Eli is eight years old. He has been diagnosed with depression. And, like it is for anyone with this diagnosis, depression is a daily battle for Eli. His father is essentially absent. His single mother is single-handedly raising three children, working full-time, and trying to do the impossible; stay calm and level while doing it all. Continue reading “Helping Your Child with Depression”
By now everyone should be aware of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Whilst the immediate concerns are real and require wisdom, prayer and action by individuals, governments and organisations; I’m left thinking about the long term impact on society as a whole. Continue reading “Spread the Gospel, Not COVID-19”
By: Laura Bennett
In recent years talking about mental health has become a top priority. Campaigns like ‘RUOK Day’ and organisations like Headspace have brought issues that were once taboo into the spotlight, where they can be addressed, managed and hopefully resolved. Continue reading “Boosting Your Happiness: The 6 Keys to Mental Health Resilience”
By: Akos Balogh
I’m guessing you’re starting to feel a little nervous.
The Coronavirus situation seems to be escalating day by day. Continue reading “Dear Christian, When The Pandemic Hits, This Is Our Time”
By: Collett Smart
Like many reading this, I am a parent to 3 children – and the talk of COVID-19 hasn’t left our house much in the last few weeks, especially since the flow of information (and misinformation) has picked up. It’s difficult to ignore isn’t it? Continue reading “What to Say to Children and Teens About COVID-19”
By: Clare Bruce
With sweeping footage from across the globe, stories from across history, interviews with expert theologians, and a soundtrack to move the heart, Karl Faase is hoping to re-ignite the Australian church’s passion for missions and evangelism. Continue reading “Christianity is Global, Only Because Regular People Have Said ‘Yes’ to God”
One of the key definers of 21st-century workplaces is ‘diversity’. A major component being how women are represented in the workplace, in overall participation and in leadership roles. Continue reading “Women Make Up 47% of the Workforce but Underrepresented in Leadership”
By: Susan Joy
This delicious, healthy dip is packed full of essential nutrients and antioxidants from the earthy, sweet beetroot. The apple cider vinegar and lemon juice work so well with the sweet beets. Serve with a variety of vegetable sticks and sliced pear or apple. Continue reading “Beetroot Dip”
By: Kim Wilkinson
Would you ever think of zombies and superheroes when describing the Easter story to a child?
It is an unusual story. A man nailed to a cross and left to die, stabbed in his side to check he is dead. A curtain ripping in two. And then this same man coming back to life, with the injuries still visible, but able to eat, drink, walk, talk….and vanish only to reappear a distance away.
When you think about it, you could understand why a modern day child might consider Jesus to be either a zombie or a superhero or both.
Bible Society Australia engaged renowned children’s author Susannah McFarlane to write an accompanying book to the Who, What, Why, How of Christmas, published for the first time last year. The same children who featured in that book are back this Easter. Once again the cynic Josh struggles with the story.
When Josh learns that Jesus died and came back to life, he immediately suggests that Jesus was a zombie. The narrator is quick to point out two distinct differences:
No, zombies are still dead. Jesus was dead but then was alive again. And, actually, zombies are made-up things, but Jesus is real.
Grace, Abby and Tom also ask questions and seek to understand why Jesus died on the cross, what it means to experience forgiveness and the love that Jesus offers the world. At the end of the story Josh is starting to come around to the power of the story.
We all know Josh’s in our lives. They might be ten or they might be fifty.
We can no longer assume that children understand the Easter story. Here in Australia Easter represents an extended holiday and chocolate eggs brought by an Easter bunny. The religious significance is increasingly lost as less people attend Church.
These books present the Gospel message through the profound questions that children bring and the Narrator’s ability to answer at a level that is age appropriate, without stripping the reconciling gift of God’s grace of its life-giving significance.
Bible Society Australia is giving up to three copies of Who What Why How of Easter away. A copy for you, and two others to give away to families who might not know Jesus or His gift of grace.
There is much to model in this story. The narrator treats each child with respect. No one is ridiculed or dismissed. They are heard.
About the author: Kim Wilkinson is a media and communications professional who specialises in building community and valuable relationships.
By: Sheridan Voysey
Last year an Australian friend came to visit me. When Jason arrived I wasted no time showing him the best of Oxfordshire, taking him to Blenheim Palace, the Bodleian Library, Oxford’s old quarter, and cosy villages with thatched-roof cottages to prove such things really did exist outside of Midsomer Murders reruns. Visits to London, York and Holy Island followed, then some hiking around Northumberland. Continue reading “Want to Feel Happier and Care for the Earth? Do This for Just 20 Seconds a Day”