May 10, 2012 - Baby Blowes, General    1 Comment

And Baby Makes 3. Trailer Pictures.

It would seem that Baby Blowes already takes after their mother. He/she (no, we didn’t find out the gender) is most active after meals. We went for the trailer after lunch, so we got lots of little waves!

Love the thumbs up!

Feb 22, 2012 - Classes, Moore College, NT3    No Comments

Luke 1-2: Jesus wasn’t a bastard!

One of the main purposes of Luke 1-2 is to firmly establish Jesus’ parentage. Luke is very concerned for the reader of the gospel to be convinced that Jesus is the “Son of God”, not the result of some teenage fling. The comparison with John (the baptist), establishes the comparison between Zechariah and God as fathers of these men.


Uno de los propósitos principales de los primeros capítulos del evangelio de Lucas es establecer firmemente la paternidad de Jesús. Lucas está muy preocupado por que el lector del evangelio esté convencido de que Jesús es el “Hijo de Dios”, no el resultado de una aventura adolescente. La comparación con Juan (el Bautista), establece la comparación entre Zacarías y Dios como padres de estos hombres.

Jul 28, 2011 - PHIL 2    No Comments

So you can argue well… Does anyone listen?

so, we’re pretty much in agreement then…

“An ability to argue well bears no relationship to whether we are the sort of person who invites others to want to engage with us.” (Andrew Cameron, Phil 2 Lecture Notes)

What a great challenge. We may be the most amazing debaters of our age. Someone who can provide irrefutable arguments and apologetics in support of their position (and I’m thinking particularly about Christian doctrines and views). Yet what a waste if we have no one who will dialogue with us.

Andrew presented a helpful image: Perhaps they see us as standing on a huge solid pyramid made of concrete blocks, when they are on a single wobbling stick. They know we have spent long time researching and thinking our position, while they may well be totally unthought on theirs. No surprise if they don’t want to buy into argument on those terms.


“La capacidad de argumentar no tiene relación con si somos la clase de persona que invita a otros a querer relacionarse con nosotros”. (Andrew Cameron)

Que gran desafío! Puede que seas el polemista más impresionante de nuestra generación. Alguien que puede proporcionar argumentos y apologética irrebatibles en favor de su posición (y estoy pensando sobre todo en las doctrinas cristianas). Sin embargo, es un desperdicio si no tenemos nadie con quién dialogar.

Andrew presenta una apta imagen . Quizás ellos nos ven como de pie en una enorme pirámide hecha de bloques de cemento, cuando ellos están sobre un solo palo bamboleo. Ellos saben que hemos pasado mucho tiempo investigando y pensando en nuestra posición, mientras que ellos pueden estar totalmente impensados en el suyo. No es una gran sorpresa si no quieren discutir en esos términos.

Jul 19, 2011 - Classes, DOC 2, Moore College    No Comments

Preach judgement: It’s a mercy

The gospel of Jesus is a declaration that a day has been named, and a judge appointed for all people (Acts 17:31). However this very declaration is a great mercy! Because we know that a day of judgement is coming, we have time to seek a remedy.

Never be afraid to preach of the judgement to come, as what you are doing is merciful.


El evangelio de Jesús es una declaración de que un día ha sido nombrado, y un juez designado para todas las personas (Hechos 17:31). Sin embargo esta misma declaración es una gran misericordia! Porque sabemos que un día de juicio viene, tenemos tiempo para buscar un remedio.

Nunca tengas miedo de predicar juicio, como lo que estás haciendo es misericordioso.

Feb 23, 2011 - Classes, MM2, Moore College    No Comments

Sprituality – there is nothing wrong with the desire.

There is nothing wrong with the desire to know and love God more.

We’ve been talking about the word spirituality today, and describing it in all sorts of contexts (secular world, charismatic environment, evangelical Christianity etc). The most helpful comment so far was in the context of evangelical skepticism for the concept of spirituality. Even if we don’t agree with the definitions, the desire that drives us to it is a fantastic one. Desiring to know and love God more, isn’t that what we want?

Sep 24, 2010 - Chapel, General, Moore College    No Comments

1 Tim 3:1 – A good ambition: oversight of God’s people.

John Woodhouse is back from long service leave and picked up preaching through 1 Timothy this week. He preached an absolute cracker of a sermon on 1 Tim 3:1.

There where three points in particular that really spoke to me:

  1. The noble task is overseeing. Paul didn’t say preaching, leading, entrepreneuring, church planting, etc. It is about caring for, guarding, protecting, serving God’s people. Self giving, not self serving. It is worth contrasting our ambitions with this one (even if we don’t aspire to be an overseer). It is about OTHERS not self.
  2. It is a noble task. Someone else saying that they desire to be an overseer is, in our culture, usually met with negativity. We think the person is proud, arrogant. We question who gives them the right to set themselves up over us. Paul says: Overseeing is a noble task.
  3. Related to the previous points, what is good about overseeing is the work. It isn’t about the position, status, reputation or power. It is about the work that is done, the caring of God’s people, the guarding of the flock. Hence when someone desires to be an overseer (in this sense) they desire to pour themselves out for the good of those whom God has placed in their care. Can you resent THAT?

This sermon was very timely for me. Just these last few weeks I’ve been thinking about the future, as E and I are still unsure what to do (teach in a bible college, church minister, MOCLAM?). It was good to have my ambitions challenged. Is my heart set on overseeing God’s people: guarding, protecting, caring for them, or am I thinking about “jobs”.


John Woodhouse recién volvió de licencia y retomó la predicación de 1 Timoteo. Hoy predicó un fantástico sermón sobre 1Tim 3:1.

En lo que dijo hubieron tres puntos en particular que realmente me hablaron:

  1. La tarea noble es supervisar. Pablo no dijo predicación, líder, emprendedor, plantación de iglesias, etc.  Se trata de cuidar, guardar, proteger y servir al pueblo de Dios.  Vale la pena contrastar nuestras ambiciones con ésta (incluso para aquellos que no aspiran ser supervisor). Se trata de OTROS no de mí.
  2. Es una tarea noble. Alguien Si alguien nos dice que desea ser supervisor, lo creemos siente orgulloso y arrogante. Nos preguntamos que les da el derecho a establecerse sobre nosotros. Pablo dice: Supervisar es una tarea noble.
  3. Además del punto anterior, lo que es bueno acerca de la supervisión es el trabajo. No se trata de la posición, estatus, prestigio o poder. Se trata de la labor que se realiza, el cuidado del pueblo de Dios, la vigilancia de la manada. Por eso, cuando alguien desea ser un supervisor (en este sentido de la palabra) – el deseo de derramar sus vidas por el bien de aquellos a quienes Dios ha puesto bajo su cuidado. ¿Se lo puedes resentir?

Este sermón me fue muy oportuno. En estas últimas semanas he estado pensando en el futuro, como la E y yo todavía no estamos seguros qué vamos a hacer (enseñar en un colegio teológico, ministro de la iglesia, MOCLAM?). Fue un gran desafío para mis ambiciones. ¿Está mi corazón puesto en la supervisión del pueblo de Dios: guardar, proteger, cuidar de ellos, o estoy pensando en “puestos de trabajo”?

Aug 13, 2010 - Classes, Hebrew, Moore College    No Comments

Fascinating interplay of verbs in Gen 3:4-6

As part of our translation time we’re asked to explore the interplay of the verbs used in the passage. We’re learning George Athas‘ ‘Verbal Aspect’ theory, which today highlighted some great interplay!

A “Wayyiqtol” verb is one that moves the narrative along (highlighted green in the hebrew text below).  Almost like a new scene in a play or movie.  The camera moves from one scene to the next, moving the narrative along.

Most of this passage is fairly straight forward, the passage moves in two scenes.  First, the snake speaking to the woman, second the woman looking at the tree.  That’s until you get to the last line, where all of a sudden it’s like those scenes in movies where they snap the camera in, then further in, then further in, focusing right on that one action of major significance.  she tookshe ateshe gave to the manhe ate! … and the rest is history.

[ וַיֹּאמֶר הַנָּחָשׁ אֶל־הָאִשָּׁה לֹא־מוֹת תְּמֻחוּן׃ כִּי יֹדֵעַ אֱלֹהִמ כִּי בְּיוֹם אֲכָלְכֶם מִמֵּנּו וְנִפְקְחוּ עֵינֵעכֶם וִהְיִיתֶם כֵּאלֹהִם יֹדְעי טוֹב וָרָע וַתֵּרֶא הָאִשָּׁה כִּי טוֹב הָעֵץ לְמַאֲכָל וְכִי תַאֲוָה־הוּא לָעֵינַיִם וְנֶחְמָר הָעֵץ לְהַשְׂכִּיל וַתִּקַּה מִפִּרְיוֹ וַתֹּאכַל וַתִּתֵּן גַּם־לְאִישָׁהּ עִמָּהּ וַיֹּצכַל׃ Gen 3:4-6 (BHS)|To view this properly, you need the Tyndale font kit installed (Cardo font). Available free @ http://tiny.cc/hebrewfont]

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