Archive | April 2009

Fervr Presents KYCK 09

fervr-black-on-whiteThis weekend I’ll be up at KYCK, which is a huge conference for Christian teenagers. It’s always a great weekend to open up the Word of God with the teenagers at Church and experience what it’s like to share that joy with thousands of other teens.

For KYCK 09 I’ll be bringing along my video camera and doing some filming for Fervr. I’ll be interviewing some youth groups and getting a vibe for the weekend as a whole.

Is there anything you would like to see in the vodcast? I can’t make any promises, but I can do my best.

Death By Love

9781433501296Death By Love

By Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears

The cross is the most crucial part of Christianity. If Jesus did not die on the cross and rise back to life 3 days later, then Christianity is a joke. There is so much happening on the first Easter weekend. So many things are being resolved. Things about Jesus’ nature and character. About sin. About death. About our righteousness before God. About our eternal life. About so much more.

There is so much going on when it comes to the cross. And yet at times, when I’m teaching and preaching this most wonderful of events, I find it hard to not get all intellectual about it. I struggle not to turn it into a thinking exercise. To reduce what Jesus did on the cross into head knowledge and nothing else. That’s why I’m so thankful for Mark Driscoll’s and Gerry Breshears’ Death by Love.

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Video Game Resignation

Used to be a time when you gave your boss your notice that you were leaving in writing. Now it seems that creating a video game and embedding your notice of resignation in the game is a valid option. Who’d of thunk it?

What other things could we use video games to communicate? Garage sales? Birthday parties? Marriage proposals?

What about gospel uses?

Secret Six: Unhinged


Secret Six: Unhinged

Writer: Gail Simone

Art: Nicola Scott

This is the story of six strangers picked to live in a house and work together to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real.

Yeah, not really.

More like six messed up people doing messed up things. Six damaged, outcast super villains trying to find a place in this world. But first they have to work out if they want a place in this world anyway.

Meet the Secret Six.

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The Master List – Need Suggestions!

I’m putting together a list of modern songs that mention Jesus, God or Biblical themes. They have to be by artists who release their work in the secular music world (ie not songs that you can only buy at your local Christian bookshop). The aim is to have one big list that people can go to when looking for secular songs about Jesus etc. It’s also one big list of article ideas for me. The song doesn’t have to revolve around Jesus – a single mention will do.

Here’s what I’ve got so far:

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Are You A Good Cop Youth Leader Or A Bad Cop Youth Leader?

Check out this quiz at Stuff Christians Like to find out if you’re the kind of youth leader who’s a good cop or a bad cop.

It’s funny stuff. The problem is I love being the bad cop leader. I love being the one at 2 O’clock in the morning standing in the middle of the boys room with a mag lite telling them that they will stop talking and they will go to sleep. Yet I scored a 100% good cop rating on the quiz. Is there anyone else out there who balances mischeivious with authoritarian?

Moral Orel 1×01: The Lord’s Greatest Gift

moral_orelWhen I think of claymation, I inevitably think of the Rankin-Bass claymation holiday specials that I used to watch as a kid. There’s just something about the animation style that drags me back to both childhood and the Island of Misfit Toys. It conjures up a sense of innocence and joy. So it’s really just waiting for someone to twist and pervert the medium. To take that innocence and contrast it with the hypocrisy of adulthood and Godless-Christian Religion. Welcome to the sick, sick world of Moral Orel.

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Book of Romans: The Unofficial Soundtrack

the-book-of-romans-unoffical-soundtrack-9314730070686-smallThe King James Bible is a great translation of God’s Word… for 1611. While I appreciate the efforts of those who prepared this early English language Bible, sometimes I find it easier to read the original Greek than all those thee’s and thou’s. And that’s saying a lot because my Greek isn’t that great. What I need is a way to experience the rich language of the KJV in a way that brings it alive for me. What I need is the KJV with an electronic soundtrack. And that’s what I got with Book of Romans: The Unofficial Soundtrack.

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Sweet Zombie Jesus

Have you ever thought to yourself “If I wrote the Bible, there would be a lot more zombies in there”? Well here’s your chance. Head on over to the Stinque Zombie Bible and put your flesh-eating-walking corpse stamp on the Word of God.

Not that I’m condoning this kind of blasphemy. But if they ever add in pirates and ninjas, I’m not sure I could handle the awesomeness.

Sermon: Then Their Eyes Were Opened

Holidays for me usually mean two things: essays and sickness. So therefore, these holidays I’ve had a 3000 word essay due and I’ve been hit with illness. Nothing too serious, but enough that I’m loading up on cold and flu tablets before stepping up to the pulpit.

Today’s sermon is on the Road to Emmaus in Luke’s Gospel. I took an interesting approach to the passage and used it to talk about the Holy Spirit. How did I do that? Go ahead and listen.

Chocolate Crucifix

I don’t really understand why we have chocolate eggs at Easter. Chocolate crucifixes would make more sense, but be very, very wrong.

X-Men vs The Bible

2 Kings 2:23 is one of my favourite verses of the Bible. I should have realised that it was an earlyappearance of the X-Men.

Vampiric Obsession

332865964v2_350x350_front_color-blackFrom the Urban Dictionary:

TwihardA serious/obsessive reader of the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, one leap above Twilighters. The difference between being a Twilighter and being a Twihard, is that Twihards have embraced a new Twiligion… er…. I mean, religion based on Twilight. They live and breath Twilight. Most Twihards are for Edward and Bella. Therefore, those Twihards are all for true love & love at first sight. Point out one thing to a Twihard, and they can relate it to Twilight instantly. Savage and wild, they need every single thing to be perfect in the upcoming Twilight movie.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve noticed something very wrong in the above category. And that’s because it’s all too real. Twilight is a new religion. And there’s good reason to be concerned about that.

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Alice Cooper Quote

“Drinking beer is easy. Trashing your hotel room is easy. But being a Christian, that’s a tough call. That’s real rebellion,”
Alice Cooper

Watchmen Comic Reviews

watchmenReading through the Watchmen graphic novel? Here are links to reviews I wrote for each chapter.

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Fervr Presents Mission 09

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Mission Wrap Up

churchsmHere are some random thoughts I have after Moore College Mission 2009 at MerrylandsAnglican. They’re not in any kind of order, just putting it out there. I also attended a youth event run by Liverpool City Council on Saturday, so I’ll add my thoughts about that here as well.  (MTC = Moore Theological College)

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Fervr Presents: Moore College Mission 09 – Saturday

The final Mission Vodcast for 2009. Last night at The Vine, the youth ministry at Merrylands Anglican, a group of us College students teamed up with the youth group leaders and ran sessions on things like the internet, friendship, movies and fashion. I got the chance to not only interview the leaders, but also a few of the youth.

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Fervr Presents: Moore College Mission 09 – Friday

Friday is here! We love Socket so much around here that he was the perfect choice to speak to on today’s vodcast.

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Fervr Presents: Moore College Mission 09 – Thursday

It’s a bit late, but here’s Thursday’s Mission Vodcast!

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