Adult stem cell treatments show promise

The Christian Institute

Scientists have offered hope to people who suffer from blindness and brittle bone disease, as a result of promising new techniques using adult stem cells. The progress affirms the greater effectiveness of adult stem cell research compared to controversial embryonic stem cell research, which also involves the destruction of human embryos.


Objectification of women no problem for the Advertising Standards Board

Melinda Tankard Reist blog

It’s no secret that the advertising industry’s preferred model of regulation, self-regulation, has failed. Despite various government inquiries exploring the many flaws in the current system, as well as condemnation from child health professionals and the Australian Medical Association the advertising industry has been given free reign to regulate themselves to the detriment of the community, in particular, children.

Donor Conception & Surrogacy

Vague surrogacy laws can lead to heartache

Anita Wadhwani - USA Today

A week after giving birth, a Tennessee woman who agreed to be a surrogate for an Italian couple changed her mind. She wanted to keep the baby girl.

Drugs & Alcohol

ACC staff member caught using drugs prompts call for wider tests

Phillip Thomson - SMH

The Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity has called for more "high risk" public service agencies to consider drug testing after a staff member at a major corruption fighting agency was caught out.


What Hillsong says about gays

Eternity newspaper

A Hillsong press conference in New York generated controversy on the weekend, with the conservative First Things magazine declaring “Hillsong shifts on homosexuality.”

On gay marriage and the Hillsong movement: Did Jesus call us to be relevant or biblical?

Michael Brown - Christian Post

Last week, Michael Paulson of The New York Times asked Pastor Brian Houston, founder of the Hillsong movement (which now has congregations in California and New York), "Can your pastors preside at same-sex marriages?" Pastor Houston replied (in part), "It can be challenging for churches to stay relevant. Because many mainstream churches upheld what they would believe is the long established view of what the Bible says about homosexuality. But the world has changed around and about them. . . ."

Idaho ministers face fines, jail time for refusing to perform same-sex ‘marriages’

Dustin Siggins - Life Site News

Ministers in the state of Idaho are facing fines and potential jail time for refusing to perform same-sex “marriages,” even though homosexuality violates their religion.

Prostitution & Sex Trafficking

Somaly Mam Foundation shutters operations

Megan O’Neil - Philanthropy

The Somaly Mam Foundation, an anti-human trafficking organization that was thrust into the spotlight earlier this year after its namesake founder was accused of fabricating parts of her personal biography as a trafficking victim, has been shuttered.

Trafficking Bill: MLAs vote to make paying for sex a crime

Gareth Gordon - BBC News

The Northern Ireland Assembly has voted by 81 to 10 in favour of making it a crime to pay for sex. MLAs spent several hours on Monday debating the measures which formed part of a private member's bill on human trafficking and exploitation.

Religious Freedom & Persecution

Iran sentences church leaders to long prison terms

Stefan J. Bos - BosNewsLife

An Iranian Islamic court has sentenced three leaders of the country's largest evangelical house church movement to six years imprisonment each on charges linked to their Christian activities, BosNewsLife learned Monday, October 20.


Christian Lobby faces conference venue boycott

Matt Akersten - Same Same

Opposition leader Bill Shorten is being urged to cancel his engagement as keynote speaker at this weekend’s Australian Christian Lobby annual conference – and now even the event’s venue is under mounting pressure to break its ties to the increasingly out-on-a-limb church group.

Hyatt Hotel defends booking for Australian Christian Lobby's anti-gay marriage conference

Tom McIlroy and Ben Westcott - Canberra Times

Canberra's Hyatt Hotel says it supports gay and lesbian equality, amid growing criticism of a conference organised by controversial anti-gay marriage campaigners the Australian Christian Lobby.

Conflict or mutual enrichment? Why science and theology need to talk to each other

Alister McGrath - ABC

Most of us know that heart-stopping feeling of awed wonder at the beauty and majesty of nature. I remember well a journey I made across Iran in 1975. I was travelling on an ancient bus in the middle of the night across the desert from Shiraz to Kerman, when its ailing engine finally failed. The passengers left the coach, and wandered around, waiting hopefully for the driver to fix it. I saw the stars that night as I had never seen them before - brilliant, solemn and still, in the midst of a totally dark and silent land.