Guest Speaker in Perth

Many of you would have seen on Phil Baker’s blog
that Ray Gingerich is in town.

To have a Christian Ethicist like Dr. Ray Ginerich in town is an exciting and not to be missed opportunity for the church in Perth. Here is a link for all the events: click here.

Below is some more info:

Dr. Gingerich’s latest book “Transforming the Powers” brings together some of the greatest Christian thinkers and Biblical scholars in the world today including Walter Wink, Nancey Murphy and Glen Stassen to consider what Christ’s message means in our post-modern world.

If you have been looking for an opportunity to expose friends, family and seekers to a solid biblical, theological, spiritual and prophetic alternative to a violence infused Christianity, don’t miss:

+A violent God and a nonviolent Jesus?: Peacemaking in a World with
+Opposing Views of Power”+

with Dr. Ray Gingerich, Christian Ethicist, Peace Studies Scholar and Theologian

Sunday Evening (not Monday!)
7pm 29th April 2007

where: Scripture Union House, 82 Matlock St. Mt. Hawthorn

To confirm contact Andrew Suggested Donation: $10

For more details click here

Dr. Gingerich is in Australia to share what one of the most extended alternative nonviolent movements in church history (nearly 500 years!) has to contribute to a dynamic and faithful vision of Christianity for the 21st century. Come prepared to have your understanding of atonement, mission, church, the gospel and God challenged in light of the person of Jesus.

This is an amazing opportunity for Perth. Please let your networks know.

Movie Recomendation to Youth Workers

Went and saw an Aussie movie last night around at Otherendup’s house with a few friends.
It is an “R” – so be warned. There is a rape scene and a graphic suicide shown…BUT, before you write it off, this movie was so well produced and written I am amazed it has not won more awards than it has.
2:37 is a contemporary, ensemble drama telling the complex tale of six high school students whose lives are interwoven with situations that so many of today’s youth are faced with.

The story takes place during a normal school day. At precisely 2:37 a tragedy will occur, affecting the lives of a group of students and their teachers.

As the story unfolds, the individual stories of the six teenagers are revealed, each with its own explosive significance. An unwanted pregnancy unravels a terrible, dark secret; all is not as it appears for the seemingly confident school football hero; an outcast must deal with everyday taunts from his peers; a beautiful young girl battles an eating disorder; a stellar student constantly struggles to win his parents’ approval; while another uses drugs to escape from his own demons.

2:37 is a thought-provoking cinematic journey that is at once beautiful, devastating, passionate, bold, controversial, unforgettable and above all, humane.

Every youth pastor and chaplain needs to see this movie!

There is a youtube clip which is long (over 6 minutes) and shows a lot, too much of the movie, I embedded it, then deleted it and replaced it with just a link, then deleted the link, if you want to see a 6and 1/2 minute video clip instead of the movie…find it on youtube!

There are some good previews on the 2:37 website.

Great Event not to be Missed

“Learning from the Past for the Future of Mission: Comparing Anabaptist &
Protestant approaches”

Sunday Morning talk
10am 29 April 2007
Network Vineyard Church, Swanborne Primary Narla Rd. Swanbourne

“A violent God and a nonviolent Jesus?: Peacemaking in a World with Opposing
Views of Power”

Monday Evening talk

7.oopm 30 April
Scripture Union House, 82 Matlock St. Mt. Hawthorn
To confirm contact Andrew
Suggested Donation: $10

Link to Brochure

Other interesting links about Ray

Great New Website

Forge WA have just launched their own website. Andrew Hamilton has produced this one himself (amazing what a few hours on the computer can do!).

Forge is an innovative mission training network that seeks to equip Christian leaders for mission in a first world setting.

Forge recognises the enormous cultural shifts that have occurred in the world over the last few decades and is committed to developing leaders who can live and serve incarnationally, who have a holistic view of life and mission and who are able to re-think church structures recognising that one size does not fit all. Read more

ForgeWA is supported by both Churches of Christ in WA and the WA Baptist Union among other groups.