Mark 2:18-22

This pericope, occurring within the middle of a pattern of five conflict stories, summaries the main idea at the heart of the emerging conflict between Jesus and the religious authorities – Jesus’ ministry is not another alternative solution for realising the hopes of the Jewish faith. Jesus’ ministry marks the beginning of a new means […]

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Genesis 15

Main pointGod is a gracious promise-making and promise-keeping God. His people are the undeserving recipients of his promised blessings. Main purposeKnow that God is faithful and therefore respond in belief and obedience. Supporting argumentsIn chapter 14 we read about Abram’s military success, some hints at him bringing a blessing to the nations, and his demonstration […]

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Tower of Babel: Genesis 11:1-9

Summary point:God’s people, in God’s world, God’s way. Summary purpose:Know your place, as God’s special chosen people, called out of the world, to honor and obey God. Falling between genealogy accounts, this passage contributes an anachronistic explanation for the dispersion of people groups after the flood. The area where the Tower of Babel narrative occurs […]

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My summary of John’s Gospel

The key purpose of the Gospel of John is that those who read it might believe in who Jesus is (Messiah and Son of God), and by believing, have life in His name (John 20:31). Chapter 1 introduces this clear purpose as it outlines the main message of the Gospel (Believe in Jesus and become […]

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Bootcamp reflections

I had my first ‘face-to-face’ experience of Ridley College this weekend at their (our?) 24hr Bootcamp, to start the academic year, and welcome new students (like me). It was just under 3hr drive to the campsite at Upper Plenty. I was one of maybe one or two others that had come to the Bootcamp as […]

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Reflections from Week 1 Old Testament foundations

Purpose and goal of scripture (2 Timothy 3:16) orthodoxy: Right thinking orthopraxis: right action It’s more than just that OT is fulfilled in Christ, but that the OT does not have the proper meaning if not seen in the light of Christ. Need to be mindful of multiple authors and audiences of the Scripture. It […]

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Mark’s gospel

These are my 250 words on this topic from Week 1 of the subject NT501: Jesus and the Gospels. How do you think Mark wants his readers to respond to his document? Can you outline something of the shape of his Gospel? Mark wants his readers to respond with interest and awe at this compelling […]

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Before I begin

How am I feeling as I commence the first two subjects of what will hopefully become a Masters of Divinity? I am strangely feeling very knowledge-less. Despite all the stuff I know is in my head already, it feels like I am a blank slate ready to be filled up with information I am feeling […]

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World War Z review

I am a big fan of zombie apocalypse fiction, and the whole post apocalyptic genre in general. I don’t understand why, and I’ve continued to avoid self analysing too much. But I agree it’s a strange genre for a Christian to be enthralled by. I’ve seen all the movies and the TV shows, and so […]

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Living to please God, more and more

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12, 5:12-28

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The masculine mandate: God’s calling to men by Richard D. Phillips

My highlighted notes below: Very few of us fit stereotype of man’s man, but all of us can fulfill God’s mandate for men: bear fruit for his glory in this fallen world; Be a Godly man, a loving husband, a good father and a faithful friend i.e. Be spiritual men placed in real-world, God-defined relationships, […]

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quick catch up…

Maisie is 8 now – and has been for almost half a year. She loves to read and LOVES school, ballet and dancing and singing and swimming. Her teachers tell me what a beautiful loving friend she is which makes us super proud. She has loved year 2 and is excited about year 3. Tally turned […]

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Pippaisms

This 4th child of ours has us constantly in tears of laughter. One of the funniest things that she still does is “how much do you love your…” and she will    huggle the thing you have asked about – whether it is a jumper, sausage, toy, drink, body part… hours of laughs. This is […]

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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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