#INSTALIFEWEEKLY // 14 OCTOBER 2014

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I’ve had a bit of writers block lately with blog posts and some other projects. So I’ve been enjoying taking pictures a bit more often. Below is a collection of my instagram shots from the last week. There are more Melbourne-centric posts and I’ve enjoyed exploring a new city!

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GOOD NEWS: THE BIBLE APP NOW HAS 1000+ TRANSLATIONS IN 700+ LANGUAGES!!

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This is good news, right? The info graph below gives some of the history of Bible translation. Haven’t read the Bible before? Go check out www.bible.com to read online or download the app. Need some help reading? Check out my Mark’s Gospel reading guide and these 3 posts about who Jesus is, why he came and what it means to follow him.

The full info graph is below:
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PODCAST INTERVIEW ON ‘SOME ANSWERS’

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I was recently featured on the “Some Answers” Podcast. It was lots of fun recording with Sam Freestone. She’s an excellent host: funny; insightful; honest and keen to point people to Jesus. Check out the website for some excellent interviews and fascinating stories. Here is the blurb from my episode:

This interview is with Dave Miers. Listen as we navigate his life story from his love/potential career in soccer to his doppelganger Simon Burke from Playschool to how he became a full time follower of Jesus.

I am so ridiculously excited for you to hear this interview because it was so much fun to record AND because I loved hearing how solid and forthright he is in his faith despite the trials he and his family have faced. Please continue to rate and review on iTunes.

Some Answers Website | iTunes Link

Stream/download my episode below:

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#INSTALIFEWEEKLY // 6 OCTOBER 2014

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How was your weekend? Mine was big: I gave one of the talks at our Leader’s Day on Saturday and then preached across the day on Sunday. With Daylight Savings kicking in, it meant minimal sleep. But it’s all good.

If you missed the short story about the cute old couple below, make sure you check it out.

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JESUS BRINGS SALVATION & JUDGEMENT

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Who is Jesus? If you were to ask that question on your street or your facebook page, you may receive a great variety of answers. How would the locals in Jesus’ hometown, Nazareth, have answered it? I’m sure many would have respected him, others knew he was a good man, still others would consider him to still be Mary and Joe’s boy – working as a carpenter.

But how does Jesus answer that question? “Who is Jesus” according to Jesus? In Luke 4, Jesus returns home and reveals from the Old Testament who he understands himself to be.

The sermon below explores what Jesus says in Luke 4:14-30.
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GLOSSOLALIA // NEW EP FROM JAKE BERRY

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My friend Jake Berry has just released his debut EP, Glossolalia. It’s excellent! Jake is a massively talented singer-songwriter and I think his voice is as good as Jeff Buckley’s.

I’m giving away 5 FREE downloads to the first 5 people to comment on this blog post. (I’m currently getting spammed, so if this is your first comment, I will have to approve it before it goes live.)

You can listen to the EP at the bottom of this post.

I asked Jake a few questions to find out a bit more about his heart behind the release.
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BRINGING HOPE IN IRAQ // UPDATE FROM OPEN DOORS #WeAreN

On 10 June 2014, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS – now known as Islamic State) seize Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul.

An estimated half a million residents join a mass exodus out of the city, many heading east to Qaraqosh or north to places like Dohuk and Erbil.

For more than 30 years, Open Doors has supported Christians in the Middle East – including 20 years in Iraq.

Take a look around one of the churches Open Doors supports in Erbil, Iraq and see what life is like for those taking refuge at the church.

For more information about Open Doors and how you can pray for the situation in the Middle East visit www.opendoors.org.au

Find out more about Father Douglas and the work Open Doors is doing in the Middle East, visit our blog: http://opendoorsblog.org.au/2014/09/26/bringing-hope-in-iraq/

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#INSTALIFEWEEKLY // 28 SEPTEMBER 2014

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This post is dangerous. Why? Because it has the word ‘weekly’ included in the title. That means I’m aiming to post it – you guessed it – weekly! Perhaps I’m setting myself up for a #fail? We’ll see.

I’ve cut the automatic uploading of Instagram photos to this blog, but I’m still keen to share photos with those who aren’t following on Instagram.

See below for the first edition of #instalifeweekly…

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WHAT IS IT TO BE HUMAN?

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Social networks are a significant part of life in the our world: Facebook; Twitter; Instagram; Snapchat; MySpace; Google Plus; LinkedIn. And whatever comes next! However, social networks are not a new invention. A group of men that have swum in the same location at the same beach for the last 40 years who have no interest in digital networks, are still part of a social network.

Social networks show us that we have a deep desire for connection, community and relationship. It shows we are human.

What is it to be human? Relationship is important. It really matters.

What does the Bible say about relationship?

Listen to sermon below…

Here is the structure:

We have a deep desire for relationship
1) MADE FOR RELATIONSHIP
2) BROKEN RELATIONSHIP
3) RECONCILED RELATIONSHIP
4) PERFECTED RELATIONSHIP
Life Under God

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IS ISLAM THE GREATEST ENEMY OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH?

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We desperately want our western brothers and sisters in Christ to realise that the greatest enemy of our faith today is not communism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Atheism, or even Islam. Our greatest enemy is lostness. Lostness is the terrible enemy that Jesus commissioned His followers to vanquish with the battle strategy He spelled out for them in Matthew 28:18-20. He was addressing this same enemy when He plainly clarified His purpose in coming: “I have come to seek and to save those who are lost.”

Our hope is that believers around the world will get close enough to the heart of God that the first images that come to mind when we hear the word “Muslim” are not Somali pirates or suicide bombers of violent jihadists or even terrorists. When we hear the word “Muslim,” we need to see and think of each and every Muslim as a lost person who is loved by God. We nee to see each Muslim as a person in need of God’s grace and forgiveness. We need to see each Muslim as someone for whom Christ died.

Nik Ripken, The Insanity of God, p. 302-303

Find out more about Jesus: who He is; why He came; what it means to follow Him.

DIGITAL STRATEGY FOR CHURCHES // FREE E-BOOK BY JORDAN GILLMAN @JORDESIGN

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Jordan Gillman, from churchsites.co and author of this guest post, has released his e-book for free. Digital Strategy for Churches is a 48-page e-book designed to help churches think strategically about the way they use their website and social media presence. Jordan’s material is accessible for churches of all sizes with specific action steps at the end of each chapter. Definitely worth checking out.

DOWNLOAD ‘DIGITAL STRATEGY FOR CHURCHES’

I’ve written some content that might also be useful:

 

HOPE BEYOND CURE: BOOK REVIEW // GUEST POST BY ADAM SCOTT (@ADAMNSCOTT)

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I recently noticed my friend, Adam Scott, share online that he had just finished reading a book for the second time. The book? ‘Hope Beyond Cure’ by Dave McDonald. Knowing some of Adam’s story I asked him if he’d be willing to share how this book has impacted him in particular. Ads is one of the ministers at St Mark’s Pennant Hills (Sydney).

“It’s actually very serious.”

That was the last thing I wanted to hear from the doctors treating me.

An MRI had apparently revealed a large arterial tear in my neck & the consensus was that I’d probably had a stroke.  It all started feeling very serious.  I was 28 years old, laying in a hospital bed, surrounded by pensioners who were apparently healthier than I was – go figure!

It was the first time in my life that someone spoke candidly & clinically with me about the reality of dying and it was terrifying. I’d always expected dying to be a future, far-off, unfortunate but inevitable reality, but someone with more authority on the subject was telling me that perhaps my presumptions were wrong.

That’s probably why I’ve appreciated reading ‘Hope Beyond Cure’ by David McDonald as much as I have. It’s a book written by a pastor who was humble enough to admit that facing death can be terrifying & perhaps our presumptions are wrong.

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THE PERFECT FATHER’S DAY GIFT

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As Father’s Day approaches, Compassion Australia is helping children choose the perfect gift for their dads while supporting people living in poverty at the same time.

With spending on Father’s Day gifts tipped to top $754 million in Australia this year, ‘Gifts of Compassion’ provide an opportunity to buy a gift such as a goat or veggie seeds on behalf of dads, which then go to a family living in poverty.

According to Compassion Australia CEO Tim Hanna, Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to say “I love you” with a goat.

“No-one really needs to find space for another tie, pair of socks or the latest BBQ gadget,” says Tim.

“Putting a goat on your Father’s Day wish list does more than solve storage problems. It really can help a family break the cycle of poverty.”

Aussie dads given the gift of a goat, or another Gift of Compassion, will receive a card with the knowledge that it can help change the future for a family on the other side of the world.

Father-of-three Peter Munyao from Ngaamba, Kenya, is one person whose life was changed through the gift of goats from Compassion.

“It [the goat business] is very good for my family,” says Peter.

“Now we have more nutritious food and the children are happy. The Church gave me hope with these goats. I was depressed but now I’m doing well. When you have hope that everything is all right, it is all right.”

You can order your dad’s Gift of Compassion at www.compassion.com.au/giftsofcompassion

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Compassion Australia Press Release Used with Permission.

PHOTOBLOG FROM #DISRUPTSYDNEY #A29

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An epic night last night at Barney’s Broadway for the DISRUPT GENERAL ASSEMBLY run by Acts 29 Australia. Matt Chandler preached a cracking sermon on how we need Jesus to disrupt our mundane and broken existence with good news. Guy Mason did a fine job as the MC and Austin Stone Worship lead the music with great passion. I was also able to represent Compassion Australia on the night and we saw a whole bunch of kids sponsored at the end of the night.

Below are some sweet pics from the talented Josh Mikhaiel.

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