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    This morning members and associates of APWM, accompanied by guests from Vanuatu, were guests of Epping Presbyterian Church (Sydney). We were encouraged by both the 9.00am and 10.30am services, at which we heard sermons from Matthew Oates on Hosea 13/14 … Continue reading

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    Today at MGPC at lunch and presentation were held to mark the 100th anniversary of WEC International. Marking a century of work that was commenced by notable cricketer C.T. Studd, today we heard about the compelling present and future needs … Continue reading

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    David Cook (Moderator-General, Presbyterian Church of Australia) writes about recent visits to Presbyterian schools and offers words of encouragement and challenge about communicating the Gospel to new generations. The rock band, Daft Punk released their much anticipated album, Random Access … Continue reading

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    Saw lots and lots of friends in Sydney this past week, including Rev Bill Lutton. Bill and Jenny are currently serving in Kingaroy, Qld. When they visited Mount Gambier some years ago (when Bill was director of APWM) he introduced … Continue reading

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    Originally posted on Tim Chester:
    The BBC new website has a report on a recent Bible Society study of young people in the UK aged eight to 15 and their parents. “Surveys for the Bible Society found almost three in 10…

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    Thanks to Ray Ortlund for posting this quote from Lesslie Newbigin: “There has been a long tradition which sees the mission of the Church primarily as obedience to a command. It has been customary to speak of ‘the missionary mandate.’ … Continue reading

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    Just a brief note as we prepare for day two. As they say in the classics ‘he wrote the book.’ The ground covered in Keller’s talks yesterday focussed on the latter content of Center Church. Of interest were: His observations … Continue reading

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    Some grabs from yesterday. Contextualisation: Bringing the changeless message of the Gospel to address the particular cultural situation of the audience. Sermon introductions: ‘Open up your Bibles to …’ is also a contextualised approach to a felt need of an … Continue reading

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    Michael Milton cites this stirring observation by David Livingstone about his labours in Africa. These words are a challenge and an invitation that rings across the generations: “People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of … Continue reading

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    I linked to the first part of this series a couple of weeks ago. In parts 2 and 3 Skye Jethani expands on his observation of church as destination instead of vehicle. Here’s the link to part 2 “The church … Continue reading

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    This article from Gospel Coalition Australia challenges a perception that seeing our own localities as mission fields fulfils the local church’s obligation to partner in global mission. From the post: We are not saying that Australia doesn’t need Gospel mission … Continue reading

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    With Usain Bolt’s inspiring third win in the Olympic 100 meter race, a lot of people (especially Christians) might remember the film Chariots Of Fire and the words attributed to Eric Liddell “God made me fast. And when I run, … Continue reading

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    Christianity flourishes at the margins, not when it controls. Jared Wilson: Christian mission has always thrived by surging in the margins and under the radar. When we somehow get into positions of power, the wheels always come off. This is … Continue reading

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    Zac Hicks on corporate worship as true mission activity, perhaps in contrast to being evangelistic activity. The symbiotic relationship between worship and mission means, first of all, that it would be unthinkable to ever replace corporate, gathered worship with missional … Continue reading

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    Sam Kim writes about the social media fueled anxiety that seems to be eating away at younger generations. Courtesy of Ed Stetzer’s blog: In a culture based on shame and superficiality, the elephant in the room, which is the pressure … Continue reading

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    Daniel Darling on church being a snapshot of God’s grace and not homogeneous unit management principles: Sometimes, in our quest to create cutting-edge churches, we sacrifice our long-term futures for short-term benefits. I’ve often felt this way as I’ve walked … Continue reading

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