The evangelistic conversation

“Evangelistic conversations can be tough. Really tough. They can be so tough and discouraging that, after having a few, many people give up and never try again.

However, there are things we can do to allow a tough situation to become enjoyable – and more importantly, effective.

So, what’s a good way to engage in an evangelistic conversation? …”

– Here’s some encouragement from Dave Jensen at GoThereFor.com.

Paul: in his own words (Ephesians 1:1a)

“Who do you think Paul is? He is, after all, one of the most influential – and therefore talked-about – figures in the history of Western civilisation.

There are plenty of opinions floating around about who he is and what he’s like. …”

– At Forget The Channel, Dr. Lionel Windsor introduces us to the real Paul.

NSW CMS Summer School 2019 — audio talks available

If you missed some of Gary Millar’s talks (or those by Simon Gillham) at CMS NSW & ACT Summer School – or if you want to listen again – they are now available.

Related: Dominic Steele spoke with Gary Millar at Katoomba for The Pastor’s Heart.

Changing bodies? A Christian understanding of gender confusion

“From bathroom laws to birth certificates, transgender rights often occupy the headlines.

While we listen to these highly charged political conversations happening in the public sphere, there are also people in our churches who are personally experiencing transgender feelings. This can be difficult and confusing to respond to as a Christian, and it’s something that the church is only recently learning to respond to.

As Christians it’s important that we give thought to these issues. I hope this article will give a framework for doing this, and that together we can work out how to best love our brothers and sisters who are struggling with gender confusion.…”

– At The Australian Church Record, suggests a framework so that together, we can work out how to best love our brothers and sisters who are struggling with gender confusion.

Why consider gender and the local church?

“God’s creation of human beings as male and female is a gift; gender is one of the gifts God uses to mature believers and build his kingdom. It has been great to consider this more and to think through ways we can encourage and challenge women and men to use their gender for God’s glory. …”

The Australian Church Record speaks with Jane Tooher about the thinking behind, and the ministry of, Moore College’s Priscilla and Aquila Centre.

The elusive joy of Christian community — CCL event

Coming up on Wednesday 27th February at Moore College’s Centre for Christian Living –

“We all want our churches to be more than clubs, more than institutions and more than events that we turn up to each week. We want to experience the joy of real community with other Christians.

But let’s face it: that joy is elusive. Our churches often feel more like clubs, institutions or events than genuine communities. Why is that? And what can we do about it?

In this Centre for Christian Living event, we’re going to explore what Christian community really is, how it is created and sustained, and what each one of us can do to experience its joys.”

– Chase Kuhn and Tony Payne speaking. Details and booking here.

Esther: For such a time as this — new book from Peter Adam

“Esther: For such a time as this” is the title of a new book from Peter Adam in the Reading the Bible Today series.

It will be released soon, and is available for pre-order from Christian Education Productions.

This volume joins a wide range of commentaries already in the series.

World Watch List 2019

Open Doors has released their World Watch List for 2019.

Fuel for prayer.

Five tips for reading daily Bible reading and prayer

“The most important resolution you can make this year is to read your Bible and pray each day – this, along with meeting with God’s people, is what makes a Christian’s heart beat.

However, by this point in January most of our resolutions will have failed – including our daily quiet time. We’ve started to get busy, missed a few mornings and it’s starting to feel like 2019 will be very similar to 2018 after all. But just because you didn’t read your Bible yesterday, doesn’t mean you need to give up.

So here are my top five tips for starting and maintaining a regular quiet time in 2019…”

These tips from Tom Habib might be just what you need. At The Australian Church Record.

Also from the ACR: Biblical mentoring: its pattern and place – Mike Leite.

The Bible’s guide to time travel (part 3): Don’t forget to change your clocks

“We are living in resurrection season, waiting for the rest of the harvest to come. This means we need to change our clocks.

No longer are we counting up the years, months and days. No longer are the events of our own lives the primary points of reference for where we stand on the timeline.

Now we are counting down to the day of Jesus’ return. It is the events of his life that orientate where we fit in. And that changes things. …”

– At The Australian Church Record, read part 3 of Annabel Nixey’s series on time.

Donald Robinson’s Selected Works Book Launch

Coming up at Moore College on Saturday 16th March 2019.

Details and RSVP at the College website.

Conversations with John Anderson — Featuring Os Guinness

Former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson has been publishing some fascinating Conversations on his website.

Recently, he spoke with Christian author and social critic Os Guinness. Watch the video of his 38-minute conversation here. (Direct link to the video here.)

And see the other conversations already published.

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