DOES GOD REALLY CARE ABOUT SUFFERING?

Whether we’re talking about hundreds of thousands of deaths or just one, it’s hard to square these moments of intense suffering with the idea of a good, powerful, loving God. But Luke’s account records an incident that demonstrates that we’re not on our own.

READ LUKE’S BIOGRAPHY OF JESUS

NEXT VIDEO: Only one way to God – really?

See all videos in this series // Content (C) The Search

10 GREAT PLACES TO FIND FREE IMAGES FOR CHURCH PROMO // GUEST POST BY JORDAN GILLMAN (@JORDESIGN)

free-images-for-church-promo

What began as a conversation on Twitter, eventually became this guest post by Jordan Gillman! Jordan is an experienced Web Designer and Developer. He is part of the award-winning team at fervr.net and is a specialist in building WordPress websites for Churches, Non-Profits and Startups. We were extremely pleased with his work on stfaiths.net and I would recommend his work to anyone looking for quality design at a reasonable price. Keep an eye out on his excellent blog and also a new project – ChurchSites.co – that will make quality church websites even more affordable. I’ve already begun to use the websites that Jordan recommends below.

Whether you are working on a slide for a new sermon series, a flyer or newsletter – a great image can really make a difference. But sometimes it’s hard to find the right one.

There are load of stock photography around – but they’re often filled with cliched examples and can get quite expensive. Luckily there are some great places you can find free images that won’t make you cringe.

A quick note on licensing and copyright – always make sure you’re allowed to use the image. Most of these sites allow free use for both personal and commercial work – but some might require that you provide a credit in the design. It always pays to check.

Check them out…

[Read more…]

YOUTH MINISTRY IDEAS // SOULIES MISSION + VISION

soulies-vision

YOUTH MINISTRY IDEAS is a series of short videos by Dave Miers. See more here.

This video was prepared for our church as part of a campaign to give towards the vision. But I figure it is helpful as a youth ministry ideas video as it gives an insight into what we are trying to do in the way of mission and vision at Soulies. Here it is:

[Read more…]

#GOEVERYWHERE // HELP SPREAD JESUS TO EVERY CORNER OF THE INTERNET!

#GOEVERYWHERE

#GOEVERYWHERE is a bold and exciting coordinated attempt at sharing Jesus with millions of people at the one time! The Internet and Social Networks provide an incredible opportunity to spread the best news that the world desperately needs to hear. I’ve already signed up to be part of it and would encourage any Christian with a Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr to do the same. I know a number of the great people behind this initiative and commend their work.

How does it work? The information below is from www.goeverywhere.co

[Read more…]

5 NEWISH SONGS FOR CHURCH

newish-songs

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:

[Read more…]

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

Franic Chan

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:

[Read more…]

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

moore-college-distance

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

A-TALE-OF-TWO-PHOTOGRAPHS

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.

[Read more…]