New Life, Australia'a Christian Newspaper

About New Life

About New Life

New Life is Australia's non/trans/multi/interdenominational news magazine. It aims to bring to people the news the secular media doesn't ordinarily cover: the dreams and achievements of Christians in their everyday lives; news of mission agencies and missionaries; news of the persecuted church and news of Christians who have achieved in their field - whether in business, sport, or the arts. New Life also aims to highlight the Christian perspective in current events and issues.


The editorial in The Keswick Quarterly And Upwey Convention News of November 1935 called for an editor who would start a Christian journal giving news of preachers and workers, evangelists, missions and missionaries, providing book reviews and devotional aids, and giving outspoken and definite Christian witness.

Meanwhile in February 1932 Eric Daley, the son of the editor and publisher of the The Kerang Times, who had worked on that paper, had come to Melbourne to study at the Melbourne Bible Institute (now Melbourne School of Theology). He discovered his talents were not as a preacher, so he returned to his former job in Kerang. John Knox, with whom he had studied at MBI, was keen to start an eight-page newspaper. So that is what these two young men, both in their 20s did. The first edition of The Edifier was published on 10 June 1938.

In July 1939 the format was changed and it became New Life. It had already been commended for its high standards and support of the evangelical faith.

In 1982 Eric Daley was succeeded as editor by the Rev John Coleman but he died only a few years later and Eric again took over the editorship.

The Rev Bob Thomas was appointed editor in 1988, followed by the Rev Ross Prout in 1995 and Mrs Helen Woodall in November 2002. On 30 June 2006 New Life ceased as a weekly newspaper and on 1 July 2006 it began as a fortnightly news magazine under the leadership of a Production Team, Rev Bob Thomas and Drs Clifford and Barbara Wilson.

New Life ceased publication as a printed magazine on 31 December 2010, but reopened as an email and web-based publication on 1 March 2011, again with Rev Bob Thomas as Editor and Dr Clifford Wilson as Associate Editor. Dr Wilson was called Home on 4 April 2012 after faithfully serving beside all of the editors over many years.

New Life now continues to bring news, inspiration and encouragement. It breaks down the isolation of people who are shut in or living in remote parts of the world. It continues to uphold the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord in an ever-changing world.

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Latest News

Cliff Barrows Called Home

Since 1950, Cliff Barrows served as Vice Chairman to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Board of Directors. He was the Music and Program Director for Billy Graham Crusades since 1946 and led congregational singing and Crusade choirs around the world. Through music and the proclamation of the Word, Mr. Barrows and Mr. Graham shared the hope of the Gospel that brought millions to saving faith in Jesus Christ.

Bomb attack on Protestant church in Indonesia kills infant – another blow to religious harmony in the Muslim-majority nation 

A convicted terrorist hurled petrol bombs at a Protestant church in Indonesia on 13 November killing one infant and leaving three others hospitalized with severe burns.

The attacker, a 32-year-old man identified as Johanda, threw several petrol bombs into the parking lot of the Batak Society Christian Church of Oikumene in Samarinda, East Kalimantan province.

Four children playing in the lot were injured and rushed to nearby hospitals. One of them, a two and a half year-old toddler named Intan Olivia Banjarnahor later died on 14 November.

The attack came after tens of thousands of Islamic hard-liners rallied in Jakarta on 5 November calling for the city's Protestant governor to be jailed for blasphemy, or even put to death. Many now worry the Muslim-majority nation might be turning towards extremism.

According to National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian, the bomber was sentenced in 2012 to three years and six months in prison for his involvement in a plot to blow up the Center for Science and Technology Research. He was released on parole two in 2014.

"The perpetrator has been arrested. Please trust law enforcement officers to uncover his [terrorist] network," Indonesian language news site, Tempo, quoted him as saying.

Meanwhile, Samarinda Police Chief Setyobudi Dwiputro claimed the attack was the first terrorist act to have taken place in the province, claiming that East Kalimantan was usually a place of religious tolerance.

The blast resonated right to the top of the Indonesian administration. President Joko Widodo tweeted that the attack must be "investigated thoroughly" on 13 November. 

Reverend Gomar Gultom, general secretary of the Communion of Churches in Indonesia, said that all of Indonesia's religious leaders needed to spread the message of peace, humanity and nationhood. "This is why religions came to this earth," he said. He also entreated the government to prevent similar incidents from happening. 

– Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta, Indonesia