Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Book: Gospel Speech

We all have a different relationship with speech. Some of us love it, some of us... not so much. For some it depends a lot on the context: speaking on the phone with a friend is perfectly enjoyable; speaking publicly in front of an audience is our worst nightmare. Some of us speak at a million miles an hour, while some of us have a slow and measured pace, choosing every word carefully. In many ways, speech really is a reflection of who we are as individuals.

But if our speech really is a reflection of who we are, and if being a Christian is a fundamental and even primary way we describe ourselves, should we expect gospel speech to be on our lips?

In this refreshingly different look at what the Bible has to say about evangelism and our speech patterns as Christians, Lionel Windsor shows the connection between faith and speech, and encourages us to confess the Lord Jesus with our lips.

Lionel Windsor is a lecturer at Moore Theological College in Sydney.   

Are all Christians commanded to evangelize?
Shut your mouth
God puts the words right in your mouth
Saved by the mouth
Do you feel the need for speech?
Speech is in your DNA
insiders and outsiders
Learning how to talk

Thursday, August 09, 2018

A story of forgiveness

Recently in an AFL game West Coast Eagles player Andrew Gaff hit a Fremantle  Dockers player Andrew Brayshaw in the mouth, behind the play, breaking his jaw. 
The issue caused some controversy in the media and amongst football followers. 
A few days later Andrew Brayshaw's father publicly stated he forgives Andrew Gaff and asks others to do the same, read the full story here

Pictures - for free

A picture tells a thousand words, so the saying goes.   
Using pictures for ministry can be very helpful in communicating or emphasising a point or the message.

Fortunately there are a number of sites offering quality pictures that are not only copyright/royalty free but also at no cost.

These include:
Free Bible Images
Freely Photos - primarily for churches
Good Free Photos
Good Stock Photos

If you are aware of any other sites offering free pictures feel free to post them in the comments section below.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Book: Growing up: In, with and under Jesus

This is a little book about Christian maturity. All of us have growing up to do. It's called maturing, and it's good for us.
But, how exactly do you grow up in your faith?
What does a mature Christian look like?
Are there any habits that mature Christians tend to practice?
This book answers these questions. Each chapter dives into a different aspect of the Christian life and examines what a mature Christian life looks like in that area: God's Word, Prayer, Church and Worship, Evangelism, and Daily Holiness. While we are called to grow up in, with, and under Jesus, we never grow out of Him. Actually, the more we mature, the more we realize just how much we need our Savior Jesus.
Readers who enjoy authors such as Acuff, Chan, Goff, Peterson, and Tchividjian will similarly be blessed by Peter Berauer’s words.