Nov
20

Social Media Revolution

The latest Social Media video from Erik Qualman. Lots of fascinating statistics here. The ones that amaze me the most are how fast information travels with social media, and how ubiquitous it has become.

Nov
13

Chinese University Facebook Outreach

I just wrote an article for Cru’s VLM Lab describing a very successful outreach that was run at Chinese University earlier this year. (VLM stands for Virtual-Led Movements, and essentially includes strategies which utilise the internet to build spiritual movements.) Pop over and have a…

Oct
31

Doing the Monster Mash

As Halloween arrives, no doubt you have been exposed to views telling you why Christians shouldn’t participate at all, or should participate in alternative activities, or participate fully. For myself, growing up in New Zealand, Halloween was a non-event, a foreign holiday really.…

Oct
19

Misconceptions about Mission Work and the Internet

Last year Global Connections in Missions, an organization co-ordinating the sending efforts of Open Brethren churches, asked me to write an article about the internet and mission work for their GC3 magazine. It is now online, you can download the pdf here (It’s on…

Oct
15

Science Fiction

Science fiction is a great vehicle for exploring what our world is really like by testing the boundaries with “What if …” questions. You can read a great article on questions that theologians would like science fiction to explore. I’m going to give…

Oct
10

The Search for the Meaning of Life

On Sunday I preached a sermon at our church for our friendship Sunday. It was an evangelistic sermon exploring what it meant for the logos to become flesh and dwell among us. Post-sermon, there were some things that I wish I had encountered…

Oct
3

We’re both a-π-ists. I’m just an a-π-ist to one more value of π than you

Several times I’ve heard atheists say “We’re both atheists. You’re an atheist towards Thor and Zeus. I’m just an atheist towards one more God than you are.” The implication is that if I were consistent I would be an atheist towards the God…

Sep
15

How to be a Child of God

HOW TO BE A CHILD OF GOD from David Howell on Vimeo. The presentation above was made this year by a Texas businessman based on a tract he produced for use in prison ministries. I’d be interested to hear people’s thoughts and responses…

Sep
3

God’s Chinese Legacy

Several years ago I picked up a book called Finding God in Ancient China, which asked the question of whether Christianity was a foreign religion to China, and a symbol of Western oppression. The conclusion of the book was that the original religion…

Aug
27

Sola Scriptura

Yesterday I preached at church on Sola Scriptura. How does one of the cornerstones of the Reformation stand up after 500 years? Well, what is undeniably true is that we are no less prone to losing sight of what Scripture says today than…