Monday, February 23, 2009

Youth Ministry needs a fishing pool

Ever since leaving my job at the community centre and scripture in Redfern to go to bible college, getting kids to come to youth has been difficult. Through my previous connections I would meet families and get to know lots of youth in the community, and through this invite them along to youth. Unfortunately college has pulled me out of the community a little, and my fishing pools are no longer there. Youth ministry needs a fishing pool, a place where you can be active and present and let people know who you are.

Redfern needs this even more. Our youth group is unique in that 95 percent of the kids aren't in Christian homes, and don't go to church. Fortunately, Redfern is also unique in that on the whole kids are bored and have a lot of free time, so they are looking for things to do and will come along to almost anything. So with this in mind today we had our first day of Oz tag (without the tags) down at Redfern Park. It was great fun and on the first day we had one boy come along who I've never met before. He asked us what we were doing from his terrace balcony as we walked to the oval, and when we told him he replied "Cool, I'm coming". I'm hoping there will be more of this in the weeks to come so that more kids will come to youth and hear the gospel.

Youth ministry needs a fishing pool

Commenting on blogs

A close friend mentioned my name to one of his peers at college the other day, to which he replied "Wait, Geoff Chambers? Does he comment on a lot of blogs?"

My first thought was that I bet he thinks I'm a tool.

Would anyone else get a similar feeling, or is it just me?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Missional Imperatives

From Shane's blog, in the discussion section, Shane comments;
missional imperative is totally about what you wear, what you eat, whether you are circumcised or not, the length of your hair, how much or how little alcohol you drink- the way you run church.


Why is this so?

What do these things affect in regard to people hearing about Jesus and loving him more?

Is it a New Testament imperative?

Sunday, February 15, 2009

No Bible No Blogs

2008 was the worst year ever for my personal bible reading since becoming a Christian, and it was my first year at Bible College. However I don't think I've ever read so many blogs since becoming a Christian.

I'm going to try and put this motto into practise daily. If I haven't read the bible that day, what the hell am I doing reading blogs??

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Going to the source first

If a church or Christian organisation wants to provide a list of books or articles to inform people of a certain theological issue, do you think they have a responsibility to show books representing all sides of the argument, or just the ones they agree with?

E.g. Mars Hill website gave a list of what they called "helpful books on Justification", which contained many polemics against the New Perspectives position. However, they do not provide any material from Sanders, Wright or Dunn.

It seems to me that that list should have been titled "Helpful books on OUR view of justification", or something like that.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Danny Nalliah and the word of God

Personally, I think Danny Nalliah is an idiot. You can read the full article here, but here is the thrust of it:
The Pentecostal church's leader, Pastor Danny Nalliah, claimed he had a dream about raging fires on October 21 last year and that he woke with "a flash from the Spirit of God: that His conditional protection has been removed from the nation of Australia, in particular Victoria, for approving the slaughter of innocent children in the
womb".

Not only was his remark extremely insensitive, but what I found most disturbing was that Nalliah felt he had to tell people what he stated as "the truth". It seems dangerous for anyone to be labelling their visions/dreams/whatever it was as verifiable truth. The word of God is the truth people need to hear. Whether or not God uses natural disasters as a way of judging people is irrelevant, the dangerous thing is that Nalliah has perhaps unwittingly equated his message to Australia as the word of God.

Is that accusation going too far?

The status of children of believers

This is what Calvin says:

'...Solomon writes, "Blessed are the sons of the righteous after their fathers' death" (Prov. 20:7). This is not only because of their holy upbringing, which is surely of no little importance; but because of the blessing promised in the covenant, that God's grace shall everlastingly abide in the families of the pious'

I've found this reformed doctrine to be the one of the least well known in reformed church circles. Whenever it is brought up as a possibility, most people reply with some kind of indignant shock, and say (understandably) "But surely we are saved by faith only?". Others have replied with "The children aren't saved, but receive the blessings of the new covenant", to which they mean belonging to a Christian home where they are prayed for, have the bible read and so forth.

I find both replies less than satisfying, but I'm still not sure where I stand on the issue. I'm going to baptise my children. However my minister, who doesn't believe children are members of the covenant, always asks the parents publically at their child's baptism "So you don't believe in spiritual grandchildren, do you?" (expecting the answer to be "of course not").

Any thoughts? Recommended readings?

Monday, February 9, 2009

Free CD's

Sarah and I are doing a clean up and we have some CD's we want to throw out. But before they go out to the bin for pick up on Monday morning, I'll give you the list and if you want any let me know.

Triple J Hottest 100 vol 7
Ramones - All the stuff (and more)
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
The Saints - Know your product, the best of
Powderfinger - Odyssey Number 5
TOOL - Lateralus
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
Eminem - Slim Shady LP
The pogues - Rum Sodomy & the Lash
Nirvana - Incesticide
At the Drive in - In Casino Out
The Avalanches - Since I left you
U2 - All that you can't leave behind
Dead Kennedys - FrankenChrist
U2 - How to dismantle an atomic Bomb
Beatles - Beatles for Sale
Dirty Three - Dirty Three
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Talking Heads - Fear of Music

Just to distance myself from any poor music taste that you see within, some were Sarah's. I won't tell you which ones though.