Thursday, 30 June 2011

The Hensons & newfrontiers giftday

This Sunday, Dave & Hanna Henson and their children will be with us. RFC have been supporting them for the last few years as they plant a church into St Petersburg, Russia. I am hoping they give us an update on their a family and also on Hope Church.

We will also be taking up a special offering for the work of newfrontiers (as we have always done at this time of year). As I said on Sunday, it is a real privilege to be able to invest in other peoples lives through our giving. Please do prayerfully consider your part in this.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Turning printers into Tuna

For some time now, Jess Del Rio has been selling obsolete bits of RFC kit on ebay and using the money to buy supplies for Readifood. I really like this creative way of transforming stuff on shelves into food for hungry mouths. Yesterday we got this email from her:

"Hi guys - those bits sold on ebay for £47 (Projector, Printer) below is the receipt from Morrisons for all the yummy bits we bought with the cash! Love, Jess"

Friday, 24 June 2011

Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim 2011

On Sunday 17 July I shall be swimming the 1.4 miles that separates the two piers at Bournemouth to help raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
I really enjoy & value being healthy enough to participate in events like this. I also like the idea of being able to give to something that helps other people enjoy a more active / longer life.

If your are able, please consider sponsoring me to help raise money for the British Heart Foundation - click here to view my fundraising page.   

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

John Piper interviewing Rick Warren

I have thoroughly enjoyed this interview between two very Godly men. Over the years I have read and listened to lots of Piper; this video has helped me catch catch something of Rick warren's heart and theology. Its long, so I watched it in instalments: 
0:00 Introduction

3:29 The glory of God. 
7:16 David Wells and the weight of God’s reality.
9:00 Would you write the book the same today?
12:00 The sovereignty of God.
18:47 How do you speak of God’s sovereignty in the presence of tragedy? 22:01 How do all things work for bad for those who reject Christ?
24:14 Do you hedge on Larry King?
27:00 Unconditional election. 
30:18 The importance of eternity. 
34:42 How do you conceive of eternity: in heaven, on earth?
38:53 What is the Gospel?
42:00 What did Jesus achieve on the cross?
43:40 Repentance. 
50:50 Why don’t you call yourself a Calvinist?
53:09 Propitiation. 
54:39 Prevenient grace. 
60:01 Total depravity. 
61:03 Hell. 
69:10 Eternal destiny of those who never heard. 
72:40 The extent of the atonement. 
77:00 Do unbelievers always do the devil’s bidding? 
78:40 Your view of the Bible. 
82:40 Expository preaching and doctrinal depth. 
88:10 Rick Warren’s sacred trust.

Adrian Birks @ RFC this Sunday

One of the things I enjoy about the gospel is discovering how Jesus' work at the cross is so much better than the Old Testament sacrificial system which foreshadowed him. 

Over the next 12 months, my friend Adrian will be speaking 3 times at RFC to help us plumb new depths of our understanding of Jesus' death & resurrection.

Adrian is a teaching pastor at the Coign church, Woking and is also on the newfrontiers theology forum. But don't let that alarm you! He is a great communicator, with an easy and accessible style.

He will be preaching this Sunday from Hebrews 9 at both our morning and evening venues, so don't miss out!!!

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Technology Dad

On Sunday we heard from a number of types of dads that are part of our community: Motorbike dad, Weather dad (his website here), Impeccably Groomed dad, Quilting & Needlework dad, to name but a few.

Perhaps the biggest surprise was when Technology Dad (Gavin Thomas) used his smart phone 'text to speech' application to deliver his talk - in case you missed it, click here to listen.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

8 rules for dating my daughter

From my message today: 

"I have two daughters, one of which is starting secondary school this September. As a ‘Protective dad’ I have begun working on various rules for anyone wishing to date one of my girls in the years to come: 

Rule 1:
If you pull onto my drive and beep, you’d better be delivering a package, because you’re certainly not picking up one of my girls. 

Rule 2: You do not touch my daughter in front of me. You may glance at her, as long as you do not peer at anything below her neck. If you cannot keep your eyes or hands off my daughter’s body, I will remove them. 

Rule 3: I am aware that it is considered fashionable for boys of your age to wear their trousers so loose it shows your underwear. You may come to my door dressed like this, I will not object. However, I will take my nail-gun and fasten your trousers securely in place at your waist.

Rule 4: I’m sure you’ve been told that having sex without utilizing a ‘barrier method’ of some kind can kill you. Let me elaborate: when it comes to sex, I am the barrier, and I will kill you.

Rule 5: You may feel that in order for us to get to know each other, we should talk about triathlon or Christian stuff. Please do not do this. The only information I require from you is an indication of when you expect to have my daughter safely back at my house, and the only word I need from you on the subject is ‘early’.

Rule 6: Once you have gone out on a date with my little girl, you will continue to date no-one but her, until she is finished with you. If you make her cry, I will make you cry.

Rule 7: Do not lie to me. I may appear to be a short, middle-aged, dawky dad. But on issues relating to my daughter, I am the all-knowing, merciless god of your universe. If I ask you where you are going and with whom, you have one chance to tell me the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I have access to a shotgun, a shovel and five acres forest. Do not mess with me.

Rule 8: Be afraid. Be very afraid. The voices in my head frequently tell me to clean my gun as I wait for you to bring my daughter home. As soon as you pull onto the drive you should exit your car with both hands in plain sight. Speak the perimeter password. Announce in a clear voice “Mr Green, I have brought your daughter home safely and early”, then return to your car. There is no need for you to come inside. The camouflaged face at the window is mine. 

To be fair, I am still in discussion with my wife & daughters regarding some of the finer points of these rules, but it captures the heart of my approach …" 

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

A question for Dads@RFC

On Sunday we're gathering both congregations for a Fathers' Day Lunch at Reading Girls' School. We shall be having a BBQ, Tug of War, a Bouncy castle and 'Pillow Fight Jousting'. We will also be giving each dad a small but essential gift ;o) 

To help me prepare for my message, I need the dads in the church to answer this question in one word 'What Kind of dad are you?'.

Dads: If you could take off your mask and honestly answer this question, what would your answer be? 

What kind of dad are you? ... I am a xxxx dad  (insert answer as appropriate i.e. happy, tired , inspired, content, worried, ambitious, disappointed, hands-on, absent ). For example: I am a tired dad, a skint dad, a step dad, etc etc.

Please email your answer and I will anonymously refer to your response as part of my message. And it doesn't have to be too serious!!!  

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Back and blogging

So after a fantastic family holiday in France (50km south of La Rochelle) I am back at my desk and nearly up to full speed, hence have gotten round to blogging again.

But if I close my eyes / quiet my mind, I can still hear the surf, feel the sand in my toes, taste the 'Pain au Chocolate' on my lips and see my children laughing in the sunshine. A great time had by all. I have banked these precious memories and will draw down on them time and again.

So far, Liz and I have fought the urge to plan the next 'France Vacance' ... life can be very good.