Wit & wisdom from CMS Summer School, Katoomba, January 6 – 11 , 2018
Summer School was an enjoyable experience and a great inspiration. Archbishop Glenn spoke on Daniel crossing cultures (probably still a teenager) when taken into exile in Babylon. Faced with eating rich royal foods, he opted for vegetables. “The first time in recorded history a teenager has ever voluntarily eaten vegetables!”
In acknowledging your Christian faith; three tips gleaned from various speakers;
- Don’t say, “I’m a Christian”. Rather say, “I’m a follower of Jesus.”
- Prepare a quick grab, “What I’ve been doing on the weekend” and go on to mention your Christian-related activities, e.g., “At church I met this Syrian family who came to Australia after fleeing the terrible war that destroyed much of their city, Homs. ……”
- The gospels are really four biographies of Jesus. For someone interested it is best to suggest that they read one of the biographies of Jesus . Don’t suggest someone reads the bible.
The keynote speaker, Richard Chin, gave five brilliant talks on Paul’s letter to the Colossians.
- The turning point in his life was when Bishop Paul Barnett asked him, “Is Jesus number 1 in your life? If not you are not really a Christian.”
- “We are dual citizens – of heaven and of earth – and we can still run for parliament”!
- “We seek to live God’s way now – so we reduce the culture shock when we get there.”
- Christian calling, “To live as if it is better to die than to be faithless.”
- “God’s infallible strategy: “Prayerful proclamation of Jesus Christ through suffering. “Paul was not a masochist but, if you are not willing to suffer for the gospel you are not worthy to be a minister of the gospel”
- Men should love their wives even to death.
- Cherish her as an equal – a co-heir in Christ. Ask her , Do you feel I love you? How can I do that? Make submission a joy. Turn off the cricket and watch Downton Abbey instead!!
- Fellowship: Not just having a cup of tea with a friend. Self sacrificing conformity to a shared vision.
- Paul wrote from prison and we would expect that his most pressing desire would be to get out. Paul indeed asked for an open door – but not the door of the prison but the door of opportunity to tell others about Jesus!