On Saturday 22 August, 1,670 women from 310 churches gathered to be encouraged and refreshed by God’s word at OneLove women’s conference. Hosted as a livestreamed event, women from across Australia, and as far and wide as Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, New Zealand, and the USA gathered in living rooms and church halls to learn what the Bible says about finding true rest.
In a year where routines have been uprooted, and where lockdown has challenged our addiction to busyness, the OneLove Committee wanted to help women to accept Jesus’ invitation of finding true rest Him (Matthew 11:28). In the words of OneLove Chairwoman, Madeleine Dudley:
“My addiction to busyness means that I can sometimes struggle to come to the Lord and spend time with Him. My prayer for OneLove 2020 is that we’d leave with a better understanding of Jesus’ invitation to find true rest. His yoke is easy, and His burden is light. This isn’t because He demands less of us but because He helps us to bear the load.”
Plenary speakers included Amy Orr-Ewing (Senior VP, RZIM) and Kara Martin (Author, Workship) who preached on the theme: “Come to Me: An Invitation to Find True Rest”. Quoting Dallas Willard, Kara kick-started the event by reminding delegates that “hurry is the great enemy of the spiritual life” and yet “hurry sickness” is a natural part of the human condition. Her talks prompted delegates to consider their reasons for chasing a hurried life, and how knowing a good and sovereign God can help busy souls to find deep and lasting spiritual rest.
Joining the livestream from her living room in the United Kingdom, Amy Orr-Ewing addressed our society's pursuit of materialism and how the pursuit of wealth and physical goods has caused us to feel busier and less happy. Unveiling the latest research in view of Scripture, she helped delegates to see their need to be "born again”, so that our identity is not rooted in the pursuit of materialism, but by our new birth in Christ, made possible by the Spirit.
OneLove also featured two testimonials from women who described how a relationship with God has helped them to find true rest in the day to day. Asian Australian writer, Heidi Tai, shared how the gospel of grace helped her to find true rest from her insecurities and thoughts of unworthiness. Bibbulmun and Spinifex woman, Tace Stevens, shared how knowing God has helped her to rest from anxiety and overthinking in decision making.
Care and Assistant Discipleship Minister, Jo Gibbs, also joined Kara Martin on the Q&A Panel, and shared practical wisdom on ways to slow down, the dangers and seasons of busyness, the different types of rest, idolatry of work, laziness, the biblical call to Sabbath and more.
The program also left plenty of time for delegates to reflect and pray over the contents of the conference over lunch and morning tea. In a year with so much anxiety and disconnection, OneLove was a timely event that empowered women to renew their strength in the Lord in the company of their sisters:
“In a world saturated with online content, the talks were perfect length, there was variety of presentations and lots of conversation, so it was easy to stay engaged. The theme and Bible content were incredibly encouraging and challenging.” - Ann
I could have listened to those amazing ladies preach God’s word all day! The Q & A was also very helpful and practical. The music was fabulous and uplifting. The testimonies were inspiring - the woman giving them were brave in so genuinely sharing their stories with us and pointing us to the love, grace and power of God. - Anthea
Truly empowered by women speakers and testimonies on a relevant topic. We enjoyed intimate and personal sharing after the event. - Jenny
The Bible teaching was clear, faithful and challenging. The two testimonies were SO awesome, and deeply honest, real and encouraging. I love the music too - very heartfelt, focused on Jesus. - Karen
Loved the music and the testimonies, and the great reminder to rest in God, and the freedom that brings. Loved spending time with the ladies in my family. - Hui Yee
Jackie Hill Perry to preach at OneLove 2021
OneLove will return in 2021 on Saturday 21 August at the Sydney Town Hall. One of the speakers will be Jackie Hill Perry, an American author, bible teacher and Hip-Hop artist. Since becoming a Christian, she has been compelled to use her speaking and teaching gifts to share the light of the gospel of God as authentically as she can. Jackie is the author of Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was, and Who God Has Always Been and the Bible Study Jude: Contending for the Faith in Today’s Culture. At home, she is a wife to Preston and mum to Eden and Autumn.
You can pre-register for OneLove 2021 at the one-off lowest rate of $82, available before 27 September 2020.
Use the code OL21LAUNCH to secure your ticket here: onelovewomen.com/register2021
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The OneLove team has produced some complimentary resources on the theme of rest which will be uploaded onto the KCC One App. Download the App to gain access to:
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Earlier this month, over 1,300 men gathered at BASECAMP men’s conference to be encouraged and challenged in God’s word. The theme of the conference was 'Man Disrupted: How Jesus Changes Men for the Better,’ and KCC was privileged to provide its platform to 3 keynote speakers: Prof John Lennox, Jeremy Dunne and Dr Mark Stephens. The three talks explored the Biblical view of masculinity and appropriate expressions of anger, strength, weakness and fear. Men also benefited hearing the testimony of Keith Lord.
As L-T Hopper, chairman of the BASECAMP Committee, says:
‘We long for a disruption in our own inner life and hearts so we can unlearn patterns from an old stereotype of masculinity, and learn a new way by following Jesus.’
To encourage men to continue sitting in Scripture and thinking through these topics, the BASECAMP Committee has produced a free devotional series to be released on the KCC One App on Wednesday 31 August. The resource comes with 5 devotionals authored by BASECAMP 2020 speakers on the same themes of anger, power and fear about sharing our faith that were addressed at BASECAMP 2020. As part of the package, Keith Lord’s testimony will also be made available in the KCC App as video, audio and transcript this Wednesday 26 August.
To access these resources and more, simply download the 'KCC One' App onto your mobile device.
5 Recommended App Resources for Men
At a time where many men are feeling the negative impacts of social distancing and isolation, it is our desire that the KCC One App can be a rich platform of gospel resources in audio, video and text formats.
To give you a taste of what’s available, here are five popular picks of KCC One resources for men. Why not grab a couple of mates from your church and small group, and go through these resources together?
To access these resources download the free 'KCC One' App onto your mobile device!
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On Saturday 8 August, 1,380 men gathered to be encouraged and challenged from God’s word at BASECAMP men’s conference. Despite COVID-19 impacting on large-scale physical gatherings, BASECAMP delegates showed a zealous commitment to stand together as ‘one in Christ Jesus’ via a livestream this year. Scattered across living rooms and church halls, men from across Australia, and as far and wide as Romania, Nepal and Malaysia, gathered in small groups, to hear God’s word preached.
Plenary speakers included Professor John Lennox (Oxford University), Jeremy Dunne (City Light Church, Balmain) and Dr Mark Stephens (Centre of Public Christianity), who preached on the theme, “Man Disrupted: How Jesus Changes Men for the Better”. Together with special guests Keith Lord and Denny To, the program gave an honest account of the unhealthy expressions of masculinity, while presenting the hope of a gospel alternative, through Christ’s perfect example in anger, weakness and fear.
In a year where many have felt the negative impacts of social distancing, BASECAMP was a timely opportunity for men to renew their strength with ‘relevant’ Bible teaching, in the company of brothers from all walks of life. The program also came with scheduled breaks, which gave delegates ample time to share, discuss and pray over the things that they had learned.
“Seeing some of my brothers from church face-to-face for the first time in 5 months. Great theme, with three great challenges. A very professional live stream, one of the best I've seen during the COVID season!” - Jim
“I really appreciated the call for guys (including myself) to think through the reality of anger, weakness, and connecting to those in our world with the Gospel. I thank God for the way my life, my family and my churches have benefited by this ministry.” - Dean
“BASECAMP gave a refreshing and external perspective in a time where one tends to be "locked down" and isolated. Men so badly need to meet in such a forum. Keep up the first-class teaching.” – Howard
“I am always encouraged to find that my faults and sins are not exclusive. Many men struggle with their emotions, including anger and despair, with their marriage and anxiety. It is always refreshing to hear speakers open up with genuine and honest accounts of their lives, and then provide a God-based solution.” - David
BASECAMP will return in 2021, as two physical gatherings in August. BASECAMP City will be held on Saturday 7 August at the UNSW Roundhouse and BASECAMP Mountains will be held on Friday 13 – Saturday 14 August at the StayKCC site in the Blue Mountains.
One of the speakers will be Michael Ramsden, the President of RZIM and one of the founders of The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. You can get a taste of his teaching from this talk at Oxygen Conference 2018.
In a year of tumultuous change, we would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the BASECAMP committee, AV team and Tom Israel, Keith Lord, Ben Pfahlert, Josh Trethowan, Denny To and Ryan Verghese who have served as volunteers, and allowed the livestream to run as smoothly and professionally as possible. We are grateful to God for your service.
Missed out on BASECAMP? Catch the Replay!
The BASECAMP livestream will be available for replay from Saturday 15 August at 9AM (AEST).
To access the replay, purchase a ticket from the BASECAMP website. If you already have a ticket, just use the same link and access code to view the replay.
You can also access the BASECAMP book collection here, the Spotify playlist here, and the feedback form here.
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The calling out of toxic masculinity can leave men feeling confused and paralysed about what it means to be a man in this world. While the world has made it clear what masculinity shouldn’t be and the ways in which has become toxic, we don’t often hear how masculinity can be biblical and helpful.
At BASECAMP this year, we want to give men of all ages and life-stages a clear and compelling vision of what it means to be a man. Ahead of the conference this August, here are 12 resources that explore the topic of biblical masculinity.
What Makes a Man – Paul Tripp
Paul Tripp shares 8 ways in which the Bible addresses the question of what makes a man. Read it here.
Gospel-Centered Manhood: Three Correctives
Entering his late 20’s, Joseph Rhea shares his desire to “grow up” and to live out his manhood in a way that gives glory to God. He shares three biblical principles which have shaped his perspective on manhood. Read it here.
Brother, Where is Your Identity?
David Powlinson challenges men to consider who or what is shaping their identity and foundation of “self”. He then shares biblical realities to reorient men into remembering their imperishable identity in Christ. Read it here.
Lecrae’s ‘I Am Second’ Testimony
In this testimony, Hip Hop artist Lecrae shares how his childhood was void of a father figure and how Hip Hop culture became his model for masculinity. Wrestling with insignificance, he began to look up to gangsters, until the day that Jesus gave him significance and became his role model in life.
Matt Chandler – Manhood Restored
To restore the definition of manhood, Pastor Matt Chandler explains what the Bible says about being a man and gives practical examples for what this should look like.
A Man & His Idols – Jeff Bethke
In this spoken word, Jeff Bethke shares a poem which speaks about idolatry in contrast to what God’s intent for men is. This poem unveils the false gods that men may be tempted to worship, while pointing men to turn to Jesus as the true source of joy and example of manliness.
Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole – Eric Mason
The earthly crisis within manhood will be there until Jesus returns, but in Christ men are pointed toward the gospel as the vision for renewal. Manhood Restored by exciting new pastoral voice Eric Mason combines theological depth with practical insights, putting men in step with a gospel-centered manhood that will enrich every facet of their lives.
The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling For Men – Richard D. Phillips
In this book, Richard D. Phillips cuts through the cultural confusion, highlights God's mandate for men, and encourages readers to join him on a journey of repentance and renewal. Christian men today need to examine their hearts and embrace their God—given mandate. Only then will they be able to recognise their high calling, and by God's grace, serve faithfully in whatever context God has placed them.
Men: Firing Through All of Life – Al Stewart
Men: Firing through all of Life, not only talks about problems facing men today, it offers solutions. Some of them are just suggestions from a very ordinary middle-aged punter, but some of the advice will come with a lot more weight, wisdom and authority, because it comes from the Bible.
The One Thing: Healthy Masculinity with Al Stewart:
Al Stewart discusses with Derek Hanna what the Bible would call ‘healthy masculinity’ and the basis for promoting this viewpoint of manhood today. Listen here.
A podcast dedicated to equipping men to lead their family well. Episode topics include how to manage marriage unity, mental health, family transitions, work decisions, difficult in-laws, expressing emotion and more. Listen here.
Gender Identity - Christian Counselling & Educational Foundation (CCEF)
What does it mean to live life as a gendered being? Is there an “essence” of maleness or femaleness? If so, how should we define it and how does it relate to the concept of masculinity or femininity? This podcast episode explores a biblical understanding of gender as a subset of sexuality, and will speak to those who struggle with their gender identity and offer guidance to those who care for them. Listen here.
Dive deeper into this topic this Saturday!
Gather with men across Australia and beyond for BASECAMP men’s conference which will be livestreamed this Saturday 8 August, 8:30AM – 12:30PM (AEST).
Guest speakers Professor John Lennox (Oxford University), Jeremy Dunne (City Light Church, Balmain) and Dr. Mark Stephens (Centre For Public Christianity) will be joining us to open God’s word and to unpack the theme, “Man Disrupted: How Jesus changes men for the better”.
Tickets are $45pp and available from our website: https://basecampmen.com/
Author and Bible teacher, Kara Martin, will be joining the KCC platform for OneLove women's conference to preach on the theme of finding true rest. Ahead of the event, she has recommended five reads that will help us to think more deeply about this topic.
The Art of Rest, Adam Mabry
The world never stops. But we need to. And, as Christians, we can. Welcome to the art of rest. If you're feeling weary, wishing life were more sustainable, searching for a way to rest without feeling guilty, or suspecting that you'd enjoy Christian rest if only you knew how to do it – this book is for you. Discover how rest is different than you thought, more important than you've realised, and more wonderful than you ever imagined.
The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World, John Mark Comer
Too often we treat the symptoms of toxicity in our modern world instead of trying to pinpoint the cause. A growing number of voices are pointing at hurry, or busyness as a root of much evil. In this book, you'll find a compelling emotional and spiritual case against hurry and in favor of a slower, simpler way of life.
Sacred Rhythms, Ruth Haley Barton
Do you long for a deep, fundamental change in your life with God? Do you desire a greater intimacy with God? Do you wonder how you might truly live your life as God created you to live it? Spiritual disciplines are activities that open us to God's transforming love and the changes that only God can bring about in our lives. Picking up on the monastic tradition of creating a 'rule of life' that allows for regular space for the practice of the spiritual disciplines, this book takes you more deeply into understanding seven key disciplines along with practical ideas for weaving them into everyday life.
Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
Everyone who longs to know Christ deeply will benefit from spiritual discipline. Now expanded, this handbook is full of practical, accessible guidance on making the most of such practices as fasting, solitude, contemplative prayer, and lectio divina - an ancient method of devotional Bible reading.
Every Moment Holy, Rabbit Room Press
Every Moment Holy is a book of liturgies for the ordinary events of daily life – liturgies such as 'A Liturgy for Feasting with Friends' or 'A Liturgy for Laundering'. These are ways of reminding us that our lives are shot through with sacred purpose especially when, we are too busy or too caught up in our busyness to notice.
Book descriptions provided by The Wandering Bookseller.
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Our addiction to busyness means that we can sometimes struggle to come to the Lord and spend time enjoying Him. The world’s agenda of “getting ahead” distracts us from maintaining a sharp sense of eternity. So, in 2020, when normal life was stripped away, what did we learn about activity and rest? Did it clarify for us what is truly important? When life as we knew it was shaken up by a pandemic, what did we learn about our priorities?
Join us at OneLove this August to hear Kara Martin (Author, Workship) and Amy Orr-Ewing (Senior VP, RZIM) open God’s word to preach on the topic of finding true rest. Tickets are $45pp and available on the website: www.onelovewomen.com
Remember, if you register before midnight 1 August, you will receive a OneLove Gift Pack* which includes:
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2020 has been a wild year: bushfires, floods, and a global virus pandemic. With current outbreaks causing a re-introduction of restrictions impacting gatherings, we have made the decision to relaunch KYCK 20 as a livestream event with a new program and speakers. The original line up of speakers and “Strong & Courageous” theme will be postponed to 2021 where we hope to gather physically again.
KYCK 20 Spring Dates:
Week 1: Saturday 26 September
Week 2: Saturday 10 October
Guest speakers will preach from the book of 1 Thessalonians on the theme “Past Present Future” with the goal of sharing how the gospel has and continues to impact humanity across history, and how Jesus saves us from sin, the greatest virus of all. Delegates can expect a program filled with powerful gospel preaching and time set aside for meals, discussion, prayer and games with their youth group.
We will be announcing the new speakers and program in coming weeks. You can subscribe for email updates on the KYCK website or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
International Apologist and Oxford Professor, John Lennox, to preach at BASECAMP men’s conference this August
BASECAMP men’s conference is returning as a livestreamed event this August and we are pleased to welcome Professor John Lennox as a guest speaker. Joining local preachers Jeremy Dunne (Pastor, City Light Balmain) and Dr. Mark Stephens (Senior Research Fellow, Centre of Public Christianity), John will be opening God’s word and preaching on the theme “Man Disrupted: How Jesus changes men for the better”.
John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, is an internationally renowned speaker on the interface of science, philosophy and religion. He regularly teaches at many academic institutions and is Senior Fellow with the Trinity Forum. John has written a series of books exploring the relationship between science and Christianity including “God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design is it Anyway?”, “Where is God in a Coronavirus world?” and “2084: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity”.
His hobbies are languages, amateur astronomy, amateur bird–watching and some walking. John is married to Sally; they have three grown up children and nine grandchildren and live near Oxford, England.
We look forward to welcoming John to the BASECAMP platform this year. Get a taste of his teaching here:
1. Why I am a Christian
Presented by Riverview Church, City Bible Forum, CREDO and the Christian Conventions of WA, John Lennox shares why he is a Christian.
2. I am the Way, the Truth and the Life
In this video from Oxygen Conference 2014, John explores the claims of Jesus from John 14.
3. Faith Has Its Reasons
Drawing from the Book of Romans, John explains the reason and evidence for his faith. Click here to view the video.
4. Where is God in a Coronavirus world?
In this video, John addresses frequently asked questions around God, suffering and the Coronavirus with RZIM President Michael Ramsden.
5. Wealth & Eternity
John Lennox opens the Scriptures with insight into how we can use our wealth in light of eternity. Click here to watch the video.
For more resources by John Lennox, visit his website: www.johnlennox.org/resources
Hear John speak at BASECAMP!
BASECAMP is an annual event for men who want to know God better. Since 1997, men of all generations and from across denominations have taken time out together to hear God speak. Each year, men have encouraged each other to run the race with their eyes fixed on Jesus.
Join us on Saturday 8 August and experience BASECAMP in a new digital livestreamed format. Our three speakers will speak on the topic ‘Man Disrupted: How Jesus changes men for the better’. Toxic masculinity is just that--toxic. We have a clear picture about what ugly masculinity looks like and what we should avoid. But what we are missing is a positive, life-shaping vision for men, especially men of God. BASECAMP exists to give men a clear and compelling vision of a man.
Purchase your tickets from our website: www.basecampmen.com
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OneLove women’s conference is returning as a livestreamed event this August, and we are pleased to welcome Dr. Amy Orr-Ewing to the KCC platform as a guest speaker! Joining local preacher Kara Martin (Author, Workship), Amy will be opening God’s word and preaching on the theme “Come to Me: An Invitation to Find True Rest”.
Amy has a first-class degree in theology and has a doctorate from the University of Oxford. She is currently the Senior Vice President of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) and the Joint Director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Her work involves leading a team of pioneering apologist-evangelists and speaking around the world on how the Christian faith answers the deepest questions of life. She is also the co-founder of REBOOT, a global youth apologetics initiative aimed at helping the emerging generation think deeply about faith.
For the past twenty years, Amy has presented to a wide range of audiences and contexts including world-leading university campuses, at the UK parliament, on Capitol Hill and at the White House. She has also presented to banks, businesses, consultancy firms, churches and at conferences. Amy is married to Frog and helps lead Latimer Minster, a church plant and community on a farm in Buckinghamshire, and they have three children.
We look forward to hearing Amy speak at OneLove next month. Get a taste of her teaching here:
1. Can I Trust the Bible?
In this video by RZIM, Amy shares why the Bible is a trustworthy source of truth.
2. Is Christianity Bad News for Women?
In this video, Amy delivers the 2017 Richard Johnson Lecture at NSW Parliament House on the topic of whether Christianity is bad news for women.
3. Hope in a Time of Crisis
In this video, Amy opens the Book of Nehemiah and charts its narrative arc from the fall of Jerusalem to the coming of Christ, and all the way through to our present days of the COVID-19 crisis.
4. What do you want out of your life?
The first words uttered by Jesus in John’s Gospel are: ‘What do you want?’ It’s a fundamental question posed by Jesus, and it’s explored here as Amy Orr-Ewing examines faith, life and truth. In posing this simple question, Jesus reveals that he understands the human condition and our search for meaning, purpose, fulfilment, identity and love.
5. Is the Pursuit of Happiness Making us Sad?
In this video, Amy dissects our culture's pursuit of happiness.
In this blog post, Amy explores the biblical view of women and work.
"Rather than Christian women judging each other for the vocational choices they make, maybe we can build a Church within which every woman is encouraged to seek the Lord about her vocation, and to fulfill the calling on her life with an attitude of service to others and to Christ."
Click here to read the full post.
Hear Amy speak at OneLove this August!
OneLove is a one-day event for all women to gather under life-changing preaching and enjoy fantastic fellowship. Whether you have been a Christian for many years or are still seeking answers about God, join us and be encouraged, refreshed and renewed for the journey ahead.
The theme for 2020 is “Come to Me: An Invitation to Find True Rest” from Matthew 11:28-30. In a culture addicted to busyness, believers may struggle to spend quality time with the Lord or to maintain a sharp sense of eternity. In a year when normal life has been taken away, and many have been forced to slow down, we want to help you catch your breath by reminding you of what Scripture says about true rest.
Join us on Saturday 22 August to hear from God’s word and to learn how you can replace a lifestyle of hyperactivity, with a life of deep and satisfying rest in God.
Purchase your tickets from our website: www.onelovewomen.com
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Last Friday, close to 900 youth gathered in churches and living rooms for the Onward conference livestream, and to hear how the Gospel of Christ challenges ‘Cancel Culture’ in the West. Youth groups tuned in from across New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria, with the largest groups represented by Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, One Family Church Granville, North Side Chinese Alliance Church and Wild Street Anglican.
Despite being livestreamed due to COVID-19, the Onward team worked hard to recreate a physical conference experience by providing an interactive Q&A panel, worship in song by Whitefield band, and encouraging camaraderie within youth groups with a Dress Up challenge.
Hosted by Katoomba Christian Convention, Onward is a convention that seeks to prepare Christian youth to see their place in the wider world. By combining short TED-style talks, personal testimonies, singing and a live Q&A, the Onward program equips and encourages youth to engage with society and culture, with a biblical worldview.
With the world becoming increasingly divided into tribes of thought, the theme for Onward 2020 was ‘Finding Your Crowd: Living in a World of Difference & Exclusion’. The official program kicked off with guest speaker, Sam Chan preaching from Matthew 15:21-28, to share what the Bible says about tribalism and the universal human desire for belonging.
Blending biblical references, news headlines and personal stories, Chan humorously highlighted both the benefits and dangers of tribalism. He then explored the development of ‘Cancel Culture’ in the West and how we are now only “one tweet away” from being shunned, shamed or expelled from even our own tribe. Furthermore, offenders of ‘Cancel Culture’ no longer bother with apologies, because there is no offer of forgiveness.
The realities of 'Cancel Culture' were further highlighted with personal testimonies sharing experiences with tribalism on social media, in high school and the workplace. These stories highlighted the extent of the problem in every sphere of life and left us wondering how Christians can engage with others in a more loving and inclusive way.
Sam Chan then offered five ways in which the Gospel challenges ‘Cancel Culture’ and reminded youth of the unity that’s possible in diversity, if our identity comes from Christ. By highlighting God’s unconditional love for sinners, Chan reminded youth that all humans are broken, and yet Jesus “cancels” no one. Therefore, the Gospel should empower Christians to create inclusive communities marked by love, prayer, blessing and forgiveness for all people – even our enemies.
“Campsie Youth had a great time and were super excited that we received the first shout out! Sam Chan shares his gift of sharing God’s Word so well, and we love how laid back and Aussie Asian he is.”
The night ended with a live Q&A panel led by Sam Chan and Onward Chair, Sam Wan. Together, they helped viewers to consider the practicalities around virtue signalling, love for enemies, demonising others, and whether Christians should be involved in social justice marches such as “Black Lives Matter”.
Although KCC has had to put a pause on physical events this year, we thank God for the gift of technology, and the ways in which it has enabled his word to be preached far and wide, so that hearts can continue being impacted and transformed for God’s glory. It is our hope and prayer that youth will walk away from Onward 2020, committed to challenging 'Cancel Culture' with the Gospel and to show a divided world the unity and reconciliation that’s possible in Christ alone.
“The work and passion that KCC puts into Onward and KYCK is really evident! I really enjoy and look forward to these events every year, and I know that they've played a big role in the Christian journeys of me and others." – Onward 2020 delegate
Missed Out on Onward?
You can still purchase tickets and view the event on-demand until 2 August 2020. Get tickets HERE.
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Our list of recommended reads on evangelism and apologetics are 15% off for Onward delegates. If you registered for the conference, make sure to pick up one of our recommended books from the Wandering Bookseller using the discount code that’s available in your conference booklet!
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Since 1997, BASECAMP has been impacting the lives of men for their good and the glory of God through encountering Jesus. For over two decades, thousands of men of every generation and from hundreds of churches have been impacted by this conference experience. This year, we’ll be bringing BASECAMP to you on Saturday 8 August as a live streamed event. We are grateful to God that we’ll be joined this year by three guest speakers.
Professor John Lennox
John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, is an internationally renowned speaker on the interface of science, philosophy and religion. He regularly teaches at many academic institutions, is Senior Fellow with the Trinity Forum and has written a series of books exploring the relationship between science and Christianity. His hobbies are languages, amateur astronomy, amateur bird–watching and some walking. John is married to Sally; they have three grown up children and nine grandchildren and live near Oxford, England.
Get a taste of his teaching from Oxygen Conference 2014 here:
Jeremy is a standard issue male in his late 30s living in Sydney’s Inner West. As a result, he is predictably into craft beer and Deus. He hasn’t yet devolved to the point where his personality is just Strava but some of the early warning signs are there. Mercifully, he has a beautiful and creative wife and 3 amazing and genuinely interesting kids! He is a Pastor at City Light Church Balmain and loves to preach Christ and encourage men to follow Jesus.
Get to know Jeremy here:
Dr Mark Stephens
Dr Mark Stephens is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity, a media company dedicated to showcasing the truth, beauty and goodness of Jesus in surprising ways. He has previously been a theology lecturer and a pastor. He has a PhD from Macquarie University, where he examined cosmic eschatology in the book of Revelation. He loves the music of Patty Griffin, the taste of ricotta panzerotti, and the humour of Monty Python. Despite all evidence to the contrary, he believes the Parramatta Eels can win the title in this strange year.
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Man Disrupted: How Jesus changes men for the better
Our three speakers will be exploring the theme “Man Disrupted: How Jesus changes men for the better”. The calling out of toxic masculinity can leave men confused and paralysed about being a man in this world. None of us even aspire to what is being opposed. However, in our honest moments we admit we are prone to live in the 'Man Box' of rules and keeping each other in check. Making sure we keep the conversations to work, weekends and the weather. And so, we continue to be held on the canvas being suffocated by this.
We all long for more than that. We are made for more than that. We long for a clear and compelling vision of what it is to be a man. We long for a disruption in the current conversation about masculinity. We long for a disruption in our own inner life and hearts so we can unlearn patterns from an old stereotype of masculinity and learn the new way of following Jesus. BASECAMP exists to give men a clear and compelling vision of a man. We find this in Jesus who embodies, teaches and calls us to follow Him.
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