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complete backlog of the Pilgrim’s Podcast

Posted in The Pilgrim's Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2010 by stephengardner

I have been pretty slack in putting the podcast up here. Probably best you don’t rely on me to get your Pilgrim’s hit…The best way to get into these is to subscribe on iTunes.

Here’s what’s happened recently on the Pilgrim’s Podcast:

Ep #34 Seumas Macdonald — Seumas is a masters student at Moore Theological College researching Chrysostom’s sermons. He is planning on heading to Mongolia to help with theological education. Good on him!

Ep #33 Adrian Foxcroft — Adrian (Foxy from hereafter) is a really good mate with a great passion for youth ministry. Here he talks a little about this, as well as a new venture…the Nugget! This was a particularly fun episode.

Ep #32 Bill Salier — Bill is vice principle at Moore Theological College. Bill did his PHD in John’s gospel, here he shares some insights his research has given him. As well as that Bill reflects with us on how he became a Christian and what has helped sustain him in Christian ministry. Good stuff!

Ep #31 Angus Courtney — Angus shares with us his plans to begin his own podcast…Dwarfs and Giants. This is a really great idea – 8-10 min podcasts on theology, history and culture.

Ep #30 Col Marshal — I was bummed to have missed this one! But alas, I was traipsing around the Holy Land. Here Mark talks with Col – one of the founders of MTS (Ministry Training Strategy), author and all round legend. This guys influence on Sydney and the world for the Lord Jesus is massive. His name will long be remembered.

Ep #29 Me! — a special recording over Skype from the Holy Land. The line was not that great but it was still great fun.

Ep #28 Dave Miers — Here Mark and I have a great time interviewing a good mate. Dave shares stacks about his passion for youth ministry and Jesus, as well as some great reflections on humble orthodoxy. Good stuff.


Is Jesus like a dentist?

Posted in Church with tags , , on June 24, 2009 by stephengardner


I’m preaching on John 3.16-21 this Sunday at CCIW Five Dock. The passage has some profound insights into the human heart. John records that what stops people from coming to Jesus is not a question of his relevance or doubt of his historicity. But what really stops people from coming to Jesus is the darkness of their heart.

And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.  For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. (John 3.19-20 NRSV)

During the sermon I’m going to do an interactive skit involving someone from the congregation. Without giving too much away, I try to convince the particular person that going to the dentist is a good thing.

Many people are afraid of going to the dentist for what will be exposed, will he/she find something wrong with me that is going to cause pain, cost money or take up valuable time? So, many of us take the wise option of burying our heads in the sand. Surely that will fix the toothache.

Coming to Jesus is to come and have him expose you–for his judgment to penetrate deep into your own heart. Sure, that can be painful and costly, and you can bet Jesus will demand your time. But isn’t it worth it!

What do you think stops us from having the Light of World expose us? I’d love to hear your thoughts…