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Old Charlie: A rich legacy

by Graham McDonald with permission from John Harris, Bible Society Australia  Murabuda Wurramarrba’s son, Tony, reached out and dropped his Order of Australia medal onto his father’s coffin. “He was the better man,” said Tony. “He taught me all I know, and he deserves it more than I do.” Why did Tony demonstrate such deep […]

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Elizabeth Fry: ‘I was in prison and you came to visit me’

by Eleni Arapoglou In a dark, crammed room, the dampness rose like an invisible, oppressive enemy, piercing every joint and bone; while the foul stench of urine, faeces, dirt and sweat completely overwhelmed all the people in the room. Fear replaced sleep, as petty thieves and children endured these miserable conditions side-by-side with convicted murderers. […]

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Evan Roberts: The great Christmas awakening

By Graham McDonald It was Boxing Day, 1903. Around 40,000 people, mainly coalminers, went to the city of Cardiff in Wales (in the United Kingdom) for a big celebration; but, as usually happened, thousands ended up the worse for wear because of their excessive drinking. There was violence and trouble in the streets, and police […]

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Captain Mitsuo Fuchida: Leaving Pearl Harbor and hatred behind

by Tim White Captain Mitsuo Fuchida was more excited than usual as he awoke that morning. As general commander of the air squadron, he made some last-minute checks on intelligence information, then went to warm up his plane. Three hundred and sixty Japanese planes, led by Captain Fuchida, headed towards Hawaii. He knew the goal […]

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Mary MacKillop: Caring for children and the poor

by Annie Hamilton The tiny face of the boy in the rowing boat was screwed up in fear. Every time Mary MacKillop visited the orphanage at Kincumber on the Central Coast of NSW, three boys were sent to Woy Woy to transport her the five kilometres across Brisbane Waters. Two boys rowed, and the other […]

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Alice Ross-King: an ANZAC Story

The Armentières night sky was bright with flames. Bombs fell just behind the trenches, shattering the buildings and setting tents alight. As the raid continued, four nurses dashed in and out of the attack zone, dodging shrapnel from the anti-aircraft guns. They set about rescuing patients by carrying them to safety or placing tables over […]

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Jesus of History

In 2013, Time Magazine published a story with the aim of identifying the Most Significant Person in History.  After comprehensive and detailed research, it concluded that person is Jesus Christ of Nazareth (Time Magazine, 10 December 2013). Google the most significant person in history and you will find that Jesus appears more than any other […]