Top 10 Lists of 2011

As we approach the end of every year, we normally see a lot of Top 10 lists floating around on the web that reflect on the best/most popular news, articles and books of 2011. Here are some helpful ones for you (I’ll keep updating this list as more appear):

Apart from articles/book recommendations, there’s also one about technology:

A Missional Christmas

There aren’t many times in the year where you could bring up the name Jesus Christ in public without it being socially awkward. One of these times of the year is during Christmas.

So this year, I decided that I would take up this opportunity to share the Christian message (a little bit anyway) with my colleagues at work…. whilst trying not to sound too “preachy” and salesman-like.

And here is the end result:

Yes, I agree the message of video is still a little awkward for the non-believer, but Christmas has provided me an opportunity to start up the subject without going in “cold turkey”.

Let this be an example of one of the ways you could be creative in making use of technology in sharing the gospel to the people around you. I’m sure you could come up with more examples if you just put some thought into it :)

Merry Christmas everyone!!

What to watch on Christmas?

I received the followings from Greg Gough (Baptist Union), I think you may find it beneficial too:
St Andrew’s Cathedral on ABC 1 Christmas Eve 6pm.
Our Cathedral on Christmas Eve is always an exciting gathering; celebrating and explaining the significance of the Birth of Jesus. This year the ABC’s national broadcast is St Andrew’s Christmas Eve Celebration. The broadcast gives all of us a great evangelistic opportunity to share the gospel with our friends, colleagues and neighbours. Tell them not to miss it. Gather the family to watch it together. If you are going out, don’t forget to record it, then write to the ABC after Christmas thanking them for showing it.
 Suggested by David Starling
‘Out of the Box’ will air on Channel 7 in Sydney at midday on Christmas Day – will this year feature the work Samaritan’s Purse is doing in Cambodia
Christian Television Network’s Christmas Day program which this year features the work Samaritan’s Purse is doing in Cambodia.  The program ‘Out of the Box’ will air on Channel 7 in Sydney at midday on Christmas Day (not sure about the timing in other states).  I have previewed the program and can thoroughly recommend it, especially since most of the projects the guys visit are the same projects I visited a few weeks ago.  The team I was with also had the privilege of distributing shoe boxes at three village schools in the Battembang area – what an amazing experience!!!
Recommended by Margaret Holohan


How many books are there in the Bible?

Yesterday at our church service, I preached from the (somewhat neglected) Epistle of Jude that sits at the end of the New Testament. Jude is a very interesting book for at least one apparent reason: It references 2 Jewish writings that’s not included in the Bible, namely The Assumption of Moses (probably) and The Book of Enoch. Both of these writings have been known and read in Jewish circles in the first and second centuries.

Thus it raises the question: Should these books have been included in the Bible since it was quoted by Jude? Or at least just the Book of Enoch where Jude quotes directly from in 1 Enoch 1:9 as the prophetic words of Enoch? This question touches on the topic of “canonicity”, an area of study about how we got the books in our Bible.

There are, in fact, many criteria that must be met for books to make it into the Bible’s canon, and hence there are good reasons why those books weren’t included. Here are two introductory articles which helps us understand the biblical canon: