5 NEWISH SONGS FOR CHURCH

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On the look out for some new tunes to sing at church? Below are some newish songs we’ve recently done at church, youth or I’ve sung at other places. I haven’t heard the final one by Kings Kaleidoscope done anywhere, but I think it would work. Let me know in the comments of any others you think are worth checking out. Here they are:

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“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” // FRANCIS CHAN #OXYGEN14

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Oxygen Conference is coming up in August 2014. I’m looking forward to attending and also being part of the Oxygen Press Team. As well as blog posts, I’m hoping to do some interviews and behind the scenes coverage. In the lead up to the conference I will be sharing some of the promo content from the Oxygen team.

This week’s featured speaker is Francis Chan. I’ve admitted before of a mild case of preacher crush for Chan and am looking forward being challenged form the word through his preaching.

Check out some great quotes and videos from Chan.
Find out more about what Chan is preaching on.
Register here.

Here’s a short video clip of Francis Chan preaching:

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THE BEST THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE I’VE STUDIED AT IS… MOORE COLLEGE

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The title of this blog post might be a little misleading, as Moore is the only Theological College where I’ve studied, but I do think it’s a fantastic place! It’s a college that is serious about understanding God’s word and taking the message of Jesus into all of the world.

I graduated from a full-time Moore College degree in 2010. Ten years before that I completed about 6 subjects of one of their external studies certificates. As a 19/20 year old I can honestly say that the correspondence course has been profound in shaping me to think deeply about Jesus and love him more.

Moore College have recently expanded and updated their distance education options to make the most of new technology. That means that wherever you are in the world, you can join in on the action! Check out the website for all the different options.

In this video Moore College’s Principal Dr Mark Thompson explains the strengths of Moore College and it’s educational philosophy and how these are being brought to bear on the distance education offerings in a totally new way:

I was interviewed in the following video shown at the most recent graduation ceremony:

If you’re not a follow of Jesus, you’re probably not interested in going to a Theological College. But if you’re interested in understanding why I bang on about him so much on this blog, here’s a good place to start: The Man; The Mission; The Movement.

 

A TALE OF TWO PHOTOGRAPHS

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This post was partially written two months ago and I only just found it in my blog drafts. Why the delay in publishing? Our delightful daughter was born a few hours after the draft was last saved! Although the two photographs aren’t as current as they were then, I think it’s still a relevant tale worth sharing.

Two photos, both released within the same week, part of two radically different narratives. One taken of hungry people desperate for food in a war-torn country. The other of glamorous people desperate for attention in a celebrity-worn country.

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#HASHTAGS, SELFIES & BEING A CHRISTIAN ONLINE // #KYCK14 RESOURCES

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Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are part of everyday life for teenagers. Are they harmful or harmless? This seminar will help you to think about how belonging to Jesus will impact the way that you connect online.

I recently gave a seminar across three weekend at KYCK 2014 (a Christian convention for youth) seeking to help young people consider how to think about how they behave and relate online.

This post is jam-packed with resources useful for youth, youth leaders, parents, pastors and echidnas.

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HOST A TAKE LOVE EVENT // #TAKELOVE

ANGLICARE Sydney and Fervr.net invite you to host a TAKE LOVE EVENT in June 2014!

Host an event in your youth ministry, school or Christian group and join us as we pray for ASYLUM SEEKERS and REFUGEES and the issues they face in our world.

For more information and to register go to: takelove.com.au

I love some of the youth initiatives that are coming out of Anglicare. At Soulies we plan on hosting a #TakeLove event on Friday 20th June and then following it up on the Saturday with some #TakeLove projects.

More related links:

LOOK UP // A MUST-SEE SPOKEN WORD FILM FOR AN ONLINE GENERATION

Look Up is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone.”

What a challenging video from Gary Turk! I argue in Bread & Circuses that we can so easily become enslaved to food and entertainment that we become distracted from reality. The answer to the problem raised in the video is more than put down your phone and look up. The ultimate answer is to see what truly satisfies and to see things from an eternal perspective.

LEVEL-UP // #ESCAPETOREALITY

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Movies, entertainment, celebrity culture, video games, digital media and social networks are often used to escape from reality. The goal of this 4-part series is to consider how to escape to the reality that comes in knowing Jesus.

Part 4 of #EscapeToReality

THE GAMIFICATION OF LIFE

I recently learnt about an emerging trend called the gamification of life. It’s basically turning life into a game complete with points, incentives and levels. 1 point for cleaning your teeth. 5 points for taking rubbish out. 10 points for inbox zero. 20 points for doing your most dreaded tasks. After a certain number of points, you can reward yourself or somehow move onto the next level.

From the examples I’ve read online, it looks like a useful way to get things done!

Using little incentives is not just for those “gamifying” their life, we use all sorts of little incentives in different ways. Maybe if you complete a certain amount of study you’ll get to go for a surf. Or if you achieve this goal, you’ll treat yourself to something special.

When it comes to the Christian life, followers of Jesus don’t need to create little incentives and rewards. There is a bigger incentive and motivation.

DO NOT LOSE HEART

In 2 Corinthians 4 the big goal of the Christian life is to “not lose heart”. It’s the idea of preserving until the end in the Christian life. Like a runner lasting to the end of the race, the Christian is to keep going and keep trusting Jesus.

In this series ‘Escape to reality’ I have argued that movies, entertainment, celebrity culture, video games, digital media and social networks are often used to escape from reality.

My biggest goal has been to show that we all need to escape to the reality that comes in knowing Jesus.

This passage one of best “escape to reality” passages in bible. It will help us to see the forest from the trees.

It’s easy to get caught up on the here and now. We are so easily distracted by the things in front of us: the smartphone, gaming console, the guy or girl you’re interested in. But we fail to see the bigger picture of eternity.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 will help us to see the big picture and give us the ultimate level-up.

There are three things that we see will give us the persecutive so that we will not lose heart.
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THANKFULNESS // HELEN BERHANE

If you were to wake up tomorrow, with only the things you thanked God for today, what would you have? Helen Berhane was locked up in a shipping container for sharing the gospel, you can get her full story here.

My friend Mike Gore is a brilliant story teller. As well as the Thankfulness video above, you can see him in Risk-taking Christianity and Radical Faith – Hea Woo.

He works for Open Doors. They serve the persecuted church in the darkest places and stand alongside Christians who suffer for their faith and serve those suffering for the gospel.

Web // opendoorsyouth.org.au
Facebook // facebook.com/opendoorsyouthau

PARENTING IN THE DIGITAL AGE // #SYDNEY EVENT WITH TIM @CHALLIES

TIM CHALLIES PARENTS SYDNEY

Well-known Christian blogger, speaker, author and pastor Tim Challies will be in Sydney during May 2014. You can click the above image for more details.

Tim will be speaking at a Parent’s event on Thursday 15th May presented by Youth SurgeToongabbie Anglican Church and Matthias Media.

I know many parents who are desperate to learn how to care for their kids in the digital age. So pass this on to as many parents as you can!

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE PASTOR’S EVENT THE NIGHT BEFORE.

GREATEST COMEDY SKETCH OF ALL TIME?

Abbott & Costello’s* routine – Who’s on First – would have to be the great comedy sketch of all time. Don’t you think? The routine is a brilliant play on words with confusion over the names of baseball players. It’s quite a long script, but worth enduring because of the quality of the word play.

What do you think? Other contenders for greatest comedy sketch of all time? Feel free to leave a video in the comments, probably best to keep it PG.

*not to be confused with the current Prime Minister and former Treasurer of Australia…

#SNIPPETY // #ANZAC #EASTER #NIGERIA #KIDNAPPING #RETWEETS #PARENTING #SNAPCHAT #KILLCLIPART

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A mix of articles and resources in this latest #Snippety. I’m not quite sure how to title these posts. The last one received lots of hits because of (inadvertently) leading with homosexuality. This post is all hashtags. If you have an opinion on #Snippety titles, let me know.

Retweeting compliments is one of the most annoying things from friends and acquaintances on twitter! So if that’s you, read the 3rd article! Also – if you see me do it, you have permission to call me out on it!! Peace.

Anzac And Easter 2014 – Phillip Jensen

Christians, together with all sane people, find no joy in war. Peace, not war, must always be our goal. Yet when war is necessary those who take up arms on our behalf must be supported and respected. When they are injured in the course of such action they should be confident of our nation’s assistance. When they are killed, we should give thanks to God for their sacrifice, and maintain fitting memorials to remind us, and future generations, of the cost of our freedom.

234 girls were abducted last week. Why aren’t we talking about them?

Stolen from their boarding school by gunmen in the middle of the night. Packed into the back of open lorries as the buildings around them were burned to the ground… A handful of the teenage girls escaped by hiding in a dangerous nearby forest; others jumped from the lorries in their desperation to escape.

TO RETWEET OR NOT TO RETWEET: THE QUESTION OF RETWEETING COMPLIMENTS

I propose we stop the bad habit of retweeting compliments, and then perhaps move the conversation forward as we spill some ink (pixels?) on more edifying subjects like dealing with the underlying sin in our hearts that rises up whenever we read (let alone retweet) such compliments.

Cyber Parenting on snapchat

It’s the app where every message is meant to self-destruct. But is snapchat a suitable program for your children?

Lightstock – Say Goodbye to Clipart

Faith-Focused, Cheesy-Free Stock Photos & Footage

Peace.