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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s the app where every message is meant to self-destruct. But is snapchat a suitable program for your children?
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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.
I am looking forward to hosting the night. Having done a bit of thinking and presenting on digital media, I hope I can help to draw out some ministry gold from Challies for our context in Australia.
Logos Bible Software is increasingly becoming part of my daily work flow. I like being greeted on the home screen each day with a new ‘Verse of the day’ design. Today’s is from Colossians 2:6. Great verse, good design!
I have been slowly growing my library through commentary and book packages (and free book of the month!) over the last 7 years and last year I bought a Bronze base package. If you’re keen to get a base package you can get a 15% discount by clicking here.
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 3 of #EscapeToReality
Without wanting to unhelpfully stereotype, there are substitute battles that many dudes are commonly fighting; there are substitute battles that many ladies are commonly fighting.
Dudes fight in fantasy world adventures. First-person shooter games like WOW and COD. Guys will devote hours and hours to this fight. Some will become guild masters and clan leaders devoting a lifetime to digital fighting.
Ladies fight to be unique, recognised and accepted. This will often involve a significant focus on external beauty, appearance, self-image and relationships status.
“…everyone fights for something. The desire to fight isn’t masculine or feminine; it is human. Deep down we all want to be noticed, for our lives to count for something. We want to be beautiful or noble. The problem is that we direct our fighting desires toward the wrong things. We work hard at being noticed of entertained. We fall short of beauty and nobility. What would happen if, instead of spending hours in front of the video screen or mirror, we spent hours in front of the gospel? What if we fought for a more noble cause, a more beautiful image?” (JONATHAN DODSON)
I’m considering doing these #snippety posts a little more often. But keen to gauge how useful they are. Not as many people click through to them, but I think it has the potential to be useful. So if you are a regular reader of this blog, a friend who has happened to click through this time or someone random who got here looking for pictures of cats… What do you think of a regular blog post like this with a variety of snippets from around the web with links to read the whole article? Feel free to leave a comment or contact me with any thoughts.
My pick of the links below is the first one. I have blogged a bunch of times on homosexuality and also linked out to relevant articles in these #snippety posts. Not because it’s my hobby horse, but because it’s an active issue that I am working out how to help young people navigate. Christians don’t believe that homosexuality is any worse than any other sin. But the article makes the point that it is an active issue in the way that it is being “celebrated by our larger society with pioneering excitement”. There are typically two camps in the debate, those who celebrate it and those who hate it. The author wants to suggest that Christians have the opportunity to say you’re wrong but you’re loved. i.e. Being able to disagree without being a jerk. Anyway, have a read and let me know what you think!
See below for the snips:
Are you a preacher? Below are some really useful questions to ask before each sermon from Francis Chan. They’re also helpful questions to ask for listeners. I’ve been encouraged by his preaching and his character and look forward to hearing him in Australia later this year. Here are my previous Francis Chan posts and here is his official website.
The gospels record 7 sets of words that Jesus spoke from the cross. One of those is found in John 19:30 when Jesus says “It is finished”. What could Jesus mean by these words? Is it that he has had enough? Is it that he has been defeated? The following is my sermon from St Faith’s Narrabeen Good Friday 2014. In it I suggest that when Jesus says “It is finished” it’s not a cry of defeat but a cry of victory. Have a listen to find out more…
Here is the structure of the sermon:
Famous Last Words
Jesus’ Last Words: It is finished
How is Jesus victorious at the cross?
1) JESUS HAS VICTORY OVER SIN!
2) JESUS HAS VICTORY OVER SATAN!
3) JESUS HAS VICTORY OVER DEATH!
Your Last Words
Dave Miers preaching John 19:30 “IT IS FINISHED” (Right click download)
It’s been a big 24hours in New South Wales politics with the Grange-gate affair. Barry O’Farrell is out. Mike Baird is about to become the new Premier of NSW! The Northern Beaches of Sydney is becoming a political powerhouse with the Australian Prime Minister and now the NSW Premier among our local members.
Mike Baird is a well respected politician. He is also a member of St Matt’s Anglican Church on the Corso in Manly. Mike recently wrote a short piece as part of a combined Northern Beaches Churches project: JESUS IS _____.
Jesus is my hope!
I think all of us on a daily basis have trouble focussing on what really matters. Whether it be the challenge of family stresses (heightened when teenagers arrive!!), the morning commute, an over-bearing boss or screaming customers each day appears more a daily wrestle than a joy to live!
I have to be honest that there are days when I wake and feel so overwhelmed about what awaits me that I am gripped not only with fear but a searing sense that I am not up to the job.
It is often at this point I am reminded of Jesus. Not just Him but a reminder that he died on a cross for me. As this reality floods my being I can see the way through the day and the morning haze is replaced with a steadfast purpose. Indeed the scope of hope is much deeper as not only is there an assurance of support despite my frailties there is also a reminder that I have eternal life!
See more great content on the jesus-is.org.au website.
Image (c) Saltmotion. Saltmotion are based in Manly. This image used by permission.
Short films can be a useful element for Good Friday and Easter church services. This is a good way to connect visitors to the message of Jesus with a medium they are familiar with. The following are 4 new short films that could be used in your context. Likewise, they are useful for sharing with friends online in the lead up to and across the Easter weekend.
// PRAYING FOR THIS LEGEND
@Sam_Low (on left) will be preaching at #KYCK2014 over the next month, starting tonight. God has done and is doing an incredible work in him and through him!
If you’re a Christian, pray for him as he preaches Christ to 6000 teenagers.
Not a Christian? Check this out: http://twowaystolive.com
#KYCK #KYCK14 #MATCHYMATCHYGLASSES
Propaganda lays bare the hidden motivations behind the two ways that all of humanity runs from God as illustrated in the parable of the Prodigal Sons in Luke 15.
Too many people die from preventable waterborne illnesses. I’ve partnered with Compassion Australia to build a toilet block to help provide access to clean water and safe toilets. The block will support 250 children who are part of a child sponsorship program in Indonesia. READ ALL THE PROJECT DETAILS HERE
I’m aiming to raise $13,000. We have already raised $2423. THANK YOU to all who have donated already. We still have $9877 to go. Can you help? Deadline is 31 May 2014.
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