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Radio Interview 2
20 April 2010, 3:39 pm
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I recently had a few radio interviews about the launch of Voice of the Martyrs’ new youth initiative Thirteen Three.

This is a link to the audio of the second interview. Click here to download it.


Radio Interview Audio
13 April 2010, 3:34 pm
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Last week, Voice of the Martyrs Australia launched its new youth initiative, Thirteen Three. It’s inspired by Hebrews 13.3 which says “Remember the Lord’s people who are in jail…don’t forget those who are suffering”. Our vision is to equip Australian youth to support persecuted Christians.

Check out our new website at

Since our launch, I’ve been busy promoting this new ministry in preparation for our BOUND WITH THEM Youth Event. On Monday, I had a Radio interview with 106.5 Rhema FM on the Sunshine Coast.

Here is the audio.

I had another interview today with the Vision Radio Network. I’ll put the audio for that online as soon as I get it.

In the meantime, connect with Thirteen Three through facebook and twitter and get connected with our BOUND WITH THEM CAMPAIGN.

Update: Persecution in India
25 February 2010, 8:07 am
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I put up a video yesterday of Francis Chan’s reflections on the persecution of Christians in India’s Orissa state. It has been questioned whether those being beaten in the footage are actually Christians, so the video has been pulled until this is confirmed. Persecution of Christians today is a horrible reality. This is not being questioned, just the accuracy of the footage used by Cornerstone Community Church.

Justin Taylor at Between Two Worlds comments:

I’ve been in touch with the folks from Cornerstone Community Church, and the videos are being pulled until their accuracy can be verified.

The question is not, as one commenter thought, about whether or not we doubt that severe persecution is occurring in India or in other parts of the world. The question is whether or not the footage in these videos is depicting Christians being persecuted for their faith. If it’s not, we don’t want to show it, as doing so knowingly would be both misleading and manipulative.

I apologize for my contribution to any confusion. I hope this doesn’t distract from the fact that such persecution is real and terrible, requiring prayers for our brothers and sisters. Again, I commend to you Voice of the Martyrs for ways to get involved and informed.

Please continue to remember our persecuted brothers and sisters as if you were bound with them.

Hebrews 13.3

Persecution in India
24 February 2010, 8:38 am
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This video is too powerful not to watch.

How do you respond to this?

“So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God” – 2 Timothy 1:8

Click here to watch the unedited footage of this terrible persecution in Orrisa.

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Following Jesus is Not Safe
16 February 2010, 12:05 pm
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Last Friday, I spoke at a combined youth event at Casula in south-west Sydney. The event was called Elevate and it was awesome. There were a number of youth groups there, over 100 youth and I had the privilege of speaking to them from God’s Word. I spoke from 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 – ‘following Jesus is not safe’. I used the testimonies of persecuted Christians from Vietnam and Colombia to illustrate the points below. There was a lot of enthusiasm from the event and I received good feedback. I’d love you to have a listen for yourself:

Following Jesus is Not Safe




Thank you to everyone who was praying for this event and for me. I trust that God is answering your prayers in the lives of the youth who were there on the night.

Can you consent to all this?
28 January 2010, 2:21 pm
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In 1812 Adoniram Judson, aged twenty-three, sailed for Burma with the wife he had married twelve days before. He was the first American overseas missionary. He spent the rest of his life there. This is the letter he had written to Ann Hasseltine’s father, asking for her hand in marriage:

I have now to ask, whether you can consent to part with your daugther early next spring, to see her no more in this world; whether you can consent to her departure, and her subjection to the hardships and sufferings of missionary life; whether you can consent to her exposure to the dangers of the ocean, to the fatal influence of the southern climate of India; to every kind of want and distress; to degradation, insult, persecution and perhaps a violent death. Can you consent to all this, for the sake of him who left his heavenly home, and died for her and for you; for the sake of perishing, immortal souls; for the sake of Zion, and the glory of God? Can you consent to all this, in hope of soon meeting your daughter in the world of glory, with the crown of righteousness, brightened with the acclamations of praise which shall redound her Saviour from heathens saved, through her means, from eternal woe and despair?

Her father let her decide. She said ‘Yes’.

Tim Chester. The Ordinary Hero. pp. 202-203

A Letter to Kim Jong Il
20 January 2010, 12:27 pm
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My friend Todd Nettleton recently wrote an interesting blog about a man who walked across the Tumen River from China into North Korea to give a letter to Kim Jong Il asking for the release of all political prisoners in North Korea. Here’s an excerpt:

Honestly, my first thought was to wonder if the guy was “all there,” mentally, and did he REALLY think that he could make a difference in North Korea by walking across a frozen river, to certain arrest and interrogation, with a letter?

…then this week I got a call from a media friend about the story, and in the course of our conversation she asked an insightful question: “but what if GOD CALLED HIM to do what he did?” Her question struck me right between the eyes.

Does God call people to do “crazy” things? Like building an ark in the middle of a dry spell (Noah)? Or taking on a giant with nothing but a slingshot and five stones (David)? Or marrying a prostitute (Hosea)? Or stepping out of a perfectly good boat (Peter)? As we read Scripture, many times God calls people to do things that others might call crazy…

Read the whole thing here.