This year’s National Training Event had me mulling over ‘the sheep and the goats’, especially after hearing it performed — thanks Simon Camilleri! To think more about it, I’ve turned to the compendium on Jesus’ parables by Klyne Snodgrass, Stories with Intent. I always appreciate his careful and apt scholarly judgements, and the […]
Strand groups are a key part of the AFES annual conference, National Training Event. Spending 12 hours looking at a few Bible verses probably sounds boring, right? But strand groups should be engaging, encouraging, and inspiring. After we ran a strand group in 2010, here are some reflections followed by four tips.
In the last post, I asked whether NTE had the right balance of what the gospel is. In this post, I ask whether it had the right balance of what we should do with that gospel.
What is the gospel? Is it Jesus as saviour or Jesus as Lord? The cross or the resurrection? Salvation from wrath or a glorious new hope? Well, it’s all of the above, isn’t it? Don Carson noted in his second talk that Paul’s definition of the gospel has a focus […]
The theme for this year’s NTE was ‘Entrusted with the Gospel’, with Don Carson as the keynote speaker (though Richard Chin opened and closed the conference). The first thing to say is that The Don was heaps better than when I saw him in Melbourne earlier this year. He was […]
Arthur and I have just got back from AFES‘ National Training Event. We both went several times as students but this was our first time back in a while. Arthur’s going to post about leading Strand Group and I’ll be posting my reflections about NTE as a whole over the […]