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Archive for May 2017

Once upon a time a man bought a cheap air ratchet tool...which didn't work well for long. What did he do next?

When relationships don't quite work...when there is conflict...what is your response?

It's easy to say 'it's not worth it, it's not worth the effort to fix...'

Or to attack the other person

Or to escape and deny the problem

But what about peacemaking responses? Jesus says 'Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.' This means God himself is a peacemaker.

This sermon proclaims the good news of God's reconciliation for us...the repair of relationships through Jesus. God made us his friends. And he calls and equips us to be peacemakers in our relationships too.

This sermon was preached at Pakenham Lakeside Church on Sunday 28th May 2017.

It can be enhanced by viewing the Prezi zooming visuals found at this link.




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What's the point of relationships?

Bit of a trick question, isn't it? Relationships ARE the point. Relationships are the purpose of human existence... and the universe itself springs out of the eternal relationship between the members of the Trinity. 

We are created for intimacy with God. Following Jesus is not about behaviour but about intimacy. The closer we grow with Jesus, the more like him we become, and changed behaviour is a result of that relationship.

This sermon explores John 14 through the lens of relationships.

It was preached at Pakenham Lakeside Church on Sunday 14th May 2017.





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This conversation was recorded by Pastor Nathan Hedt at the LEA Schools Ministry conference in Victoria. In includes some important questions for our Lutheran Schools in Australia to wrestle with in terms of effectiveness of our ministry and mission in schools, models and stories of relational evangelism, and a proposal to increase the effectiveness of our mission in schools.

The conversation is around 33 minutes long. Some important markers can be found at the following points:

0:00 Chaplain Kathy Mildred shares briefly about sharing the gospel in the School Context

1:16 Introduction: Pastor Nathan Hedt: Introduction: relational evangelism and church planting in the school context

3:50 A good news story of the gospel in our school - with a caveat

10:30 The effectiveness of our mission in Lutheran schools

13:30 Pastor Mark Greenthaner: 'discipleship' in Lutheran Schools and our models of church

21:00 A key question: What do we mean by 'effectiveness in mission' in our Lutheran schools?

26:30 LEVNT Director Paul Weinert: How do we intentionally and strategically partner between schools of the church and district mission departments?

29:25 A modest proposal for increasing our effectiveness in Lutheran schools through relational evangelism teams


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