Minister turns Atheist

Spotted on Del.icio.us: a former Churches of Christ minister explains why he no longer believes. He has what comes across as good reasons for his actions, and I certainly couldn’t talk him out of it, but I wonder if it fails the “bad things happening” test. John Dickson reckons there’s a basic human reaction to misfortune which means we all cry out “Why did this happen?” or often “Why, God?”

As a more lighthearted link: Steak Fajitas

SNC Music Review 2005

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This blog has a wide readership. I’d say 90% or more of you know me personally, but I am popular around the world, particularly Germany, China, South Korea and Taiwan. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no David Hasselhoff, but you explain my Indian readership.

As I’m sure all my regular readers know, I help administer the band and music at the Sunday Night service at Toongabbie Anglican Church, in the western suburbs Sydney, Australia. If you aren’t one of the people who knew this, welcome to my beer blog, where I keep track of my home brewing adventures, and occasionally write about other stuff.

I’ve helped lead the band for 12 months now. Prior to that we were under the guidance of musician extraordinaire and all round good guy Tim Neal. He left our church after marrying the lovely Jamie, to start afresh together at Macquarie Chapel. So since then, Luke and myself have led the band, but now Luke is hoping to step back a bit. But this article isn’t meant to be about me.

At the start of 2005 we had a bit of a personnel problem. We had 2 bands, each doing 2 weeks playing, 2 weeks being a part of the congregation. One band had drums, bass, piano and a singer, while the other had drums, bass, guitar and a singer. Okay, but a real hassle when someone was away, or sick, for a weekend. Plus we weren’t really doing as much as we could with the songs, just going through the motions to a certain extent. Continue reading “SNC Music Review 2005”

Beach Mission 2005/06 Report

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The meaning of life: to bring glory to God.

There are two main goals for a SUFM team:

  1. Evangelism – bringing the word of God to people in the mission location, through childrens programs or directly to adults/teens.
  2. Building up the team members and encouraging them in their walk with God

I think Hallidays Point SUFM 2005/6 could regard itself as a success by these standards. A great amount of growth was experienced by those on the team, and the Word was preached loudly and clearly to all who would listen (and even some who tried not to).

Some prayer points, if you are so inclined:

  • Praise God, who created everything, including us.
  • Say sorry for your failure to live life his way.
  • Thank Him for his great gift of Jesus, who took our sins so we can know God.
  • Thank God for the excellent preparatory work by David, Tim and the rest of the leadership team that allowed mission to be such a success.
  • Thank God for Graydon and his talks from 2 Timothy that so encouraged and enlightened the team.
  • Thank God for the children that realise that Jesus is the King, ruler over everything.
  • Praise God for the young teenager/s who’ve given their life over to Christ.
  • Please pray for the people at the caravan park whose lives have been touched by God this summer, that they may repent and come to know Him, and that his Holy Spirit may rest upon them as they learn to live their lives as God intended.

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2