Articles tagged in church

  1. O-Week Cold Turkey at Uni

    So yesterday afternoon I tweeted:

    Did a day of 'cold turkey' on the main walkway of UNSW. Really exhausted now but had some good conversations.

    Got a reply from Big Al a few minutes later:

    @scottyang cold turkey.. ?

    So... What exactly does cold turkey mean, especially in my context?

    I cannot remember where the term "cold turkey" was from, but I guess it would be familiar with the gangs at Unichurch or Campus Bible Study at UNSW -- especially if you have done some SOCM courses (oops, way too many jargons already). It basically means doing street evangelism with complete strangers -- and in my context, on the main university walkway during O-week. Another phrase for it -- "library lawning" although as an engineering student back in my days, library has never been my territory :)

    O-week 2009 for UNSW kicked start yesterday so I took a day off from work to get on campus to do pamphleting and chatting with whoever is interested to come to Christian church on campus. I had a few good conversations and I think one guy from China where I talked to near CLB might actually understand the gospel for the 1st time!

    Another thing I have realised -- I am probably getting too old to do this. Body is still aching...

  2. LinkedIn for Clergyman?

    C'mon. There got to be a website that's like LinkedIn for the clergyman. You know. You go up there. Tick on the box "Anglican", put "Moore College" under education, and put "MTS" and "student ministry" under experience, click on Search, and voila! Print out the list and off you go to the next parish representatives' meeting. Nice and easy.

    Can't imagine myself doing it again after 3 years. Argh!

  3. 對面的女孩看過來 Church Camp Version

    I was having fun coming up with 2 ads for FOCUS Church Camp 2008 for the FOCUS Mandarin Church over the last few weeks. I think the highlight has been playing a song parody of 對面的女孩看過來 (任賢齊/阿牛) last Friday/Sunday. The idea came up one evening. Since I am …
  4. Why wouldn't you want to go to this Christian conference?

    Why wouldn't you want to go to this Christian conference, when its website looks like this? I have not been to the Mid-Year Conference since 2003, and I do not envision myself to be there in any short-term future. This year the topic is back on "Guidance" again. Now all …
  5. Boy Edmond

    Wilson & Susana's baby birth log -- it is a boy! And his name is "Edmond". Congratulation the Cheungs! We actually got a call in the morning on Saturday the 21st about the contraction and Vivian suspected that it was coming soon. Then it is a Sunday birth on the following …
  6. Using Drupal for Church Website

    Matt Farina: Drupal for Churches. There is a series of podcast on how to use Drupal on church websites, and by just looking at the episode list it looks pretty interesting! I am downloading them now :) FOCUS website is still running on an old Drupal 4.7 code-base but I …
  7. So, How is MBF?

    "So, how is the Mandarin Bible Fellowship?" It seems to be one of the most frequently asked question when you bump into some old friends who you have not contacted for ages. It happened on a few occasions last Saturday when we went to Florence's farewell. I think maybe …
  8. Visited Chinese Congregation at St. Paul's Carlingford

    No, we didn't sleep in, nor forget to turn up to church yesterday, just in case people asked (and indeed some have). We went to visit St. Paul's Carlingford Anglican Church yesterday, bringing two friends who recently moved to North-Western Sydney to their Chinese congregation. We had late breakfast in …
  9. Three Videos Every Church Website Should Have

    Via Simon, three videos every church website should have. It just makes so much sense. Which one do you prefer, if you are trying to decide whether you want to visit a church, if you are new to the region? Pages after pages of text trying to explain who we …
  10. Al Stewart, Bishop of Wollongong

    Sydney Anglicans: The Rev Al Stewart was announced last night as the new Bishop of Wollongong. Congratulation, and busy work ahead. The very first sermon I heard when I came to Sydney was given by Al -- I still remembered that big sunny day during O'week when CBS ran their "taste …
  11. Peter Brock, Steve Irwin and Jesus Christ

    Two famous Aussie died last week, and one controversial Israelite died almost 2,000 years ago. I did not expect to put those three names under one sentence, but somehow Joshua managed to used them as illustrations to conclude his talk this morning on John 6. If I remembered correctly …
  12. CMS Missionaries on Video Podcast

    Via Sydney Anglicans Media, CMS missionaries now have an RSS feed of video podcast, and Danny Mullins whom FOCUS is trying to support, has uploaded the first video. Looks like it is powered by Google Video to save bandwidth. However I am having trouble finding out the actual feed on …
  13. Hillsong at Rosebery and Southern Courier Poll

    An interesting article in 27th June issue of Southern Courier (article can be viewed on-line with appropriate plugin). Article titled "Hillsong poll queried" on page 9, reporter questioned the result of the poll related to Hillsong buying the former RTA property at Rosebery, and how would that affect the …
  14. Need Help with Building a Church

    Someone needs some help with building a church. Actually, not building the actual church, i.e. the people, but building the church building. GL from Shandong rang me up today asking whether I know anyone that knows about constructing church buildings. Apparently due to town planning, his church meeting place …
  15. Length of the Sunday Talks

    I was uploading last Sunday's sermon MP3 onto church's website this morning, and had a little fun plotting this graph: It is the length of Joshua's Sunday sermons in number of seconds, since February this year when he started preaching the Proverbs mini-series. The big dip on 5 March was …
  16. FOCUS Gallery Needs Your Photo!

    Since my hard disk died more than a month ago, I have been trying to rescue that dead Western Digit drive using various methods -- but so far they all appear to be in vain. Currently I am trying to copy the dead disk to another flesh one using dd_rescue in …
  17. Help Me Recapping FOCUS Church Camp 2006!

    Came back from FOCUS Church Camp 2006 "Spirit Driven Life" this evening, and I was tired. Four days has gone so quickly, and I'll need to face work again tomorrow. :( One thing that is different this year is -- I actually don't think I have anything worthwhile to report! Oh, the …
  18. FOCUS weddings are great

    Went to a FOCUS wedding last Saturday. It was Marcus and Polly's, and it was great. Why FOCUS weddings are so good? Great testimonyThose got married were the ones that you have known for years at church, and their growth in Christian life and commitment in marriage are great …
  19. Church Website a Buzz, or a Business?

    Via Simon, Andrew Lim wrote in Sydney Anglicans on buzzing your church using a well-designed, well-optimised, well-marketed, and get this -- well-monetized church website. If done right, Internet can be a very good ally of Christian churches. With marketer's cap on, Andrew listed out 3 points. Custom Signatures: Church staffs should …