Dr John Best on Religion in Elite Sport

Let’s talk now about Religion and Sport and we’re going to talk in a moment to former Wallabies Doctor Dr John Best because he’s been a Christian man working among the elite sports people for a long time now. 

But I wanted to talk about it … because it’s been all over our screens the last two weeks with the Olympics.  It’s seemed like athlete after athlete has acknowledge God…. in their speeches.

A couple of them that I particularly noticed. One was two young american men who won silver for America in the synchronised diving, two young men DAVID BOUDIA and STEELE JOHNSON speaking after winning silver.

But of course that wasn’t the most remarked upon incident.  That of course was the moment where Fiji won in the rugby, their countries first ever gold medal. 

Lets touch base with Dr John Best

What is it about being an elite athlete that makes people look to a higher power?

What goes through a Christian’s athlete’s mind when he LOSES?

Nancy Guthrie - Grief

Now, there’s a big women’s conference on in Sydney next Saturday … It’s a one day event to teach and inspire women in their relationship with Jesus.  The main speaker is Nancy Guthrie.

She speaks all over the world at Conferences…. But it’s a particular passion of hers to minister to people who have lost children.

She and her husband David lost two of their  children in 1999 and 2001, to a rare genetic disorder.

They have spent the weekend … ministering to a group of parents who have lost their children.

And we asked her if she would mind listening in to the interview we did a few minutes ago with Hannah Boland.

Nancy… thanks for talking to us..

Hannah Boland - Clean Comedian

When you think of a Christian person choosing to do ministry work, I guess you often think about things like becoming a minister or a missionary…..maybe working with under-privileged children, or helping the poor as a doctor or nurse or teacher.

But, becoming a stand-up comedian is not the first thing that springs to mind. ….and yet that is exactly what our first guest has done.

She is a FEMALE…..CHRISTIAN…..COMEDIAN!

Those are words you don’t often hear in the same sentence!

How does a person go about becoming a stand up comedian?

Your comedy is actually very informed by personal tragedy, isn’t it?

You are known as a “clean” comedian…..what does that mean?

We are pretty used to a lot of comedy being vulgar, even offensive….is there a market for clean comedy?

How do people respond to you when they learn you are a Christian?

How do we know God has a sense of humour?

What makes Good Comedy?

Professor John Swinton on will God remember me when I forget him

As we think about the increasing numbers of people suffering dementia, a key question has been raised, and it flows out of this Bible verse in Romans 10.

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

The question is 'Will God remember me when I forget him?'

To wrestle with that issue, on the line is Professor John Swinton, from the University of Aberdeen.

David Ould on the future of the Anglican Communion

David Ould speaking with Dominic Steele

David Ould speaking with Dominic Steele

Now, I want to go back to the subject we were talking to earlier with the former Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen.

We mentioned earlier talking to Peter Jensen, that there has been an important meeting of the Anglican leaders from all around the world. 

David Ould is the minister of Glenquarry Anglican Church, and a watcher of international church affairs.

David, what is your take on what's taken place in England.

Where do we go from here?
What are the implications for Australian Christians ?

#Primates16

Mel Fung on Christians loving the intellectually disabled

Mel Fung

Mel Fung

Each week across Sydney at a variety of churches, something special happens.

It's called Jesus Club. Sounds like an activity program for kids, right? Some kind of after-school activity for school students.

Jesus Club is something else. To share more about this fantastic ministry, we're joined in the studio tonight by Mel Fung, co-ordinator of Jesus Club at Gladesville

What is Jesus Club (and how many are there)?
Who created Jesus Club - and why?
What are the notable differences about this sort of ministry, compared with one that reaches people who do not have disabilities.
What happens at Jesus Club?
What kind of effect has Jesus Club had on the lives of people who come along?
How would a church go about setting up a Jesus Club?

An Aussies take on the abduction of two fellow countrymen in Burkina Faso

If you have been praying for the two Australian medical missionaries abducted in Burkina Faso I'd encourage you to listen to this interview with a fellow Aussie over there.

A condition of this interview was that we not identify the Australian missionary we spoke to or his mission sending organisation.  He is not affiliated with Kenneth and Jocelyn.

If you know who he is then please don't identify him online.

An Australian doctor and his wife have been kidnapped by extremists in Burkina Faso near the country's borders with Niger and Mali.

Dr Kenneth Elliott and his wife Jocelyn were kidnapped in Baraboule, and a Malian Islamist group said the couple were in the hands of Al Qaeda-linked jihadists.

The couple in their 80s ran a clinic and had lived in Djibo, near Baraboule, since 1972.

The couple are understood to be being held by jihadists from the Al Qaeda-linked "Emirate of the Sahara".

Dr Elliott has practiced medicine in Djibo, in northern Burkina Faso, for more than 40 years.

He and Ms Elliott built and run a 120-bed medical clinic in the town, which is located about 200 kilometres north of the capital Ouagadougou.

The town is about 45 kilometres south of the border with Mali, which has seen intense sectarian strife in recent years which saw Islamist groups seize large swathes of land and destroy ancient artefacts.
 

Father God, 

We thank you for the Australian Christian ministries of KENNETH ELLIOT and JOCELYN ELLIOT and we ask that you might protect them now.

We ask for what seems like a miracle … for their safe release.

We think of the many people who have gone out in the name of Jesus - to preach Christ, to love others and have suffered in your name - some of them who have been executed for Christ.

We thank you for the 40 years that Dr Elliot has spent serving the community of northern Burkina Faso…. of loving and serving and sharing Christ those people.

We thank you for the massive impact - that Christ’s love - working through Kenneth and Jocelyn - has had on that community over stark difference.

Thank you that they went there with nothing… and the miracle of seeing this 120 bed clinic develop.

We pray that though their actions over so many years, through their words of Christ, and though what ever happens now… men and women might look beyond KENNETH and JOCELYN and see the Lord Jesus, the saviour who sent them. 

We pray that in the horror of the moment - they might have a sense of your projection.
We think of the many others - who have died for the Lord Jesus - starting back with the first martyr Stephen.

We pray that you would look after their family and friends at this time as well.

We pray for the government and law and order forces in Burkina Faso, that they might be able to find and release KENNETH AND JOCELYN and bring the captors to justice.

And we ask this in the powerful name of Jesus Christ.
Amen.

A new church for Green Square Sydney

Tim Clemens

Tim Clemens

When thinking about the fastest growing areas of Sydney, most would probably pick the far south west - where 300,000 people will be moving during the next 25 years.

But we also should think about Green Square. By 2030, Green Square is set to be the most densely populated precinct in Sydney.

There's a diverse mix of cultures, people and faiths in an area still carving out it identity within the City's rich landscape.

There are a few new churches in the area and one of them is Grace City

I spoke with Grace City's pastor Tim Clemens about what it takes to start a church and exciting responses to sharing the good news with inner-city Sydney. 


Grace Leung | KCC's NextGen16

Grace Leung

Grace Leung

January is always a busy time for Christian camps and conferences. How do you decide which one to go to?

If you are involved with sharing Jesus with children or young people - or you want to start doing that - NextGen is the conference for you.

Grace Leung is one of the organisers of NextGen16. We spoke about what's on offer, and how NextGen's specialised training has had a powerful ripple effect across Sydney – and beyond.


Thumbs down for the movie 'Carol'

Ben McEachen

Ben McEachen

New drama Carol will be one of the year's most discussed movies. Already receiving rave reviews, Carol stars Cate Blanchett as a married woman in 1952 who starts a romantic relationship with a younger woman. Blanchett has received a Golden Globe nomination for her lead role, and she's tipped to get an Oscar nomination too.

Carol seems to be promoted as the most inspiring love story of the year and I didn't even realise it had a lesbian love story at its heart. So, what does this provocative drama tell us about love and marriage?

Movie reviewer Ben McEachen has seen Carol and was disappointed by how it attempted to convince him that relationships should be defined.

Malcolm Richards | Church Missionary Society

The Church Missionary Society (CMS) is the largest Australian Missionary Sending organisation. There are lots of Australians going overseas - to preach Jesus.

Some times off to conventional locations, like Africa. Some times less conventional places, like Europe. Some times places that they are not prepared to speak about.

Malcolm Richards is the head of CMS and has come from a lengthy background of missionary work in the Congo. At the end of CMS Summer School 2016, I spoke with Malcolm about serving Jesus in one of the world's most dangerous places.

Melinda Tankard Reist | Porn Harms Kids

Melinda Tankard Reist

Melinda Tankard Reist

Pornography is widespread and seeming to reach every corner of society. Explicit sexual content has been warping society's attitude to sex, including the youngest minds. I've been shocked and saddened to learn how many children have been directly effected by porn. 

“Porn Harms Kids” is the blunt name of a conference taking place in February at the University of New South Wales.

The first of its kind, the conference aims to voice concerns about porn and discuss how to positively combat it.

Melinda Tankard Reist is a co-founder of social activist group Collective Shout, which is one of the organisers of the conference. We spoke about need for the conference and why porn is such a destructive presentation of sex.