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Online Magazine: Edition 74

Summer (Dec-Feb) 2022/23

Welcome to the Seventy-fourth Edition of the Online Magazine of the Thornleigh Seventh-day Adventist Church.



Welcome to the summer edition of our online magazine. 

The initial results of the 2021 Australian census have recently been released, providing a feeding frenzy for demographers.  This year's census has revealed, for the first time, that a majority of Australians do not identify as Christian. [1]

When the first census was conducted in 1911, 96 per cent of Australians listed a form of Christianity as their religion, and you can see from the graph below, the escalating downwards trend in later years.  [2]

With these results, Australia can hardly continue to consider itself to be a Christian nation.  This then begs the question of what this mean for the way that we as Christians live out our identity?  May I make two suggestions that immediately come to mind for me.

Times have changed and they will continue to change, with an expectation of a continuation of the trend in the next census.  It makes one stop and think, that perhaps, I may be the only picture that some people see of the representation of Christ.  Such a huge responsibility against such inadequacy. 

In the light on this, may I ask of you two things:





In this Edition

About Time - by Annette Stafford

Annette writes of the fleeting nature of time and reminds us to fix our priorities on the one who created time. 

Is there Life After Death? - Ryan Stanton (Writing for "Sings of the Times")

Ryan takes inspiration from his passion for science fiction in investigating the Christian concept of life after death.

Book Review - Healing Lives by Sue Williams

Our resident book reviewer introduces us to a book that shows how true friendship can grow between people whose lives are so very different.

Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes - Erica Green

Our recipe column for this edition goes all out with four vegan salads just in time for summer.

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