Oxygen14 – The Adventures of Duncan

2014-08-07 08.49.44If you follow me on the social medias, you may be familiar with my little friend Duncan. This week at Oxygen14 he was making the rounds, taking photos of some of the cool stuff he was checking out. Here’s a sample of some of the selfies he took. If you want to see more, follow me on Tumblr, Twitter or Instagram.

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Oxygen14 – Day 3 Photos

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Check out some of the highlights from Day 3 of Oxygen14.
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MTS Multiply

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Back in 2004, I left the church where I first became part of God’s family. For a good reason. While my church was a godly, Bible-believing church, it was also heavily resourced. But a way smaller church, with far fewer resources, which was also a godly, Bible-believing church, needed help. They had raised the money to put on a ministry apprentice, under the banner of the Ministry Training Strategy (MTS). They offered the role to me and I accepted. 2004 was the year I began full-time ministry as part of a church ministry team.

Over three years (most MTS apprenticeships go for two years but I call them quitters) (do I need to specify that my tongue is firmly planted in my cheek?) I learnt a lot about communicating the gospel, pastoring people and getting ministries up and running. I wouldn’t trade that time for anything and I’m really glad for the solid foundations it gave me as I started at theological college.

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Oxygen14 – Day 2 Photos

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The first full day of Oxygen14 was a very full day! Here are some photo highlights.
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Should We Teach Our Congregations New Songs?

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Music is one of the great gifts from God. I love music and surround myself with it. As I write this I have my headphones in my ears, comforted by the sounds pour out of my iPod. When I was younger, the first thing I did when I got my hands on a new CD was to lock myself in my room, crank up the stereo and pour over the lyrics printed in the CD booklet. When a song I love is playing in the car I’ll be singing along, despite the protests of my passengers. I clearly can’t sing and I can’t play an instrument but I still love music.

Singing together is one of the many things I love about church. Doesn’t matter if it’s old school hymns on the organ or more contemporary stuff with drums and guitar. Love it.

But there’s something about singing in church that’s had me thinking lately. Should we teach our church congregations new songs?

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Oxygen 14 – Day 1 Photos

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Day 1 of Oxygen14 was huge. Check out some of the photos from the day.
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Oxygen14 Walkthrough

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Not at Oxygen14? Want to get an idea of all the awesome things happening here? Yesterday I took a walk around the place while hitting the record button on my phone. Check it out.
http://youtu.be/_l8nb0qtYw4

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