the magazine for the church in Dundee Autumn/Winter 2010
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
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“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
It’s ‘The Big If’ for Charelston and for Ardler’. It’s ‘The Big If’ for Menzieshill, Broughty Ferry and Whitfield. Its ‘The Big If’ for Dryburgh and the West End.
Discovery Food Program
Its ‘The Big If’ for the whole of this City of Dundee.
24-7 Prayer Week
Will we pray? Will we get serious about prayer? Will we pray like it all depends upon God?
Chinese Christian Fellowship
Of course we must continue to outwork the love Christ has shown us in our communities with acts of love and compassion. You can read about some wonderful community redeeming works in this edition of Broadcast. But let’s be certain, history is silent on revivals that were not birthed in prayer.
“history is silent on revivals that were not birthed in prayer” Everything depends on prayer, it is the pulse of the spiritual life. When we neglect it, we expose our true attitude to God, saying in effect that we are capable of doing the work of the Lord by our own wisdom.
The Bus Stop Doctrine that Unites City Prayers
Christian Courses Chalmers Ardler
And where is the fruit? When did we last see revival? Too long ago! This city is broken and hurting. The need is great. Let us pray! This edition of Broadcast focuses heavily on prayer. We hope you enjoy the read, learn a little and are inspired and challenged.
CD & Book Reviews
In Christ, Ian
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d o o F y r Discroavme me Prog Discovery Food Programme is a free and confidential service providing emergency food relief to individuals and families experiencing financial hardship. The aims of the service are to alleviate short-term poverty and provide frontline advice and support regarding anti-poverty issues to vulnerable citizens of Dundee.
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In 2009, Discovery Food Programme provided food to 1,221 homes - reaching in excess of 3,500 men, women and children. This year has already seen a sharp increase in poverty figures and thus, enquiries concerning individuals and families in dire need. The project is expected to reach over 1,300 homes and in excess of 4,000 people in 2010.
While the project is committed to alleviating short-term poverty, it is also actively engaged in a partnership with Signpost International called Discovery Projects. This partnership provides an opportunity for a variety of people of different ages and backgrounds to come together and refurbish homes for clients living in uninhabitable housing.
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Discovery Food Programme and Discovery Projects are always willing to accommodate new volunteers who may wants to join with us to express the compassion of J esus Christ by loving our neighbour as ourselves.Â
“Discovery Food Programme has been a fantastic support to me and my family. I was referred by Welfare Rights who, taking into account my anxiety and benefit problems, felt I could benefit from some support. The project was there when there was no one else to turn to, it has been reliable and the volunteers always treat us more like friends, than viewing us from a position of superiority. In addition, because I am Muslim, the project also took into account our dietary requirements by providing my family with Halal meat which enabled us to eat for up to week.” Abdul Rashid, partner Donna and son Kavi
“We work with adults and young people prone to substance misuse and often meet individuals whose basic requirements are not being met. Therefore, we find ourselves regularly referring people to Discovery Food Programme and our colleagues there providing an invaluable service both promptly and without judgement for people utilising our services.” Gareth Balmer (second left): Project Manager, Addaction Dundee
“I am seven years old and am the youngest volunteer. I enjoy delivering leaflets to local houses with my friends. It’s great fun!” Paige Murray: Primary Two school girl
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Unity is at one and the same time incredibly high on God’s agenda but incredibly difficult to achieve amongst God’s people. That’s why when something like Dundee for Christ comes along it is to be greatly respected and highly valued. Dundee for Christ is a great model of Christians working together and it demonstrates the impact that can be made when minor differences are laid aside for the larger goal. The call to prayer following the recent spate of suicides was a great example of what the church should be doing everywhere but sadly often fails to do because of lack of united action. Wherever I travel in Scotland people talk about Dundee as a place where Christians are coming
together and where witness is stronger because of that display of unity; because Dundee for Christ is about mission, not just unity for unity’s sake. In SU Scotland we have seen the huge benefits of Dundee for Christ – the high quality magazine has enabled us to publicise effectively, while Ian Black’s role as a coordinator also means there is an immediate point of contact with churches in the city. Dundee for Christ should never be taken for granted; it is something very special which needs to be honoured and nurtured.
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This autumn Twenty 10 we are looking for people passionate to win this city for Christ. Dundee desperately needs to hear the good news of Jesus.
“HOW CAN I HELP?” You can become a Partner of Dundee For Christ from as little as £10 per month
Through monthly giving you are investing in your city. Through Partnership giving you are enabling and empowering Dundee For Christ to help bring the good news of Jesus to the lost of Dundee. Stepping out from small beginnings in 2003 nearly 30’000 people have since heard the gospel of Jesus at a D4C event. We have distributed 45’000 copies of Broadcast magazine and endeavoured to assist church unity across the city for these 7 years.
Our commitment is strong but we cannot do it without your help. Dundee needs Jesus. He is the one who has saved us. He is the remedy for this city! You can become part of the solution! Whether you can give £10, £20 or indeed any amount a month please go to our Partners form on Page 50. Together let’s saturate this city with the love of Jesus! 11
DUNDEE Prayer Across Dundee (PAD) exists to see Dundee transformed by and through God’s glory and to see God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Right from the outset of the first City Prayer Breakfast in March 2009 Moody’s quote, “Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure”, has inspired and formed how we approach God with our prayers and petitions for the city. It is our desire to encourage a humble posture as we seek to intercede for Dundee and join with others on the journey. PAD seeks to encourage and support various prayer activities throughout the Dundee area and to bring unity through prayer across all denominations and church groups. Currently we organise a monthly prayer breakfast on every second Tuesday of the month (7-8am) at the Mark Henderson Centre, Ann Street in Dundee. Leading up to Resurrection Day 2010 we had the privilege to organise a week of 24/7 prayer with support from Dundee for Christ where we saw Christians from across the city (and beyond!) get involved as we cried out for our city. Comments from the 24/7 prayer week included: “an hour is definitely 12
not enough!”, “Thank you so much for facilitating creativity in prayer: how about making it a regular event?!”, “what a powerful feeling of God’s presence here – thank you & praise him!” and “His presence in this room, I was brought to tears as soon as I entered.” The great thing is that the 24/7 prayer week has encouraged more and creative prayer and inspired others to organise similar events, including 24/7 prayer at Fintry Parish Church, at Cupar Baptist Church and we’re sure many others that we don’t know about: go for it!
We are constantly seeking God’s guidance and ways to creatively engage the city in prayer. Along with local Christian development agency Signpost International, we are keen to link with the Micah Challenge Global Prayer Initiative on 10.10.10; a campaign which seeks to refocus our efforts and our promise to the poor. Ten years after nations around the world committed to halve global poverty by 2015 through realisation of the eight Millennium Development Goals we are falling short of hitting our targets. As Christians we want to declare God’s heart for the poor and we want to remind our leaders that action to reduce poverty is worth every effort.
For more information about any of the events please visit: www.prayeracrossdundee.co.uk We would love to hear from you about what God is doing or saying; what you think PAD should be supporting/doing; prayer activities happening across the city; how God has answered prayer; anything else you think we need to hear or how you feel you can get involved. Together we will see Dundee transformed by and through God’s glory!
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“Barry Woodward’s story is one of redemption and restoration. He communicates with great passion and inspires and encourages us in our own journey. I am privileged to know Barry as a friend and I warmly commend The Restored Tour 2010 to you. This event is a wonderful opportunity for reaching out to the un-churched.”
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Join Barry for the Restored Tour coming to a town or city near you! The main â€˜eventâ€™ in the Restored Tour is the talk by Barry Woodward. Barry grew up in Manchester. For fourteen years he was a drug dealer and was totally dependent on drugs, including heroin. During this time he spent a number of terms in prison. Miraculously, his life turned around completely following an amazing sequence of supernatural God encounters. Barry is now a contemporary evangelist who uses storytelling and humour to communicate the Good News. He is the founder of Proclaim Trust and an associate evangelist of J.John of the Philo Trust. Barry is also the author of Once an Addict, which was released in May 2007 and which has sold around 50,000 copies.
DUNDEE: Thursday 16th September 2010 AOG Full Gospel Church 58 Constitution Street, Dundee, DD3 6NE Tickets contact: Desmund Gurr, 01382 226372, firstname.lastname@example.org For more information visit www.authenticmedia.co.uk/restoredtour
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a visit by a unique leader from Sudan
BISHOP ELIAS TABAN Broughty Ferry Baptist Church* Sunday 9th November; 6.30 p.m.
Sudan needs our prayers!
You are warmly invited to meet the remarkable Bishop Elias Taban, who leads the indigenous Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Sudan and is President of the Sudan Evangelical Alliance. Elias has lived all of his life under war. Born the day the war commenced, his mother hid him in the bush for the first three days of his life: a modern Moses! Believing God had preserved him for a purpose, Elias trained chaplains for the Sudan Peoples â€™Liberation Army. Now, Elias has unique opportunities to serve his people as a trusted church leader.
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of war Bishop Tabanâ€™s visit is with the UK charity Medic Assist International. For further information, call 07766 255221 or visit www.medic-assist.org. *86 St Vincent Street, Broughty Ferry DD5 2EX 18
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Hello, my name is Chu Yin and I am a full-time missionary with the Chinese Overseas Christian Mission, based in Milton Keynes. COCM is a Chinese mission organization with a calling from God to serve the many Chinese scattered throughout the UK and Europe. Our vision is â€˜Reaching the Chinese to Reach Europeâ€™. My main area of ministry is with the Chinese Overseas students, and I am based in Dundee, working through the Dundee Chinese Christian Fellowship. Dundee Chinese Christian Fellowship exists to serve the Chinese community in the city of Dundee, in particular the students and when we speak of Chinese, it does not refer only to the Mainland Chinese but also include students from Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. DCCF aims to provide a base for evangelism, discipleship and equipping of those God saves and calls. Evangelism, where we would reach out through personal evangelism, Bible studies and events. This is particularly vital especially we have seen God is bringing many mainland Chinese to study here in Dundee. We pray that God would prepare their hearts 20
ready to hear the gospel in their heart language and that they may respond to Jesus in a personal way. For those who do come to faith and other believers already, we would want to see them build up in their faith, able to pray and lead others in their own mother tongue. This is important especially many of them would perhaps return to their own home country sooner or later, that they may be a blessing to many in their own nation. We would train, equip and prepare them for their return to their home country, especially if they came to know Jesus in an overseas setting. It is always vital to link the returning students with a network of believers if possible, so that they will receive support and encouragement as they settle back home. We are thankful to the Lord that during the last academic year, He has blessed us with 4 new believers and most of them we were able to disciple them and and build them up in their faith. 2 were recently baptised in the Central Baptist Church.
DCCF meets every Friday throughout the year (with some week exceptions and during the summer) 7.30pm at St. Peterâ€™s Free Church of Scotland. The weekly meeting is currently led in English and Chinese because of the diversity in our group. There is a separate Mandarin Bible study group which meets alternate Sunday. Those who attend this Bible study are mostly Mainland Chinese families or couples. The fellowship has not been meeting in June and July but will restart our meeting in the first week of August. The Mandarin Bible studies will resume in September.
DCCF is not a very big fellowship, but we trust that since He has given us this special calling, He will also grant us the grace, wisdom and strength to do our best in fulfilling His calling. We really covet your prayers as we reach out to the many Chinese students around us, especially in the recent years, there has been a great influx of mainland Chinese students coming to study in Dundee. We pray that they will be reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ for His name sake. Do stand and pray with us!
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The purpose of the modern church is to be that much-needed light in the world, providing the opportunity for people to experience God’s love and hope in their lives. The Bus Stop ministry, based at Gate Church International, demonstrates God’s love by serving the needs of people who struggle with addiction across Dundee. The ministry’s vision is for addicts to be set free by the power of Jesus, through prayer and support, and for them to be healed and restored as they enter into a relationship with God. Since September 2009, the Bus Stop team has welcomed over 100 drug users into their weekly drop-in meetings, providing them with a hot meal, drinks and cakes. The team creates an atmosphere of acceptance and openness, always offering prayer and promoting the message of God’s freedom. The Bus Stop also encourages addicts to sign up for full-time Christian Rehab, in which medical
detox and counselling are available as part of a year-long residential programme. Since the Bus Stop ministry began, the team has seen 27 people saved, and family members, having seen the work God has done in the lives of their relatives, are attending church and accepting God for themselves. Recognising how powerfully God is moving in the lives of addicts in the city, Fiamma Dobson, leader of the Bus Stop team, is looking to involve members of other churches who feel they have a similar calling, and the team is now fund-raising for a bus in order to take the ministry out into the housing schemes of Dundee. The Bus Stop ministry is a response to Jesus’ call to the church to reach the desperate, and as God works in the lives of this specific group of people, Dundee is being reclaimed.
TOP MINISTRY For information on how to support Bus Stop with your time or for details of how to give financially please visit:
www.gatechurch.co.uk/busstop Stuart Hamilton
THE I-HEART REVOLUTION: WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER 11 October · 19:30 - 21:30 ODEON DUNDEE
FILM STARRING HILLSONG UNITED HITS CINEMAS ACROSS THE WORLD Exclusive one-night-only cinema screenings of the Hillsong United film The I-Heart Revolution: We’re All In This Together Screening information and links to book tickets, as well as the film’s trailer, can be found at www.theiheartfilm. com. Filmed over a period of 2 years, The I Heart Revolution: We’re All In This Together follows the worship band Hillsong United, as they travel across 6 continents, 42 nations and 93 cities in a crosscultural journey of music, animation, interviews and live action documentary as they realise every story of hope, love, loss and sacrifice ultimately points to the one story. As United crisscross the globe they are confronted and ultimately overwhelmed by the stories of remarkable individuals facing injustice and the uncomfortable
paradox of being united in worship yet divided in circumstance. If their entire focus is directed only to what happens on stage, then maybe they have missed the point altogether. The film, with stunning live footage, behind the scenes moments and intimate insights from the band, was shot in high-definition and will be released in superb digital cinema quality with 5.1 surround sound. The film was released in the US and Canada, as well as in sites in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, at the end of 2009 and saw sell-out audiences. Selected sites across the UK will be joining the event in Oct – cinema listings can be found below, and the most up to date list can be found at www.theiheartfilm.com/screenings
Probably, seeing an article on “doctrine”, you will be among the majority of churchgoers and flip over to the next page in the hope of finding something more interesting, but let me appeal to you before the first full stop to wake up to some life-changing possibilities. Because here’s the rub – your life is the product of your doctrine. “But”, you may ask, “why write about doctrine, apparently courting controversy, in the magazine for Dundee for Christ, which flies the flag for unity and cooperation across the churches in our great city?” The reason is as simple as the Trinity! Good doctrine points towards God, it brings us closer to the Father and unites us in the Spirit around the cross of Christ (Eph 4:1-6)! Specifically, good doctrine is formed from Biblical study (2 Tim. 3:16) and is necessary in determining our destiny (2 John 1:9; 2 Thess. 1:1-10) and our actions (2 Tim. 1:10; 2 Tim. 3:10). Good doctrine edifies believers, maintains unity and brings stability (Eph. 4:11-14; Titus 1:9) and is essential for our spiritual growth in Christ (Eph. 4:14; 1 Tim. 4:6). Although if you are born again your destiny is secure because of what God has done and what he believes about you, your response to him is essential and your happiness is determined largely by what you believe about him. Good doctrine matters! The issue is whether we are prepared to search the Bible and have the courage to contend for what enriches and unites. Is there enough trust to talk honestly? In our information age, contending opinions and doctrines come at us from all angles, are you diligent and equipped to smell out error? Do you understand what doctrine is being taught to you? Did you identify the underlying doctrines in the bestselling novel “The Shack” – if you agreed, why? If you disagreed, why? The Bible, inspired by God (spot a uniting doctrine?), states some strong objections to unsound teaching, e.g.
in Gal 5:12 Paul writes “I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves!” in response to those challenging the doctrine of salvation by grace. Rotten teaching unsettles the church! However, we can’t all be theologians, nor should the Christian walk be an academic burden, so how do we get a handle on doctrine? My appeal to you would be to talk with those around you about the issues, as well as reading and listening to teaching at your own church and downloading some preaches from different churches. The evangelical alliance statement of faith identifies 11 doctrinal principles that will be interpreted differently by subscribing churches. If members and leaders in churches develop a culture of engaging on the issues raised, we might find that we start to come closer in understanding each other and more effective in our witness to the city. Good doctrine builds a strong church whose light shines ever more brightly in a world which is darkened by its own quest for Godless understanding (Rom. 1:21). A willingness to think and engage comes from a foundation of trust. If we discuss respectfully we gain a perspective that helps us to see differences in the greater light of doctrines that unite and we collectively identify the doctrines that really are dangerously offbeam. We are much safer both as individual Christians and as Churches when we are listening to each other rather than trying to fight our corner. Jesus described the Pharisees as blind leaders of the blind (Matt 15:14), I suggest there is responsibility on both the follower and the leader to open their eyes! Craig Stocks, City Church Dundee
Prayer is the exercise of drawing on the grace of God Oswald Chambers
Prayer is at the heartbeat of Dundee For Christ 1.
Pray for the peace and prosperity of our city.
Pray for those in the city feeling hopeless in their debt and for followers of Jesus will reach down and help lift them out of their troubles.
Pray those who are lonely will know and experience friendship.
Pray rates of abortion will fall dramatically. Pray also that those in need will experience the forgiveness and peace and hope Jesus offers.
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Pray that funding for Kingdom works work will not fall but increase during the existing recession. Pray for all our church leaders and teachers in the city that they will experience Godâ€™s wisdom, encouragement, protection and that they make time to spend with you. Pray for Church Unity in Dundee. Pray for food distribution projects in the city.
Give thanks for all our students and pray for them especially at the start of this new term that they will settle in well into Dundee and find a church for their time of study here in Dundee.
Give thanks for the wealth of scientific ability in Dundee and for further scientific breakthrough that will improve peopleâ€™s quality of life.
Pray for those trapped in all form of harmful addictions Pray that Dundee will come to know, love and worship the risen Lord Jesus Christ!
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Chronicles 7:14
Check out some of the Events happening near you!
Alpha at The Steeple Explore the Christian faith in a relaxed, friendly, fun atmosphere in the heart of Dundee. Ask questions and look for answers together. Location: The Steeple Church, Nethergate Launch Event: 23rd September at 7pm Course : 7pm on Thursdays 7 Oct – 16 Dec The course is free but there may be voluntary donations for food depending on the numbers attending. To sign up or for further info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07990858169
Christianity Explored Christianity Explored is an informal course for people who’d like to investigate Christianity, or just brush up on the basics. It explores who Jesus was, what his aims were, and what it means to follow him. Location: Logies Church of Scotland, Shaftesbury Terrace Date: Saturday September 4th 2010 Speakers : Craig Dyer, Robin Turton, David Anderson Sign in: 10am Start: 10.15am End: 4pm
Student Alpha Student Alpha is the place to explore the bigger questions in life, open to all students every Friday starting 22nd October. Location: Gate Church, Perth Road, Dundee Date: Starting Friday 22nd October Course : 6-7pm on Fridays 22nd Oct – 3rd Dec The course is free and a buffet will be provided. For further info go to www.gatechurch.co.uk
WHEN YOU THINK OF A CHURCH, WHAT DO YOU SEE?
For one week in July, Chalmers Ardler Church was transformed into a different “place” each day and each night. Every day....
Throughout the week we ran a cafe from 12-2pm. This proved extremely popular and as you can see, from the photo, friends and families enjoyed spending time together over lunch. Every day we had at least 60 people attending.
On Monday night we had a movie night. To say they had a red carpet experience would not be an understatement! The free pick and mix was a real hit! Again this was an all age’s event and we had over 100 folks there.
Tuesday Night On Tuesday Night we held a quiz night. I think it is fair to say that all our teams had to exercise their brain cells. There was something in there for all ages and a few tricky ones as well.
Wednesday Afternoon On Wednesday afternoon we held a High tea and a musical stroll down memory lane, for those who qualified for a free bus pass! This was thoroughly enjoyed by all. I don’t think I will forget the ladies who participated in the hokey cokey!
Wednesday Night On Wednesday night we had a ladies pamper night, in which, we didn’t only pamper our outer appearance but our taste buds as well. There were over 110 ladies which surpassed any of our expectations.
Thursday Night Thursday night was the men’s only night. They had to bring their competitive natures with them as they fought it out to be the ultimate sportsman!
Friday Night Then on Friday night we set up a question time. We asked 4 members of our Church here to form a panel and be prepared to answer any questions people had about Church/Christians or where the Church/ Christians stood on some of the issues that face us today. This was a great night and really informative.
Saturday Night On Saturday night, to round off all our evening events, we held a ceilidh. This was great fun; we even had a world champion highland dancer to entertain us at half time and a special performance of ‘Thriller’ from some of the ‘younger’ ones!
Literally hundreds from the community attended throughout the week. It was an amazing experience. The fact that so many of the community were exposed to the Gospel was very encouraging. It took a lot of work to transform the building so why was it done? It was good to have events that allowed people to mix and have fun. For some people it was good to do something different during the school holidays. Many of those who came along to the free events had never been in the church before and it was great to see and hear laughter and conversations. Many people walk past a church and the closed doors reflect their closed minds towards the building and the people there in advance. Each event had a five minute pause for reflection. These varied from wondering if beauty is on the outside or the inside- can you get an extreme makeover that lasts? If you had a big question in life, who would you phone? Who is your “’phone a friend”? Does the adventure end when you get your free bus pass? The feedback has been positive and thoughts have already turned to next year. Perhaps the cafe can happen sooner. Some people have even said that the events made them begin to think about the big questions in life. For us as a Church it was so good to see the congregation working together and there was a real sense of unity. However, this now leaves us with the question, How do we keep and develop our good relationship with the community? . . . . . . . . . .. I hope this has given you a flavour of how much fun the events week generated and how much the community of Ardler and St. Marys appreciated it. This is only the start of the journey for many so please pray for all the folks who came through our doors. Never judge a book by its cover; never judge a person by their address; never judge a church by its walls.
Sunday Night Church on Sunday, followed with soup and rolls for lunch, saw our events week come to an end. It was lovely to have so many folks stay for lunch and even see some new faces.
From all the team at Chalmers Ardler Church.
City Prayer Breakfast
The hope of the new City Prayer Breakfast (CPB) initiative is to see Dundee transformed through and for God’s glory. To see relationships transformed by prayerful action, to be a bright beacon on a hill. There are so many great things already happening across the city in many different churches and we want to celebrate these together while we push ahead for more. Your Kingdom come, on earth as it is in Heaven. The breakfast is not only a great chance to build relationship with our brothers and sisters across the city over a croissant, but it is an opportunity to take action – prayer is a powerful tool for change, and now more than ever we need to see change in this city, our city, God’s city. It is an opportunity to speak His word into situations affecting all of us: from the decisions being made in City Hall to ethical choices in Ninewells. From guidance for our teachers and protection over the night shift workers we pass by that morning, and everything in between.
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I would encourage you all to get up a little bit earlier for just that one morning a month and join us at the centre, if however this is impossible then please take time out and join us in prayer from wherever you may be. There is no agenda, no set way of doing things, just concerned Christians coming together to pray for our city. City Prayer Breakfast (CPB) is held on the second Tuesday of every month from 7-8am in the Mark Henderson Centre on Dundee’s Ann Street. For info contact Timon or Jamie on 01382 660072, or please see http://cwpd.synthasite.com for further details. It would help if you could let us know before if you can come as it helps us with the shopping, but don’t worry, there’s always plenty and we look forward to seeing you! Timon Scheven + Jamie Morison The Mark Henderson Centre, Ann St, Dundee,DD3 7T. Tel: 01382 660072 email@example.com
Rob Bell is founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church. Rob taught in a short film format called NOOMA, and has written four books: Jesus Wants to Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in Exile, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith, Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections between Sexuality and Spirituality and Drops Like Stars: A Few Thoughts on Creativity and Suffering.
One Friday night in March D4C brought one of the world’s most in demand Christian speakers to Scotland where he spoke to a capacity 1200 audience. Here are a few pictures from that day.
On Easter Sunday 2010 D4C hosted RESURRECTION DAY at the Caird Hall. Resurrection Day is the City of Dundee’s Easter celebration and the largest annual Christian Easter gathering in Scotland. Speaker for the evening was TOMMY MACNEIL and also joining us that evening was DEBRA GREEN of ‘Redeeming our Communities’ initiative and Josh Green of Message Trust band Twelve 24
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Weekend breaks or longer stays plus non-residential activities for Churches/ Youth groups Family holidays/ Individuals Ladies Retreats Flexible & fun: day or Â˝ day packages for all ages Indoor climbing wall, climbing & abseiling, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, gorge walking, ropes course, zip wire, archery, hillwalking, mountaineeringâ€Ś.. or just spend time relaxing in our beautiful glen Catered accommodation for up to 70 guests, dormitory style, with some rooms en-suite Coach House self catering for 2-6 Sports Hall, Games Room, Class Room Excellent conference facilities with multi-media Great Autumn/Winter Discounts for 2010 For more information contact the Centre :
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Steven Curtis Chapman: Beauty will rise
Rend Cllective Experiment: Organic Family Hymnal
Chapman has produced a heartfelt, honest work which is a real pleasure to listen to, as well as truly edifying for the soul. It mostly deals with the pain of grief and loss at his young daughter Maria’s death, and knowing and experiencing God’s peace in the midst of all that sorrow.
“rend collective experiment” is a surprising album.
The songs are borne out of Chapman’s coming to terms with the ‘heavy heart’ and ‘difficulty of breathing’ which the songwriting process and his evidently strong faith help to heal by realising that ‘our God is in control’. The album ends on a positive, upbeat note with the track ‘Spring is coming’ which suggests renewal and fresh starts and is a timely reminder of such things during the cold and bleakness of the winter. All in all, a more introspective than celebratory record, but no less enjoyable a listening experience for that.
To quote the cover, “…all hymns are grown in a natural environment without the use of nasty pesticides.” And it is evident! Each track carries its own purity and identity. The weaving of the contemporary with the historic in hymnody gives the album, not just an organic, but a grounded feel as well. Memorable and tuneful and lyrically precise, this is an album that screams authenticity. Each following track pulls you in and by the time you move from the opening ‘Come on’ you the soulful ‘You bled’ you’re hooked! I would never have guessed what an ‘organic’ album sounded like – but now I know.
Score: 3.5/5 Reviewer: James Ramsay Paul, Tayside Christian Fellowship, Perth.
It is an expression of worship emerging from – not just a band – but a community.
Score: 4/5 Reviewer: Rev Jim Turrent, Central Baptist Church, Dundee.
[Dweeb], a band which Utilises the mixture if fast paced songs with a riffy rock sound which is sure to get you fired up. The way in which there songs are constructed is clever as it requires you to truly listen to grasp the worship aspect of their songs, otherwise they could be mistaken for any popular alternative artists in the charts today. There New album ‘Dynamite’ Is a great selection of songs which old and new fans can all look forward to. Look out for ‘Blunt incision’ and ‘We are the ones’.
Shell Perris: Beautiful Life Shell Perris’s album ‘Beautiful Life’ isn’t really my cup of tea if I’m honest. I think a lot of 10 to 14 year old girls will like it though. I can’t bring myself to put it under genre of Rock- yes it’s got drums, electric guitar riffs and bass- but it’s what I would call “Girly Rock” which is why I think it would appeal to pre-teens (I know when I was 11 I probably would have liked it and thought I was listening to cool rock music.).
A well balanced worship band who are well on there way.
The lyrics are good and give out strong, important messages with songs like “Love Will Save the Day” and “Don’t Take Your Clothes Off”.
I would recommend it as a good present for your 12 year old-ish sister/daughter/ niece etc.
Reviewer: Sebastian Varney. Gate International Church
Score: 2.5/5 Reviewer: Becca Mason
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SHO BARAKA: lions & liars
BOOK & CD Reviews
My favourite read of 2010 and one of best books ever read Hope Unleashed has recently been nominated Christianity Magazine Book of the Year award 2010. Committed to bringing the Christian message to young people in his hometown Manchester, Andy Hawthorne, founder of The Message Trust (an award-winning Christian mission organization) was shocked when a missions partner told him he shouldn’t just preach the gospel but also engage in community projects. And it got him thinking: What, exactly, should the priority of the church be? Should it be the lamp on a stand—bold, unashamed gospel proclamation to as many as possible? Or should it be more salt and yeast—serving and blessing the vulnerable and the marginalized, with no questions asked? The answer, of course, is both. It worked. The Message Trust has been recognized internationally as bringing hope and change to the roughest, poorest neighborhoods of Manchester. Andy talks openly about the traps of exclusively favouring either evangelism through actions or words. A great read –get it today! Enjoy this book? Next Read Debra Green ‘City Changing Prayer’
Score: 5/5 Reviewer: Ian Black
This is the second album from christian rapper Sho Baraka. The album has 17 tracks plus 4 bonus tracks Sho is very worried and hard hitting. The album is packed with cultural and biblical references and bursting with musical styles and lyrical themes from rock and euro pop to soul, r&b, and gospel. My favourite tracks include ‘ we can be more ‘ which has an R&B feel to it, ‘ Mercy on me’ which has a really powerful chorus, ‘ half of me ‘ and bonus track ‘ i see the lord ‘. Another highlight is ‘me myself and i ‘ where Sho documents his battles against the flesh. This is a great album. Its got great production and of course the lyrics are about our lord Jesus Christ. I would definately recommend it. if you dont like rap music then buy it for someone who does. Its such a refreshing change from some of the usual mainstream rap lyrics and this guy has talent. Go buy it !
Score: 4/5 Reviewer: Scott Clark
OUT OF THE SILENT
CHURCH A 1 DAY CONFERENCE ON APOLGETIC EVANGELISM WITH WORLD REKNOWNED SPEAKERS: RAVI ZACHARIAS JOHN LENNOX STUART MCALLISTER & DAVID ROBERTSON
SATURDAY 20TH NOVEMBER 2010 Tickets £10 Solas Centre for Public Christianity partnering Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Solas is one of the most radical and exciting ideas to come out of the Scottish church for many years. Solas is based in Robert Murray McCheyne’s church, St Peters, Dundee www.solas-cpc.co.uk
WILL THE CHURCH
SPEAK NOW... For years, it appears the church in Scotland has not been heard. Some view the church as judgemental people who recklessly condemn the alcoholics, drug users, homosexuals and “sinners” alienating them from the grace of God and the church from the culture. In reaction to this, many believers have been weakened and tempted to remain silent or confused about how to speak God’s truth in love to a messed up culture. Thankfully many faithful believers over the past decades have been humbly and quietly serving and enjoying God and seeking to rebuild the church’s reputation in the face of atheism, secularism, modernism and post-modernism. Increasingly many in our culture are looking for better answers to the questions and needs they have, and this provides the Christian community with a renewed opportunity to share the good news of Christ in this community. David Robertson, a Dundee minister and evangelist, believes there hasn’t been a better time for the Church to speak up with the message of grace and truth.
Introducing: Solas – Centre for Public Christianity, a brand new Scottish Charity, supporting the church by training Christians for communicating the faith. Paul said to Timothy, “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” Distinctive in its strong evangelistic and apologetic foundation, Solas intends to touch both the heart and the intellect of the thinkers and opinion-makers of society and to REACH and CHALLENGE those who shape the ideas of culture with the credibility of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Solas’ vision encompasses a fourfold thrust: EVANGELISM with a particular focus on sceptics, cultural influencers and critical thinkers; APOLOGETICS that addresses current issues and the intellectual struggles related to those concerns, and the humanitarian needs of those at risk within society; EMOTIONAL and SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES that focus the mind and heart on the glory of God; and TRAINING that comes alongside the church or concerned Christians worldwide so that the mandate of 1 Peter 3:15 might be fulfilled – to set apart Christ in our hearts as Lord and always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is within us, with gentleness and respect, all for the glory of God.
Solas is partnering with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries to host a training conference with world renowned speakers: Ravi Zacharias, John Lennox, Stuart McAllister and David Robertson entitled “Out of the Silent Church Conference”. These active evangelists and authors will share their views on how the Church can be “Solas” (Gaelic for ‘light’) in this world on Saturday, November 20, 2010, at the Solas – Centre, 4 St Peter’s Street, Dundee, DD1 4JJ. Contact the Solas office to register for this training conference, get involved, or simply learn more at firstname.lastname@example.org. Solas is working to create a resource library and a series of training days and weekends that will equip Christians today. A website with a weekly vodcast is projected to be up and running by November 20.
Solas Centre for Public Christianity partnering Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Solas is one of the most radical and exciting ideas to come out of the Scottish church for many years. Solas is based in Robert Murray McCheyne’s church, St Peters, Dundee www.solas-cpc.co.uk
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