Wednesday, June 20, 2007

PMSA statement on Christian Mission

The PMSA is seeking to further articulate and enhance its Christian role in the education of young people in Queensland by formulating a statement on its Christian mission in schools. It seeks your input in developing this statement.

If you have had any association with the PMSA, please go to this website and complete a 5 minute survey. (The Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association is the organization which runs BBC, Somerville House, Clayfield College and Sunshine Coast Grammar)

http://www.webpoll.org/insightplus/PMSA.htm

I'm interested in what the findings will be!

Friday, February 16, 2007

Modesty Survey Results

The Rebelution Modesty Survey that I mentioned earlier is done. I'd encourage everybody to have a squiz at the results. For each question, it shows the breakdown of responses from the 1600 or so guys who participated, plus text responses from individuals. I don't know if anything more is going to be done with these results on the blog, but even as they are they're a good resource if you have a specific article of clothing or something that you're wondering about, and just for general thought provoking.

In addition to the survey, the blog also has a petition going for guys to sign, stating the following (I'm hoping re-posting this here is ok):

As a Christian guy with a deep appreciation for feminine modesty, I hereby affirm and commend the following biblical truths to my sisters in Christ:
Please, approach the survey as a resource, not a list of rules.
Always honor your parents above the results of the survey. (Ephesians 6:1-3)
Seek personal feedback on your attire from the godly men and women in your life.
Remember, modesty is first and foremost a matter of the heart, not the wardrobe.
Faithfully pursue the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. (1 Peter 3:4)
Let your good works outshine your outward appearance. (1 Timothy 2:10)
Dress for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
http://www.therebelution.com/modestysurvey/

Sunday, February 04, 2007

JesusPets

Now we can really prepare for Jesus' return.

"Who is going to care for your pets after you are raptured into heaven?

Many Christians believe that animals do not go to heaven. So when Jesus comes back and you return with him to heaven, will there be somebody to take care of your dog or cat?

If you have a non-Christian family member, they might take care of your pet, but if not, have you made any plans? Imagine being taken to streets of gold while your dog starves to death walking around in his own feces trapped in your small house or apartment, subject to fire and earthquakes or even being eaten by heathens searching for any remaining morsel of food. Do you want that to happen?

With the imminent collapse of the global economy and rampant godlessness, even the community shelters will not have the resources to care for your poor, hungry animals. So you need to make preparations.

That’s what JesusPets is for. We are assembling a community of heathen pet-lovers to care for pets that are “left-behind.” We are coordinating with feed mills and kennels in preparation for your post-apocalyptic pet care needs."


They also sell T-shirts and coffee mugs. Spread the word, guys.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Modesty Survey

The guys over at Rebelution currently have a 'modesty survey' running. Written using a compilation of questions from women, men respond to the survey according to what articles of clothing/habits/etc are troublesome for them & what aren't.

I've had several conversations with girls along the lines of 'sure, we want to be modest, but how are we supposed to know what's ok & what's not, without resorting to a permanent potato sack?' The results of a survey like this should help to shed some more light on this issue.

So guys, head over to the Survey and make your voice heard. Be quick, I don't think it will be open much longer. Girls, there's a survey preview there for you to look at, but I think the most interesting info for us will be the results. I'll keep an eye on it & post again when they're released.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Pray like the Puritans...

"I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
with thee, O Father, as my harbour,
thee, O Son, at my helm,
thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails."

That is an excerpt from the prayer for the New Year that I have posted below. Isn't the imagery superb? A friend suggested I use this as my prayer to start my new working year. I love it so thought we could all be enriched by reading it...

New Year

Length of days does not profit me except the days are passed in thy presence,
in thy service, to thy glory.

Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides, sustains, sanctifies, aids every hour,
that I may not be one moment apart from thee,
but may rely on thy Spirit
to supply every thought,
speak every word,
direct every step,
prosper every work,
build up every mote of faith,
and give me a desire
to show forth thy praise,
testify thy love,
advance thy kingdom.

I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
with thee, O Father, as my harbour,
thee, O Son, at my helm,
thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.

Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,
my lamp burning,
my ear open to thy calls,
my heart full of love, my soul free.

Give me thy grace to sanctify me,
thy comforts to cheer me,
thy wisdom to teach,
thy right hand to guide,
thy counsel to instruct,
thy law to judge,
thy presence to stabilize.

May thy fear by my awe,
thy triumphs my joy.

(From The Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, p. 112)


Wednesday, January 17, 2007

There go the Ships

So, last night at Andrew's Bible Talk Training session, Simon mentioned a sermon outline by CH Spurgeon called "There go the ships", in which that one sentence was the basis for the whole sermon. Courtesy of http://grace-for-today.com (click "authors", "CH Spurgeon", "Psalm 104") we have the talk's outline right here:

HINTS TO THE VILLAGE PREACHER.
Ver. 26. —There go the ships. (See" Spurgeon's Sermons, "No. 1,259.)
1. We see that the ships go.
(a) The ships are intended for going.
(b) The ships in going at last disappear from view.
(c) The ships as they go are going upon business.
(d) The ships sail upon a changeful sea.
2. How go the ships?
(a) They must go according to the wind.
(b) But still the mariner does not go by the wind without exertion on his own part.
(c) They have to be guided and steered by the helm.
(d) He who manages the helm seeks direction from charts and lights.
(e) They go according to their build.
3. Let us signal them.
(a) Who is your owner?
(b) What is your cargo?
(c) Where are you going?

I can see how you could give a really good talk using this outline, though it would probably be more like a topical talk than the expository preaching we're learning about. What do other people think about it?

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

More on 1 Peter

After last night's excellent introduction to giving a Bible Talk, I thought I'd open up some of my lyrics for public critique. This is a song I wrote based on 1 Pet 1:1-13, which coincidentally Simon's preaching on this weekend! I wrote this draft about 18 months ago and it hasn't had much work since then.

If anyone wants to hear how it sounds, I'll do a quick-and-dirty recording of it later this week. In the mean time here are the lyrics. After last night's lesson, one question that should probably be asked is: does the song capture the big idea of the passage, or is it just scripture put into song? Feel free to comment on any other aspect of the lyrics too.

Living Hope
We have a living hope,
Through Jesus our Lord.
Stored up in heaven for us,
Our final reward.
Though now there is suffering,
Testing our faith,
We can rejoice
That it will not fade away.

Praise and glory to Jesus Christ our Lord,
Kneel in honour to the risen Son of God.
Praise and glory to Jesus Christ our King,
Give our lives to Him in daily offering.

Though we have not seen Him,
We love him just the same.
We believe in Him,
And our hearts rejoice.
Prophets foretold it,
This grace that is ours:
The suffering of Christ,
For our salvation.

repeat chorus

DSE 2005