Sunday, 31 August 2008

17 ways a pastor can shorten his sermon prep time
by Joe McKeever (31 Aug 2008)

A tongue-in-cheek how-to list on shortening sermon preparations. Make sure you read to the end (point 17) to get the punchline. Funny, but yet surprisingly insightful, if we are introspective and honest about how we prepare sermon messages.

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Saturday, 30 August 2008

Song - Knowing You by Graham Kendrick

Phil 3:7-11

1. All I once held dear, built my life upon,
all this world reveres and wars to own,
all I once thought gain I have counted loss,
spent and worthless now compared to this.

Knowing You, Jesus, knowing You.
There is no greater thing.
You're my all, You're the best, You're my joy,
my righteousness; and I love You, Lord.

2. Now my heart's desire is to know You more,
to be found in You and known as Yours,
to possess by faith what I could not earn,
all surpassing gift of righteousness.

3. Oh, to know the pow'r of Your risen life,
and to know You in Your suffering,
to become like You in Your death,
My Lord, so with You to live and never die.

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Saturday, 23 August 2008

Song - Beautiful Saviour by PlanetShakers

Jesus, beautiful Saviour,
God of all majesty,
Risen King,
Lamb of God,
Holy and righteous,
Blessed Redeemer,
Bright morning star

All the heavens shout Your praise,
All creation bow to worship You

How wonderful, how beautiful,
Name above every name, exalted high
How wonderful, how beautiful,
Jesus Your name, name above every name, Jesus

I will sing forever, Jesus I love You, Jesus I love You

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Saturday, 16 August 2008

Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency

One of the most highly anticipated forums in US history, especially in the midst of a pivotal election campaign, took place at Lake Forest, California, on Sat, 16 Aug 2008. Senior Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, facilitated a forum touching on key issues surrounding faith and politics with both presidential candidates Senators Barack Obama and John McCain.

For the full video coverage of the forum, click here. For a full transcript, click here.

The questions asked covered the following issues:
1. Leadership + Personal life
- 3 wisest people known
- greatest moral failure of own life & of America
- example of going against party loyalty and self-interest for good of America
- most significant position changed on in last 10 years
- most gut-wrenching decision ever made (and process)
2. Worldview
- what being a Christian means? On the daily basis?
- at what point is a baby entitled to human rights?
- definition of marriage
- support and funding for embryonic stem cell research
- does evil exist? how do we deal with it?
3. Domestic issues
- which existing Supreme Court justice would not have nominated?
- should faith-based organisations forfeit right to hire people who believe what they do to access federal funds?
- in education, should better teachers be paid better?
- in taxes, define "rich".
- right to privacy versus right to national security
4. America's responsibility to the world
- As an American, what's worth dying for?
- would you consider and commit to an emergency plan for orphans?
- what do you think the U.S. should do to end religious persecution?
- how do we speak out and tackle human trafficking?

Here's the first 10 minutes of the forum.

Here's the CNN interview with Pastor Rick on the "Situation Room" before the forum.

Full Video Coverage

Full Transcript

Backtrack to Saddleback - Secularists not pleased (Albert Mohler, CP)

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Sunday, 10 August 2008

Don't fear religion, Bush tells China
AFP, 10 Aug 2008

US President George Bush visited a church service in Beijing on Sunday amidst his visit to China for the Olympic games and talks with Chinese leader Hu Jintao, and urged the Chinese not to fear religion, and the right for religious freedom for all.

Read the full story here.

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Saturday, 9 August 2008

Book Summary - Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (Mark Dever)

Mark Dever pastors a church in Washington, Capitol Hill Baptist Church. In his book, "9 Marks of a Healthy Church," he lists the following as distinguishing a healthy church:
  • Expositional Preaching
  • Biblical Theology
  • Biblical Understanding of the Good News
  • Biblical Understanding of Conversion
  • Biblical Understanding of Evangelism
  • Biblical Understanding of Membership
  • Biblical Church Discipline
  • Promotion of Christian Discipleship and Growth
  • Biblical Understanding of Leadership
Visit his website for a good summary.

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Saturday, 2 August 2008

Song - Hosanna by Hillsong United

Hosanna - Hillsong United

1. I see the King of glory
Coming on the clouds with fire
The whole earth shakes (x2)
I see His love and mercy
Washing over all our sin
The people sing (x2)

Hosanna, hosanna
Hosanna in the highest (repeat)

2. I see a generation
Rising up to take their place
With selfless faith (x2)
I see a near revival
Stirring as we pray and seek
We're on our knees (x2)

Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like You have loved me
Break my heart for what breaks Yours
Everything I am for Your kingdom's cause
As I walk from earth into eternity

Hosanna in the highest

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