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Welcome to SWED 2010

February 23, 2010 — Leave a comment

SWED SUEU logoHere’s a video I recently made for the Christian group at Sydney Uni (SUEU), for the Social Work and Education faculty (SWED)

I used my new camera for this video and I think it looks great (if I do say so myself)! Much better than my old one.

We are doing a whole bunch of events on campus over the coming few weeks, and we would love for you to pray for us as we reach out to Sydney Uni!

I’m Going To Be On Radio!

February 22, 2010 — 7 Comments

MicrophoneThis Wednesday, 24/2/2010. I’m going to co-host a 1 hour radio program entitled “EU: A Snapshot of Uni Life”.

The show will be on at 4pm, broadcast from SURG at Sydney Uni.

The show is part of the Sydney Uni Evangelical Union’s (SUEU) O-Week program and will be highlighting some of the activities that the SUEU runs.

I’m looking forward to it. I’m sure it’ll be a ton of fun, and I’ll be hosting with the one and only Mike Roberts. Fun times are sure to follow, and it’ll be broadcast around the campus as part of o-week fun times

So if you are around Sydney Uni on Wednesday between 4pm and 5pm, tune in to SURG 90.9 FM and listen to “EU: A Snapshot of Uni Life”.

Left to Right Up Front

February 9, 2010 — Leave a comment

If you ever find yourself presenting to a group of people, then please listen to this.

You need to reverse your left and right up front.

As people in an English speaking culture, we are used to reading left to right. This not only goes for books, but for timelines and progressions as well, so if I am moving from 1, to 2, to 3. I think left, to centre, to right.

Far to often, I see speakers forgetting to reverse this, and so when they are speaking, their hands are saying something different to their mouths. Their mouths may be telling me a forward progression, but I see a backwards progression with their hands.

When you are in front of a group of people, it is helpful to understand that your left and right, is no longer their left and right. Their minds wont flip for you, you must flip for them.

So when you’re speaking in front of a group of people, reverse your left and right, just for them.

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Escape 2010 Logo5 became Christians!

7 recommitted their lives to Christ!

5 have requested more information!

These are the stats from the CRU camp that I directed in January! It is so exciting when God works through those who are weak!

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”

1 Corinthians 1:27

I thank God for all 13 leaders on Escape, and for the work that each individual put into serving God.

I also thank God for the people who were part of the Facebook group and were praying for us while on camp.

We have a great God and he is working in people in this world so that many will be saved. God will return one day to judge those who are alive, and his patience until then means salvation for many.

“Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation”

2 Peter 3:15a

God saved some of the campers on Escape from eternal punishment. But there are still many more who need to be saved.

Thank God for his patience!

St Stephen's Flooded

January 7, 2010 — 2 Comments

Today our church, St Stephen’s, got slightly flooded by a burst water main on Mowbray Rd. It was covered on both Channel 7 and 9 on their 6pm news broadcasts. It was also covered by The North Shore Times (here). There is also a photo gallery here.

As of yet there is no major damage to be seen.

Update: List of media references

Below are some photos from my Dad’s iPhone.

A foot of water or more...

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Summer Holiday

December 24, 2009 — 1 Comment

Over the next month there’s going to be sporadic posting on this site. This isn’t for any other reason then the fact that I’m away. Get ready for regular posting starting Feb 2010! Anyway, here’s what I’m up too over the next month or so.

  • Kiama Beach Mission – I’m giving 6 kids talks plus doing other stuff
  • Holiday with the fiance and her family, I’m really looking forward to a break away from everything else
  • Directing a Cru Camp called Escape – I would love it if you would pray for Escape 2010 (Facebook Group)

Hope you have a great summer! Or if you are in America, hope you have a great winter!

We go white water rafting on Escape!

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Maybe I will…

November 29, 2009 — 4 Comments

I like blogging.

Over the past few months, I have missed it.

I have missed the reflecting and the active searching for new information to share.

Life has calmed down for me, I now have three months of holidays (though I have quite a bit to do). So I think I may have some time to casually blog.

I make no promises as to daily posting, but I will try to make quality posts when I do. I hope that I can share some helpful thoughts, and I look forward to discussion that will ensue.

Some things I may blog about include

  • Continuing the Public vs Private debate (with new thoughts and possibility of creating a resource for pre-service teachers)
  • 6 children’s talks I am writing for beach mission (on crazy stories from the Bible)
  • General reflections from the Bible
  • Thoughts about technology
  • Anything else…?

A photo uploaded to Posterous

So first thing to blog about… Posterous

I just started an account (here), after seeing Dave Miers use it. It’s pretty cool, and allows you to immediately post to Facebook and Twitter (and other sites).

It’s pretty easy to post, just via email or on the web. I think it’s better than Twitpic or other photo services, and it’s not just for photos.

Well that was fun. I look forward to this casual blogging, and will see where it leads.

Blogging is a good thing.

Communication is central to learning, and blogging allows us to communicate ideas really easily, and it creates a great forum for discussion.

Relaxing in a Chair

I like blogging (see 4 Reasons to Blog).

But…

At this current stage in my life, I will not continue to blog. Blogging takes up time, and I have less t

ime than I used to. Sure, I could blog every idea that I am currently thinking about, so as to reflect on these ideas. But there I some things that I want to reflect on without sharing with everyone.

Blogging also at times isn’t so great (See 3 Reasons Not to Blog).

I have enjoyed blogging, and have enjoyed thinking through ideas, and receiving feedback on these ideas. But for now, its a permanent break from blogging (and Twitter, cos I think they are very closely linked).

If you are a blogger, power to you. I think it is a great thing to do. I may be back one day to blog, but if I do, I think it will be a more specific blog with fewer posts each week.

Thanks to all who read over the past few months!

We're Engaged!

August 19, 2009 — 5 Comments

If you haven’t yet heard. Me and my wonderful fiance Alice are engaged.

This would be the reason why there has been little activity here for a while, and also why there is going to be no activity for a few weeks. Posting will resume sometime soon.

In the meantime, if you want you can read back through some of the best posts, or through archives.

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Prayer Spreadsheet

August 10, 2009 — 7 Comments

Daily prayer is a hard task. What do you pray for? How do you remember what to pray for? How do you have time for it all?

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Colossians 4:2

Over the past few years, I have been trying to use a Prayer Spreadsheet to do daily prayer. All this is, is a Spreadsheet with the day of the week across the top, and then topics to pray for down the left. I then fill in the columns with different items.

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This technique has helped in a number of ways.

  • It helps you to remember to pray for different things each day such as missionaries, friends or your church.
  • It allows you to spread out you prayers over the week, so that you can balance what you pray about (I find thhat this helps me to stay focussed)
  • You can keep the Spreadsheet with you at all times in different formats (Paper, on your phone, on your computer)
  • Finally, it allows prayer to be manageable, you have a set amount of praying to do each day, and it is there before you in a note form.

If you miss a day of praying, then that is ok, and if you want, you can pray for more than one day if you have extra time.

I really enjoy using this so I thought I would share this. If you would like to try this out, then here is a template for you to download and use*.

Do you have any tips to help Christians in daily prayer, or anything that works well for you? (Let us know in the comments below)

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