Archive for the ‘Ministry’ Category

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Sermon Links and fervr articles

May 6, 2011

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

http://www.allsaintspetersham.org.au/church/en/node/1621

http://www.allsaintspetersham.org.au/church/en/node/1590

http://www.stanhope.anglican.asn.au/?page_id=36&preacher=9

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

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

http://fervr.net/articles/jordin-sparks-battlefield/

http://fervr.net/articles/avatar-closer-look/

http://fervr.net/articles/devotion-and-justin-bieber/


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CMS Summer School – Senior High

January 16, 2010

At the start of the year I gave six talks for the Year 11-12 (Senior High) programme at CMS Summer School. The theme of the week was “Jesus….   really.” We looked at John’s account of Jesus’ life and I asked questions including What is your saviour / solution / hope / life and challenged the group if Jesus really is the answer to these questions in their lives. Cathy Sampson wrote on the vibe of the group here.

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Two things that struck me over the week were:

– How Jesus can become dull in our thinking. It was great fun to preach on episodes in John like Jesus feeding the 5000 or raising Lazarus from the dead, which many of the students would have heard 100 times before. However, the goal was not just to be reminded of the story but to see who Jesus is through them. Hopefully, it was helpful in getting to know the one we follow better, and

– How God works through weakness. These talk came at a really bad time for us as a family with wife not 100% and daughter still not settling well. As a result my head and energy was not full in gear to give a series of talks. Also, the directors were first-timers and were nervous about the week. But on both fronts God proved faithful, allowing the week not only to run smoothly but effectively and my talks seemed well-received and God was a work challenging us to trust Jesus more.

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Peter Jensen on ‘Sunrise’

December 30, 2009

Just before Christmas, our Archbishop appeared on Sunrise. (See the clip here). He appeared to comment on Tony Abbott’s views about the place of the Bible in a good education. He was basically encouraging people to people to read the Bible for themselves, and that school is an appropriate place to be taught about it.

What I’m learning from Peter’s TV technique is how to get one’s message across and stay on the main point. His TV ‘opponent’ (and atheist educator) claimed that the Bible was full of ‘myths’ (of course she went to Creation as an example) and then sought to deride the ‘God of the Old Testament’. There was plenty of opportunity for Peter to correct her views and defend the Bible, but instead he chose to ignore the claims and stay on message, stating the positive reasons for studying the Bible.

Sure, there will be times when accusations should be responded to. However, in a 5 minutes TV spot (like in 5 minute conversations) he didn’t begin an argument but focused on his key point.

Lots for me to learn from.

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Spur – not as bad as iSnack2.0

October 1, 2009

Tomorrow I leave for ‘Spur’ conference (formerly MTS Challenge, formerly Club 5). It’s a conference for those thinking about going into vocational ministry or a ministry apprenticeship. I’m a fan of the new name. I has something to do with what the conference is on about (cf. Club 5) and doesn’t have the cringe factor of having MTS in the title. I’m happy for the change as they’ve renovated the conference to a combined site on one weekend for Sydney and so the innovation is a good idea. What wasn’t a good idea was the new Vegemite name. As Soph posted, how can they choose a name designed for Gen Y that is SO daggy to anyone anywhere close to the age group? But good publicity. Back to Spur: I haven’t been on the conference for a few years so I’m looking forward to it especially as I get to lead singing and encourage those from my current and former church in their thinking about ministry.

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Two things from Dr Null

August 13, 2009

Today was the last the Annual Moore College Lectures for this year by Dr Ashley Null. They looked at the Anglican historical theology of repentance.

Two things got me thinking:

1. Clean up your act
When we fall into sin our temptation is to try to clean up our act and get back on the straight and narrow before we can return to relating to God.
What happens when we think we need to clean up our act before we turn to God? We enter into a downward spiral of failure and despair. If we fail to turn to God first, we lose God’s power to change us! Sooner or later we give up. When faced with our sin, let’s turn to God first and ask for forgiveness before we try to make ourselves feel worthy by trying to do good before we face up to God.

2. Who are you doing ministry for?
Dr Null challenged us to make decisions in ministry out of love for God and our congregation, and not for the benefit of our own reputation/empire.
When we make an unpopular ministry decision, if we are making it out of love for the congregation, they will give you much grace.
If we make the decision for our own view of ministry, then they will fight you.

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Keller on preaching

August 13, 2009

I’ve been listening to the Keller/Clowney preaching course podcast and I’m down to the last session!

I’ve been meaning to put up some thoughts on my blog about it (which I still may do) but Luke is doing it for me. Probably a good thing with lots due at College and a sermon on Sunday.

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Friday Chapel

July 31, 2009

I love Friday chapel at College (and I’m so thankful that I’m in the Friday band so that I attend). Today, David Peterson gave a great talk on Acts 20:18-35 where Paul reflects on his ministry to the Christians in Ephesus as he is about to leave them. I was struck by two things in particular.
1) Paul taught a message of repentance and faith. Usually we see these two things as merely the result of the gospel message, but for Paul it is part of the content of the message. David reflect on the fact repentance and faith are essential for many matters including those of guidance. When we’re thinking about decisions are we lacking trust in God or need to repent of something? Coming to repentance and faith first in matters of guidance is often what is required.
2)  Secondly, Paul exhorts the Ephesians to “Keep watch over yourselves and over all the flock, of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that he obtained with the blood of his own Son” (20:28). In our ministry, we must look after ourselves, especially through remaining open and accountable to others. We must also look after those under our care. These people do not belong to us; they belong to God and they cost God a great price: the blood of his Son. Therefore, look after it!