Journey to joy (Good Friday)

When God experienced our pain, he was restoring our joy.

There’s the grief you feel when you hoped your team would win, and they lost.

Then there’s deep grief — the grief you feel when you lose someone.

Jesus’ disciples faced that grief. They expected him to save the world. Jesus had a brave agenda for a new world, an agenda that challenged the people in power.

They expected a showdown, but they didn’t expect Jesus to lose. They didn’t expect him to lose his life.

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Free course in Perth: Exodus

Ever heard the Book of Exodus as a kingdom-of-God story? You can now.

Update 2018-03-16: Here’s the link for the weekly podcasts and notes. (Scroll down to the end of the page.)

 

The Book of Exodus is the story of the first nation to be liberated from human rule and established as a kingdom under God’s direct rule.

YHWH becomes their king when he liberates his people (Ex 1 – 14), enters into covenant with them (Ex 15 – 25), and comes to live among them (Ex 25 – 40). Continue reading “Free course in Perth: Exodus”

Good News for God’s World (course)

You’re invited to a free training course in Perth, over the next six weeks.

If you’re in Perth, Western Australia, come and bathe in the good news of who Jesus is and the astounding difference he’s making to set everything right in his world.

We’ll talk about how we share his good news with people, by being good news people. When you have genuinely good news, it’s hard not to share it! Continue reading “Good News for God’s World (course)”

Q & A — end of the world

How do you think the story will end?

Riverview Church runs a few Hot Topic nights each year, evenings when people can text in questions on a topic that churches tend to avoid as controversial of difficult. His Kingdom Come: Preparing for the End of the World was the topic — appropriate for the date (9/11).

Graham Irvine and I (Allen Browne) began by providing some background (15–20 minutes each), while the audience texted in their questions. You can listen to the audio: Continue reading “Q & A — end of the world”

Free course: Holy Spirit and You

If you had to say everything that had to be said about the Holy Spirit in six sessions, what would you focus on? Which Scriptures would you choose?

Theology must be practical. Theology tells us the Holy Spirit is a person, so how do we relate to him? What is this Person doing? How do we partner with him? What does it look like to do life with him?

Those questions drive the agenda for live sessions (not blog topics) over the next six Monday evenings: Continue reading “Free course: Holy Spirit and You”

Free course: Jesus, Liberator and King

If you’re in Perth, Western Australia, you’re invited to a course I’m teaching as part of Riverview Church’s Foundations 2 series:

  • Subject:  Jesus — Liberator and King
  • Where:  Riverview Church, 1 Thorogood St, Burswood.
  • When:  7:00 – 9:00 pm, 1 May – 12 June 2016 (skipping 5 June holiday).

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What’s Riverview?

“I see a church …”

If a church is not part of a denomination, what box to put it in? How do you know what it is?

Its “statement of faith” should affirm orthodox Christian beliefs. Labels like Evangelical or Charismatic may give you a hint about its style. But why does it exist? What’s its distinctive?

What kind of community is it? What priorities does it have? What does it aim to be? What kind of people belong there? Continue reading “What’s Riverview?”

What is the gospel? (Tim Healy)

The gospel is far more than the bit about how you get saved. Tim Healy explains why Jesus is good news.

What is the gospel? Tim Healy asked that question at Riverview Church. His answer was explosively powerful. Hear the audio or video of his message of 13 Nov 2016 titled, Did You Hear the News Today? Continue reading “What is the gospel? (Tim Healy)”

How Bibleview works

How does the Bibleview reading app decide which two chapters to provide each day? Here’s the inside story.

Have you read through the whole Bible? How do you decide which bits to read? Need a bit of help with some of the Old Testament?

Haydn Nelson (senior pastor of Riverview Church) wanted to provide a way to help people read Scripture well in today’s busy world. The result was an app for iOS or Android, or from a website if you prefer. Continue reading “How Bibleview works”

Good News for God’s World (course)

You’re invited to a free course at Riverview Church in Perth, over the next six weeks.

What do you feel when you hear gospel?
Good news, or guilt-news?

For the next six Mondays, come and bathe in the good news of who Jesus is, what he’s done for his world, and how it changes everything. We’ll talk about how we share his good news with people. In fact, we’ll talk about how to be good news people.

You know what? It’s really hard not to share genuinely good news. Continue reading “Good News for God’s World (course)”