11 New Features in PrayerMate 5.11

If you use PrayerMate – or if you don’t – check out Andy Geers’ video showcasing what’s new in version 5.11 of this wonderful free resource.

St. Patrick’s Day

Back in 2013, then Dean of St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Phillip Jensen, wrote an evangelistic leaflet to help Christians share the true message of St. Patrick.

Thankfully, his leaflet, and a St. Patrick’s Day message, are available on his website.

1.) St. Patrick — The Irish Evangelical.

2.) An Evangelistic Leaflet for St. Patrick’s Day.

Laziness and the young leader

“Knowing Jesus is not just knowing what he’s achieved for me in his life, death and resurrection. It is knowing why he died for me. He died for my sins and he died to redeem my time for his service. …”

– At The Australian Church Record, Adrian Foxcroft points out a common danger for young leaders (and older ones too).

Facebook rant vs. facing up: Which would you choose?

“Facebook now has over 2 billion active users. More than a quarter of the world’s population now has an active account. Clearly, they are doing something right!

But of course, there are cons to every pro. So it’s not surprising that my newsfeed contains a few of these every day:

“I was at / doing this ____ today and a person said / did ______. How terrible / insensitive / hurtful!”

Living in a fallen world where things aren’t perfect, it’s inevitable that there will be many things that upset, sadden and hurt.…”

– At The Australian Church Record, Susan An writes about counter-cultural use of social media.

Moore College Public Events for 2018

Moore College has published a one-page guide (PDF) to the public events they are running in 2018.

Note, for example, that Os Guinness is speaking at a CCL event in May!

EPIC Australia/New Zealand — Tim Challies

Tim Challies was in Australia and New Zealand a week or so ago. He’s posted his video blog here.

Reflections on “What can miserable Christians sing?”

“Of all the things I have written, my little essay, “What Can Miserable Christians Sing?” has provided me with so many delightful surprises over the years.

I wrote it in about 45 minutes one afternoon, infuriated by some superficial comment about worship I had heard but which I have long since forgotten.

And yet this little piece which took minimal time and energy to author has garnered more positive responses and more touching correspondence than anything else I have ever written. It resonated with people across the Christian spectrum, people from all different church backgrounds who had one thing in common: the understanding that life has a sad, melancholy, painful dimension which is too often ignored and sometimes even denied in our churches. …”

– Published at the 9Marks website in 2014, Carl Trueman’s reflection is well worth contemplating. What message do people take away from your church gatherings?

(From the 9Marks Journal issue entitled ‘The Church Singing’.)

Should I do a PhD in theology?

“I’m asked this question every so often, so here’s some questions that help answer it. …”

– Some helpful tips from Moore College’s Dr. Lionel Windsor.

Reading into discipleship: Knowing vs knowing of God

“Do you ever feel a sense of guilt or embarrassment when someone mentions one of the great Christian classic works and you’ve never even looked at it? …”

– Kirsten McKinlay points out that knowing about God – and knowing God – are very different things. Read it all at GoThereFor.com.

10 Point Sermon Checklist

Peter Grainger shares some simple questions you can ask about your sermon – at Unashamed Workman.

Church Society series for Lent

We’re now well into the season of Lent.

Whether or not you personally observe Lent, it’s always a good time to mediate on the great truths of Scripture.

Over at Church Society’s blog, Lee Gatiss has been posting Lent reflections:

So far (earliest first), the posts are:

A Revolutionary Act: Saying the Creed.

The Author of Perfect Happiness.

Who’s the boss of you?.

The Miracle of Christmas.

The Crucial Moment.

A New World.

– with more to come, at Church Society.

Dealing with Guilt and Shame

“Western culture regards guilt and shame as overwhelmingly negative experiences. The catch-cry of our times is “believe in yourself”, and ridding ourselves of guilt and shame is part of the near universal pursuit of positive thinking. Yet, for many, guilt and shame are all-too crushingly real and inescapable. We feel their weight even as we try to banish them with positive spin.

In our first Centre for Christian Living event of the year, Faculty member Dr Dan Wu will explore what the Bible has to say about guilt and shame – what they are, and how they can be both negative and positive experiences for Christians. Most importantly, Dan will unpack how these experiences relate to the defining reality for all human life – the glory of God seen in the cross of Jesus. …”

– Read about Moore College’s Centre for Christian Living event coming up on Wednesday 7th March.

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