Archive | April 2010

Should A Christian Listen To Heavy Metal Music?

I’ve started up a Formspring site. Formspring is a place where people can ask you questions anonymously and you put the answers up on your page. I’m keen to see if it would be useful for ministry purposes. If you’d like to help me out with my experiment, head on over and ask me your Pop Culture Christ related questions.

I had a good question about heavy metal music go up today that I thought I might share with you here.

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Sermon: The Great Commission

What do you do after Easter? Jesus has risen from the dead. Now what?

I gave this sermon at St Luke’s Liverpool the week after Easter. Matthew 28 is often used to tell people to go out and evangelise. Which is good and true. But there’s so much more going on in this passage.

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Selling Souls

Apparently you can put a price on a soul. Or two.

A woman recently sold two captured souls for almost $2,000.

I struggle with the fact that 1) the woman thought that she had captured souls and 2) that someone paid her money for them.

It’s a good thing that she can’t take my soul. It’s owned by someone else.

The Resurrection

One of the great privileges of going on Moore College Mission is preaching to a group of people you’ve only just met. This year on mission I preached to the morning congregation at Wee Waa Anglican Church.

My topic was the Resurrection.

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The Youth Minister Scorecard

I love youth ministry. I’ve devoted a huge part of my life to teaching the Bible to teenagers. People who minister to youth tend to be a different breed than other ministers. And of course there are certain stereotypes. While I’m a big fan of going against type and encouraging older, more mature Christians to work in youth ministry, sometimes the stereotypes are just plain fun.

Stuff Christians Like is a site I link to a fair bit. That’s because it makes me laugh. Here’s something that makes me laugh greatly – The Youth Minister Scorecard. As I go through the list, I know these people. I’ve either experienced these things or know someone who has.

I scored a 90.

What about you, fellow youth ministers? What did you score?

The Book of Genesis Illustrated by Robert Crumb

When I was in Europe a few months ago, I kept my eye out for comic books. Not that I could read any because none of them were in English. I did manage to pick up a copy of a Tin Tin book in French though. You know, just because. As I browsed through the bookstore shelves in a number of different countries, I kept seeing the same book over and over again. It was pretty hard to miss with it’s bright yellow cover.

The Book of Genesis by Robert Crumb. All 50 chapters of the first book of the Bible, illustrated and with nothing left out.

I had bought my copy just before leaving Sydney, but I wasn’t going to lug around an oversized hardcover comic book whilst being an overseas tourist. Seeing all those copies all over the continent showed me that this was a book that was going to be worth talking about.

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Trinitarian God of War

When you base a series of games around hunting down and killing gods of legend, you’re bound to end up here.

The new atheists might be up for such a game but I really don’t see the main player lasting long.

Penny Arcade is one of the big boys of webcomics. If you want to know what’s going on with video games, Penny Arcade is the site to check out. Just keep an eye out for the swearing and violence. They go there a lot.

Wonderella and The Point of Easter

The Non-Adventures of Wonderella is a wonderfully bizarre webcomic. The title character is a super hero who really couldn’t care less about saving people and is more interested in what’s happening on TV that night. The strip starts off in one place and by the time you reach the end of the page, you’re somewhere completely different.

Over Easter, Wonderella took on the Easter bunny. Her sidekick, Rita, asks what’s the point of Easter. Wonderella replies “Nobody knows.”

Oooh, oooh, I know, I know!

The Fervr Fashion Guide

I’ve been excited about this for a long time. But I’ve been waiting until it’s official before saying anything.

Fervr have published my very first ebook!

The Fervr Fashion Guide is now available at the Fervr site.

Please head on over there and get your self a copy. All proceeds go towards supporting the great ministry of Fervr. I don’t see a cent.

I’ve now gone from blogger to ebook author. One step closer to my goal of having a print book I’ve written available for sale at Moore Books.

The Resurrection is not a Zombie Story

When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth

George A Romero’s 1978 movie Dawn of the Dead is considered a horror classic. The dead have dug their way out of their graves and are slowly lurching around as horrific zombies. They’re not quite dead. And not quite alive. When done right, zombies are very, very scary.

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Wee Waa Mission Photos

Photos from Moore College Mission to Wee Waa

South West Inter-Church Ministry

Last week I spoke at a SWIM (South West Inter-Church Ministry) event. SWIM is a great organisation who are looking to encourage people to stay (or come) to the south west of Sydney and do Christian ministry. I didn’t record my talk, but I do have a transcript after the jump.

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Kick-Ass (2010)

Kick-Ass (2010)

Rated MA

What kind of loser thinks that it would be a good idea to put on a costume and fight crime? Meet Dave. He’s the main character of Kick-Ass and he’s a loser. He’s not a top student, he’s not on any sport teams, and girls think he is below their notice. Here’s a guy looking for something to give his life meaning. So inspired by his comic book heroes, he orders a wetsuit and mask off the internet and begins his career as a costumed crime fighter.

This is a very bad idea.

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