ground of Faith' the Reverend Michael Cocks cites Psalm 139 says it: “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?"

  • Young writer 'awards' consistently a mystery

    Young writer 'awards' consistently a mystery

    The Press Service International young writer awards have consistently had an enthusiastic touch – and no less this year leading up to the annual young writers conference on the Sunshine Coast - Saturday 12 August.

  • New young writers in the Australian program

    New young writers in the Australian program

    The 2017 Australian young writer program has shaped up well with quite a number of new young writers this year.

  • Virginity at the alter

    Virginity at the alter

    Over a life time of 40 years in Christian ministry it has been one of my responsibilities to answer this question, an issue that most Christian parents are immensely concerned about for their young people, let alone young people themselves.

  • Finding husband statistics

    Finding husband statistics

    A few years ago the secular press commented on a mother, a distinguished person in her own right, who made obvious observations about marriage statistical analysis for young women at Princeton.

  • Christian Today New Zealand much progress

    Christian Today New Zealand much progress

    Christian Today New Zealand commenced on 13 February 2017 – each day there is a young writer article (1), one original 2012 young writer from Christian Today Australia (2) and a feature article published in both Christian Today Australia and Christian Today New Zealand (3).

  • Footplate Padre' – the story of the debaters

    Footplate Padre' – the story of the debaters

    The Footplate Padre has written sixteen books on railways, more specifically, train driver's anecdotes, and these books served a niche market in the 1980's and 1990's, ranging from titles such as "Driving Trains the Australian Way", "Old Stories Steamy," "Railway Chronicles" and "Train Driver's Stories" to list four.

  • Sport writers continued adventure

    Sport writers continued adventure

    The Press Service International sport young writers program with Christian Today Australia and Christian Today New Zealand has seen strong and bold articles to date and the second half of the year seems just as fulfilling.

  • Elevate Christian Disability Trust

    Elevate Christian Disability Trust

    Who would have thought that a “failed” visit to miracle meetings in California would eventually be a catalyst for a New Zealand disability ministry that would encourage people in over forty nations? 

  • New Zealanders and the Bible

    New Zealanders and the Bible

    Bible Society New Zealand (BSNZ) says the Bible is 'Good for Life' and wants to encourage everyone to read it in this year’s Bible Month starting 1 July in churches throughout New Zealand.

  • Ramon Williams – Influential Australian Christian

    Ramon Williams – Influential Australian Christian

    A tribute to Influential Australian Christians posted: "Ramon Williams (1931 - ) Christian publisher - The Australasian Religious Press Association takes great pleasure in honouring Ramon Williams with a “Special Citation for exceptionally meritorious service to the Christian community, and specifically to Chris".

  • Big turn out by South Australians

    Big turn out by South Australians

    The 2017 annual young writers conference is on Saturday 12 August on the Sunshine Coast and much preparation has been unrelenting to ensure the program runs smoothly.

  • Quotes that influenced nations

    Quotes that influenced nations

    News.com featured some time ago an article on the '25 best Movie Entertainment Oscar quotes' of all time. That had me pondering on the most poignant Christian quotes. I wrote a similar piece way back in 2012 and thought I might update it.

  • Young writer editor lunch

    Young writer editor lunch

    Lunch on 3 June at the One Day in Melbourne conference for 'mission media' saw the 'editors of the young writer program' with Christian Today discuss aspects of their ministries.

  • 1 min video released - One Day in Melbourne

    1 min video released - One Day in Melbourne

    A 1 minute video has now been released on the recent One Day in Melbourne held at the Moonee Ponds Salvation Army on Saturday 3 June.

  • Laguna Quays Respite missions ministry

    Laguna Quays Respite missions ministry

    The Whitsundays Laguna Quays Respite coordinated by Well-Being Australia for missions now in its sixth year has proven to be a lovely break away for a wide range of those in Christian service.

  • Internationals young writers wonderful assets

    Internationals young writers wonderful assets

    The international young writers in Press Service International (PSI) continues to shine – in this new era there are 12 of them and a sport writer.

  • Two months to young writers conference – Sunshine Coast

    Two months to young writers conference – Sunshine Coast

    The 2017 Press Service International in conjunction with Christian Today 'Young Writer Conference' is two months away, Saturday 12 August at the Alexander Park Conference Centre, Alexander Headland, Sunshine Coast.

  • Israel's population a talking point

    Israel's population a talking point

    Recently I was sent an article relating to Israel's Population – the latest Census puts its population at 8.7 Million on Eve of 69th Independence Day.

  • Australian young writers extends to 5 week Cycles

    Australian young writers extends to 5 week Cycles

    The Press Service International young writer program in conjunction with Christian Today Australia and Christian Today New Zealand has witnessed a wonderful development – the Australian young writers now have a fifth week.

  • CoolyRocksOn open-air church service 'awash'

    CoolyRocksOn open-air church service 'awash'

    The 2017 CoolyRocksOn open air church service was 'awash' as the heavens opened Saturday afternoon and into the evening and the open air Thrifty Stage electrics exploding  -  causing officials to cancel every 'event' 'til 12noon on Sunday 11 June.

  • John Sandeman was top draw at One Day in Melbourne

    John Sandeman was top draw at One Day in Melbourne

    On Monday in my overarching article, I wrote of John Sandeman, he started the One Day in Melbourne with the morning session. John was a senior journalist with Fairfax for 30 years and brought those skills in establishing the Eternity magazine and its Online version along with its Friday Email with key note stories.

  • CoolyRocksOn Church Service on Sunday

    CoolyRocksOn Church Service on Sunday

    CoolyRocksOn 'Australia's coolest and biggest 50s & 60's Nostalgia Festival 3-12 June held at Gold Coast's Coolangatta with 150,000 visitors is once again hosting the CoolyRocksOn church service 8.30am Sunday 11 June.

  • John Lemmon – Blogging philosophy - One Day in Melbourne

    John Lemmon – Blogging philosophy - One Day in Melbourne

    John Lemmon was the fourth and final ministry philosophy presentation at One Day in Melbourne, that of blogging in a Christian context.

  • The Rev Michael Cocks' story

    The Rev Michael Cocks' story

    Michael Cocks is a fourth generation Anglican priest in the Diocese of Christchurch, and shares with his father, Maurice, a desire to explore the spiritual experiences which lie behind the teachings of Christianity.

  • Cheryl McGrath highlights CMS philosophy at One Day in Melbourne

    Cheryl McGrath the Communications Coordinator at CMS in Melbourne (Church Missionary Society) spoke to the One Day in Melbourne gathering on Saturday, her subject Mission Publication Philosophy and in this directed her session on CMS.

  • One Day in Melbourne – 4 massive presentations

    One Day in Melbourne – 4 massive presentations

    2017 One Day in Melbourne's saw four presentations of professional authority for the delegates who came to hear the latest on On-line Ministry – focusing in on Australia's forgotten Christian media – Mission publication editors, Social Media maverns, Writers, Editors, Bloggers and small Christian publications.

  • One Day in Melbourne – 10.30am Saturday

    One Day in Melbourne – 10.30am Saturday

    John Sandeman 'Eternity' editor will inevitably hold the morning session spellbound as is his custom, at the 2017 'One Day in Melbourne' on Saturday 3 June – register today.

  • Citizens Arrest – legal nightmare

    Citizens Arrest – legal nightmare

    Recently I heard a discussion on citizens arrest on radio national and it alerted me to an article I wrote way back in 2013.

  • The mango tree at Laguna Quays Respite

    The mango tree at Laguna Quays Respite

    The Whitsundays Laguna Quays Respite for missions survived Cyclone Debbie but left its mango tree worst for wear. It's tap root was snapped.

  • Still time to register for One Day in Melbourne – Sat 3 June

    Still time to register for One Day in Melbourne – Sat 3 June

    There remains time to register for 'One Day in Melbourne' for this Saturday 3 June after last year's inaugural on-line media presentations applauded as "an astonishing and remarkable day" by the 50 mission agency representatives and bloggers who attended.

  • A reflection on Purim

    A reflection on Purim

    The joyous Jewish Purim celebration, acknowledges the story of Esther and how as Queen she saved her people in ancient Persia, concludes on 1 March each year. Now, almost four months later, is a good time to reflect on this.

  • Leaps and bounds for Christian Today New Zealand

    Leaps and bounds for Christian Today New Zealand

    Christian Today New Zealand commenced on 13 February 2017 with one young writer article, one original 2012 Kiwi young writer from Christian Today Australia and a feature article published in both Christian Today Australia and Christian Today New Zealand.

  • Light is a problem - pollution

    Light is a problem - pollution

    When I hear the word 'pollution', I think of dirty smokestacks, smoggy cities, dumped rubbish lying around the countryside or washed up on the beach. I do not think of bright, clean light.

  • Moving on – a discussion

    Moving on – a discussion

    One phrase from a classic situation relates to a universal experience of multiple dramas is this: “Maybe government had hurt him, but that was life: it was time to sell up and move on.”

  • The 'Eternity' team at One Day in Melbourne – Sat 3 June

    The 'Eternity' team at One Day in Melbourne – Sat 3 June

    John Sandeman and his Eternity team are taking the morning session of the 2017 'One Day in Melbourne' scheduled for Saturday 3 June after last year's inaugural on-line media presentations applauded as "an astonishing and remarkable day" by the 50 mission agency representatives and bloggers who attended.

  • The Soap

    The Soap

    The Italian media went berserk and with good reason. A true life soap opera was played out on the world stage!

  • “No cost” to One Day in Melbourne – Saturday 3 June – Mooney Ponds

    “No cost” to One Day in Melbourne – Saturday 3 June – Mooney Ponds

    There is “no cost” for the 2017 'One Day in Melbourne' scheduled for Saturday 3 June after last year's inaugural on-line media presentations applauded as "an astonishing and remarkable day" by the 50 mission agency representatives and bloggers who attended.

  • The family

    The family

    Here is a turn up! A recent survey conducted by the The Sunday Telegraph has illustrated that in this new 21st century, 98.8% of people can't wait to get home 'to the family' and the love of 'family meal time'.

  • Dust to dust: real life forensic science studies.

    Dust to dust: real life forensic science studies.

    As a Minister of 40 years no one will be surprised if I bring to your attention the numbers of funerals undertaken and the ministry to mourning families. The number of times I have said those bible words ..... Dust to Dust, Ashes to Ashes.

  • Bit tricky, but not difficult

    Bit tricky, but not difficult

    Recently there was another case where someone masqueraded themselves as a doctor. A few years ago there was a fake doctor who worked at the Alice Springs Hospital in the Northern Territory. More recently another one on the Gold Coast.

  • The Botanic Gardens - 2

    The Botanic Gardens - 2

    In Australia, we are into 'Autumn', which is the very best time of year for gardening. As the heat and humidity finally recede, many of our flowers show their magnificence.

  • Panellists past the half way mark

    Panellists past the half way mark

    The Panellists for the young writer annual awards are past the half way point – there are four sets of panellists – these are the people who read and then mark the articles for the first six months of 2017 - for determinations for the presentations at the Sunshine Coast conference on 12 August.

  • Botanical Gardens

    Botanical Gardens

    In Australia, we are into 'Autumn', which is the very best time of year for gardening. As the heat and humidity finally recede, many of our flowers show their magnificence.

  • Three weeks to One Day in Melbourne – Saturday 3 June

    Three weeks to One Day in Melbourne – Saturday 3 June

    2017 'One Day in Melbourne' is three weeks away – a day focusing on the 'forgotten Christian media' - Saturday 3 June - after last year's inaugural on-line media presentations applauded by the 50 mission agency representatives and bloggers who attended.

  • Melbourne caught our attention

    Melbourne caught our attention

    The dramatic arrest of young Muslim men from Lebanese background some 2nd generation Australians, in Melbourne on 23 December two days before Christmas - planning to do enormous damage to major Christmas celebration sites caught the nation's attention.

  • Fancy Dress catches a rural community's spirit

    Fancy Dress catches a rural community's spirit

    The Whitsundays 'Midge Point' Arts and Business Communities inaugural Fancy Dress afternoon tea was held at The Point Tavern yesterday afternoon.

  • The Resurrection and “Near-death experiences in New Zealand”

    The Resurrection and “Near-death experiences in New Zealand”

    Who wouldn’t be fascinated by tales of people crossing over to the other side and coming back to tell the tale?

  • What our Kiwi young writers eat

    What our Kiwi young writers eat

    An article in the NZ Herald on what New Zealander's purchase in their grocery trolley's sparked my interest whether this coincided with our Kiwi young writers, a good spectrum from Auckland down to Christchurch.

  • New Zealand Salvation Army's Christina Tyson to head international young writer 'Awards Commission'

    New Zealand Salvation Army's Christina Tyson to head international young writer 'Awards Commission'

    An international young writer 'Awards Commission' has been established to look afresh at the 'awards' structure for 2018 and onwards and the chair is Major Christina Tyson the Salvation Army Media Unit head.

  • Bible Society New Zealand still spreading the Good News

    Bible Society New Zealand still spreading the Good News

    Bible Society New Zealand (BSNZ) is one of the biggest Christian charities in New Zealand. This year they celebrate their 171st year of operation, making them one of the oldest organisations in the country.

  • 1 min Video on Forgotten Christian Media - One Day in Melbourne

    1 min Video on Forgotten Christian Media - One Day in Melbourne

    The 1 min video for 'One Day in Melbourne' aimed at the 'forgotten Christian media' on Saturday 3 June has been released.

  • The church and remarkable women

    The church and remarkable women

    There are times when remarkable gems unexpectedly pop up in the secular media about the Christian church – gems that would never be tolerated in Christian media - and this one hit me square in the eye - and a great 'secret truth' was revealed.

  • Footplate Padre alarm – bringing a train to a stand

    Footplate Padre alarm – bringing a train to a stand

    As the Footplate Padre I am able to announce that it takes kilometres to bring a train to a halt, not metres. This is reality. This is one of the most difficult concepts for the public to comprehend.

  • New Zealand Christian Writers — a must for aspiring writers

    New Zealand Christian Writers — a must for aspiring writers

    Debbie McDermott was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where she met and married her husband Sean in 1990 and subsequently migrated to New Zealand.

  • ANZAC is our 'survival' sacred day

    ANZAC is our 'survival' sacred day

    As a nation, we hold two very significant dates as public holidays. One is religious (Easter) and the other is national (Anzac Day).

  • A special day - Anzac

    A special day - Anzac

    My son who lived in England for seven years, explained that in the UK, our equivalent of Anzac Day (April 25th – the day the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps – ANZAC – landed at Gallipoli), is Remembrance Day, also called Armistice Day.

  • Lonely at the top – subtle ANZAC reflection

    Lonely at the top – subtle ANZAC reflection

    Consider those amazing women who choose the world of leadership in whatever field of endeavour - wherein they compete against the forces of nature, family responsibility, gender bias, historical demands, spending time away from home, and the stamina required for such a high level decision making.

  • One Day in Melbourne – Saturday 3 June – Moonee Ponds

    One Day in Melbourne – Saturday 3 June – Moonee Ponds

    2017 'One Day in Melbourne' aimed to the 'forgotten Christian media' is on Saturday 3 June 10.30am at the Salvation Army Moonee Ponds.

  • 1 min video – launch of Christian Today New Zealand

    1 min video – launch of Christian Today New Zealand

    'Christian Today New Zealand' (CTNZ) was launched last weekend with a fanfare of speeches to see this fresh addition to the CMCI come online (Christian Media Corporation International).

  • The ground of faith

    The ground of faith

    Meet any serious Pentecostal and attend their mega worship drama and be certain to hear someone, anyone really, get up where they are and reveal some vision, a prophecy, or a dream.

  • Australians more envious than Kiwis

    Australians more envious than Kiwis

    British researches claim that not only are Australians the worst of all sinners, according to their definitions, the greatest sin of Australians is envy.

  • How vaccinations help keep us healthy

    How vaccinations help keep us healthy

    A couple of years ago, I wrote two articles about the effectiveness of modern vaccines. This is a revision of the second (more scientific) article, with the inclusion of some recent research. Being Easter, I thought this an important topic – death to life.

  • A question that requires an answer – Easter reflection

    A question that requires an answer – Easter reflection

    Easter brings a focus to many issues that surround us and this too is one of them. Recently I was reading an article that originated with the American Tinker, therefore American focused, but as I read it though, in my view, it applies to all of the West including Australia.

  • 2017 young writer conference - 12 August

    2017 young writer conference - 12 August

    Press Service International in conjunction with Christian Today – announces the 2017 young writer conference - this year at the Alexander Headland Conference Centre on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday 12 August.

  • 12,000 youth to encounter Luke’s Gospel this Easter

    12,000 youth to encounter Luke’s Gospel this Easter

    Bible reading barriers are being directly addressed by Bible Society in this year’s Easter Gospel distributed at Easter camps around New Zealand.

  • Surviving Cyclone Debbie – Laguna Quays Respite

    Surviving Cyclone Debbie – Laguna Quays Respite

    Cyclone Debbie struck the Whitsundays Islands and mainland from 25-29 March bringing devestation in its wake with winds of up to 257ks with a huge impact of torrential rain.

  • Easter Reflection - Auschwitz

    Easter Reflection - Auschwitz

    It was a remarkable occasion! The March of the Living, 2005, Auschwitz, Poland, for the 60thanniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp. I placed a wooden commemorative plaque at the entrance to Auschwitz Birkenau.

  • Replacement theology – a different angle – 3

    Replacement theology – a different angle – 3

    Replacement Theology at Morling theological college was taught as Super-succession-ism – that Christ at the cross “superseded” the Old Covenant and at that point the Chosen People played no further part in the human processes of Salvation and lost their special place within the economy of God.

  • Wholeness

    Wholeness

    Wholeness, according to the dictionary, is a state of total well-being. As Christians we know that the only source of complete well-being, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, is God Himself.

  • Replacement theology challenged – 2

    Replacement theology challenged – 2

    Replacement Theology at Morling theological college was taught as Super-succession-ism – that Christ at the cross “superseded” the Old Covenant and at that point the Chosen People played no further part in the human processes of Salvation and lost their special place within the economy of God.

  • Replacement Theology Challenged – Part 1

    Replacement Theology Challenged – Part 1

    Replacement Theology at Morling theological college was taught as Super-succession-ism – that Christ at the cross “superceded” the Old Covenant and at that point the Chosen People played no further part in the human processes of Salvation and lost their special place within the economy of God.

  • Business: The Unreached People Group

    Business: The Unreached People Group

    Windsor Park Baptist Church is one of the largest Baptist churches in New Zealand and it’s 65-year history is one marked with change and innovation.

  • An old story... but too true

    An old story... but too true

    The Conversation recently revealed something we've all known for “donkey's years” that in rural Australia / New Zealand the hairdressers, bank managers, agriculture suppliers and vets have a crucial yet often overlooked role in looking after the mental health of their community.

  • Majdanek

    Majdanek

    The Majdanek Concentration Camp was visited when I was invited by Bridges for Peace, a Christian Mission based in Jerusalem, to be part of a 48 person international delegation which also included Auschwitz's 60th liberation anniversary and the 2005 March of the Living.

  • Rhema Media, NZ Christian Writers, and Justin St. Vincent

    Rhema Media, NZ Christian Writers, and Justin St. Vincent

    Earning his BSc (Hons) degree in American Business Studies, Justin St Vincent has also graduated from Youth With A Mission’s Discipleship Training School (YWAM DTS) from the University of the Nations in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

  • Mystique

    Mystique

    Mystique is a word that accurately describes my feelings in 1999, when the Messianic Christian Israeli tour guide led our group through a small doorway adjacent to the Wailing Wall, which symbolises the ‘promise’ of the rebuilding of the Temple on Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

  • Laguna Quays Respite for missions

    Laguna Quays Respite for missions

    The Whitsundays Laguna Quays Respite for missions 2 min video is just one of the recent developments on its ministry for missionaries, home missions, church full time personnel.

  • Launched – Christian Today New Zealand

    Launched – Christian Today New Zealand

    Christian Today New Zealand was launched on Saturday at 'Timeout in the Tweed' with persons from Christchurch, Sydney, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Tweed Heads and Mozambique.

  • Official launch celebrations – Christian Today New Zealand

    Official launch celebrations – Christian Today New Zealand

    This Saturday 25 March the official launch celebrations of 'Christian Today New Zealand' is being held on the Gold Coast as its being combined with an update of the '2017 young writers conference' on the Sunshine Coast set for Saturday 12 August.

  • Survey: Homemaking is back on the agenda

    Survey: Homemaking is back on the agenda

    A recent News.com article claims that a growing number of Generation Y young women are right now or planning to be 'homemakers' and not in any shape for form establishing a career.

  • NZ holiday survey opposite to missions

    NZ holiday survey opposite to missions

    A recent NZ Herald article listed from a travel destination survey, New Zealand's favourite holiday destinations overseas and the list of places within New Zealand they favour.

  • Benhadad counted his chickens before they hatched

    Benhadad counted his chickens before they hatched

    "Counting your chickens before they've hatched" is as true today as it has always been, as even explained in the Bible, says Well-Being Australia chairman Mark Tronson.

  • Un-tempted or untried

    Un-tempted or untried

    Recently Well-Being Australia chairman Mark Tronson, a retired Baptist minister was reading 'Dr Joseph Parker', one of the recognised great English preachers of the second half of the 1800s in London.

  • Olympic cities provide evangelism opportunities

    Olympic cities provide evangelism opportunities

    News Daily recently published an article how the citizens of a growing number of the world's most significant cities are objecting to an Olympic Games coming to their country.

  • Two new panellists for New Zealand young writers

    Two new panellists for New Zealand young writers

    NZ panellists in the Press Service International 'Kiwi young writer program' with Christian Today New Zealand has two additions.

  • Fathers and daughters—important links

    Fathers and daughters—important links

    Quote from a few years ago—"Dad came to speak at the school where I teach," says the 20-year-old history teacher (Daisy Turnbull Brown, married daughter of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

  • A philosophy of Kiwi sport

    A philosophy of Kiwi sport

    New Zealand, in relationship to population is way ahead in the prowess in international sporting performances.

  • Insights from Greco-Roman Times – A Christian Response

    Insights from Greco-Roman Times – A Christian Response

    Author Rex Dale's new release "Insights From Greco-Roman Times – A Christian Response" is well worth a read to get a grasp on how people before the time of Christ thought about life and how to deal with its mysteries.

  • Femininity back on the agenda

    Femininity back on the agenda

    Femininity is alive and well – the fashion industry thrives on it, the boutique business world depends upon it, social media is full of it, it heralds a woman's sex appeal and the Bible says it is God's wonderful gift to women.

  • First To Forty

    First To Forty

    First to Forty is a discovery of a life, love, hope and happiness that leads you home.

  • C.A.R.D. - Christian Article Registry Depository - new entries

    C.A.R.D. - Christian Article Registry Depository - new entries

    C.A.R.D. - Christian Article Registry Depository – has received numerous additional writer's name from 'One Day in Melbourne – Evangelicals Online' held in April.

  • New Zealand ranked No 3 – a happy bunch

    New Zealand ranked No 3 – a happy bunch

    New Zealand has once again been deemed in the highest 3 as the richest, happiest, healthiest and most prosperous with the naming of the world's 25 top such countries.

  • New Zealand initiates tourist rail pedal trikes rather than pulling up the railway for bicycle trails

    New Zealand initiates tourist rail pedal trikes rather than pulling up the railway for bicycle trails

    An innovative move on behalf of rail lovers in New Zealand on disused rail tracks has been to introduce rail pedal trikes – keeps the perway for future rail re-usage and invents a whole new tourist bonanza.

  • A just weight and balance are the Lord's

    A just weight and balance are the Lord's

    Well-Being Australia chairman Mark Tronson says that there have been numerous legal proceedings associated with alleged physical abuse, substance abuse and illegal betting linked to the sporting field, all presumably when rules of a particular sport have been breached in some way.

  • Empty – a sensitive book on miscarriage

    Empty – a sensitive book on miscarriage

    Kerryn Polkington says 14 years ago, just days before Mother's Day, she had a miscarriage at 10.5 weeks. 10 years ago, again just before Mother's Day, she had another miscarriage at 6 weeks.

  • Tourism New Zealand... Wow!

    Tourism New Zealand... Wow!

    In this column over the years I have celebrated the various aspects of tourism in New Zealand but a recent article has highlighted how important tourism is.

  • Millennials ditching social media components

    Millennials ditching social media components

    Huffingtonpost recently ran an article on the huge numbers of young people who are ditching social media, well one or two types of it.

  • Kiwi young writer program for 2017

    Kiwi young writer program for 2017

    The 2017 young writer program is shaping up nicely for the Kiwi young writers, one of the four groups within Press Service International's young writer program in conjunction with Christian Today Australia and Christian Today New Zealand.

  • Irenie How: tuition on Christian Today New Zealand

    Irenie How: tuition on Christian Today New Zealand

    Irenie How the Kiwi young writer program 'editor' from Christchurch was flown to Sydney over the weekend to undertake tuition on Christian Today New Zealand online 'uploading'.

  • Competition – does it relate to the Bible?

    Competition – does it relate to the Bible?

    From Genesis to Revelation the concept of competition reigns as part of the economy of God as the unfolding story of the Salvation of men and women takes us on a journey from Adam and Eve through the final triumph of righteousness in The Revelation.