Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tribes and Nations @ Flourish, Sydney 2012

Tribes and Nations Fair Trade Coffee...

We are all starting to get really excited about Flourish 2012!  The committee are busy planning for a really great conference full of excellent bible teaching and wonderful practical workshops.

It is now just a month away...27th and 28th of July at Burwood Presbyterian Church in Sydney. For those of you who are planning to come...make sure you bring some change if you would like to purchase some Fair Trade Coffee at Flourish 2012. 

We are looking forward to hosting the Tribes and Nations Coffee Cart, especially for those of us who need a coffee to function clearly in the mornings!
From the Tribes and Nations Website:

Tribes and Nations is part of a Fair Trade Store, empowering and encouraging a community of quietly dynamic people who know that this world can be transformed by fairness! We offer you a place to get quality Fair Trade products, where traceability and accountability are important, resources to understand Poverty and Fair Trade and  interactive DIY Fair Trade kits to empower lives. We welcome you, as you seek to live a more thoughtful life, by knowing your goods are ethically sourced, of great quality and have biased the handmade, the little guy and the charity over the corporate factory.

There's more information about Tribes and Nations here.

If you are interested in registering for Flourish 2012 please click here. 

Flourish is a Conference for Women and Men about Women's Ministry. "From Why to How" 
Key Note Speaker: Rev David Jones  
Wide Range of Workshops lead by Men and Women

Round Table Forums 'Building Strong Ministry Teams' and 'Stages of Life and Ministry'

Saturday, June 16, 2012

I just finished a book!

Sometimes that seems like a great achievement! It seems ages since I have read a Christian book designed to stimulate my thinking. I have started a few of late but haven't finished them. I can think of a number of reasons why that was the case! One book I started was Jerry Bridges Respectable Sins. My problem was just the title alone reminded me of the truth of my sin. I haven't got more than a chapter into it yet - not because it is no good but because I am driven to self-evaluation of my own sins that I ignore or consider, somehow, to be OK! Repentance is needed, all right and sometimes that takes time! One day I will actually get to the end and then I will review that one more fully. Now I will just say he is certainly dealing with a problem SO real we need to engage with it! I can see the sins committed by others so much more clearly than my own!

But, that is not the book I finished. That one is called, God's Good Design by Claire Smith. In it Claire takes us through the main Bible passages that relate to how women and men are designed by God to relate together. She carefully explains passage by passage what the Bible teaches and what it doesn't teach on these issues. 

Claire comes from a background where she lived and breathed the feminist belief that everything a man can do a woman can do better. So it was a bit of a shock for her to discover, several years after becoming a Christian, that God taught a different pattern of relating. One which recognised that both men and women are created in the image of God, where both women and men are equally saved through the amazing work of Christ on the cross, but where there were different responsibilities for men and women when we gather together and in our marriages.

Claire works through each passage carefully and also through the major objections to her understanding of each passage. She carefully considers arguments and then explains why she agrees or disagrees. I found this very helpful.

In some ways there was nothing particularly new for me in this book. It is not the first time I have looked at these passages and thought about what they mean for me in the way that I live out my faith within the Christian community and in my home.

But what an encouragement it was to find a book that clearly summarises the Bible’s teaching, engages with objections in a clear and gentle way and points us again to Jesus and His word which can be trusted!

This is a book well worth reading by all women and men who are trying to be obedient in following Christ – particularly in how we relate to each other.