Tuesday, June 27, 2006

QuizFarm.com :: What is the Kingdom of God?

QuizFarm.com :: What is the Kingdom of God?

Dunno if i really agree with the conclusion they've gven me to my results, but ah well, its just a quiz, its there to make you think, which I did.

Some of the questions aren't great, but its passable.

Can you read this?

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too Cna yuo raed tihs?
Olny 55% of plepoe can. I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae.
The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm.
Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

SYG speaker 1

Been trying to think for a while about how to articulate my thoughts regarding Tim Hawkins-the guy who this year had one of the hardest jobs in Youth Ministry-being the main speaker at State Youth Games.

I honestly do believe its one of the toughest gigs going around, there's just such a massively diverse crowd-from 14 year old kids who were invited along by their mates to their first Christian thing, to Christian young adults who've been around for ever. So getting a message that will hit all those people is nigh on impossible.

That for me is reason alone why we need a local speaker who knows SYG, who knows the audience, who knows what does and doesn't work etc. It's great getting a top notch speaker in, but over the past few years we haven't really had much luck doing that. I enjoyed last years guy heaps, but didn't think it was an ideal SYG message, but anyway.

The thing for me when thinking about SYG speakers is to remember that its not for me, I'm not the main aim of who they're generally trying to speak to. The SYG crew aim the event at high school age people who don't yet follow Jesus-so that needs to be kept in mind.

I absolutely loved the theme this year-Stand Your Ground-I just thought it had so much potential, and could have been an absolutely sensational building block for the weekend-but unfortunately I don't think its effectiveness was maximised. The drama tapped into that well, but the speaker less so.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Kingdom and Church: a quote

jonnybaker: a quote

I thought this quote here was a pretty good one. Top blog too, great for ideas on alternative worship stuff

The church gets in trouble whenever it thinks its in the church business rather than the Kingdom business.
In the church business people are concerned with church activities, religious behaviour and spiritual things. In the Kingdom business people are concerned with Kingdom activities, all human behaviour and everything God has made, visible and invisible. Kingdom people see human affairs as saturated with spiritual meaning and Kingdom significance.

Kingdom people seek first the Kingdom of God and its justice; church people often put church work above concerns of justice, mercy and truth.
Church people often think about how to get people into church; Kingdom people think
about how to get the church into the world.

Church people worry that the world might change the church; Kingdom people work to see the church change the world.When Christians put the church ahead of the Kingdom they settle for the status quo and their own kind of people.
When they catch a vision of the Kingdom of God their sights shift to the poor, the orphan, the widow, the refugee 'the wretched of the earth' and to God's future.
They see the life and work of the church from the perspective of the Kingdom.
If the church has one great need it is this: to be set free for the Kingdom of God, to be liberated from itself as it has become in order to be itself as God intends...

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Newcomers

It's funny, because when you invite a friend to a normal church, you worry about if its gonna be good and stuff, but other than that, you just bring them along and sit next to them. But when you want to bring friends along to a smaller home-church style affair, you actually have to think about it a lot more. Is the discussion going to be appropriate for them, will it go over their head, how much do we alter what we're doing for them?

It's something thats been going around in my head quite a lot lately, as we're starting to get a few newies pop in, or express interest in popping in at some stage soon.

It's funny, cos one of the reasons we started this group was because it would be easier to bring people to than a normal church, which it will be, but it will require a bit more thought n discussion with the group. Will hopefully post some more thoughts on this soon.

Friday, June 16, 2006

State Youth Games Success!

Well, i'm back after my long posting absence, due predominantly to the aforementioned State Youth Games down in Warragul.

This year we went down as two footy clubs, the Tyabb and South Mornington Yigers. Much success was indeed had on the sporting field, we ended up taking out the Rec Footy, Ultimate Frisbee, 3on3 Basketball and Dodgeball. But more importantly, we all had fun, there was great community amongst our new and regular guys, and it wasn't even too cold down there! Well, not for Warragul anyway!

I didn't think much of the speaker, which is another issue for another post, but the best evangelism is the community anyway, so I can get over bad speakers-they're totally not the main focus for me. We also ate with Frankston CoC, which made ur life just so much easier-one of the advantages of having a bit of an affiliation with them.

And in the end, we took out the Small Church Award and the Russel Croxford Award-for most points per person, so that was a great way to cap off an awesome weekend.

Good times all round!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

A Churchless Faith: Relating to a Postmodern Mind - Part 1

A Churchless Faith: Relating to a Postmodern Mind - Part 1

I really like this guy's blog. This is a really simple, and pretty true to life, explanantion of the main ways that Christians relate to those of other faith's. Particularly interesting for me as I'm speaking on World Religions at my school tomorrow.

It's a good thought stimulator-love the diagrams too!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Pentecost at the Huddle

Had some really interesting discussion last night at the Huddle (the little church plant experiment I'm a part of) on Pentecost/Pentecostalism/speaking in tongues, as Sunday was Pentecost Sunday, and I thought it was important to ask the question: What does it look like for a small, 'non-Pentecostal' house church, to be open to the Holy Spirit...

None of us speak in tongues regularly, or have done (maybe one guy has?) and this is definitely not an area in which I naturally move, but am totally fine with, as for many people it's a fantastic experience of prayer and God's presence, and a gift from God-and used well is top-notch.

All of us have had some form of negative experience with speaking in tongues, either its use/misuse in church, peoples misuse of it-either by placing too little or too much emphasis on it, and dodgy churches/cults who have been into it.

So the challenge for me then is to look past my own negative experiences and pre-conceieved ideas, to see what God is doing through that in people's lives, and not let my own ideas/thoughts/bad experiences shut me off from being open to the Holy Spirit connecting with me in a myriad of ways, perhaps even in tongues?

Monday, June 05, 2006

When heroes fail

Was chatting with a kid today at school about certain people in her life, role models, who have let her down at various stages of her life in various ways, and the pain of dealing with those people not living up to be the people she thought they were.

It made me think about similar siuations in my own life, role models from various spheres who have all let me down or not lived up to my own expectations of them (which were often way too high anyway) and how hard that was for me to deal with at the time.

It did make me think though, about how do we go about encouraging kids to have role-models, when more often than not, they'll let themselves, God and our students down, just like we all do.

Of course the good Christian answer is that Jesus should be our ideal role-model-which I'm totally down with, but at the end of the day, young people need good role-models right in front of them, living out their faith in the flesh and blood.

So as youth leaders/ministers/counsellors and friends, we need to be careful not to set ourselves, or anybody else, up as perfect role-models, but just normal flawed followers of Jesus, just like everybody else.