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Leavers 2009: Winter Life in the Zone olympics A Samoan Christmas theadvocate WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S NEWSPAPER FOR CHRISTIANS January 2010 theadvocate.tv Girls Brigade Shines WA Baptists’ heart for mission 400 years after the inception of Baptist ministry, the WA church is still showing its commitment to reach out to the farthest corners of the world with the message of God’s love. At the recent quad-centennial celebrations local Baptists gave generously, contributing more than $10,000 towards Global Mission. The funds were allocated towards supporting John and Angela Wilmot, and Andrew “Bus” Main. The Wilmots have been instrumental in spreading the Good News about Jesus to the Yao people of Malawi. In fact, John and Angela were amongst the ﬁrst Australian Baptists to respond to the call to help ‘empower the Yao to develop their own distinctive ways of following Jesus’. As a result Photo: Shaggy Dog Productions of God’s work through them, many Yao have expressed their own trust in Jesus through baptism, publically acknowledging their new life in Christ. The Baptist Churches of Western Australia have also significantly contributed to the missionary work 2009 Girls Brigade Queens Award recipients of various national and international awards for their achievements in the Girls Brigade. amongst the Yao in Mozambique. “Bus” Main is helping to enable a Twelve girls from WA Baptist Queen’s Award recipients. “Over through all Christian denominations environment and the majority of girls new stage of ministry amongst the Yao churches are among this year’s the past 15 years, Girls’ Brigade and provide a way for churches to join in their younger years, from pre- as he seeks to promote discipleship Annual Brigades award recipients. has developed me into a leader offer a program for pre-primary aged primary to Year 4 and many remain amongst them. It is hoped his work The girls have been presented with goals, creativity, confidence, children right through to year 12. until they ﬁnish school.” with them will lead towards their with various national and international perseverance and faith. God has “The Brigades enable churches to Reaching the highest level becoming mature followers of Jesus. awards for their achievements in the blessed me with a serving heart and impact generations of young people takes time but there is plenty of Looking to the future, local Baptists Girls Brigade, three of them received a passion to follow Him.” with the message of Christ. The encouragement and help along continue to support John and Angela the Queen’s Award. Shirley Brindley believes Jessica is a organisation is structured in such a the way. Wilmot as they reach out to WA’s “The Queen’s Award is the highest great example of what the organisation way that both Christian families and “It’s a step by step process. indigenous people — the Martu in award in the Girls’ Brigade and is is all about. “Our vision is to see girls non-church families are able to let their Girls have to be 15 years of age to Newman. designed to encourage girls and young come into a relationship with a living children take part. Brigades are a great begin their journey towards attaining women to a personal commitment to God and to be able to actively and evangelical tool and form bridge to the the Queen’s Award and the final follow Jesus, while respecting other enthusiastically express their love community,” Mrs Brindley said. assessment or interview is taken faiths. They are inspired to greater for Him and others through their The State Development between the ages of 17 and 25. The endeavour in service within the communities. Girls learn the motto — Coordinator also said involvement process involves doing voluntary general community and to make “Seek, Serve and Follow Christ”. The in the Brigades is sustainable for service, initiative tasks and an a contribution to the worldwide leadership training they receive through so many children because it is a assignment. There’s also a written concept of the Girls’ Brigade,” WA the Girls’ Brigade enables them to take low cost, ‘term-time’ activity. “The examination and finally the Girls’ Development Coordinator, Shirley leadership roles in churches and in Brigades offer friendship, fun and Brigade Assessment.” Brindley said. their communities.” structured activities in a Christian Other awards presented to local Jessica Howell, from Parkerville The Girls’ and Boys’ Brigades setting. In the case of the Girls’ girls this year included Pioneer Pins Baptist Church was one of this year’s are ministries designed to work Brigade it is obviously an all-girl and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards. Local Newman Artist. news theadvocate January2010 End of Scripture classes? briefs Churches bombed in Iraq Two Christian sites in the northern city of Mosul in Iraq were bombed on 26 November. A group of 10 gunmen entered the Church of Saint Ephrem, ordered those inside to leave and placed explosives around the premises, destroying the building upon detonation. Half an hour later the attackers targetted the Mother House of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine. Thousands of believers have reportedly ﬂed Mosul and other areas of Iraq in recent Photo: YouthCARE WA months due to ongoing threats and prosecution. According to a local church leader, “Things were gradually becoming normalised Youthcare is concerned about proposed ethics classes to replace scripture. and many felt that security had improved. What has happened now has put a stop to the optimism.” YouthCARE WA is cautiously is about moral decision-making but policies of equity and access as subset of the school, for example in [ASIANEWS, AID TO THE CHURCH IN monitoring a NSW Government that’s quite different from shaping they are. That means programs such Years 1 to 3.” NEED] plan to trial ‘ethics’ classes in state children’s value systems using the as Religious Education should be Youthcare points out its CRE primary schools as an alternative to stories of Christian faith — which is offered to all, regardless of religious program is offered as an educational teaching Scripture. what religious education is about.” affiliation. However parents, as program as opposed to an evangelistic Ten schools will offer the classes Since the early 1970s YouthCARE always, have the right to withdraw program. “We present it in this form Christian again after statistics revealed one in four WA has worked closely with the state’s their children,” Mr Clapton said. out of respect for the diverse religious facing deportation students are sitting out scripture Education Department to develop “We provide around 1,000 lessons backgrounds of the families involved in Kazakhstan classes. a successful framework for how of Christian Religious Education in a particular school. It means we are A German-born believer who was YouthCARE’s Head of Education religious education can and should (CRE) in primary schools each generally able to secure the goodwill recently prosecuted in Akmola Services, John Clapton says the NSW be provided in the state’s secular week. Those classes are provided in of school Principals, who have Region, Kazakhstan for taking trial is concerning because of the public schools. “There is a great deal approximately 20 percent of public absolute discretion about allowing the part in religious worship without fundamental differences between of mutual respect, and we are just primary schools, but in many cases program or not. We’ll be watching the state registration is again facing ethics and scripture classes. “Ethics as committed to the Department’s the program is only delivered to a NSW situation very closely.” deportation. In October, Viktor Leven successfully appealed the Urged to veto same-sex partnership deportation order, but the Regional Court reinstated the deportation on November 26. Leven stated he may be forced to leave the country at any time. [SOURCE: FORUM18] The Baptist Union of Australia is considerably more and is designed pushing the Federal Government to by God.” veto same-sex marriage legislation Dr Winslade commended the passed by the ACT Legislative Prime Minister for his past resolve China: House Assembly in December. in disallowing territory laws which church leader The legislation allows gay couples undermined and mimicked marriage, targeted by to have their relationships recognised and has again urged him to honour his authorities with legally binding partnership 2007 election promise disallowing the The leader of a house church in ceremonies. ACT’s new civil partnership laws. Wenzhou, China was released on The Baptist Union’s National “We are hoping the Prime Minister November 30 after authorities Director, Revd Dr Brian Winslade is willing to state his opposition to arbitrarily detained him without argues an overwhelming majority of same sex marriage clearly. I suspect warrant. Ofﬁcials and local Baptists in the ACT, and throughout there would be ramiﬁcations if he villagers targeted Shao Wangui Australia suppor t a traditional doesn’t, given that we are heading after he and his brother, owners of understanding of marriage — which into an election year.” the Xinba Shoes Factory, refused to excludes same-sex marriage. The Baptist Church leader also has pay a fee to support the building of “If laws mimicking marriage a message to the politicians driving this a Buddhist temple in their village. amongst same sex couples are not kind of legislation within the ACT. Wangui also asked the members rejected, the inevitable outcome “They appear to be following a of his house church to refuse to will be laws that legitimise full- personal agenda rather than listening support the construction project. ﬂedged marriage between same sex to the voice of the nation, which When the village secretary found Photo: Australian Baptist Ministries couples. That is not an option,” Dr is considerably more conservative out about Wangui’s actions, Winslade said. on an issue like gay marriage,” Dr he initiated a campaign of “In every culture historically Winslade said. mistreatment against the known m ar r i a g e h as b e e n a s acre d “If they really believe they have believers in the community. In relationship between a man and broad constituency backing for such late November, local “vandals” woman. There is no problem with legislation they might consider having destroyed the brothers’ factory recognising other forms of partnership the courage to make it an election as punishment for their refusal to in terms of property rights and other issue, or possibly even a matter for Baptist Union of Australia National Director, Revd Dr Brian Winslade. provide funds. [SOURCE: CHINAAID] provisions, but marriage means a referendum.” 2 January2010 theadvocate news India – Three Euthanasia battle lines churches attacked Three church buildings were attacked within two days in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. On November 29, a bomb exploded at a church in There have been times when December. “We won in Victoria last Emily´s List — a political network down the euthanasia pathway.” Thammathukonam, badly damaging Medicine with Morality Convenor, year and Tasmania this year but formed to increase the number of The Medicine with Moralit y the building’s wall. Later that day, Dr Lachlan Dunjey has felt like a there is no room for complacency. women Labor parliamentarians who Convenor believes it is important to a statue of St Francis Xavier was lone voice in the wilderness in his What is really scary is that the SA are willing to support the issues make the most of all opportunities desecrated by militants in Konamkade ﬁght against euthanasia. bill had signiﬁcant ﬂaws and it was of childcare, equal pay, and pro to keep the issue in the public eye. while the local congregation was It’s a war he’s been waging for only defeated by two votes.” choice — it seems that many MPs “Even if we can only change the preparing for an Advent procession. many years. Nowadays Dr Dunjey The bill b efore the We st prefer to remain ignorant of the minds of one or two — that might be The next day, a group of Hindu has many more foot soldiers to help Australian parliament has gone consequences to society if we move enough,” Dr Dunjey said. militants broke the windows of a him in his ﬁght than in the early days through a second reading but church building in Sulur and threw but he emphasises the war has only debate on the proposed legislation stones inside. A bag containing a just begun. has been adjourned until 2010. container of petrol, a diesel can “We’ve drawn a line in the sand. “It has been cleaned up to avoid and cotton scraps was later found, We have won a few battles but we some of the obvious reasons to suggesting that the attackers intended are far from winning the war,” said throw it out.” to set the building on ﬁre. Dr. Dunjey. Dr Dunjey believes the ﬁght is The battles Dr Dunjey refers one of education and understanding to are the recent developments and must be taken to politicians as in the political arena in which well as the community in general. Pastors sentenced the South Australian Legislative “I have commented before on in China Council defeated Greens MLC Mark the apparent resistance to reason Five leaders of the Fushan house Parnell´s euthanasia bill in the early that so many MPs have. As with church, who have been held in detention since their unwarranted arrests on September 25, were sentenced to prison on November 25 Medicine with Morality Convenor, Dr Lachlan Dunjey. following a 12 hour trial. At the trial, the Pastors’ Lawyers were only able to review 50 of the 1,000 pages of International “evidence materials” in preparation for their defense. The outcome was a seven year long detention sentence for one Pastor found guilty Men’s Day of “illegally occupying farming land” and “disturbing transportation order by gathering masses”. Three were each given prison sentences between It’s been ten years since Dr Jerome It is not compulsory to adopt the three and four years for “illegally Teelucksingh (tee-luck-sing) from ‘ofﬁcial’ themes. “Participants are occupying farming land” and another Trinidad was inspired by his Pastor encouraged to commemorate IMD in was sentenced to four years for and father to start International ways that suit their local communities “disturbing transportation order Men’s Day (IMD). as long as the event’s core objectives by gathering masses.” The Fushan The event, which has gained the are observed. In promoting male role church lead by these Pastors is part support of the United Nations, has models, for example, it’s not just of a 50,000 member house church celebrated its tenth anniversary. about movie stars and sports men network in the area, and has been for Australian Co-ordinator, Warwick but every day, working class men more than 30 years. On November 30, Marsh says the event is now celebrated who are living decent, honest lives. ﬁve more church leaders were handed by men around the world and special It is also important to celebrate men’s two-year sentences of re-education events to mark the occasion were positive contributions to society, through labour. held all over Australia. community, family, marriage, child Objectives of International Men’s care, and to the environment.” Day include a focus on men’s and For War wick Marsh, IMD is Mob attacks boys’ health, improving gender something that is very close to relations and highlighting positive his heart and ﬁts in well with his church in Sri male role models. Christian faith. “I am excited about Lanka “During the past ten years the celebration of International Men’s Approximately 200 suspected methods of commemorating Day because the world needs men. Buddhists armed with weapons International Men’s Day have included Manhood and Christ likeness are stormed the Our Lady Rosa Mystica public seminars, classroom activities synonymous. The founder of IMD Church building in Croos Watta, at schools, radio and television was inspired by his Dad who was a Sri Lanka on 6 December. The programs, church observances, and Presbyterian Minister so International assailants destroyed construction peaceful displays and marches,” Mr Men’s Day happens on his father’s materials and the interior of the Marsh explained. birthday, 19 November each year.” building. They also attempted to attack the Priest. He was able to escape the scene unharmed, but his vehicle was torched in the violence. As word spread of the attack, approximately 500 local believers blocked the nearby main road in protest, demanding that police arrest the culprits. At last report, one arrest had been made. Local Christians believe the attack was due to the growing number of believers in the area and the recent resumption of a construction Photo: Ross Wade project to expand the church. Last year, the Supreme Court overturned a police decision to ban the construction. [UNION OF CATHOLIC Ulladulla men recognised for their contribution to the local community. ASIAN NEWS] 3 opinion theadvocate January2010 Waiting expectantly and attentively How much of human life is lost Anna waited at the temple for “the parades. He does not force His in waiting? consolation of Israel” (Luke 2:25) way into our gift-opening traditions, Ralph Waldo Emerson and “the redemption of Jerusalem” nor over-ride our feasting and (Luke 2:38). cricket. He too waits. He tarries in Christmas is full of waiting. Everything about Christmas, the stillness. We wait at checkouts (and then from the first to the current, speaks This season will be filled with Returns counters) and at airports. of waiting. Lots of it. the usual waiting — most of which We wait for mail and for gifts. We N o t t h a t w e like i t a t all. drives us crazy, creates stress wait in crowds. We wait alone. We Wait and waste sound too much and conflict, and irritates us. But wait with anticipation. We wait with alike. “Don’t just stand there. Do might we engage a different kind dread. As children, December 25 something. Anything!” Waiting is of wait — one filled with promise, could never come quickly enough. neither something nor anything. awareness and anticipation? A wait Even Christmas Eve could feel like In our life’s economy, it’s nothing. that adds meaning to the season a week! But waiting forms the centrepiece and prepares us for the Christ … The first Christmas was no of the biblical Christmas story. a prayerful wait. different. Luke begins the story By contrast, words like rush and Emerson’s quote (above) lacks with Elizabeth and Zacharias who chaos mark out Christmas story. accuracy. We don’t lose life by had waited a lifetime for a child. No time to wait — or waste. Like waiting, especially as we wait Then Zacharias must wait for the Mar tha much later, hospitalit y expectantly and at tentively on birth before he can speak again. means hurry. Christ. To the contrary, we find it. Similarly, Mary and Joseph’s story Yet, as we learn to wait with May this Christmas be filled with becomes one of waiting — not hope, attentiveness, submission, the best kind of waiting for each sitting around, but waiting; waiting and patience, we see the Child. of us. nine months for the end of her Je sus d o e s n o t y e ll o ve r t h e God-orchestrated pregnancy, for blare of Christmas music. Nor Mark Wilson the world’s first glimpse of the Son does He create a spectacle more Director of Ministries – of God. Meanwhile, Simeon and d a z zlin g t h an d e c o r at i o n s o r Western Australian Baptists My Thoughts When things don’t go to plan... WHAT PEOPLE ARE BLOGGING Noting that my neighbour’s car had generous), but when you think 8/12/2009 11/12/2009 a ﬂat battery, I decided to do my about it, they caused a lot of trouble. James Higginbotham: www.volunteercentered.com Terry Wilhite: www.terrywilhite.com annual good deed and help start his Their discussion with Herod about “Many times throughout the year, especially “As communicators we’re always delivering important car with my jump leads. Now I’m the location of the birth of the during the holiday season, the church has a variety of messages. Clarity is crucial. Those who follow my writings mechanically challenged at the best Messiah led to the execution of opportunities to serve. Most of these opportunities do regularly know my mantra: Communication happens of times, so was feeling incredibly numerous babies in the vicinity of not require experienced volunteers, but rather anyone when understanding takes place. Understanding proud and manly that I was in a Bethlehem. It also meant that Mary, willing to donate some time. It is during these one-time takes place when there are relationships. Relationships position to help. Joseph and the infant Jesus had to serve opportunities where you must be intentional about happen on common ground. Said another way: When His car was in an awkward position ﬂee to Egypt. your leadership: Intentionally create opportunities to there is common ground, relationships can be formed but I thought that if I got up really We could engage in allow fresh faces to join in the activities, Intentionally that lead to understanding. close the leads would just reach. I recriminations. Anyone with even know those getting involved, Intentionally follow-up with Over the past 23 years of making a living as a kept edging nearer, assuming that my an iota of information on the them once the holiday season is over. As the leader, it is professional communicator, I’ve delivered thousands grateful neighbour would warn of the reputation of Herod would have up to you to ensure that your team is prepared to handle of messages, some with far reaching, powerful point where any nearer would result in realised he would not react kindly these new people after the holiday or special event. consequences. However, there is no more important or a collision. It turned out to be a false to the announcement of the birth This will require you to spend time working on how to urgent message than the Good News of Jesus Christ, assumption and his smiling face simply of a new king — no matter how communicate the event (”we need you” instead of “we that we can have peace with God through Jesus and expressed relief that help was at hand, messianic. Their indiscrete sharing need [xyz] skills”), coordinate signups, and follow-up spend our forever with Jesus when we accept his rather than observation of what was of this information was disastrous. a few weeks after the event with a personalized thank unmerited favor. (That is the message of Christmas. taking place. Mercifully just as I was Realistically we probably shouldn’t you note. Don’t let this holiday season pass you by too It is what Christmas is really all about.) Every time I about to nudge forward a little more I call them wise men. This was fast and miss the fresh volunteers you’ll likely see. Get go to a wake or a funeral I almost always say, most decided against it. Hopping out the car foolish. intentional with the way you handle these one-time of the time out loud, quietly to myself, usually when I I turned cold as I saw I was less than a Did they ever find out the serve opportunities.” get in the car to go home, there is no more important millimetre from his Ford. outcome of their visit? If so I imagine question to be asked or answered: the most important It all turned out OK. I reversed they would have proclaimed, “That’s 14/12/2009 question in life is, have I trusted Jesus Christ with my a little away lest the car lurched in the last time we’ll follow a star!” Kent Shaffer: www.catalystspace.com life and eternity? Sharing the Good News that Jesus can starting, and the previously deceased For all that, there’s not a hint in “Developing your team into effective leaders requires provide life abundant now and peace forever is the most vehicle sprung into life. Rather than the Bible that the Magi shouldn’t more than just explaining how to do something. You important message of all time. All other communication praising myself as I drove off I kept have made their journey. An old must explain the why behind the how. Understanding pales in comparison. thinking, “Grief, that was close. proverb goes, “God writes straight the science behind a method is crucial to being able For those of us who know this message, it is What if instead of getting the Falcon with crooked lines.” And so we trust to effectively lead in times of unusual circumstance. paramount that it be delivered clearly. Unfortunately, started, I had driven into it.” the wisdom of the God who knows When it comes to systems, most rules have exceptions, after we become familiar with Scripture or we join a Actually, scenes like that unfold better than us. And we don’t detach but you can’t appropriately identify these exceptions fellowship of believers, we lose the clarity. We begin in life all too often. We try to do from life, no matter how risky unless you understand the principles behind the rule. talking in Shakespearean style as the King James something helpful, and it backﬁres. involvement sometimes is ... Teaching rules alone creates carbon copy robots. translation of the Bible does or we share with others in I have met people who have become Teaching principles creates leaders. The Pharisees “spiritual-ese”. All of a sudden, a guide is needed to bitter and detached from life because lived by rules with such rigidity that they missed the understand what we’re saying. That’s more than tragic. something they meant for good principles and the purpose behind the rules. Jesus Why? Forever is at stake. Christmas could become real has not been valued or has had knew the rules, but more importantly, Jesus understood for someone this year and in the process, change their an unintended and unwelcome the more important principles behind the rules. As a life and their forever. How are you sharing the message outcome. result, He made exceptions that made His ministry of Christmas clearly? During the Christmas season dramatically more fruitful and impactful than the ofﬁce I’ve spent some time thinking about of a Pharisee. Here’s the challenge – it is much easier the wise men. Do you remember Dr Brian Harris is the Principal of to teach the how without the why. Teaching the science Digital Church is Perth’s own online look the lengthy journey they made to Vose Seminary and Senior Pastor and principles behind it all requires the investment of at all aspects of digital life in the church. pay homage to the Christ child? of Carey Community Baptist a mentor. Often, it requires modeling. Managers teach www.digitalchurch.com.au. Proudly I’ve no doubt that they meant to do Church. He can be contacted at rules. Leaders teach principles. supported by The Advocate. good, (and their gifts were certainly email@example.com 4 January2010 theadvocate news Freedom for A Polynesian Christmas 2 imprisoned women Two Iranian Christian converts from Islam, were released without bail from Evin Prison in Tehran on November 18. Originally arrested on March 5 by Iranian security forces, Maryam and Marzieh were charged with anti-government activities but it became clear that conversion from Islam to Christianity was the real reason for the arrest. Commanded to recant their faith in exchange for their freedom, the women refused. Evin Prison is notorious for its brutal conduct toward women. Maryam and Marzieh were kept in solitary conﬁnement, enduring extended interrogations while suffering from poor health. Iran issued no statement explaining the release. However, the decision follows international pressure from Christians throughout the world. [ASSIST NEWS SERVICE] Photo: Allan Schintu Yemen workers still missing Last June, nine foreigners were abducted in Yemen, three of which Island Breeze performs a presentation of songs, cultural dance and chants at St Alban’s Church, Highgate. were later found murdered. There continues to be no news of the Christmas is the time of year when takes audiences on a unique journey and that is central to our message. people’s homes, slum areas shopping remaining six: a German couple, Christians of all denominations, through the Polynesian world. We include the story of the cruciﬁxion centers and in open air settings. We Johannes and Sabine, their three languages and cultures celebrate The story of Jesus starts in to demonstrate what Jesus went saw many young people respond to children, Lydia (4), Anna (3) and the birth of Jesus. Hawaii, travels to Samoa and ends through on the cross for human kind. the gospel. Many people also asked Simon (1), and a married British A local Perth group took their with a graphic representation of the God never held anything back from for prayers for situations they were man, Tony. All were connected to unique version of the Christmas death and resurrection of Christ in us, He gave His all. It is also with in, either in their homes or at their a hospital in the northern city of story around the world this year, the chanting style of New Zealand’s the same conviction that we hope to working places,” Aleni Rivers said. Saada. The working capacity of their simple — yet powerful message Maori people. see people receive Jesus into their “We have seen people being the hospital is severely reduced, — presented in cultural song and S iu t u Ri v e r s , t h e g r o up’s hearts.” touched through our performances. affecting a wide area. Violent dance. Husband and wife team, Aleni ch o re o g r ap h e r e x p l ain e d t h e The Island Breeze ministry team We share our culture and it is an clashes between the government and Suitu Rivers lead the Youth With performance goes beyond sharing recently arrived back from a three opportunity for us to share our own forces and the Houthi armed group a Mission (YWAM) Island Breeze culture through music and dance. month tour to South Africa, Germany, personal stories, giving hope and in the Saada province have ﬂared ministry, a presentation of songs, “The Christmas story is about the The Netherlands and Spain. “We speaking life into people’s lives.” up again — a major hindrance cultural dance and chants that greatest act of kindness in history shared the gospel in schools, old to efforts to locate the missing foreigners. The fact that there has been no credible claim of Politicians ﬁght sleazy TV responsibility is unusual within Yemeni culture, and heightens concern and anxiety. [MIDDLE EAST CONCERN] Ten WA Liberal politicians — lead believe the draft code — produced by by Perth’s former Deputy Mayor and Free TV Australia, which represents current Liberal Member for Mount all commercial broadcasters with Lawley, Michael Sutherland — have free-to-air licences — waters down Somalia’s called for less sex, bad language and the existing standards. embattled drug use on free-to-air television. “The draft code proposes a believers In a submission to a review of the lowering of the standard for the The country is thought to have no Commercial Television Industry Code depictions of sexual behaviour which more than a thousand Christians of Conduct, the MPs are pushing for are allowed to be broadcast in a in a resident population of eight language to be toned down, a higher program classiﬁed MA, particularly million, and the Islamist Shabab standard applied to the depiction of by deleting the requirement that any militia, which controls most of sex on television and a total ban on such depictions be discreet.” southern Somalia, is dedicated ads for sexual services. The politicians have also used to hunting them down. Islamic South African-born Michael their submission to attack the self- militants shot and killed a Somali Sullivan came to Australia 22 years regulating TV industry over the way Christian woman when she declined ago. He describes the quality of TV complaints are handled but their to wear a veil. Christian men in the late eighties and early nineties strongest criticism was reserved attend mosques so as not to arouse as outstanding but he’s now deeply for late-night telephone sex line suspicion. Bibles are kept hidden. concerned about the decline in advertisements. There are no public meetings, and standards since that time. “The slide “There is no need for these no church. At least 13 members into Big Brother, bad language and products to be advertised at all on of underground churches have sex adverts has seen it seriously free-to-air television. It is an insult been killed in the past few deteriorate,” he said. to honest working people who months. The country promotes Mr Sutherland leads the charge happen to get home after 11pm,” a version of Sharia law whereby against declining T V standards the group said. every citizen of Somalia is born a alongside Ian Britza, Albert Jacob, The Fe deral Government ’s Muslim and anyone who converts Peter Abetz, Nick Goiran, Phil Australian Communications and to another religion is guilty of Edman, Frank Alban, Ian Blayney, Media Authority are yet to approve apostasy — punishable by death. Tony Krsticevic and Paul Miles, who any change to the code. Michael Sutherland — Liberal member for Mount Lawley. [INTERCESSORS NETWORK] 5 news theadvocate January2010 Iran’s Christian Mighty Men coming soon Book Famine It is illegal for the church in Iran to print or sell Persian Christian books. One aspiring publisher was told by a government ofﬁcer With a title like ‘Mighty Men’s that anyone producing Christian Conference’, you might be forgiven literature deserves to be for thinking it is one of those get- executed. Some try to photocopy togethers where blokes beat their material, others use the chests and talk themselves up! internet, but most books have The reality is that this conference to be smuggled into the country. takes things much deeper than The demand for Scriptures that, ministering to a section of the far exceeds the supply. An modern church that is all too often added problem is the shortage overlooked. of literature in the Persian In February, Perth will play host language. The Arab world has to men from all over Australia who 10,000 titles to choose from, but will attend a very special gathering Iran has less than 400. Children designed to help them grow as have under 20 Christian books. Christians. Mighty Men’s Conference [IRAN 30, ELAM MINISTRIES] (MMC) organisers believe while many church programs connect well with women, men are often left disinterested and bored. New extremist “One of the greatest needs we Hindu groups have in church life today is ﬁnding emerge in India Photo: Mighty Men’s Ministries Australia ways to stimulate and promote After more than a decade of spiritual growth and passion for Jesus severe persecution, India’s in the lives of Christian men. The Christian minority is growing Mighty Men’s Conference does that,” increasingly concerned over an MMC Communications Coordinator, increase in new and more deadly Mark Edwards said. Hindu extremist groups. The Pride “It is now more than ever that of India, National Revival Forum, Australia needs men to stand Army of god Rama, Army for Hindu up for those who cannot help Religion, and Eternal Organisation themselves.” Mighty Men Conference 2009 designed to promote spiritual growth in the lives of Christian men. [translated names] have launched To help them do that, organisers numerous violent attacks on both have enlisted the help of inspirational dedication to Jesus and practical consumerism have profoundly to form friendships, get away from Christian and Muslim minorities. sp e aker, Angus Buchan from faith in action inspires and moves affected men in this country,” Mr the stresses of modern life and to do The new groups are formed Shalom Ministries in South Africa men. Many Australian blokes have Edwards said. something that doesn’t always come mostly by former members of who will be key speaker at the lost their understanding of what it The Mighty Men’s Conference easy — talk about their lives. Hindu RSS-connected outﬁts conference. “Angus is a man’s man means to be a male in our society. is set in a relaxed rural environment For more information, visit who found the RSS (mobilised to and his message of passionate Depression, lack of purpose and and provides an atmosphere for men www.mightymensconference.org.au. eliminate minorities) “too mild” in its activities. Hundreds of Big year for baptisms in Collie incidents this year range from stopping worship services to causing false arrests, beating and even murdering Christians. [COMPASS DIRECT] When Pastor Dave Smith first seen its fair share of hardships in number of people in the community the problem was not “out there” moved to Collie in the South West recent times too. who no longer attended church and but within the church community of WA, he found himself working “I was aware that the churches many others who did not see the itself. in a mining town of 10,000 people were in survival mode, many of church as a place to look for answers “As has so of ten been the Sudan: where shiftwork makes commitment the Christians were in need of to the dissatisfaction in their lives,” case throughout histor y, when Christians to anything difﬁcult. Churches were encouragement and a new sense of Pastor Smith said. thing s s e em at their darke st, cruciﬁed poorly attended, and the town has vision. There were also a signiﬁcant The church le ader sense d and the church is in danger of Marauding soldiers from the becoming completely irrelevant in Lord’s Resistance Army, a a community, God moves people terrorist rebel group from to pray,” he explained. Uganda that frequently crosses In early 2009 Collie Baptist the border with Sudan, cruciﬁed Church b egan holding prayer seven Christian believers near meetings three times a week. the town of Nzara in southern “We asked God to revive His Sudan. Villagers who found people in a preparation for an the bodies also reported the outpouring of blessing in the town. guerrillas stormed two churches, During the year we saw signiﬁcant desecrating the buildings and spiritual growth amongst members, kidnapping several young people. as well as people who haven’t set In response, a local bishop called foot inside a church for many years. for three days of prayer for There were many conversions Christians of all denominations and a 5 0 percent incre ase in in the region, culminating in membership. We baptised ten a silent protest by more than people in ten months!” 20,000 people who walked two Pastor Dave Smith is convinced miles barefoot in sackcloth and it is prayer that has moved the hand ashes. Meanwhile, churches have of God in Collie. appealed to international leaders, “ We need prayer in our warning that the government of complacent, materialistic, self-centred Sudan is failing to implement the Photo: Rachel Friend society. Prayer is the powerhouse of country’s 2005 Comprehensive the Church. It changes the people Peace Agreement (CPA), and this who are doing it and it prepares the could reignite the 22-year civil hearts of those in the community war. [JOEL NEWS 705/CHURCH being prayed for — to enable them TIMES] About to be baptised, Lisa Gadenne with Pastor Dave Smith in Collie. to receive the Gospel.” 6 January2010 theadvocate news Aboard the Rare award for Perth mum Evangelista in Peru Medicine cannot cure the ailment of many who live along Peru’s A ny o n e w h o k n o w s B a r b a r a talented too. “He had a keen sense of Ucayali River, because the problem Whitmore would say she is a hero, rhythm so I got him into a tap dancing goes beyond physical needs. That’s however that is not a description group of 20 disabled people, which why 100 volunteers in September that sits well with her. he was involved with for 13 years. offered medical assistance with She has recently been He performed on stage and he was the message of the gospel on presented with the Activ Honorary able to interact with the mainstream their barge-like ministry boat, the Life Membership Award for her group of dancers too — he was very Evangelista, to more than 16 ethnic dedication to people with a disability. well accepted.” groups that haven’t yet heard of But Barbara believes her greatest Activ provided a work environment Jesus’ love. The boat is owned by achievement is raising her disabled for Jarrad at Business Services in the Evangelical Missionary Church son, Jarrad, 39. “I just do it because Osborne Park. Barbara has been of Pucallpa, Peru, which has had I know that it’s what God wants me able to support her son there by a river ministry for over 30 years. to do.” volunteering on many projects, HCJB Global contributes funds and Barbara Whitmore’s dedication assisting with fundraising and serving along with several other agencies goes far beyond the voluntary work as Vice President, Secretary and has used the Evangelista for she has been recognised for. Her Treasurer of the Osborne Park projects. The once-a-year “Mission desire to see Jarrad receive the same Parents Auxiliary for more than 12 Aboard” trip objectives include opportunities as ‘normal’ children led years. exploring new strategies for to her connection with Activ. “He gets on the Activ bus each bringing the gospel to unreached “Jarrad needed to have to interact day and goes to the workshop. It people, exposing individuals to with other people when he left school is wonderful for them to have this village life and the hardships many and he didn’t have one. I found the kind of opportunity to work in the face there, and connecting with Activ Girrawheen Discovery Club and community, to contribute. He gets mission agencies and individuals took him there.” paid for his work too. It is very already working in the jungle region of Peru. [HCJB GLOBAL Photo: Activ Barbara volunteered with Activ’s important for him to receive a payslip Girrawheen Discovery Club for more every fortnight. Jarrad just wants to NEWS] than 23 years. “The Discovery Club be like everyone else, Activ provides was a Godsend — not only for him him the opportunity to do that. He Barbara Whitmore with her Activ Honorary Life Membership Award. but for me too. There were people knows his sister gets paid and he Cuba steps up who could communicate with him, a knows he gets paid.” from Activ and points questions on “To see the joy of achievement pressure on the great social outlet.” Barbara Whitmore is gracious the subject back to the people she on their faces is incredible. Activ’s a Church Jarrad turned out to be creatively about the accolade she has received has spent her life helping. wonderful wonderful organisation.” Harassment of Christians in Cuba has increased signiﬁcantly over Baptist World Congress 2010 the past year according to reports, including arrests of leaders and closures, conﬁscation or destruction of church buildings. Pastors and leaders of the fast- In a little more than six months, sessions of the full congress as well as Winslade says the primary ‘take out’ lessons learned that we can pass on growing, charismatic Apostolic Baptist Christians from around smaller meetings for Bible Study and from the event will be the sense of to the wider Baptist community in Movement have been particularly the world will converge on Hawaii topical discussion, however the primary the bigness of our part within the Australia and we will plan to do so.” targeted — 60 in May and June by the thousands for ﬁve days of focus is on international fellowship. Christian community. Australian Baptists will be well alone. Two men are still in prison, celebration and inspiration. Organisers describe the event as an “Where else do Australian Baptist represented by leaders from the one pastor sentenced to six years The Baptist World Congress, which international celebration of the Baptist Christians have the chance to worship respective State Baptist Unions, in July. Another man was informed happens every five years was last ‘communion’ around the world. and fellowship with people from Australian Baptist Ministries, and also he is to be evicted from his home. hosted in Birmingham and drew about The Baptist Union of Australia almost all the countries in the world? a large contingent from local Baptist Cuba, under Raul Castro, has yet to ten thousand attendees. There will be National Director, Revd Dr Brian I’m sure there will be a number of Churches. ratify the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights that it signed with much fanfare in 2008. 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[CHRISTIAN POST] 7 feature theadvocate January2010 Photos: Anita Olsen Leavers 2009 ‘Leavers’ has made its way into the Australian culture and it is here to stay. ‘Leavers’ has made its way into the Australian WA Aids,” Leavers Zone Manager, Erik Olsen gathering in Dunsborough to celebrate, most and catch up with mates. We have live bands culture and it is here to stay. explained. locals dreaded this time of the year. However, and DJs, Dance Party music tent, Acoustic/ Seen as a rite of passage for young In 2004 there was major damage to both last year 86 percent of locals interviewed lounge tent, play stations, rides, bouncy castles, people ﬁnishing their ﬁnal year of high school, people and property in Dunsborough. There claimed leavers no longer had a negative impact pamper tent, giant yard games, and a growing increasingly more students completing year 12 were numerous assaults, arrests, and riots, on them. The program was so successful that ﬁrst-aid and recovery section. Our aim is to will attend a Leavers event somewhere. as well as signiﬁcant damage to the town. In similar ones have been set up at Rottnest Island provide a safe place for Leavers to attend each Baptist Churches of WA (BCWA), along 2005, a Management by Event program was in recent years. night so house parties and town gatherings do with Churches of Christ Sport and Recreation established in order to combat the negative So what is it that the church organisations not take place. We can look after people who Association (CCSRA), have partnered together effects of the Leavers gathering from the year actually do at Leavers? The BCWA & CCSRA have had too much to drink. To do this we have in taking a positive step to serve the state’s before. “Despite increased numbers of Leavers manage an area that has become known as over 160 volunteers, known as the Green Team youth by providing a safer environment for participating since 2004, the program has ‘The Zone’ which, for Dunsborough, is set up in because of our identifying tops. Rotto isn’t as Leavers to celebrate. “We work closely with resulted in a 91 percent drop in the number of a paddock about eight kilometres out of town. big but we send 30 people there to help keep The Ofﬁce of Crime prevention, WA Police, arrests, reduced hospital admissions and major Erik Olsen explains up to 6,000 Leavers a night Leavers safer.” local shires, Health and other NGOs like reductions in clean up costs,” Mr Olsen said. turned up at The Zone. More information is available at Drug ARM, Red Frog, Royal Life Saving and Since high school graduates began “It’s a place set up for Leavers to gather www.baptistwa.asn.au. Is your New Years resolution to give back to the community? Baptistcare makes it easy for you to keep your promise. 8 January2010 theadvocate feature Life inside the zone She was drunk, could hardly string words together and possibly high. A concerned Security Guard tapped me on the shoulder and said, “There’s a girl by the gate who is a mess, can you deal with her.” I walked over and said hello, along with two other Green Team members. I asked her name, what school she was from and who she was here with. It wasn’t long before her tears began to roll. She had lost her phone and couldn’t call her mum. At ﬁrst I thought this was a bit dramatic — over a lost phone, but then it turned out her mum was quite ill with cancer and if she lost her phone and if anything went wrong at home she couldn’t be contacted and vice-versa. When people are drunk they often speak the contents of their heart, without the usual ﬁlters. We got her a glass of water and she cried a bit more. It was time to take her to the recovery tent, but she didn’t want to go. She gave us all a big hug to say “thank you” but she wanted to go look for her phone. When some of her male friends came past, she latched onto them as they were leaving the zone. She was a gorgeous girl, who was incredibly vulnerable, and she was now leaving the zone with a bunch of boys. I wondered how I could care for this girl. I chatted to the boys, and asked them how their night was going, what school they were from and their names. I asked the guys to take care of the girl, since she seemed determined to go with them. They assured me they would and all stumbled off into the darkness towards their chalets. A typical ﬁve minutes in The Zone at Leavers 2009. , Leavers Reflections 2009 was my second year at Leavers. Last year I went a little unsure of what it would be like but soon realised how helpful it was for me as a Youth Pastor. Although the youth I worked with last year and this year are mostly church kids, it really helped me understand more of what their life is like at times when they are with their non-Christian friends. In the last two years I have had the privilege of seeing some of the youth I work with previously, come back help out at Leavers — doing ministry together. I have seen Christian and non-Christian school leavers putting up with all sorts of things that their friends are doing but watching out for them anyway. I am reminded of Jesus, who went to places to do ministry in a similar way to our Green Team members at Leavers. Advertising in The Advocate If you would like to spread your message and advertise in the next edition of The Advocate, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org for a rate card 9 conversation theadvocate January2010 Photo: Crossroad Distributors Human side With the release of their latest album The Long Fall Back to Earth, internationally acclaimed rock band Jars of Clay has not only forged new territory lyrically and musically but also in the area of humanitarianism. For band members Dan Haseltine, Charlie creative ideas of how the band could help the of the African people there is nothing like it, favourite 80s’ bands including Tears for Fears, Lowell, Steve Mason and Matt Odmark, their people of Africa in the areas of clean blood and it just renews us and gives us that extended The Cure and INXS. music success has provided the perfect clean water.” passion that we need.” “This style of music was an area that we platform for putting their faith into action and The band established the not for proﬁt On their latest album, the one song that hadn’t dipped our feet into yet and we love to ‘getting their hands dirty’. organisation Blood:Mission in early 2005. is tied closely to the work the band is actively evolve and challenge ourselves musically.” According to the band’s keyboard player Their ﬁrst effort was the 1,000 Wells Project doing in Africa is titled ‘Two Hands’. However, “A lot of the songs on this album are Charlie Lowell, over the years God has given with a goal of raising funds to build, rebuild and Lowell says that the essential theme of The Long intimate lyrically but when you put them in them opportunities to travel to places like China repair 1,000 wells in urban and rural areas of Fall Back to Earth is about relationships. skin that is big, with 80s’ synth textures, it and Africa where they have been challenged sub-Saharan Africa. “When we wrote this record we really takes the heaviness out of it and makes it more in their understanding of God, the church and “Over the past ﬁve years we have built close felt like it needed to be about relationship palatable. We didn’t want a record that felt dark faith. Through these travels the band has built to 700 wells delivering clean water, hygiene and as we were seeing a lot of our friends and and difﬁcult.” a deﬁning relationship with humanitarian work sanitation to around 500,000 people in Africa,” people around us really struggling in their Jars of Clay are currently on tour in the US in Africa. Charlie said. marriages.” with up and coming band Seabird. The band “Our lead vocalist, Dan Haseltine returned “When we travel to Africa and see ﬁrst-hand Lowell shared that the inspiration for the plans to tour Australia this year with songs from from an African trip ﬁve years ago with a lot of the difference this project is making in the lives 80s’ synth feel was listening to some of their their new album. 10 January2010 theadvocate news North Korea Christians ﬁght for rights famine Following the death of millions of North Koreans due to famine in the 1990s. Reports were recently conﬁrmed that famine has returned though there are no media teams inside the country to report what’s going on. “Parents die or leave their children because they can no longer bear to see their sons and daughters starve. Many groups of orphans roam the country. If they are caught by the police, they are sent to an orphanage where many die due to malnutrition.” Local Christians say that in Hwangae province it is becoming normal to see dead children in the street. Open Doors’ annual World Watch List has ranked North Korea as the No. 1 persecutor of Christians for Photo: Hotham Mission Asylum Seeker Project seven years in a row. [EVANGELICAL NEWS] Comfort for Philippine typhoon victims The Bible Society hopes to provide some 50,000 special Scripture booklets and another 50,000 Uniting Church members campaigning for work rights for refugees, advocating for creation of a Human Rights Act. Bibles to typhoon survivors in the Philippines. The society was in the The Uniting Church in Australia is behind the idea because of worries protections for religious freedoms many people who do not share that midst of a campaign to bring one pushing the Federal Government the rights of religious organisations that are currently missing from privilege and they are the ones who million Bibles to the people when over the creation of a Human would be eroded. Commonwealth Law.” we are most concerned for,” Rev. typhoons struck in September Rights Act. “Recent attention given to those The Uniting Church explains its Poulos said. and October. Now it fears many The Church has writ ten to opposing a Human Rights Act support of a Human Rights Act rests “There are many issues about Scriptures already handed out ALP Members of Parliament and does not accurately represent on the legislation’s ability to provide which individuals or groups of were lost in the storms, which S enator s ab out implementing the views of the entire religious protection to the most vulnerable, individuals take a different view killed more than 600 people and recommendations made by community in Australia,” Uniting marginalised and disadvantaged to others, and this issue is no displaced hundreds of thousands the National Human Right s Justice Australia National Director, members of the Australian community exception. But while the Uniting more. Some of the charity’s own Consultation. Rev. Elenie Poulos said. — the people who have few avenues Church in Australia is the only staff were among the 3.1 million The Uniting Church has expressed “It is our firm belief that it is for remedy when their rights are church to officially support the people affected. Noted Philippine commitment to social justice and entirely possible to draft legislation violated. “The Church is privileged development of a Human Rights Act, General Secretary Nora Lucero, achievement of human dignity for all that properly and appropriately enough to be able to negotiate for it is important to stress that we are “Bibles have been washed away through a Human Rights Act. The protects religious freedoms. In itself about what matters to its future not the only Christian group which from homes and many churches trouble is not all Christian groups are fact, such legislation would provide wellbeing. However, there are too has taken such a position.” left underwater. Now more than ever people need God’s Word to give them hope and sustain them in The Power of Global Prayer the coming months.” [CHRISTIAN TODAY] Imagine millions of people, all over the world — calling on God in prayer Burmese refugee about the same thing, at the same children to be time. The results are sure to be expelled nothing short of awesome! More than 70 Burmese children That is exactly what is going to who ﬂed to Thailand after being happen on the ﬁrst Friday of March attacked by a Buddhist militia 2010. It happens every year at the in June are being pressured to same time and it is called the World return to their country. Most of the Day of Prayer (WDP), a worldwide children are Christians, according gathering of people, mostly women, to International Christian Concern from many faith traditions who pray (ICC). Thailand’s border police Photo: World Day of Prayer WA throughout the entire day. stormed the Shekinah (Glory to World Day of Prayer WA Secretary, God) orphanage in Mae Hong Son Kathy Coulson explained the prayers Province near the Burma border, begin with the ﬁrst sunrise and end put the names of all the residents at the last sunset, following the sun’s on a register and asked them to path around the globe. prepare for deportation. “If the “More than three million people children go back, they will be worldwide will be worshipping Over three million people worldwide will be worshiping together on the World Day of Prayer. killed. This should never happen,” together. It’s a bit like a Mexican stated a worried caretaker. wave but in prayer — with the ﬁrst where over 1,300 services will have for trafﬁcking of women and children our Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated She added that the UN High service starting at sunrise in Tonga, been held. The Christian women of for the purposes of forced labour and to us and commanded us to show Commissioner for Refugees had then moving around the world until Cameroon in Central Africa have sexual exploitation. We’re calling for others,” Ms Coulson said. been advised about the possible the sun sets in neighbouring Western chosen next year’s theme which as many people as possible to unite For information about move by the Thai government. In Samoa.” is ‘Let Everything That Has Breath in Christian solidarity with all people, organising a World Day of Prayer Burma, the country’s military junta At sunset the World Day of Prayer Praise God’. particularly the women and children, service or for the location of a has tried to stamp out the Karen will have been celebrated in over 170 “Cameroon has been identiﬁed of Cameroon on Friday 5 March service happening near you, visit minority, most of whom identify as countries and throughout Australia, as a source, transit and destination 2010. Let us show them the love that www.worlddayofprayeraustralia.org. Christians. [ASSIST NEWS SERVICE] 11 leadership theadvocate January2010 “When you are tired, have a rest.” is important. We need to ﬁnd people doing It is simple, clear and sensible. But is it things we like to do, and be there. Have doable? Retreats. Take a day, or two, to go away For those of us who have responsibilities, and pray and be quiet in God’s presence. sometimes the only way we see to have a rest There are dedicated retreat houses where would be to neglect our responsibilities. the environment is already designed with this So, here are some tips for those of us in mind. Other places are so full of natural who ﬁnd it hard to slow down and rest, take beauty that they are wonderful for retreats. a rest a holiday, a nap or a proper day off If you have never been on a retreat, or don’t Schedule holidays. Perhaps if we put them know where to go, feel free to contact us in our diaries we will actually take them. 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To win simply answer the following question: What is the name of the ﬁrst humanitarian project Jars of Clay commenced through their not for proﬁt organisation ‘Blood:Mission’? Answer: planningcenteronline.com Name: Planning Center Online is a subscription based web Postal Address: application which allows worship leaders to centralise all of the information related to organising a church service. It Phone Number: has integrated scheduling which uses email and Facebook to notify team members and check their availability. The service planning area is simple and allows drag Please complete this form with your details and post it to: and drop organisation and stage layout diagrams. Planning Jars of Clay Competition Center Online also includes a content repository for the media The Advocate PO Box 8303 Perth Business Centre WA 6849 you plan to use in your service, as well as holding Mp3’s of the songs for the team to listen to via the included player. In uary The three correct answers received will win the CDs. Entries close 18 January 2010, addition it offers CCLI reporting tools which saves valuable e. and all winners will be announced in the February edition of The Advocate. time. Planning Center online is a well thought out tool to assist Christmas Bonanza Competition winner: Ruth Friend the busy worship leader of the large or small church. cdreview bookreview Book reviews kindly provided by Koorong online. Forget & Not Slow Down Every Teen Girl’s Little Pink Book Relient K Cathy Bartel With a string of successful albums under their belt this decade, From the best-selling creators of the little black book series comes the boys from Canton, Ohio, these days have the pressure of a unique and fun new series for teen girls. The little pink book expectation. That, and the fact that lead singer Matt Theissen last series utilizes hip graphics, sassy quotes, and funny stories to year broke up with his ﬁancé, have provided a mountain range teach teen girls about spiritual principles in a practical way. Chart- of thoughts to be expressed. Through it all, the band have done topping lists, prayers, and girly art make this book a must-have. an admirable job and managed to present a collection worthy of Pink is for Princess - “sugar and spice and everything nice.” the Relient K name, though not markedly different from their last Packed with special devotionals and cool graphics, this is a hip ofﬁcial album Five Score & Seven Years Ago. Tunes like the title and meaningful little book that every daughter will want to read, track and ‘If You Believe Me’ (the latter with a great guest vocal becoming the lady God has destined her to be. from Classic Crime’s Matt McDonald) are the cream of the crop, i 4.5/5 rating: 4 5/5 as is the creative ‘Savannah’. Thoughtful and energetic throughout, plus the K’s usual touch of quirkiness, this is a solid effort. Love And Respect Emerson Eggerichs Experience marriage the way God intended. In this groundbreaking One Reason book, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs introduces the revolutionary Chynna & Vaughan message of biblical respect from Ephesians 5:33 that has revived Full of breezy and listenable folk-pop tunes, this debut offering and energised marriages across America. from ex-Wilson Phillips lead vocalist Chynna Phillips (who gave A wife has one driving need - to feel loved. When that need is met, her life to Christ in 2003) and her great friend and established she is happy. A husband has one driving need - to feel respected. singer-songwriter Vaughan Penn is a pleasure. Penn’s earthier, When that is met he is happy. When either one of these needs more edgy, delivery complements Phillips’ higher and purer isn’t met, things get crazy. Love and Respect reveals why spouses vocals in a way that lifts their wonderful harmonies to the react negatively to each other, and how they can deal with such forefront thoughout. Lyrically they also provide many points conﬂict quickly, easily and biblically. of connection with uplifting sentiments, “I can do anything through You” (‘My King’), as well as challenges, “I’m not gonna rating: 3.5/5 hate even if I ache inside” (‘Eye For An Eye’). Highlights also The Shack include the title track and the punchy ‘Everyday Miracles’. Young Wm Paul Mackenzie Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been Sanskrit Owl abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may The Atlas Mountains have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack Brooding and brawny, this debut EP (albeit practically a full-length deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of album with its nine tracks) from Perth The Atlas Mountains is his “Great Sadness,” Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently riding on the swell generated from the strength of their live shows. from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against Unearthed on Triple J radio during 2009, with the catchy track his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon ‘Time Waits For No One’ getting good air time, the band’s strongly and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he ﬁnds there will rhythm-driven anthems employ an extensive instrumental and change Mack’s world forever. In a world where religion seems to emotional palette, whilst fundamentally always guitar rock. grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless The boys don’t shy away from epics either, with several songs question, “Where is God in a world so ﬁlled with unspeakable i rating: 3 / 3.5/5 extending well beyond ﬁve minutes. Spiritually subtle but deep, pain?” The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps Sanskrit Owl is less an album, more an experience. A bold move transform you as much as it did him. You’ll want everyone you for a debut, but it works. know to read this book! 14 January2010 theadvocate entertainment spotthedifference biblestory The Letter Black is our artist of the month. Can you spot ﬁve differences between the two pictures below? God Calls Samuel 1 Samuel 3 One night the priest Eli, who could barely see, was lying down. The boy Samuel was lying down also. Then God called Samuel. And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am. You called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call. Go back and lie down.” So he went back to bed. God came and called like the other times, “Samuel! Samuel” Then Samuel said, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.” And God was with Samuel as he grew up. Reproduced by kind permission of Candle Books/Angus Hudson Ltd. 10 Things You Didn’t Know A lobster’s kidneys are in its forehead and its teeth are in its stomach. The initials M.G. on the famous cars stand for Morris Garage. The highest rating that can be given to a top quality diamond is D-Flawless. Xerophargy refers to a diet of bread and water. Buckingham Palace has 600 rooms. To simply walk you use 200 muscles. A cheetah’s stride is seven to eight metres in length when running. It completes 24 frames per second are projected in most animated ﬁlms. four strides per second. All porcupines ﬂoat in water. Elephants and short-tailed shrews get only two hours of sleep each day. 15 theadvocate January2010 sport&youth God & Gold at Winter Games Come mid-February 2010, the eyes of the world will be on Vancouver, Canada, for the Winter Olympic Games. Interestingly, the Canadian Olympic Commit tee (COC) has chosen ‘With Glowing Hearts’ as its motto for the Games, which take place from 12 to 28 February 2010. And it is with a heart glowing with the love of Jesus that Rev. Matthew McBurney is heading to the colds of Canada. He has been invited to be part of the Winter Games Chaplaincy program by the Spirituality Committee. Yes — the COC has a Spirituality Committee and Rev. McBurney joins a team of Chaplains from all over the world that will be available to help athletes as needed. “I want to support the Christian athletes but also connect with the pre-Christian ones as well — the ones I know already or that God brings into my life — and share the Love of God with them. I hope to grow in my faith and relationship with God as well.” Matthew McBurney has been a Chaplain to the NSW Ski industry for the past six years and is also Chaplain to the NSW Institute of Sport Winter Program. “In Vancouver I’ll be part of the team that is the face and presence Photo: Eddie Hodgeson of God there. Elite athletes are under enormous pressure. They have obligations to their coaches, sponsors, national team ofﬁcials, team mates, parents and to themselves. They have put almost all their lives into Rev. Matthew McBurney with two time Winter Olympian (Mogul Skiing) Manuela Berchtold. the pursuit of excellence. When they succeed everyone wants to representative, I am there to show worship and devotion. The Chaplain ﬁgures or sponsors – so they can talk team in particular. “I’ll help with know them and they are well cared them that and help them through.” is a neutral person that athletes can freely to us. bible studies, worship services, for. If they fail, it is often a lonely “Christian athletes, win lose or talk to about any aspect of their lives Revd McBurney will be ‘assigned’ counselling and just being available place with a lot of hurt. God cares draw, want to give God the glory and and we are there just for them with to work with teams at the Olympic for the athletes and ofﬁcials to come for them no matter what and as his again, I am there to help them in their no strings or attachments to authority Village, not necessarily the Australian and chat or seek help.” 16
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