God Loves Us

“The cross is the heart of the gospel; it makes the gospel good news. Christ died for us; He has stood in our place before God’s judgment seat; He has borne our sins. God has done something on the cross which we could never do for ourselves. But God does something to us as well as for us through the cross. He persuades us that He loves us.” (Sinclair Ferguson)

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

Remember Jesus Christ

“I fear that the cross, without ever being disowned, is constantly in danger of being dismissed from the central place it must enjoy, by relatively peripheral insights that take on far too much weight. Whenever the periphery is in danger of displacing the center [sic], we are not far removed from idolatry.” (Don Carson)

“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel…” (2 Timothy 2:8)

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10 Year High School Reunion

Good times in Terrigal last night at the Gosford High School Class of 1998 10 Year Reunion. It was really good. I thought it could be a weird time, but it wasn’t! It was very cool to catch up with peeps I haven’t seen for yonkers and have some great convo’s. I’ve arranged to catch up with a few of them in the coming weeks.

We’ll be doing it all again at Rowena’s 10 year bash in October.

Shout out to Facebook for helping to organise the event.

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Jesus Life Culture Design #16

Tonight is the Gosford High School Class of 1998 10 Year Reunion. Should be fun. It will be good to turn Facebook stalking into actual conversations. Everyone in 1998 had Green Day’s Time of Your Life as their year 12 song. The vid is below. Peaceout.

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The place of youth ministry – past, present and future

Stu Crawshaw has just had his paper, Moving beyond the shock absorber: The place of youth ministry—past, present and future, published on the Briefing website. I read his original and heard it presented at the 2006 Theology of Youth Ministry Conference. It’s brilliant! He has profound insights on the historical movements within youth ministry, and thoughtful ideas on its future direction. Much of the document is the theory behind the Soul Revival youth ministry.

Having hung out with Stu at Bible School this year, I look forward to reading it again after seeing + hearing lots of his thinking embodied. GO READ IT!! There’s nowhere to leave comments on the Briefing website – so feel free to chat about it in the comments here… (pic from here)

How to ‘read’ the Bible in its original language

Our Greek exam is 3 weeks away. We need to be able to translate a number of chunks from anywhere in Mark 1-4. To help familiarise myself with the text, I’ve been listening to the New American Standard Bible (the NASB is a clunky translation… perfect for our 1st year translations), while following along in my Greek New Testament. I figured this was better than simply trying to memorise the English!!

I’ve recorded myself (very) slowly reading Mark 1-4 in NASB. Feel free to use them if it’s helpful for you in preparing for the exam… or just have a laugh at the Central Coast Stoner-esque reading!

Mark 1 | Mark 2 | Mark 3 | Mark 4 | NASB

Reality Bites

Christ Church St Ives began a new series last Sunday night, Reality Bites. It’s a four part series on Truth, Money, Sex and Forgiveness given by Baden Stace. Each week is a good week to bring a friend to hear more about Jesus. Check out the 645 sermon podcast to hear the series or come along if you’re in the area!

ps – I like the series graphic.

Youthsurge & Garage Hymnal team up

Youthsurge & Garage Hymnal have teamed up to change the world in 2009. Here’s a snippet from today’s media release: Youthsurge and Garage Hymnal are teaming up to shatter conceptions of what bible-based youth ministry looks and sounds like. In 2009 the two groups are planning to raise the bar for evangelical youth events, with new programs, new sounds and a new vision.

“People seem to assume that you have to choose between great worship or great bible teaching. What we have in common with Youthsurge is that we don’t like choosing, we want it all!” says Andy Judd, keyboardist in Garage Hymnal.

Read the rest here or here.

One Simple Gospel

“Through the person and work of Jesus Christ, God fully accomplishes salvation for us, rescuing us from judgement for sin into fellowship with him, and then restores the creation in which we can enjoy our new life together with him forever.”

Quote from Tim Keller from Redeemer. Pic from sxc.hu

Jesus Life Culture Design #15

Just finishing up a two week break from college. It’s now business time. Only 4 weeks until end of year Greek – I’ve been working hard… but need to work harder!! My prediction for tonight’s Football game: Central Coast Mariners 3 vs Melbourne Victory 1. Hope you’re having a killer weekend.

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Friday Foto #30

I snapped this bad boy on Wednesday night after some intense greek study at a cafe in Terrigal. Warm fuzzy for the name of the beach near the 2 lights to the right.

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Defending the Rights of the Unborn

I hate abortion. And so I am encouraged by the work of Christian Pastor John Piper in defending the rights of the unborn. Likewise the Abort73 website is doing a great job in standing up for the helpless. In Victoria, some changes to decriminalise abortion have been passed through the Lower House, but still need to be passed through the Upper House. It’s not too late to act! Below are two incredible videos from a speech given by a survivor of abortion. Take 15 minutes to watch. Then pray and act.

Gianna Jessen Abortion Survivor in Australia Part 1:

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Driscoll on the Coast – Podcast

What is man that you are mindful of him

3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? 5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honour. (Psalm 8)

(h/t Saturday EV)

Jesus Life Culture Design #14

Currently working on a Genesis essay. Here’s a quote from Wenham that won’t make the cut, but is still worth a read: “The size and complexity of the universe as we know it is beyond the imaginings of the ancients, yet they worshipped and adored the creator of the little world they knew. How much more should modern man be awestruck by the wisdom and power of the God who can create and sustain the universe revealed by modern science, and be amazed by his love for mankind created in the divine image and redeemed by grace.”

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