Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Campus Mission 2007 in Korea

As a favor for a friend, I'm listing this post for the 2007 Campus Mission Conference in Korea sponsored by the Korean Campus Crusade for Christ.

It'll be from June 27 - July 12 NEXT YEAR (2007) for a huge mission conference where they are expecting over 10,000 people from all over the world. Koreans love big gatherings (!). It will be held in the BEXCO conference center in Busan, South Korea.

There will be package travel deals available through the group from Australia that will be attending. Clink on the link here for more information.

It will have a huge focus on college/university campus outreach and the CCC from Australia is praying for it to become a cataylst for God to move mightily in this country as well as the world. If you have a heart for missions, campus ministry or if you just want to go to Korea with a big group from Australia, next summer might be for you.

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Blue on Blue
By Leigh Nash
Along the Wall
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Monday, September 25, 2006

U2 Update + [EDIT]

You have to wonder if the release of the latest U2 DVD: Live from Sydney, which is from their 1993 concert tour, was to ease the pain of their delayed Sydney concert for this year. Well, it worked for me! I picked up the 2-disc special edition mainly because of the bonus features on that extra disc, compared to just the regular concert on the 1 disc version. Well worth the extra money for the extra songs and documentaries (though you always wish there was more!).

But I must admit, if you're not a die-hard U2 fan, you might want to just borrow this DVD instead of buying it. This was during their Zoo TV era when their methods of making a statement can make some people feel uncomfortable if you don't know U2 very well (and what goes through their minds). Plus with everything digital these days or HD, the video quality was a bit lacking as well. But hey, U2 fans will love it regardless =)

Also released was the first U2 autobiography, thus the title: U2 by U2. It's a 350 page history of their 30 year career. As much as I'd love to buy it now, regular bookstore prices in Sydney are just WAY too expensive ... so I'll wait till I go back to the US and get it at Sam's Club or something later this year =P

And U2 will be performing live with Green Day on Monday Night Football in New Orleans for the first football game to held at the Superdome, since Katrina hit last year. With the Saints returning home with a 2-0 record and with the rise of Reggie Bush against the hot Falcons led by Vick, should be quite an emotional game for the people of New Orleans.

And finally, here's a rather interesting (and lengthy) look at the two greatest bands of all time: U2 and the Beatles by someone with a lot of time on his hands. It's a website called: A Synthesis of U2 and the Beatles.


I just found out that Yahoo/Bono has been doing a video series called: "A Day in the Life of the Edge". So far they've been doing a video per day in this series for the past few days. It's cool to see them in such casual settings. Click here for Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Hopefully it'll keep going for awhile. =)

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Zoo TV: Live From Sydney (2pc) (Ltd Ac3 Dol Dts)
By U2
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Friday, September 22, 2006

And a Time to Remember ...

I was so touched watching Bindi's eulogy during Steve Irwin's memorial service yesterday. I think she did an amazing job, especially considering her age. I was in the US when Steve Irwin died and it was seriously the top news story for over a week. Americans loved this guy big time.

So many people were surprised at how deep his death touched so many people around the world. It was the talk of websites and news programs 24/7. I think this is a great example of how we don't know what we have until it's gone. I was also surprised at how much his death saddened me ... especially whenever they show pictures of him with his kids. He was such a unique and special person.

Does anyone know where he stood in terms of his "faith" by any chance? I've been trying to find something on it but it seems no one really knows (from blogs and websites). I really hope he knew the Creator as much as he knew and loved creation ... that was my biggest question ... for seriously such a great, authentic guy. It is truly a great loss for the world with his passing. And to close I'll leave a link to another video that touched me ... a tribute to the Croc Hunter.

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Everyday Man
Gary Chapman
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Thursday, September 21, 2006

And a Time to Celebrate ...

For every phase of Hyun's ongoing (and very successful I might add) research, we've been thankful for God's goodness and favor upon her work. Here's some pix from our most recent outing to celebrate =) ... click on the image below.

Sep 21, 2006 - 10 Photos

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Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry
By John Piper
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Monday, September 18, 2006

Online Publication [EDIT]

Hyun's research article for the magazine Nature Biotechnology was just released online! You can read a portion of it here. They usually release the online version first before the physical copy of the magazine comes out, which will be later this month. I have no idea was it means, but I'm sure all you science people out there can appreciate it =) All I know is that I'm very proud of Hyun's accomplishments through this research project. It's cool to know that she played a role that can (and will) help so many people around the world.

And she was interviewed by a Korean newspaper over the weekend too. They got the press release for this discovery and when they found out it was a Korean lead-researcher, they wanted to get all the details of how this came about. [I'll send a link to that article as soon as it comes out.] Pretty cool I'd say! =)


As promised, here's the link to the Korean newspaper article about Hyun's research. It's in the Han Kyung Newspaper in South Korea. If someone in Korea finds the physical copy of the article, save it for me =) Thanks.

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Keith Green: The Ministry Years 1977-1979
By Keith Green
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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Desiring God ... Again

A New Website

Desiring God, which is the website for John Piper's ministry and resources, just re-launched their new website yesterday. Basically they re-organized all his resources (sermon notes, articles, etc.) as well as added more content. A recent article on "Why Memorize Scripture" is a great "pick me up" to get back into it. The highlight for me has been the video downloads of his sermons. I love hearing his sermons, but I love watching him preach even more.

Hearing the Word of God faithfully preached ... and with passion ... does something to my soul that brings strength and times of refreshing for me. And when my soul is hungry to hear the Word, John Piper has been one shepherd I can count on to give me a well prepared meal to feast on. No fast food from him =)

A New Me

The past few weeks have be great for me personally. Besides some meetings here and there, I have been surrounding myself with His Word through tape, CD, VHS, DVD, lecture notes, books, and of course, the Bible. I've been devouring my seminary notes again and I feel like a student in my first year of seminary. I loved those days ... simply devoting my life and time to the study and spreading of God's Word.

I also feel more "centered" too. I think I needed this "time out" in order to get my priorities straight again ... and I've come to see and value Christ, my marriage, my family, my challenges in life, and other gifts in a better light. I think the past 10 years of ministry have been "go, go, go, go ... do, do, do, do" ... and now He's teaching me the value of "rest ............... and be ... love ... and live". And with that, I've been setting more boundaries in my life and simplifying (and re-organizing) everything around me. It's been good. It's been very good.

I feel restored in a lot of ways. And I'm looking forward to more lessons and new adventures in this new season of my life. Above all else, I look forward to simply loving and desiring God ... again.

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The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath
By Mark Buchanan
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