Thursday, October 30, 2008

Praise God for Hell

I've never really felt this way before, but when I read this article that told of the 4 people who were sexually assaulted in their apartment in Waterloo, it was my first reaction. I don't wish anyone to go to hell, because neither does God. But when I realise how sinful man is, sometimes I am thankful for justice.

While I was trying to type in the labels for this post, I started thinking of me. Now I'm thankful for Jesus.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A 35 hour week?

How many hours a week should a pastor work? If you are going to be a pastor how many hours a week do you expect to work? If you already are a pastor, how many hours do you work on a weekly basis? If you are not in this category, what do you expect of your pastor, or what would your preference be?

Include hospital visits, meetings, sermon prep, Sunday services, the lot!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Where the Hell is Matt?

This video from this website makes me smile and cry at the same time. It could make an alien think that Earth is actually a happy place. I'm totally addicted to his website too, and should probably quit and head to bed soon. Think I might read up on Chile first...

But seriously check it out, I'm certain you will love it.

Edit: PS. I wanted to have the youtube video on my blog, but I couldn't work out how. My sincerest apologies if you had to follow the link to the video, and then didn't enjoy it.

2nd Edit:


Thanks Matt :-)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Poetic justice

It's great when someones word will condemn themselves. Recently I was told I was quite careless. It may have been true, but it sure was great immediately pointing out to the accuser that their pants were on inside-out. It made me happy.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Determining God's particular will

It's easy to know God's general will, it's revealed in the bible. Glorify God, make Christ known, disciples the nations etc etc. But how do you determine his particular will for your life? Missionary, church-planter, tent-maker, secular work, bible teaching, pioneering, youth, children, elderly... All of them are good, Godly things. How therefore do you make the decision(or, submit to God's decision)?

There seem to be different ways. A direct word from God (rare in my experience), or based on your spiritual gifts, your passions. Or perhaps you will go based on the need, or perhaps you choose based on the opportunity that came up at the right time. Which will it be for you?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Divorce

I was speaking to my sister-in-law's Lebanese boyfriend last night. He told me that he could not think of one Lebanese family he knew that was divorced. Compare that with how many families you know of your ethnic origin that have ended in divorce. What's the deal you think?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Discover your chief anxieties and ambitions

One of the best ways to discover a Christian's chief anxieties and ambitions is to study the content of his prayers and the intensity with which he prays them.
John Stott, The Message of Ephesians, BST

If this rebukes you as much as it does me, I hope you pray about it.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

"The era of American global leadership...is over."

US stocks fell by 7 per cent and more than $US1 trillion in value was destroyed as investors despaired. It was one of the biggest one-day falls on Wall Street..."The era of American global leadership, reaching back to the Second World War, is over."
The conservative American commentator (British political philosopher John Gray), one-time adviser to Ronald Reagan and former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan agreed. Comparing the crisis to a devastating hurricane, he said it was "a Katrina-like failure of government, of our political class, and of democracy itself. The party's over. What we are witnessing today is how empires end."

From the SMH



It may be a little exaggerated, I'm sure. But I wonder if some turbulent times are coming for the West in general in the next 5 -10 years.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Fexible Gospel Methods

Mrs Fan worked 12 hours a day, seven days a week developing photos. How could she ever hear the gospel if she was too busy and tired to come to any church activity?Mrs Fan needed someone to go to her and not just to be invited to come and hear.
Sharing with Mrs Fan was a challenge. sometimes there would be 10 interruptions in 10 minutes. Chronological Bible stories, which tell the salvation story from Creation to Jesus, were flexibleenough to cope with the interuptions. Mrs Fan loved the stories and would request another whenever she saw her friend. Gone were the days when I gospel conversation had to be initiated.
Taiwan's Working Class: A Prayer Guide


I love this story, not only because someone is hearing the gospel, but because of the initiative being used by missionaries in Taiwan to reach the working class with the message of Jesus. Things are not exactly the same in Australia (not many work 12 hours a day. God bless you, trade union movement!), but I wonder how flexible we are in order to reach those in our community with the gospel. What do you think some of the ways we need to be flexible in order to reach certain cultures with the gospel?

In Redfern sometimes I wonder if our church service would make many in the community feel uncomfortable. It is very ordered, people stand and sit when told, and are spoken to by a person up the front whose importance demands we be silent and listen. I was reflecting and the only other places this is normal for them is at school and in court, neither being a place they feel too comfortable. This raises questions of whether we should change the service, or work out ways of getting into the community. I.e., being incarnational in our approach to evangelism. Probably both.

Blogging revisited


so true, so true. Not gonna stop me though :-)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Rockabye Baby Radiohead


Noah will one day be as excited as I was when he got this. It is never to early to start him off listening to the greatest band of all time. He'll be waking to this every morning soon.