Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Up-2-Date [31-03-10]

God, sex and "Christianity Lite"
The theology of rich and poor
Can Christian organizations remain Christian in a 'tolerant' age?
Irish Catholics find little comfort in Pope's apology
Proselytizing overseas - religious freedom or coercion?
Are you gospel-shaped, or just religious?
City Harvest Church - spider with $310 million web?
Li Nanxing's conversion to Christ
Preachers who don't believe - the scandal of apostate pastors
10 things that drive me crazy about working for a church
Charismata and the authority of personal experience
Can we put adolescence to rest?
Is the OT law still valid today?
Practically theological
What pastors believe (and don't believe)
Important questions to ask a prospective pastor
Four components of a worldview
The fuel, fire, furnace, and heat of worship
The relationship between evangelism and social action
1,000 pastors for 10 years

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Sunday, 28 March 2010

Beijing, 23-28 Mar 10

Just got back from a 6-day trip to Beijing. It was the first time in my life that I have been to China. My wife was there for a 2-day conference, so I joined her, and we extended 3 more nights. Having been to Taiwan and Hong Kong before, it was not a complete culture shock for me. It really felt rather nostalgic, like a coming home of sorts, as my grandparents were immigrants from China, Hainan Island and Guangdong to be exact. And being a Singaporean Chinese, though distant, our roots still lie in this great Middle Kingdom.Read the full article >>

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Saturday, 27 March 2010

Song - My Redeemer lives by Nicole Mullen

1. Who taught the sun where to stand in the morning?
Who told the ocean you can only come this far?
And who showed the moon where to hide 'til evening?
Whose words alone can catch a falling star?

Chorus: Well I know my Redeemer lives
I know my Redeemer lives
All of creation testify
This life within me cries
I know my Redeemer lives

2. The very same God that spins things in orbit
He runs to the weary, the worn and the weak
And the same gentle hands that hold me when I'm broken
They conquered death to bring me victory

Chorus 2: Now I know my Redeemer lives
I know my Redeemer lives
Let all creation testify
Let this life within me cry
I know my Redeemer

Bridge: He lives to take away my shame
And He lives forever I'll proclaim
That the payment for my sin
Was the precious life He gave
But now He's alive
And there's an empty grave

Chorus: I know my Redeemer lives
I know my Redeemer lives
All of creation testify
This life within me cries
I know my Redeemer, He lives

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Thursday, 25 March 2010

The leadership strategy of Jesus

Michael Hyatt wrote an interesting observation about Jesus' leadership strategy as compared to contemporary and secular leadership models.
  1. Jesus taught the masses.
  2. Jesus mobilized the seventy.
  3. Jesus trained the twelve.
  4. Jesus confided in the three.
You can read his full entry here.

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Monday, 22 March 2010

Pastors still value, use seminary education
by Lifeway Research (CP, 22 Mar 2010)

Protestant pastors put high value on their seminary education and regularly integrate their learning into the way they lead and serve their congregations, newly released information from LifeWay Research shows.

The telephone survey of more than 1,000 Protestant pastors shows two-thirds have obtained at least a Master’s degree, and 71 percent strongly agree that they regularly use things they learned in their seminary classes.

Among the surveyed pastors, 85 percent say they have taken seminary classes, and 96 percent of that group say they would repeat those seminary classes if “they had it to do over again.”

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Sunday, 21 March 2010

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir - Lux Aurumque

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Saturday, 20 March 2010

Song - God of this city by Bluetree

1. You're the God of this city
You're the King of these people
You're the Lord of this nation
You are

You're the light in this darkness
You're the hope to the hopeless
You're the peace to the restless
You are

There is no one like our God
There is no one like our God

Chorus: For greater things
Have yet to come
And greater things
Are still to be done in this city

For greater things
Have yet to come
And greater things
Are still to be done here

2. You're the Lord of creation
The creator of all things
You’re the King above all kings
You are

You’re the Strength in the weakness
You're the Love to the broken
You’re the Joy in the sadness
You are

See related articles:
God of this City (Cover by Chris Tomlin)
God belongs in my city (14 Nov 09)

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Saturday, 13 March 2010

Book Review - The Heart of Mentoring by David A. Stoddard

The Heart of Mentoring is a good read for those keen on learning about mentoring others. Stoddard discusses 10 principles for developing people, covering areas such as giving of ourselves, process, opening our lives, alignment of passion, journeying in adversity, values, character and spirituality, before closing the book with 2 chapters challenging readers to leave a lasting legacy and going for it at any stage of life.
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5 marks of authentic leadership

Hyatt suggests 5 key marks of authentic leaders:
  1. Authentic leaders have insight.
  2. Authentic leaders demonstrate initiative.
  3. Authentic leaders exert influence.
  4. Authentic leaders have impact.
  5. Authentic leaders exercise integrity.
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Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Global Consultation on Music & Missions (GCoMM)
by Edmond Chua, (CP, 10 Mar 2010

The Word of God transmitted in any other form is just as powerful.

Such is the conviction of the organisers of an upcoming conference focusing on the impact of music in world evangelisation.

After all, there is evidence that churches have formed and grown and matured in mission fields worldwide through the use of music.

From the Americas to Asia, people have sung, danced, acted and broadcasted the Gospel to good effect, according to Global Consultation on Music and Missions (GCoMM) organiser Joseph Lee, who gave The Christian Post an overview of how music has been used to bring the Gospel to unreached people groups around the world.

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Sunday, 7 March 2010

Contemplating Christ

The season of Lent, known in the traditional Christian calendar as the 40 days before Easter Sunday, not including Sundays, lasts from Ash Wednesday to the end of Passion or Holy Week, which this year falls between 17 February to 4 April 2010. During Lent, Christians take time to contemplate our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, particularly His death and resurrection.
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City Harvest to co-own Suntec
by Esther Teo (ST, 7 Mar 2010)

Amid cheers from the congregation, City Harvest Church (CHC) yesterday announced that it will pay $310 million to become a co-owner of Suntec Singapore, a prime piece of downtown real estate.

Senior pastor Kong Hee broke the news first at CHC's service at its Jurong West building, then later at another service at the Singapore Expo in Changi.

He said CHC had acquired a 'substantial stake in a consortium company that owns 80 per cent of a joint venture fund that owns Suntec Singapore'.

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JP Sharing & Dance @ Open Sun

Had JP, our Brazilian hip-hop dancer and soon-to-be OMF missionary to Japan, come and share his testimony and journey leading him to missions. He's here for a few weeks for OC (Orientation Course), and has served together with Louis & Chris, and Daniel Wong in Tokyo. Thanks for being such an encouragement and inspiration for our young people to live their lives for Jesus, and use their gifts & talents for God's glory and to reach out to the lost.

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Saturday, 6 March 2010

Called into ministry?

Patton discusses 5 important questions to ask yourself as you consider full-time ministry and seminary training:
  1. Do you have an unrelenting passion?
  2. Do you have personal integrity?
  3. Have other people been encouraging you to do so?
  4. Are doors being opened through your experience?
  5. Is your spouse in support of your ministry direction?
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Tuesday, 2 March 2010

13 questions leaders should ask themselves
by Tom Harper (Building Church Leaders, 2 Mar 10)

Great questions that we as leaders should contemplate, in order to recalibrate ourselves.
  1. Is narcissism 90% of Twitter?
  2. Is social media your newest time-waster?
  3. Are we insulting Jesus with all the books and blogs denigrating His church?
  4. Do you lead your organization too softly?
  5. Are you blinded by your own vision?
  6. Is it time for you to make a personal leadership change?
  7. If you were hired to replace yourself, what would you do differently in your job?
  8. What excites you these days?
  9. Do you need to be more accountable to someone?
  10. What do you pray about?
  11. Is your near-term future one big question mark, or do you have a plan?
  12. Who was the last person you witnessed to that accepted Christ?
  13. Do you read enough books?
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