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September 2007

Footy Tipping

I starting my tipping really well this AFL season - leading our competition for the first few weeks. Since then I've slipped back into 2nd or 3rd place for most of the season. Right now I have 98 wins with three rounds to go. One of our staff pastors, Peter Coburn, is leading the pack with 102 wins. Peter says he knows nothing about football (!?) but he's been doing some pretty good tipping of late. I'll have to do really well to catch him now ... and I'll have to keep an eye out for others crowding the front... Read more →

Spiritual Disciplines - BIBLE Reading

God wants each one of us to be healthy and strong, not only physically and emotionally, but most importantly, spiritually. Like Jesus, we can be ‘strong in spirit’ so that we are more than ready to handle the daily demands and pressures of life. However, this requires a commitment to certain disciplines and practices. When tempted by the devil Jesus quoted an Old Testament Scripture and said, “People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God (Matt.4:4. NLT).” God’s Word, as revealed in the Bible, is to be our ‘daily bread’. In the... Read more →

Geelong Cats

I've been a Geelong Cats fan for many years now and this is the best season we've had for a long while. The Cats are clearly going to finish on top of the ladder and are a good chance for the Grand Final if they can keep playing like they have over their 14 game winning streak. When I was young, I barracked for teams like Richmond (back in the Royce Hart days!) and Essendon. Back in the late 80s, when Nicole and I were leading our church youth group, we played a game against the Barrabool Baptist youth group... Read more →

My New Blog

Well, here we go - I've started a blog! It's a chance for me to share my thoughts and feelings on a range of things I'm interested in. It's also a chance for me to listen to what others are thinking and feeling about similar things. It's a whole new world and I feel a bit like someone taking a swim in the ocean for the first time. Anyway, here we go ... Read more →

Best Preaching Books

Learning to communicate God's Word in a way that captures people's attention and imparts principles for life change is quite an art. Even after years of hearing many excellent preachers and gaining much preaching experience myself in a variety of settings, I'm still learning. Here is a list of the most helpful books I've read: Communicating for a Change - by Andy Stanley Preaching with Purpose - by J.E. Adams Biblical Preaching - by Haddon Robison How to Speak so Youth Will Listen - by Ken Davis Rick Warren also has an excellent course called ‘Preaching to Change Lives’ which... Read more →