Minute from a Minister


14
Sep 2014

On Sunday I saw my favourite Not a Fan sermon intro video. What I liked about it was the response a parent gave for why his daughter was no longer a follower of Jesus (putting aside predestination). The phrase was “We raised her in church but we didn’t raise her in Christ”. Friends, is it just me or did that strike you too? I have been thinking about that ever since. Are we raising our kids in church or in Christ? Or, even more personally to ask the question of ourselves, are......

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07
Sep 2014

As most of you know by now, last month a group of us from TGS, nine in total, went to the Oxygen Conference in Sydney. It went for four days: Monday to Thursday, and for Sue and me, because we stayed overnight at my mum’s place (in the Shire of course), it meant that we needed to commute in and out each day, as it was held in the centre of Sydney in Redfern at the Australian Technology Park. What amazed me on our trips into the city each morning and evening......

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31
Aug 2014

No, I’m not talking about the pews! … At the Oxygen conference one of the speakers (Paul Tripp) said: ‘Jesus will take you where you have not planned to go in order to produce in you what you could not. It’s grace.’ He called this ‘theology of uncomfortable grace’, which might sound strange, but it really is very helpful for you and me. Let me explain— In Mark 6:45 Jesus makes his disciples get into the boat in order to go to the other side … except that the wind is against......

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24
Aug 2014

Luke 14:33 records Jesus saying: “any of you who does not give up everything he has, cannot be my disciple.” Wow! What a big call! So does that mean that every single one of us (if we are really followers, not fans) must sell our homes, cars, clothes … in fact, every possession we have? Well, ‘no’. So then, what does Jesus mean? He means that to be truly following him means that he is Number One in your life … if you are a spouse, it means that you want Him......

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