Sermon Links and fervr articles

May 6, 2011

For those who are interested, here are some links to my recent sermons.




http://www.matthias.org.au/content.cfm?id=213 (search “Marquez”)

Articles I have written for the youth website fervr are below.





Moore College Golf Day #6

April 14, 2011

The MCGC returned to its home course for the latest installment of Moore Golf. The recently cored and sanded greens were made up for by the glorious day that greeted us. The crème de la crème of Moore golfers turned up to play, including the four previous champions. They didn’t disappoint, with half the field play to their handicap or better.

The singles competition was extremely close. Ben France took the early lead with 22 points (-4) on the front nine, two shots ahead of Anton Marquez. However, after France stumbled on the back nine the lead changed multiple times. After 14 holes only 2 shots separated the top 6 players. An Augusta-style finish was on the cards. Oram and McCorkindale both came home strong with 21 and 20 points respectively on the back nine. But it was Overhall and Pass that finished on top, both with 39 points (-3). Chris Overhall received the Scott/Day award for coming second on a countback despite a back nine of 22 points. But it was Bruce Pass who claimed his second Moore College Golf win with 23 points on the back nine – 14 on the last four holes! He was also the only person to shoot two birdies on greens that made holing putts difficult.

Here are the scores and some photos:



Moore College Golf Day #5

November 23, 2010

With the exams behind us, a record number of participants entered the Moore College Golf Day. It was a momentous occasion as for the first time our number included ladies (Emily, Sarah and Priya) and even non-3rd Years! We also played on a new course (Georges River GC – Par 70) for the event. However, thanks to an accident in the M5 tunnel, the 90+ minute car trip may make a return visit unlikely.

Robbie Hayes took out best of the newcomers with a score of 70 (after handicap), which was good enough for second place. Dan Presland bid farewell to Moore College with a stunning round of 71 for third place. Also, Doug Fyfe was very happy to pass on the wooden spoon medal to Adam Wall. However, Chris Overhall finally achieved his breakthrough victory with a stunning 67 (+6 off scratch).

For those who finished their rounds, here are the scores and some photos.

Nicholls in trouble

Andy for double bogey












Bidwell looking on










The Victor!


A letter to the government

November 1, 2010

Last week I wrote my first letter to an MP.

After discussing euthanasia in my Ethics class, me and many others at College decided to voice our opposition to the practice. This is particularly timely as a euthanasia bill, introduced by the Greens, is currently being debated in the Federal and State Upper Houses. The letter isn’t argued brilliantly, but it’s something. For more detailed information about euthanasia, head to the Social Issues Executive website.

Here’s what I wrote:

Dear the Honourable …,

I am writing to express my opposition to voluntary euthanasia and to urge you to oppose the voluntary euthanasia legislation soon to come before the Parliament.

My concern that is that this legislation will de-value human life and have a negative effect on society, particularly our view of the terminally ill. A person’s life remains inherently valuable during the course of a terminal illness. Therefore, life must remain protected at this time, even if someone, at some stage, desires to end it. We seek to protect the lives of the suicidal, even when they have an illness such as depression. Human life is to be always to be valued and protected over and above an individual’s wishes.

I am also concerned on the effect such legislation will have on society’s concern for and care of the elderly and terminally ill. If euthanasia is the path we take as society will increase our loathing of the sick and elderly, rather than our desire to care for them. These people will be seen pure as a burden to be removed rather than a person to be cared for. Those that wish not to receive a lethal injection feel that they are a drain on resources. Research and funding into palliative care, which is highly effective, will also be reduced. This legislation opens the way for euthanasia without consent, which has been the experience of countries such as the Netherlands.

I ask that you consider these arguments and oppose this legislation as it comes before the parliament.




Netball gold medal match

October 14, 2010

Well, I called it.

At the start of the Commonwealth Games I told some friends that the best sport they’ll watch all year is the Netball gold medal match. I think I can safely say I was right.

As expected Australia and New Zealand made it through. The lead went back and forward all match. At 3-quarter time, things seemed grim for Australia, trailing by 4 goals. However, they came back to level it up and force extra time. Scores were again level and so ‘double extra time’ took in effect with New Zealand being the first to reach a two-goal margin. Each team had many chances to win and each team made crucial costly mistakes.

I’m normally not a netball fan, but when played at this level it’s great. I think it’s to do with after each goal, the teams alternate who starts with the ball. At this level, you expect the team who starts with the ball to convert it into a goal, and so a turnover is crucial.

As for this match, it is easily the best game of sport I’ve seen this year and I ended up, literally, on the edge of my seat.

Told you so.


Moore College Open Day – 25 September 2010

September 15, 2010

Saturday week will be filled with the Moore College Open Day.

If you’re interested in Full-Time, Part-Time or External Study to better equipped for ministry and mission come along to the 2010 Open Day & Spring Carnival – Sat 25 September. The day starts with morning tea at 10am and continues through to 2.30pm. BBQ lunch included. 1 King Street Newtown 2042.

Tash is particularly looking forward to the petting zoo!


Moore College Golf Day #4

June 25, 2010

On this sunny/raining/warm/cool/overcast day the MCGC returned to Massey Park. Ben France dogged ‘The But’ morning tea to defend his title against 7 other students and the first appearance of a lecturer (Gibbo, I hope you got back in time for you NT marking meeting ;-)).

The aforementioned lecturer tore up the coarse early with two birdies on the front nine (we won’t mention the 10 on the 4th hole) and Oram, Presland and Marquez shot to their handicaps or better on the back nine. However, there was no stopping the defending champ from reclaiming his trophy. 13 points in the last 4 holes led him to shoot 36 and beat Gibbo on a count-back.

Other highlights included all groups completing their rounds before it got dark, Francey’s haul of golf balls he fished out of the canal and the mutual consensus to raise Bidwell’s handicap artificially before the next round following today’s performance.

See below for the scores.