Back-Handed Compliment?

The following was said to me recently after I finished leading our Brigade service:

I’m just not sure about you being called to your home Church.  I think you should be seeking somewhere with a much larger Youth Ministry. You’re good; too good for us. – {withheld}

Interesting theology wrapped up in that I think.

Seize the Moment

A Christlike Ministry

Jesus was only ever able to seize the moment because He spent so much time in prayer and in the presence of His Father.  Jesus spent hours every day in personal spiritual preparation.  Then, when He had a relational encounter, He was spiritually aware enough to see straight into the heart of the situation and maximise that moment.  The same is true for all of us involved in Youth Ministry.  The hard work is not taken up in face-to-face contact with young people.  The hard work of Youth Ministry is taken up in the small, quiet hours of daily prayer and Bible study. – Steve Griffiths – A Christlike Ministry: YTC Press

Ready to Follow?

“God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him.”
Hudson Taylor –

“It is the duty of every Christian to be Christ to his neighbour.”
– Martin Luther –

“It is not my ability, but my response to God’s ability, that counts.”
– Corrie Ten Boom –

“It seems that what is required of us is not new ideas, but obedience to those God has given us already.”
– John V Taylor –

King is Dead! Long Live The King…

Barack Omaba
Source: The Age

A few quotes from Barack Obama as he declares victory in the US Election:

“to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day”

“Sasha and Malia, I love you both so much, and you have earned the new puppy that’s coming with us to the White House”

“And while she’s no longer with us, I know my grandmother is watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight, and know that my debt to them is beyond measure”

“[this campaign] grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation’s apathy”

“This victory alone is not the change we seek – it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you”

“So let us summon a new spirit of […] service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other”

“And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn – I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your president too”

links for 2008-11-04

  • A research project about emotion, sensation and feeling:
    "Emotions can be overwhelming. But not always so. They affect our thoughts and perceptions far more than we realise. It is well established that we are subliminally affected by visual media, and particularly in terms of unconscious emotions, drives and feelings.

    I wanted to question how feeling can be experienced in the body, not simply in mind. I believe that we can use familiar tools to express understanding of experience, and not be restricted to the use of photographic stereotypes."