This is a short video that was made for the NCA Church weekend away, introducing the people who come to Cammeray at 5:30. I love these people.
Video – Tim Stevens.
Music – The Fathers Heart, Tony Anderson. (tonyandersonmusic.com)
Canon 500D // Final Cut Pro X
Over the last couple of years I have worked in a number of roles where I have had to make the odd video. Often these are just in house creations that will never, because of their nature, see the internet. Regardless of this, I like to think that the quality of our visual communication should be of an achievable quality. A big part of this quality will always be down to using the right video equipment, but it also comes down to the kind of music you choose for your video.
Music has always been a difficulty in the projects I have done. That is, till now.
Recently I discovered a guy called Tony Anderson. Tony lives in the USA. Tony is a Christian. Tony is a fantastic sound designer.
Last week I used one of his songs for a video on a congregation at my church. That video will see the internet on Friday. He was very gracious and let me use it without having to pay him for licensing. He has an immense talent, and he wants to use his gifts to serve Jesus’ church. I give thanks for people like him.
Anyway, thanks to sound cloud, you can listen to a bunch of his tracks below. Go on. Just listen!
This is a short video that was made for the NCA Church weekend away, giving a glimpse into what it looks like to go to 9am church at Cammeray.
Video – Tim Stevens
Music – Time to Wander, Gypsy and the Cat. (Buy here - itunes.apple.com/artist/gypsy-the-cat/id364607854)
Canon 500D // Final Cut Pro X
Recently I filmed some interviews at church. They are for a bigger video, but this is a little snapshot (Audio hasn’t been mastered).
I introduce my 93yr old friend Cyril.
He has been following Jesus for over 50 years.
He loves coming to Cammeray @ 5:30.
He was also very nervous while being filmed.
Canon 500D // Final Cut Pro X
Ephesians chapter 2 says this:
4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Inspired by this passage, among others, this week a few of my mates *finally* released a song called ‘Alive’. Alive is a great song, and if you have been to any of the Engage conferences in the past two years you have probably been looking for a way to get your hands on it so you can sing it in the car.
I was going to write some long post about it. Telling you that you should probably ‘do yourself a favour’ and go buy it. But my words couldn’t really demonstrate how good it is.
SO, just listen to it (The video below).
Then like ‘Voyage‘ (the name of the partnership) on facebook, and read more about “their desire to pair preachers with musicians in the writing of church songs”.
Then go to iTunes and buy it.
Exams are here again.
These photos are about all I can muster at the moment in terms of a blog post.
Please pray for me
I have lots of talented friends. One of those friends is a guy called Nath.
To cut a long story short, Nath is awesome at drawing. This awesomeness means that he is about to have a childrens book released. Its called “panda”. Here is the blurb from the facebook page.
“Panda is a very talented, very lonely bear in search of a place to belong. While searching for his home he comes to realise that belonging is more about finding people who truly love you than look like you.”
I’m looking forward to it coming out.
Check it out on facebook here.
It’s that time of year again. The time of year I am talking about is when all of Moore College put down all of the books about systematic theology, and goes out to do MooreMission.
This year MooreMission is bigger and better than ever. A friend and I have built a website to be the online hub for blogging and tweeting, and Anglican media are getting involved too.
I’m especially looking forward to Mission this year because:
a) Kirsty is coming along
b) We are heading to country NSW (Glen Innes, Guyra & Emmaville)
Tomorrow we are driving north to spend a night with Kirsty’s cousins in Coffs, before continuing on to Guyra on Saturday afternoon.
If you want to keep up to date with what is happening you can:
It has been a while since I posted anything of any real meaning on here. That is largely due to an almost non-stop summer of activity. Here are the quick highlights.
- We finished up at family church in mid December.
- Christmas happened.
- Tyro has been mental. See some of the stuff we have been doing here.
- We went on beach mission. We were the cooks. It was mental. Good mental, but still mental.
- A bit of time was spent getting ready for college starting again.
- Kirsty started a new job.
- I started a new job as a student minister at an Anglican Church in Cammeray.
- Australia dominated in the test series.
Pretty much sums it up. Normal service will now resume.
Recently I had the pleasure of sitting under the teaching of John Piper at the engage conference. John Piper has a new book which is all about racism and the gospel’s response to it. This is a video that Desiring God recently made to promote the book.
I think it is really worthwhile watching.
It’s below if you have 18 minutes free. Maybe stop doing what you are doing and watch it anyway.
I’m back. Exams are done. First year of college is done. Time to get back to posing. I have a fair bit of stuff to share over the next 2 weeks. I’m looking forward to it.
When Unearthed was formed, we had our hearts set on producing a documentary that would expose the mechanics of the global sex trade. For a solid year, we traveled, filmed, raided brothels, rescued victims, and had our hearts crushed by the magnitude of sexual brokenness that surrounded us. You can watch some of that work here.
We all have responsibility to the victims of this injustice, and we’re thrilled that 85% of the money that comes into our doors goes right back out to some of the best organizations in the world that rescue, rehabilitate, and reintegrate the women & children that live in this hell.
Jacob’s story in the video [below] isn’t an isolated incident. Jesus is continually transforming abusers into protectors; addicts into free men and traffickers into rescuers. Over the next year, we’re creating a film called The Hearts of Men. It’s a raw, unfiltered examination of how sin distorts sex, who’s affected, and how the Gospel changes all of it. We know that to win this war, we need to engage men and right now they aren’t just asleep on the battlefield, they’re fornicating on it. A generation of God’s sons need to be reminded who they are in Christ: chosen, washed, sanctified, and justified.
Now watch the video.
I am a Christian, and therefore I care deeply when fellow believers stand up for their faith in Jesus. I care all the more when they are persecuted for doing so. This is a story that I saw yesterday.
Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is facing execution after refusing to renounce his faith during court hearings held this week.
In July, the Supreme Court instructed the Revolutionary Tribunal of Gilan Province to review his case to verify whether he was previously a practising Muslim. At the recent hearings, the court in Rasht ruled that Pastor Youcef was not a practising Muslim before becoming a Christian. However, he remains guilty of apostasy because of his Muslim ancestry.
According to sources, when Pastor Youcef was asked to repent in court, he said:
“Repent means to return. What should I return to? To the blasphemy that I had before my faith in Christ?”
When judges told him to return to “the religion of your ancestors, Islam,” Pastor Youcef responded, “I cannot.”
Nadarkhani has used up all his chances in the court. “We hear some rumors that he could be executed literally this week – that he’s had now three days which is called for in Islamic law to reconsider his decision, and he could be executed at any time,” reports Todd Nettleton with Voice of the Martyrs USA.
Check out this news report for more information about Youcef’s case.
URGENT PRAYER NEEDED
Please share this story with your friends and family and ask them to pray for Youcef Nadarkhani and his family.
- Please pray that Youcef will be faithful even to death so that he will receive the crown of life (Revelation 2:10).
- Pray that Christians around the world will take swift and decisive action on Youcef’s behalf.
- Pray that all charges against him will be dropped.
- Pray for all Christians in Iran, that they will keep their eyes on Jesus and not be fearful. Pray that persecution will only increase their passion for Christ and their willingness to share their faith.
I love finding good videos in the web. I also love it when I find a good video that is about christianity, and even better when that video is about Jesus. Dan Stevers continues to deliver great videos about both of these things.
Check this one out. It is called ‘Scars’.
A couple of weeks ago Kirsty and I had the pleasure of heading away with our Church for a weekend away in Galston. It was a great time of fellowship, and time around the bible.
Everyone will suffer at some point in their life. Suffering can take almost any form that you can think of, you could experience physical suffering, like a long term illness or something more short term. You can also experience persecution from others, which is also a form of suffering, and that persecution might even incorporate some kind of physical suffering. You can download all of the talks for free here.
I took a great amount away form the weekend, some of my notes are summarised below. (you can download my full notes here)
- Because God is Sovereign, suffering does not surprise him.
- Suffering is a by-product of sin entering the world. Jesus dying on the cross was a one in history event to deal with that sin, but we still wait to enter heaven, where suffering will be abolished.
- Just like in the exodus. Being a Christian is about being in the desert with 2 million people, with no food and no water, with impending danger, and being able to say to God, ‘I trust you’.
- If sin wasn’t a problem for God, then he wouldn’t be God worth following. A perfect holy, just, righteous God.
- In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus says that he will always be with us. This gives us confidence that we do not endure suffering without his knowledge.
- We can’t lie that our suffering is better or sufficient over Jesus Christ.
Last weekend at church we had the pleasure of having a brother from Africa come and preach. His name is Edwin Ngubane, and he is a bishop in the Anglican Church in South Africa.
He has a truly amazing life story, and an even more amazing story of how he came to believe in Christ. You can learn more about him in this video.
He preached the second sermon in our series on prayer from Paul’s first letter to Timothy, the specific section was chapter 2, verses 1 to 7. He was challenging us to think about how, People in the household of God, should act. I found it to be a really helpful sermon, so I thought I would share it.
He also challenged Kirsty and I to think about going to work with him in ministry to students in South Africa. He told me that Moore really should set up an exchange program with GWC. Cheeky.
Today we had the privilege of meeting with the senior minister from St George North Anglican. This was the church that I did mission with a little while ago.
It was great time of hearing back about what kind of impact our mission had in St George North. I didn’t know what to think about mission while we were doing it. We were so busy all the time that we just powered on, not really having time to properly debrief. So it was great to be able to hear about all the great things that have been happening because of our week on mission. The last little while has been exciting for the church, and ive written them in point form.
- 21 people are involved in Christianity Explained directly because of mission. An additional 14 are in this course external to our mission, bringing the number up to 35.
- One woman about to finish Christianity explained, and wants to be a Christian.
- One man became a Christian, directly because of a sermon he heard on Luke 24 at Bexley North.
- A new youth group is about to be planted at Bexely North.
- 10 new people coming to church for the first time.
- A new congregation has been planted, with another 15 new people. They are already having the problem of reaching capacity, and might need to find a larger place to meet.
I’m so thankful for the impact that the gospel is having in St George North, and that we were able to be a part of it. Ill keep praying for them.
Because I’m training to be a Christian minister, I feel the need to have good tools to help me do my job. It sounds simple, a carpenter needs good tools that work. If it is not a good hammer (nail gun), his work might be compromised. This is the same for Christians, you need to have a good bible. A bible that you can trust in.
This year ive been trying to work out what I should do about bible software on my computer. Traditionally there have been two main programs that have served the Mac, Logos and Accordance. From what I have heard, they are both good pieces of software. Really helpful tools for studying the bible,and sharing it’s contents with others. Recently both programs unveiled versions for the iPhone and iPad, meaning that you can have all your tools available to you even when you don’t have your computer handy.
The problem sometimes lies in the price of these programs. The middle package from Logos is priced at $629.95, and the accordance pricing is so confusing that I ran out of patience.
This is where Glo Bible comes in. Glo Bible is a program that has been on the PC for the past year and a bit, and just quietly, I was a bit excited when I found out that they had released a version for Mac, iPad and soon to be iPhone. The interface is really easy to use, and the content is amazing. On a really simple level, it is a bible. And the aim of it, is to get you to read the bible. But it also offers timelines, photos, an atlas and heaps HD video content. And it only cost $50 US, because they are having a launch discount.
Ill probably end up getting Logos, because that has lots of stuff that I think ill need in the future years. But at the moment I couldn’t justify the $629 price tag, so the $50 Glo Bible got my vote. It’s a great tool, and ive already found it extremely helpful in my bible study.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been doing a little bit of preaching at our church. Most recently I did a sermon on Matthew 27:27-44 about Jesus’ Crucifixion. I’ve had a few people ask me where they can go to listen to it. Well you can just click below because I’ve worked out how to embed files into my webpage from a program called SoundCloud. Winner. If you don’t want to listen to it I’m not bothered, I wont even be offended.
For the last 2 weeks I have had the privilege of preaching to the people at our church. I’ve loved doing back to back sermons over two weeks, it has given me a rare opportunity as a student minister to prepare two sermons in short succession. Over the two weeks, I worked through Matthew 27, as part of a wider series on the last 24 hours of Jesus life. A series we are doing specifically in the run up to easter.
Matthew 27 can be summed up pretty well by a poem that I discovered by a dude called Albert Midlane. He lived from 1825 to 1909. He wrote heaps of good stuff over the course of his life. But this short verse caught my attention as I was preparing.
Himself He could not save,
He on the cross must die,
Or mercy cannot come
To ruined sinners nigh;
Yes, Christ the Son of God must bleed,
That sinners might from sin be freed.
My main job in preaching these two weeks was to make sense of what Jesus was going to the cross to do, and why he didn’t just pull out and save himself when the beatings and the verbal abuse got too hard. This poem helped me articulate that well.
I love great videos. Especially when they communicate something really well. In the lead up to easter i came across this great video by Dan Stevers and his team over at danstevers.com. They do heaps of awesome videos, and everyone they produce seems to get a little better than the last.
Anyway this one is all about easter. Enjoy
I really love my little sister. 20 months ago, she packed up her life and moved to Dhaka, Bangladesh to be a missionary to the Bangladeshi people and to teach primary school kids. She is a real inspiration to me personally, both as a woman and a Christian.
She works at Grace International School, and also teaches music on top of that.
Living in Bangladesh is really hard for a westerner, and even harder for a Christian. Bangladesh is primarily a Muslim country. And the differences in these beliefs have their challenges.
My sister is a volunteer in something called Badda Disability Centre. She helps in giving clothing and food to homeless children in Dhaka. It is a really a great thing that she is involved in. You should check out all the great work they do.