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The Donkey

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbours to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quietened down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer... Read more →

A Pattern for Prayer

Prayer is simply conversation with God – sharing our heart with him and listening to his voice. When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he gave them a pattern for prayer (often called the 'Lord's Prayer'), not just words to say in a rote manner. Another pattern I've found helpful for my own personal prayer life is one using the word ACTS as an acronym as follows: Adoration – begin by taking time to worship God. Tell him how much you love and appreciate him. Affirm his character and amazing attributes. Thank him for who he is as our God.... Read more →

Watoto Children’s Ministry

Today we visited one of the Watoto children's villages. The Watoto ministry reaches out to orphans in the needy country Uganda, where there are an estimated 2 million orphans. These orphans have lost their father and/or mother, usually through AIDS. Most of these children have been placed with their extended family, but this is often problematic, as the average family in Uganda already has seven children. Currently, there are three Watoto villages with 1700 of some of the neediest children being provided a fresh start at life. The village we visited is located on a beautiful 144 acre property just... Read more →

My Dad's Biography

My dad, Kevin Conner, is known by many people around the world as a theologian, Bible teacher and best-selling author of many Biblical textbooks. Although thousands of people have been impacted by his ministry and his writings, only a few have heard his personal story. That's why I've been encouraging my dad to write a book on his life story for many years now. Well, he's finally done it! The book is called This is My Story and on its pages my dad openly shares his life journey and the lessons he has learnt along the way. Writing this book... Read more →

Church Governance

In many ways, churches tend to rise and fall based on the quality of their leaders. Strong godly leadership is important, as is good governance, clear decision-making processes, and appropriate accountability. When it comes to the subjects of leadership and governance, the New Testament presents a fairly fluid and emerging model for local churches. That's why there are so many different views on what church leadership should look like today. [For a detailed look at the subject of leadership as portrayed in the New Testament, here is a link to download a paper I wrote on this topic as part... Read more →

The Amazing Universe

Click here for a look at the most amazing space photos you've ever seen. These are the Top 10 pictures taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, as selected recently by leading astronomers. The Hubble Space Telescope was first launched in 1990. It is a floating astro-observatory that has been relaying back to earth some incredible snapshots of the universe. Remarking in an article in the UK Daily Mail, reporter Michael Hanlon says the photos "illustrate that our universe is not only deeply strange, but also almost impossibly beautiful." What an incredible artist God is! Psalm 19:1-4. The heavens tell of... Read more →

... And You Thought You Had a Bad Day

This is a copy of a letter that was written to insurance company who wanted complete explanation by an injured man to explain the many injuries (he had a fractured skull, severe lacerations on his hands, legs had been broken) and all he had written for an explanation as to how he had had the accident was "I lost my presence of mind". This is how he answered... "I am a bricklayer by trade. On the day of the accident I was working alone on the roof of a 6-storey building. When I completed my work I discovered I had... Read more →

Quest for God

A few years ago, I heard someone say, “We don’t hear a lot of preaching about God nowadays”. The comment grabbed my attention (especially as a preacher!) and as I spent some time thinking about it, I had to agree. We have a lot of sermons on things such as relationships, faith, freedom, prayer, evangelism, etc, etc, which are all good – but not a lot of preaching about God. As a result, back in 2005, I shared a five-part series of messages on The Quest for God. We took a fresh look at the God who has revealed himself... Read more →

How to Say 'No' Without Feeling Guilty

Many years ago I read a little booklet called How to Say 'No' Without Feeling Guilty. At the time I was a real people-pleaser who tended to say 'Yes' to everything, even to my own detriment (and my family's!). I learned that 'No' is actually a very positive word. It enables you to say 'Yes' to other things that may be more important. When you always say 'Yes' to everything, by default you are also saying 'No' to other things, whether you realise it or not. The truth is that none of us can do everything. We have to make... Read more →

Dinner with a Skeptic

Last week at the 500+ Pastors Conference in New Zealand (see separate post for further details), there was an evening debate on the topic: 'Is God a Delusion?' Pastor Allan Meyer from Careforce Church presented the Christian viewpoint, looking at some of the most common evidences for the existence of God. Dr. Bill Cooke, a leading skeptic from New Zealand, presented his perspective on why he does not believe in God. The event was held in a small historical church building in the heart of Queenstown, New Zealand. Dr. Cooke is the author of The Dictionary of Atheism, Skepticism and... Read more →

How to Get the Most out of this Blog

Here are 7 tips for getting the most out of this blog: Bookmark this page in your internet browser and return to it regularly to check for new posts (a 'post' is a blog entry). I try to add a new post every few days. Read the latest posts. They are in the left column of the blog. You can scroll down to read all the latest posts OR click on any post title under 'Recent Posts' in the right column (just below the Categories section). Click on any Category of interest (in the upper right hand column) to view... Read more →

10 Reasons Why I Blog

Here are 10 reasons why I started a Blog: It's a chance for me to share a variety of things that I think and feel that I don't always have a forum for or time to speak about. A blog is essentially a unique communication tool. It's a bit like a free-flowing coffee shop conversation - casual, friendly and open. It's enables people to get to know me a bit better. Through my blog, I can tell some of my own story and journey. This is especially important in a large growing church where I can't spend time with each... Read more →

Which Bible Translation?

The majority of the books of the Bible were written in Hebrew (the Old Testament) and Greek (the New Testament). Eventually the Bible was translated into other languages such as Latin and German, and then English. In 1611, the King James version (KJV) of the Bible was released and it remained the most popular English translation for over 300 years. In the last 100 years, there have been many other English translations, resulting in literally dozens being now available. Essentially, there are three types of translations: A Literal Translation - this is an attempt at a direct 'word for word'... Read more →

My Favourite Music

I am thankful that our family grew up with a love for music. I studied classical piano (completed my 8th Grade exams) and dabbled a bit with saxophone and guitar too. I also studied music theory (completed 5th Grade exams) and arranging. Over the years I've done some song-writing and some recording too. In fact, my first ministry role in church was with worship and music. I thought I'd do this the rest of my life ... but God had other plans. Nevertheless, I still enjoy music very much. Here are some of my enjoyable musical styles and artists: Worship... Read more →