They Walk Among Us

Sometimes you have to sit back and laugh at the madness of humanity. You can put it down to those traffic lights that don’t change or simply another senior moment but to survive you have to laugh. One day it might be you who thinks the last funny President of the United States was Edmund W. Bush.

Edmund W. Bush 1

Edmund W. Bush 2

Edmund W. Bush 3  

The Fridge

Some guy bought a new fridge for his house. To get rid of his old fridge, he put it in his front yard and hung a sign on it saying: "Free to good home. You want it, you take it." For three days the fridge sat there without even one person looking twice at it. He eventually decided that people were too un-trusting of this deal. It looked to good to be true, so he changed the sign to read: "Fridge for sale R50." The next day someone stole it.
CAUTION… They Walk Among Us!

Dead Bird

One day I was walking down the beach with some friends when someone shouted… "Look at that dead bird!" Someone looked up at the sky and said…"where???"
CAUTION… They Walk Among Us!

Rise of the Sun

While looking at a house, my brother asked the estate agent which direction was north because, he explained, he didn’t want the sun waking him up every morning. She asked, "Does the sun rise in the north?" When my brother explained that the sun rises in the east, and has for sometime, she shook her head and said, "Oh, I don’t keep up with that stuff."   
CAUTION… They Walk Among Us!

Sunburn on the Run

My colleague and I were eating our lunch in our cafeteria, when we overheard
one of the administrative assistants talking about the sunburn she got on
her weekend drive to the beach. She drove down in a convertible, but "didn’t
think she’d get sunburned because the car was moving".  
CAUTION… They Walk Among Us!

Big Steaks

I told the girl at the steakhouse register that I wanted the half kilogram sirloin. She informed me they only had an 500g sirloin. Not wanting to make a scene, I told her I would take the 500g steak instead of the half-kgr.
CAUTION… They Walk Among Us!


My sister has a lifesaving tool in her car it’s designed to cut through a seat belt if she gets trapped She keeps it in the boot…  
CAUTION… They Walk Among Us!

Special Discount

My friends and I were on a Lager run and noticed that the cases were discounted 10%. Since it was a big party, we bought 2 cases. The cashier multiplied 2 times 10% and gave us a 20% discount….
CAUTION… They Walk Among Us!

Swing that Ring

I was hanging out with a friend when we saw a woman with a nose ring attached to an earring by a chain. My friend said, "Wouldn’t the chain rip out every time she turned her head?" I had to explain that a person’s nose and ear remain the same distance apart no matter which way the head is turned…*
CAUTION… They Walk Among Us!

Lost Luggage

I couldn’t find my luggage at the airport baggage area. So I went to the lost luggage office and told the woman there that my bags never showed up. She smiled and told me not to worry because she was a trained professional and I was in good hands. "Now," she asked me, "Has your plane arrived yet?"…
CAUTION… They Walk Among Us!

How big is that Pizza

While working at a pizza parlour I observed a man ordering a small pizza to go. He appeared to be alone and the cook asked him if he would like it cut into 4 pieces or 6. He thought about it for some time before responding. "Just cut it into 4 pieces; I don’t think I’m hungry enough to eat 6 pieces.
CAUTION… They Walk Among Us!

And sadly, not only do they walk among us, they also reproduce!!!!*


Galatians – Amazing Letters to the Editor

Imagine if the book of Galatians in the Bible was actually written to Christianity Today as an article by a freelance writer. In this hilarious set of ‘Letters to the Editor’ the guys at Sacred Sandwich have combined a great set of letters from concerned readers. For a moment pick up your Bible first. Read Galatians then take a few moments to walk through these letters – If you visit the link to Sacred Sandwich you will find some great comments but why not leave one here on this blog first;

If Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians was Published in Christianity Today


Dear Christianity Today:

In response to Paul D. Apostle’s article about the Galatian church in your January issue, I have to say how appalled I am by the unchristian tone of this hit piece. Why the negativity? Has he been to the Galatian church recently? I happen to know some of the people at that church, and they are the most loving, caring people I’ve ever met.

Phyllis Snodgrass; Ann Arbor, MI


Dear Editor:

How arrogant of Mr. Apostle to think he has the right to judge these people and label them accursed. Isn’t that God’s job? Regardless of this circumcision issue, these Galatians believe in Jesus just as much as he does, and it is very Pharisaical to condemn them just because they differ on such a secondary issue. Personally, I don’t want a sharp instrument anywhere near my zipper, but that doesn’t give me the right to judge how someone else follows Christ. Can’t we just focus on our common commitment to Christ and furthering His kingdom, instead of tearing down fellow believers over petty doctrinal matters?

Ed Bilgeway; Tonganoxie, KS


Dear CT:

I’ve seen other dubious articles by Paul Apostle in the past, and frankly I’m surprised you felt that his recurrent criticisms of the Church deserved to be printed in your magazine. Mr. Apostle for many years now has had a penchant for thinking he has a right to “mark” certain Christian teachers who don’t agree with his biblical position. Certainly I commend him for desiring to stay faithful to God’s word, but I think he errs in being so dogmatic about his views to the point where he feels free to openly attack his brethren. His attitude makes it difficult to fully unify the Church, and gives credence to the opposition’s view that Christians are judgmental, arrogant people who never show God’s love.

Ken Groener; San Diego, CA


To the Editors:

Paul Apostle says that he hopes the Galatian teachers will cut off their own privates? What kind of Christian attitude is that? Shame on him!

Martha Bobbitt; Boulder, CO


Dear Christianity Today:

The fact that Paul Apostle brags about his public run-in with Peter Cephas, a well-respected leader and brother in Christ, exposes Mr. Apostle for the divisive figure that he has become in the Church today. His diatribe against the Galatian church is just more of the same misguided focus on an antiquated reliance on doctrine instead of love and tolerance. Just look how his hypercritical attitude has cast aspersions on homosexual believers and women elders! The real problem within the Church today is not the lack of doctrinal devotion, as Apostle seems to believe, but in our inability to be transformed by our individual journeys in the Spirit. Evidently, Apostle has failed to detach himself from his legalistic background as a Pharisee, and is unable to let go and experience the genuine love for Christ that is coming from the Galatians who strive to worship God in their own special way.

William Zenby; Richmond, VA


Kind Editors:

I happen to be a member of First Christian Church of Galatia, and I take issue with Mr. Apostle’s article. How can he criticize a ministry that has been so blessed by God? Our church has baptized many new members and has made huge in-roads in the Jewish community with our pragmatic view on circumcision. Such a “seeker-sensitive” approach has given the Jews the respect they deserve for being God’s chosen people for thousands of years. In addition, every Gentile in our midst has felt honored to engage in the many edifying rituals of the Hebrew heritage, including circumcision, without losing their passion for Jesus. My advice to Mr. Apostle is to stick to spreading the gospel message of Christ’s unconditional love, and quit criticizing what God is clearly blessing in other churches.

Miriam “Betty” Ben-Hur; Galatia, Turkey


EDITOR’S NOTE: Christianity Today apologizes for our rash decision in publishing Paul Apostle’s exposé of the Galatian church. Had we known the extent in which our readership and advertisers would withdraw their financial support, we never would have printed such unpopular biblical truth. We regret any damage we may have caused in propagating the doctrines of Christ.

Media Observations

Tim Tam Slam Bledisloe Cup

In a closely fought match the Kiwis took on the Aussies and a rogue Canadian for the Tim Tam Slam world championships. With the famous Trans Tasman Tim Tam Bledisloe Cup in my sights I was determined to suck my way to victory. Even the All Black tradition on the Haka has been brought into this moment of national pride.

This was a great fun moment from our RDS summit at CVC in Maroochydoore. Thanks to Mark Taylor for such a wonderful job bringing his video recording to life with this creative edit. Mark has quoted Richard Daniel on his blog as saying;

I have forwarded this to our director and to all of the staff that did the presentations. I think the Conference was a success and from this video you can easily see what all the delegates really learnt from the week of teaching. I have also increased the budget for the roll out of the RDS 3 so that every delegate that takes the package will also receive AT NO EXTRA COST, a free packet of Tim Tams. Delegates will have to supply their own Coffee.

Enjoy the lesson and the final match-up for honours. He who swallows first laughs loudest. Notice the chocolate covered (or coloured) shirt comes in handy in the Tim Tam championships.


The Age of the Long Tail

imageChris Anderson Back in 2006 WIRED editor Chris Anderson released a book called The Long Tail. Since then there have been a number of variants on the market from other authors including an update (The Longer Long Tail) from Chris last year. However the basic premise of identifying a broader market defined by the power of the consumer has not changed.

What was previously seen as high productivity time slices where products of any type had to perform at their highest level in a do or die fashion is now shown to be dancing to a new tune. The long tail infers both a broader product market selection and greater length of life for products driven by consumer demand and access. This new business model or rather market observation has been primarily driven by the Internet’s ability to connect and deliver.

To keep more in the loop on the power of the Long Tail visit Chris’ blog and explore theory and practice. This video below is from Michael Markman and helps helps set the tone for a great read if you pick up Chris’ book. You won’t get the remote control off the guy on the couch so lets find out what he will do with it if left to his own devices.

I encourage you to search YouTube for more presentations by “Chris Anderson” and “Long Tail” to pick up on the conversation.


Italian Opera over Pasta

Last night we had a wonderful meal at La Bella Roma on Sixth Avenue, Maroochydore. The team from CVC and all our guests had a wonderful night of networking with pizza and pasta but the night took a turn when Shaun stepped up to the plate.

Greg Ambroisine had noticed the Karaoke machine in the restaurant and had casually mentioned he would pay $10 to the first person to sing for their supper. Unbeknown to Greg, Shaun had heard the conversation and decided to offer his services. Leaving the Karaoke machine to gather dust in the corner, Shaun launched into a stirring performance that captured the attention of the entire restaurant.

That boys got a nice vibrato.


CVC – Relationship Development System

This week I am enjoying the hospitality of CVC in Maroochydoore. This wonderful media ministry that has arms of operation across the globe has been a major player in short wave radio bringing multiple language programs to nations such as China, Indonesia and India. Beating in the heart of CVC is the mission to take a contact with their organisation through a relationship that leads to a relationship with Jesus Christ. Their mission statement succinctly explains that process.

To introduce people to Jesus and

encourage those who acknowlege Him

to accept Him as the Son of God

and become His true followers.

This week CVC have been sharing with a variety of ministries, the features of a Relationship Development System that they have developed over aproximately four years. The system assists presenters and ministry staff to interact with a geographically spread audience utilising web technologies. Audience contacts can engage with CVC via email, SMS, letters and webforms and receive contact or answered questions via a chosen medium from the options available.

Taking the ‘conversation’ offline from the broadcast has enabled CVC to build powerful personal relationships. The key for them is a life changed and now they have been able to utilise the web technologies to take on volunteers across Australia who can logon and participate as home missionaries communicating with people groups around the world.

Amazing times with great vision.

Media Observations

My EDS Videos from the Superbowl

I have had a great deal of respect for the creative team behind the EDS Superbowl ads. They did a great job of explaining the inherent difficulties in upgrading or transitioning between technologies while trying to keep a business ‘in the air’. Enjoy!!





I love this daily devotional reading from The Word for Today

"I die of thirst."
Judges 15:18 NKJV

The Bible says: "The Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him; and…his bonds broke loose…He found a fresh jawbone…took it, and killed a thousand men…Then he…cried out to the Lord and said, ‘You have given this great deliverance…now shall I die of thirst?’" (Judg 15:14-18 NKJV). Notice three things in this story:
(1) Samson allowed the enemy to bind him. What has you tied up today? What’s holding you back? Counsellors, programmes and self-help manuals are good, but it took God’s Spirit to set Samson free. And that’s what it’s going to take to set you free too. Come on, you’ve talked your problems to death; even your friends don’t want to hear about them anymore. The time for advice is over – it’s time to cry out to God, to allow His Spirit that can break every habit to set you free (See Isa 10:27). (2) Samson needed to see what had already been given to him. Just the jawbone of a donkey, but with God’s help it was enough to win the day. Ask God to show you what you’ve got, put it to work and He’ll give you success. Stop looking in faraway places; the answer’s right under your nose. Recognise what God’s given you and use it. (3) Samson was celebrating victory, yet dying of thirst. It happens, particularly to those who work for God but don’t spend enough time with Him. Paul warns, "Lest Satan should take advantage of us" (2 Cor 2:11 NKJV). When you give out but don’t take in, Satan gets the advantage and you end up in Delilah’s lap. So spend more time with God. The One who gives you victory can also quench your thirst.

Media Observations

Seth Godin Explains Tribes

In a recent presentation I did on social networking I referenced author and marketing guru Seth Godin. In this video from Loic Le Meur’s website Seth Godin explains why you need a tribe and why he is not on twitter. Seth’s latest book "Tribes" helps us define the need for leaders to come forward because there are communities that need someone to provide direction. In the area I work of Christian media, we have a message but are we willing to step to the front of a community and share our direction by saying "walk this way". Have a listen to Loic as he presses all the right buttons to get to the heart of the matter with Seth.



Mars Hill Church in Seattle has this January launched a new 28 week series on 1st and 2nd Peter called ‘TRIAL’. The sermon series looks at the issues taught by Peter through the eyes of ‘witnesses’. Lifting their support for other church and community groups to a whole new level MHC has even produced a 208 pg study guide free to download that deals with small group questions as well family discussion guidelines. For anyone wanting to begin a family devotional tied into a church sermon series this is brilliantly coordinated. Promotional downloads are available at the site like this ‘Trial Poster’.

For more info watch the video or visit the team at