Monthly Archives: July 2008

A few highlights

I have just finished clearing my backlog of blog reading, it’s been really nice to have some free time to just sit and read through lots of stuff, especially as quite a few of the bloggers I read have had lots to say about things I’ve been involved with recently like the Brighton New Frontiers conference.

I’ve especially enjoyed reading Dave Bish’s blog, especially when he has insightful things to say about CUs. In addition to his what if list which I quoted in my previous post, he also wrote a couple of really helpful posts on unity in Christian Unions, first of all on the principle of unity, and then on the practice of it.
How to do unity in a Christian Union, in principle…
How to do unity in a Christian Union, in practice…

The other series of posts I want to draw attention to are from the most excellent Biblical Preaching, a blog of daily insights into the world of preaching by Peter Mead. Peter uses an 8 stage system for preparing his sermons, and last week began a series of posts briefly explaining each stage. I would highly recommend his blog in general, and this would seem like a good place to start getting into it!
Stage 1 – Passage Selection

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What If…

Dave Bish recently wrote a wonderful list of what ifs for CUs, which I feel the need to share here.

  • We, in Christian Unions, started to think of everything we do as missional?
  • We abolished ‘CU Evangelism Secretary’ because the CU President is responsible for evangelism…
  • Everything we did was tailored towards intentionally driving us to mission?
  • Mission was the focus of our prayer?
  • Each week we could share the story of how people became Christians?
  • We understood that having the Bible taught was about transforming and equipping us for mission as lovers of Jesus?
  • We engaged with the false gospels preached on our campuses, of acceptance, shame, ambition, salvation by graduate job, security, money,…
  • We engaged with the fears and hopes that people have – which the gospel has better answers for…
  • We did mission weeks based on evangelistic preaching series on Job, Ecclesiastes, Ruth, Song of Songs – done right, publicised right…

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