Funny stuff our kids say.

Cause if I don’t write them down – we will forget them. Maisie and Talia arguing with Alice at the shops: M: What did the man say? A: he said he was going to put it on Freezebook. T: Its not Freezebook, its Facebook. A: NAAAA, its Freezebook. L: Yeah – Its Freezebook. M: No […]

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There goes 2014…

Its November?!? Crazy. Pippa has just turned 4! Alice is about to turn 6! The end of year invites are starting to book out our calendar. Soon we will be on holidays again!  We have had a busy few months with a trip to the snow with our friends, Lisa went to Alaska for Mary […]

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Gospel Centered Discipleship by Jonathan K.Dodson

My notes and comments from this book below available on amazon. Focus on being a disciple (noun) rather than discipling i.e focus relationship on Christ rather than on me We can be imperfect Christians because we cling to a perfect Christ The gospel saves and sanctifies therefore no need to distinguish between evangelism and discipleship? All […]

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Preach: Theology meets practice by Mark Dever and Greg Gilbert

My notes and comments below based on the content of the book. Available on Amazon. Aim of the book is to show reasons from the bible why expository preaching is important. 3 specific reasons why this book: Increase confidence in preached word of God Increase confidence in biblical exposition Improve reputation of expository preaching Ch 1: […]

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2014 begins

We had a super busy start to the year… so Ill just catch up all at once! Tumut 2014 was funtastic. The fires were raging, so we had a night in the hills before heading back to Blowering. January was made even more exciting with our new cousin Klay being born! He is super cute […]

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Whitbourn Christmas 2013

we had a very busy Christmas – which was made even busier with us packing and leaving to go to PY Summer Camp first thing on Boxing Day morning. Christmas Eve we went with Paps and Kath to dinner at Dragon Castle, which was the girls first time in a Chinese restaurant. They loved trying […]

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Alice turns 5.

Cece had her 5th birthday in early December. Cade was away – so we had a special “going out for dinner” with Naa and Poppa, Aunty Kate and Uncle Luke to the Kinny. She then finished off her pre school year with a concert where they sang songs and we watched a slide show of […]

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Iron Sharpens Iron: Leading Bible-Oriented Small Groups that Thrive by Orlando Saer

A refreshingly short and easy-to-read book on leading bible study groups (link to the book on Amazon). The book is helpfully structured and easy to read. It contains some material that will be familiar to those who have already read the Growth Group material from Matthias Media. The title of the book is a reference […]

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The Viral Gospel: How Finding Your Person of Peace Accelerates Your Mission

“In this new eBook, missional leader Alex Absalom offers a thorough explanation and exploration of the “Person of Peace” strategy that Jesus used throughout His ministry.” A short, free, and intriguing e-book on the idea of the ‘Person of peace’. I’d never heard of this particular evangelism and missional strategy before. It’s biblical basis largely appears […]

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The Complete Evangelism Guidebook: Expert Advice on Reaching Others for Christ

I can’t remember how much I paid for this book, only that I picked it up for cheap from a Koorong stand at Belgrave Heights Men’s Convention a couple of years ago. From a brief glimpse at the back cover and contents, I could tell it was a pretty good deal – over 70 chapters of practical advice from […]

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Am I called? The summons to pastoral ministry

By Dave Harvey. I was actually quite helped by this book in thinking through questions and ideas about calling and ministry. My notes below FOREWARDIf the spirit is pulling on you and you think that pull is towards pastoral ministry, let the spirit of God (thru this book) bring clarity to that tug. 1. THE SUMMONS AS […]

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Pippa turns 3

Our baby girl is 3 now! She had a wonderful birthday on Sunday – complete with a party with all her friends in the afternoon. She has cut up her happy dummy now that she is a big girl and can’t wait to go to pre school next year. She is such a joy – […]

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Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community

Forward The world forms its view of Jesus by looking at Christians How do we ‘do church’ in a postmodern and post-Christian world? – In a easy-to-see, easy-to-understand, ‘come-and-join-me’ kind of way? Introduction Church as a production line of programs and people? Church too hard – too many rules of engagement, too many responsibilities? Does […]

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Planting Missional Churches

By Ed Stetzer. On Amazon Overall thoughts: Presents itself as a comprehensive guidebook to church planting. Although a fair assumption that people reading this book would already be supportive of church planting activity, the first few chapters do a good job of building the theological and evangelical rationale. Written with a firm North American target audience. Some […]

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Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind

Another cheap Amazon kindle purchase Some key takeaways: The right approach is personal – everybody different. The approach of this book is to provide a playbook of best practices for producing great work The problem is usually not external – it is internal e.g. your own routine So much of ‘work’ now is just reactionary. […]

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True Spirituality by Francis Schaeffer

How to live for Jesus moment by moment Foreword by Charles Colson I’m intrigued by Chuck’s summary: “It is a probing, penetrating search through the Scriptures for what it means to be truly Christian”. Introduction by Jerram Barrs The series of lectures that form the material for this book was born from a time of […]

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Aldi Crane GPS watch with heart rate monitor

After hearing a positive review from a friend, I recently picked up this little item for $99 from my local Aldi. As far as I’m aware, the watch hasn’t been advertised since July, but there were a few in stock in my local store. Key benefits: Two year warranty Really easy to use Does all […]

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Unfriend Yourself: Three Days to Detox, Discern, and Decide About Social Media

I read this short book (Kindle version) in a couple of hours rather than taking the whole weekend as the author suggests. It certainly draws on other more substantial work such as Tim Challies ‘The Next Story’. However still has some thought provoking ideas and the author’s style of writing is very accessible. I recommend it as […]

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Whitbourn Family Holiday

We just got back from our week of holidays in Sydney. So much fun – so many photos! Here are some of the fun things that we did on holidays: Leaving Atown in style As soon as we got to Sydney, we unpacked and then jumped back into the car and headed to Cronulla Beach […]

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