Category - Community
Posted: 01 June 2015
Who is God? How do I relate to him? What does it mean to live as a Christian?
Basic is a seven week course which looks at the basics of the Christian life for those exploring what it means to follow Jesus. It is best suited to those who have recently completed Christianity Explored or anyone else new to Christianity. We spend three weeks looking at...Continue Reading
Posted: 03 April 2015
We had an amazing time this morning as we gathered together for our Good Friday service and considered whether there is any evidence for Christianity.
Professor John Dickson has written a helpful short article explaining how Chirstianity differs from almost every other religion in it's ability to be tested and verified.
Posted: 17 November 2014
Last night I made the comment that if you live more than 20 minutes away then you're going to find it difficult to be in community at Vine Church which will affect your ability to grow as a Christian.
There is something true about that, however it came across a bit simplistic and I'm sorry for that.
A number of people came up to me afterwards and...Continue Reading
Posted: 21 October 2014
In the past couple of months a few people have come to me wanting to give a portion of their annual bonus, tax refund, inheritance or redundancy package toward a specific project at Vine Church. Here are three I’ve let them know about:
Female City Pastor
First is Steph Toose joining our team as Female City Pastor. She starts in December this year with a...
Posted: 10 August 2014
Oxygen Conference...an opportunity for church leaders to take 4 days out to breath in the goodness of God. This could not have come at a better time for Jules and I as last Monday, having dropped the kids off in Berry for 4 days, we walked out of our place into our local cafe (Salt), picked up our FW and XFW, and walked another 2 mins to Australian...Continue Reading
Posted: 17 July 2014
Are you a big picture or details person? Do you love the theory behind things or just getting stuck in? As I look out over our churches I see that at times we have heard so much about the WHY of Christian ministry but not always the HOW. Where are the little gems of wisdom that help us improve those practical things we need to get done in our Community...Continue Reading
Posted: 20 May 2014 / Exodus 3-4
On Sunday night at church, we looked at Exodus 3–4 and how we all need to move from knowing about God to knowing God personally. But how do you do that?
In his classic, Knowing God, J.I. Packer answers that exact question. He writes,
How can we turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God? The rule for doing this is demanding, but simple. It is...Continue Reading
Posted: 14 April 2014
Thanks for everyone who engaged with last nights sermon in person and via response cards.
Here are a couple of questions I received afterwards regarding the discussion about finances.
What was the deal with your personal example last night?
One concern some people raised last night was my use of the personal example regarding giving. What I said was a...Continue Reading
Posted: 07 March 2014
This Sunday we are looking at one of those scenes in Gospel of Mark that would fit perfectly into an HBO TV series: the beheading of John the Baptist.
In the sketch by Pablo Picasso's above you will see the characters in this story (Mark 6):
— the weak-hearted King,
— the murderous Queen,
— the naked daughter,
— and the head of the...
Posted: 02 March 2014
We move onto week 5 of our studies in Mark by looking at chps. 6:14-8:30. Now, like much of Mark we need to be keenly aware that each story in the Gospel has a purpose. They never act alone but will cluster together to make a significant point in the Gospel. Within these chapters we see 3 main characters: disciples (6:30-52; 7:17-23; 8:1-21, 27-30),...Continue Reading