If 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.
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.
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?
This little guy here? His name is Duncan. He’s going to be having adventures with me here at Oxygen14. Keep an eye out for him – after all he is small and likely to get up to hijinx. If you want a photo with the wee lad, hunt me down at the conference. I’m wearing a black hoodie with a big red X on the front.
A San Diego Comic-Con comic book exclusive from Image Comics is Giant-Size Kung Fu Bible Stories. Not sure if it actually has anything to do with the Bible but the creators involved look top-notch. Hopefully it will find its way on to Comixology so I can check it out.
GIANT-SIZE KUNG FU BIBLE STORIES
KICKS DOWN SDCC’S DOOR
An exclusive collector’s edition you won’t want to miss
Edited by Erik Larsen (SAVAGE DRAGON) and Bruce Timm (Batman Adventures: Mad Love)—and just in time to take San Diego Comic-Con by storm—comes GIANT-SIZE KUNG FU BIBLE STORIES, a deluxe limited edition collection featuring the original stories of the world’s greatest cartoonists.This treasury edition format includes seven eye-popping, mind-melting stories from Erik Larsen, Bruce Timm, Adam Warren (Empowered), Tom Scioli (GØDLAND), Ryan Ottley (INVINCIBLE), Andy Kuhn (FIREBREATHER), and Arthur Adams (Uncanny X-Men). A collection years-in-the making, readers won’t want to miss out on this amazing special collector’s issue, an Image Treasury Edition.”Bruce Timm and I love Treasury Editions! Our goal was to create the greatest Treasury Edition in the history of mankind! To do that—we rounded up an all-star cast of killer cartoonists all committed to doing all-new characters and material worthy of the format!” said co-editor Erik Larsen. “The end result was something awesome to behold!”
I’m not sure it was possible to be a young Christian in the 1990’s and not own something that had What Would Jesus Do? written on it. I’m not sure where in the Bible God gave that command but it must be in there somewhere. Everything from bracelets to t-shirts to Bible covers – WWJD? was everywhere.
Which makes me a little bit surprised that no-one had claimed a trademark on the phrase.
In our senior youth group here at St Luke’s we’ve just finished a teaching unit on how the Bible fits together as one big book. Drawing on a little bit of Goldsworthy and Roberts, we’ve looked at how the 66 books of the Bible are all part of one big story – God’s plan of salvation for his creation.
Being the visual learner that I am, I came up with a resource to help us each week – Biblical Theology Magnets!