News Update - life, change and death

There's always a lot going on...

vishal1. Dr Vishal Mangalwadi's visit to Australia
Dr Vishal Mangalwadi is a Christian worldview thinker. Born and raised in India, he studied philosophy at universities, in Hindu ashrams, and at L'Abri Fellowship in Switzerland (established by Francis Schaeffer). [See bio on his website.] Vishal now lives in the USA and is concerned about the decline of the West.Vishal is visiting Australia on the 'Truth Transformation Tour' from 8 - 16 October 2011 - giving lectures and meeting with politicians.

Vishal's Schedule - he will be in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and a few other locations... (click link for schedule)
In addition, he will be speaking in Adelaide at FamilyVoice's seminar:
Thursday 13 October
-10 am 12.30 pm, at Edwardstown Baptist Church, cnr Rothesay Ave and Dorene St, St Marys.
Followed by a light lunch.
Registration is $30 and helps cover international airfares and a light lunch. 
Register online or phone the FAVA office on 1300 365 965. The close of registration is Monday 10 October.

Vishal has written books on how Christianity transforms society.
For more information, read the E-News we sent out... E-News: Vishal Mangalwadi  - 'Truth and Transformation Tour'

Vishal has written an article on Online Opinion about Andrew Bolt's legal case - and law and grace - click here to read and comment.

2. Study: Homosexuals can change
A peer-reviewed study will be published in the October 2011 issue of the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy that shows people change from a 'homosexual orientation'. The study followed people over a six year period. There were 98 subjects. In our article in our November 2011 journal, we note that 61 people completed the six years assessment - with 37 or so dropping out of the program.
[Ed: unfortunately, the number of people completing the assessment was initially not included in this online article]
Of the 61 people, 23 % reported a complete change in orientation after six years. An additional 30% reported stable behavioural chastity with substantive disidentification with homosexual orientation, while 20 % reported giving up the struggle to change.

The researchers, Dr Stanton Jones, a psychologist at Wheaton College and Dr Mark Yarhouse of Regent University, published their three-year findings of the group in a book in 2007 - Ex-Gays? A Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation, InterVarsity Press.
* Read the Focus on the Family report - click here.
* Read more about the Study on the website set up by the study authors: Ex-Gays Longitudinal Study Site
* You can read the Study's Synopsis and Reports - click here.

3. On death and eternal life
Steve Jobs, the man behind the Apple Mac, the ipod and more, has died. He resigned as Apples's CEO in August 2011 after being ill for several years from cancer. Read report.

Death reminds us of the fragility of life.

Last week we attended the funeral of our friend and former Board Member Aaldrick Nap-Bleidick. It was a celebration of his life and his passion for Jesus Christ and "to take as many people with him as he could" once he came to know Christ later in life. Our sincere sympathies go to his wife, Joan, who was also on our Board. Aaldrick was confident of his future in heaven.

This week, Cameron, our Resistance Thinking co-ordinator, has done a video on death and loss. One of his good friends died this week, aged 22. A friend of his fiancee's died a couple of weeks ago - a 32 year-old Muslim woman who took her own life. Cameron contrasts their situations - and reminds us of the assurance of eternal life that Christianity offers.
Watch the video - click here.

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