Articles tagged in church

  1. Scratching the Itches

    SMH: the religion-lite today -- prosperity Gospel, charismatic churches, cheap grace, etc. "Why are they attracting so many followers?" First, they make people feel good. Second, there is an energy and buzz to most of the services that are totally lacking from most traditional churches. Third, they are optimistic -- you won't …
  2. So long, and thanks for all the encouragement

    As December draws closer, it is again the time of the year weaving good-bye and singing sayonara. In a high turnover church like FOCUS, it is not uncommon to see people coming and leaving. People come to church for various reasons, and sometimes these motivations change over time. At the …
  3. MBF Review 2005

    Last Sunday was Mandarin Bible Fellowship's annual review. It has been something that we are trying to run every year -- just before students catch their plane home. I did not recall whether we have managed to run the review last year, but anyway, it has been an interesting review …
  4. The Fifth E -- Expand

    5 E's that has been part of Unichurch's mission statement for as far as I can remember. Evangelise Edify Equip Export Expand In yesterday's Unichurch Together, where each congregation reported their progress on one of these 5 E's. Praise to the Lord when there has …
  5. MBF Weekend Away at Copacabana Beach

    I had a great weekend a few days ago, at the Copacabana beach near the Gosford (no, not the one in Brazil), almost two hours drive from Sydney Eastern suburbs. The weather is nice, the beach is very nice, and the houses we rent are very very nice. It is …
  6. Ordinance Part 3

    This name should have been named "Grimmo's Induction", but too bad Thomas has already chosen that :) At the same time I guess the fact that Paul has been induced as the new Rector of the University Churches, as well the new Chaplain of UNSW, should conclude my previously written blog …
  7. Million dollar ministry

    Via Neil: Hillsong coughs up, Sydney Morning Herald reported Hillsong's Houstons' 1 million dollar plus "business", Leadership Ministries Inc. Just by looking at the article on how each entities related to each other, it sounds like accountants and lawyers were working hard on structure finance there. More like a "business …
  8. Re-doing FOCUS-UNSW.org

    It has been under my todo list for at least a year, and the development has gone through multiple iterations of trial, error and completely re-work. Yesterday morning I have finally decided to switch our church website, FOCUS-UNSW.org, from my old home-build content management system to the new Drupal …
  9. Jensen as Primate

    SMH: Chris McGillion commented about whether Peter Jensen will be the next Anglican Primate, and the effects if he is indeed elected. Interesting article from two sides of the coin. I did not really know what was going on in the Australia-wide Anglican scene (as I am rightly stereo-typed as …
  10. Keeping the Grads

    A solution to church finance or exhaustion of leaders in a student church is trying to keep the graduates. As Arie has commented on Sui's blog, comparing with university students, a recent grad (with a job) has significantly better financial advantage, generally more mature than younger students, and will not …
  11. Who's next, anyone?

    10 years. It can be like forever for some, but relatively short for the others. The question is - what will you be in 10 years time? Have you planned your next decade recently? Will you still trust in Jesus' death and resurrection? Where will you move to? Which church will …
  12. Church Finances

    It is not easy to be generous - the attribute is to be acquired, it is something that needs to be taught. It is especially difficult to be generous over the matters that might not be directly relevant to us. It is not easy to set aside part of your income …
  13. UCC Bloggers

    List of bloggers from University Chinese Church on Xanga, 26 from the last count. Oh well, ESF on Friendster, Pelita on World of Warcraft (?), and now our bros and sis from UCC are all blogging away on Xanga...
  14. Ordinance Part 2

    On Tuesday night, parish nominators had our informal meeting with Rob and Deryck. It was great, though not surprising, to hear the diocese has the same mind set as the parish. In terms of decision making, everything seems to be in gear, and it is just a matter of formality …
  15. Ordinance

    I only got the chance to read through "Presentation and Exchange Ordinance", which Ken passed to me two weeks ago, this morning on the bus. 11 pages of legal-like document detailing all the criteria, rules and regulations that is enough to put me to sleep. Why is it so complicated …
  16. Ex-MBF @ Shandong

    Last Thursday I gave GL a call with a late Happy Chinese New Year greeting, and we chatted about life and Christianity back home. GL has been back in Shandong, China for a month now, after spending 5 years in Sydney and 3 years with Mandarin Bible Fellowship. He was …
  17. Christmas Eve 2001

    Merry Christmas everyone! Sydney/Australia is burning hot today, and we have never had snowy X'mas before. Instead of chilli-cold white snow flake coming down from the sky, there are actually quite a lot of bush fire around Sydney recently. Lucky that I don't have to dress up to work …