12-year-old Dante wrote this interesting biography of his missionary and minister grandpa, illustrated with family and mission photographs. Here are some of his comments:
Geoff Waugh is my granddad about whom this biography is written. He has done many things and gone to many places. These include Israel, Europe, Canada, USA, and he has taught church leaders in Africa, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Philippines, China, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Malaysia and every state in Australia.
Throughout Geoff’s life he has had faith in God. The principle that has gotten him through is “loving God, loving others”. This is also what he thinks is his purpose on earth, the meaning of life and the sum of his life.
Geoff hopes in the future that more people will turn to God and be with Him.
After learning about my granddad’s life in the making of his biography he has become an inspiration to me, an inspiration to do something good with my life and to travel the world. I hope my granddad will live much longer in his already long and fulfilled life. He has been very kind to me and to this I say, “Thank you Grandpa – The King of the Granny Flat.”
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Young Ethan tells his imaginative stories at 3 and 4 years old, typed with his Grandpa’s help. It includes photos related to his short stories. A creative collection of short stories about helping one another.
The titles of his short stories are:
The pineapple that was stuck
The farmer’s birthday
Mary and the cat lost their hat
Mary and the cat didn’t lose their hat
The cat got lost in the garden
The girl and the boy
I enjoyed these stories from a 3-4 year old boy. Pre-schoolers would enjoy them, and early grade readers would enjoy reading them.
Relational Bible studies on every Gospel reading for the year of Matthew in the Common Lectionary (Year A).
Part I, The life and ministry of Jesus: Preparation – the coming of Jesus the Messiah, Commencement – the figure of Jesus the Messiah, Christ’s design for life in God’s kingdom, The spread of God’s kingdom, The mystery of God’s kingdom, God’s kingdom on earth and the church, Authority and invitation, God’s kingdom fulfilled.
Part II, The death and resurrection of Jesus: Preparation for the passion of Jesus, Resurrection appearances of Jesus, Observations about Jesus, The coming of the Holy Spirit, The Godhead.
Kingdom Life in Mark
Relational Bible studies on every Gospel reading for the year of Mark in the Common Lectionary (Year B).
Part I, The life and ministry of Jesus: Preparation – the coming of Jesus the Messiah, Commencement – the figure of Jesus the Messiah, The mystery of the Son of God, The way of the Son of Man, The fulfilment of the mystery.
Part II, The death and resurrection of Jesus: Preparation for the passion of Jesus, Resurrection appearances of Jesus, The coming of the Holy Spirit, The Godhead.
Kingdom Life in Luke
Relational Bible studies on every Gospel reading for the year of Luke in the Common Lectionary (Year C).
Part I, The life and ministry of Jesus: Preparation – the coming of Jesus the Messiah, Commencement – the figure of Jesus the Messiah, Luke’s program for Jesus’ ministry, The Galilean ministry,The travel narrative – part one, The gospel within the gospel, The travel narrative – part two, The ministry in Jerusalem, the fulfilment of the ministry.
Part II, The death and resurrection of Jesus: Preparation for the Passion of Jesus, Resurrection appearances of Jesus, The coming of the Holy Spirit, The Godhead.
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Church on Fire
Australian reports and testimonies, 176 pages. (1991, 2010)
Reports and testimonies from leaders in most denominations, describing renewal in Australian churches in the late twentieth century, including two chapters on revival among Australian Aborigines.
“In Australia, the Spirit of God is a work,
renewing, refreshing, invigorating, disturbing…
Church on Fireis the story of that spiritual renewal.
People from many Christian traditions share their experiences, their enthusiasm and their conviction that the Spirit is at work in the chuches, renewing them with life and growth, and calling them to faithful witness in today’s world.”
~ Joint Board of Christian Education, Melbourne
Contents:[Chapters in Bold type are links to Blogs]
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The Leader’s Goldmine
Ideas for Christian groups, 63 pages (1990, 2010).
This book offers a huge range of group activities arranged according to the group activities. It provides a wide range of activities for many different kinds of groups. The final section, Integrated Studies on Themes gives four groups studies on each of the themes.
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A study and workbook to explore significant Bible passages on the fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Each topic can be a relational sharing study of that topic or a personal study for reflection and application to life.
Information: Originally published as an 80 page book in 1987, and reprinted in 1990 and 1991, this personal or group study book is now enlarged to 127 pages, and greatly improved. Some new sections have been added, and each chapter now begins with a powerful example of that chapter’s theme.
Thousands of copies of the earlier version have been used for personal and group study, including its use as a small group study book. Many home groups, cell groups or student study groups have found this survey of living in the Spirit both informative and inspiring. It invites a response from the reader, whether read alone or studied in a group. If offers fresh and challenging perspectives on living in the blessing, power and anointing of the Holy Spirit, who always exalts Jesus as Lord.
Introduction: new perspectives
1. Father, Son and Holy Spirit
God is One
The Father’s heart shows God’s love
Jesus reveals God’s love
The Spirit imparts God’s love
2. Born of the Spirit
The Spirit creates
The Spirit re-creates
3. Filled with the Spirit
The Spirit in God’s people
The Spirit in Jesus
The Spirit in the early church
The Spirit in us
4. Fruit of the Spirit
The fruit of the Spirit in us personally
The fruit of the Spirit in us communally
Growth in the Spirit personally
Growth in the Spirit communally
5. Gifts of the Spirit
Power for mission
Gifts for mission
Unity for mission
Love for mission
6. Ministry in the Spirit
7. Led by the Spirit
The Spirit leads us
The Spirit leads gently
The Spirit leads personally
The Spirit leads corporately
8. The Spirit of the Lord
The Spirit of the Lord in Israel
The Spirit of the Lord in Jesus
The kingdom of God
The king: Jesus Christ is Lord
APPENDIX 1: Voices from history Tertullian, Augustine, Cyril of Jerusalem, Gregory the Great, Francis of Assisi, Walter Hilton, Thomas á Kempis, Teresa of Avila, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Thomas Goodwin, Richard Baxter, John Wesley, David du Plessis
PHOTOGRAPHS(see these on Amazon – “Look inside”) Photographs in this book show international revival teams from the South Pacific, living in the Spirit together, involved in mission in the islands and in Australia. These studies combine theological and biblical reflection with practical application. Many people have found these studies to be helpful and liberating.
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Looking for some practical, interactive group sessions on prayer, Bible reading and the Holy Spirit? Here’s a helpful group study book with sessions by Revs Nevin Vawser, Colville Crowe, and Geoff Waugh.
Keeping Faith Alive Today
is about building a strong devotional life –
a life in which prayer, Bible reading, and the presence
This is the second of the two books (also Parts 1 & 2 of Body Ministry) exploring the implications of serving the risen Lord, Head of his Church, in the power of his Spirit.
by the Rev Dr Lewis Born, former Moderator of the Queensland Synod of the Methodist and Uniting Church in Australia and Director of the Department of Christian Education.
Body Ministry and Open Ministry Education come in its right time for adult education, gospel communication, and the growth of the church.
Open Education promises to become the most commonly used adult educational methodology of the new millennium. The demand is likely to increase. This indicates that the work of Geoff Waugh is a significant contribution to the current educational enterprise. It is particularly valuable to Christian Educators. The author’s orientation is theological and his target audience is the faith community, its nurture, growth and outreach.
To this point in time the educative process has been inhibited by dependence on structured courses, the classroom and qualified teachers. Accelerated technology, as Mr Waugh observes, has made modern resources commonly available to individuals, churches and schools in every village community. By this medium Open Education for the first time in history is able to offer high quality education from the world’s best teachers to people in their own lounge, church or local group meeting place.
All this coinciding with the renewal movement has stimulated interest in theological learning to an unprecedented degree in the history of Christendom. The incredible numerical religious revival in the Asian and Latin church has been stimulated and served by modern technology.
This gives Open Ministry Education and therefore Mr Waugh’s work a global relevance, which he has applied in the Australian context.
As a fellow Australian I am appreciative. My appreciation is greatly enhanced by a deep respect and affection for the author. He is a competent teacher, an excellent communicator, an informed, disciplined renewalist and an experienced extension educator.
All these qualities combine to commend the author and his work.
Book 2: Ministry Education
This book examines developments in education for ministry with these contents:
Introduction: Ministry Education in the Body of Christ:
from traditional to open ministry education
Chanter 1. From narrow to wide: Open Education
1. Open Ministry Education
2. Distance Education
Chapter 2. From centralized to decentralized: Unlimited Education
2. Problems and Solutions
Chapter 3. From classrooms to life: Continuing Education
1. Increasing Change
2. Increasing Choice
Chapter 4. From pedagogy to self-directed learning: Adult Education
Chapter 5. From competition to co-operation: Mutual Education
1. Aims and objectives
Chapter 6. From closed to open: Theological Education
Bases for Change in Theological Education
Chapter 7. From general to specific: Contextual Education
1. Theology in Context
2. Ministry in Context
Chapter 8. From pre-service to in-service: Ministry Education
This is the first of the two books (also Parts 1 & 2 of Body Ministry) exploring the implications of serving the risen Lord, Head of his Church, in the power of his Spirit.
The possibilities are mind-boggling in our age when classrooms and churches use common technology such as laptops, memory sticks, iPads, iPhones, and data projection of power points and DVDs.
Fading into the past are the one-hour services with wooden pews, hymn books, and organs. The 21st-century churches explode worldwide with flexible home groups, house churches and massive, fast communication on the internet, with emails and YouTube. Thousands of churches now have their own websites, podcasts of messages, and YouTube broadcasts. They can reach millions around the world. Many do.
This book, and its sequel, examine the possibilities and potential of this 21st-century revolution, using this structure:
The Body of Christ, Part 1: Body Ministry
I. Body Ministry ——- with — II. Body Organization
1. Kingdom Authority — with — 6. Divine Headship
2. Obedient Mission — with — 7. Body Membership
3. Mutual Ministry —– with — 8. Servant Leadership
4. Spiritual Gifts ——- with — 9. Body Life
5. Body Evangelism —- with —10. Expanding Networks
The Body of Christ, Part 2: Ministry Education
11. From narrow to wide: Open Education
12. From centralized to de-centralized: Unlimited Education
13. From classrooms to life: Continuing Education
14. From pedagogy to self-directed learning: Adult Education
15. From competition to co-operation: Mutual Education
16. From closed to open: Theological Education
17. From general to specific: Contextual Education
18. From pre-service to in-service: Ministry Education
Detailed Contents of The Body of Christ, Part 1: Body Ministry
Section I. Body Ministry: from few to many
Chapter 1. From meetings to ministry: Kingdom Authority
1. Church and Kingdom
2. Signs of the Kingdom
Chapter 2. From making decisions to making disciples: Obedient Mission
Chapter 3. From spectators to participants: Mutual Ministry
Chapter 4. From limited to unlimited: Spiritual Gifts
Chapter 5. From programs to growing churches: Body Evangelism
1. Program Evangelism
2. Power Evangelism
Section II. Body Organization: from some to all
Chapter 6. From figurehead to functional head: Divine Headship
1. The Written Word
2. The Living Word
Chapter 7. From firm to flexible structures: Body Membership
1. The Organism
2. The Organization
Chapter 8. From management to equipping: Servant Leadership
2. Equipping for ministry
Chapter 9. From passive to active: Body Life
1. Concern for People
2. Concern for Task
Chapter 10. From maintenance to mission: Expanding Networks
1. Congregational Structures
2. Mission Structures
Anyone interested in the church as the living Body of Christ will find this book informative, and worth passing on to others.
by Rev. Dr Colin Warren, Former Principal of Alcorn College, and Senior Pastor of Rangeville Uniting Church and founder of Freedom Life Centre, Toowoomba.
In this important work, Geoff explores the ministry of the whole body of Christ when Holy Spirit gifts are recognised and are encouraged to be exercised. Then the artificial division between clergy and laity or pastor and non-pastor is removed. At the same time there is the recognition of Holy Spirit endowed leadership gifting such as that between Paul and Timothy. This means that Kingdom authority is expressed through Divine headship. His emphasis on body ministry thus becomes a reality.
The church no longer consists of passive pew sitters but participants in fulfilling the command of Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit to preach repentance, heal the sick and cast out demon spirits, having the certain knowledge that He is with them as He promised “to the end of the age”.
Geoff points out that if the church is to live and grow in today’s world, it must recognise the need to emphasize relationships and adapt to change. This change will include such simple things as the way men and women both old and young dress, and allow others the freedom to dress differently as they attend places of worship in a non judgmental atmosphere.
There is, too, the need to realise the reality that many are affected by a global sense of fear of nuclear destruction and of accelerated and constant change and uncertainty. The church can provide an atmosphere of security through rediscovering the unchanging gospel in a changing world.
Denominations that once were able to be exclusive and hold their numbers in rigid theological disciplines, have been invaded via cassettes, CD’s, DVD’s, and the internet that have widened the thinking horizons of their often theologically bound members, resulting in communication at spiritual levels not possible previously.
Geoff points out that if we are going to fulfil the Great Commission, we must first live the life of Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is only then that we can do the work of fulfilling Christ’s command to go.
I commend The Body of Christ, Part 1: Body Ministry for you to read. All Christians will benefit greatly from reading this insightful book.
From the Foreword By Rev. Professor James Haire, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, Charles Sturt University, Canberra; Executive Director, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture; Past President, Uniting Church in Australia; Former Principal, Trinity Theological College, Brisbane; Former Dean, Brisbane College of Theology; Former Head of the School of Theology, Griffith University; Former Missionary Theologian in Indonesia.
The being of the church and its life is predicated upon the grace of God in Jesus Christ as itself defining God’s action in the world for the reconciliation of creation, including humanity. So its life is that which it receives from God in Christ, and which is continuously empowered by the Spirit. The church’s very existence will be shaped by the manner in which it confesses this truth. Thus, Christianity at heart, as it is expressed in the church, sees itself as being created and brought into being from outside itself. Moreover, it ultimately understands itself as being given meaning from beyond itself. It lives in the world in a very ambivalent manner. It inevitably needs some structure and organization in the world.
The church needs to be analysed in order to prepare itself for mission in the changing situations of societies around the world. However, these always must remain secondary. Its primary self-understanding is that the church, the expression of Christianity in the world, is the object of God’s self-giving love and grace for the sake of the world.
In this very helpful and timely book, the Rev Dr Geoff Waugh takes up the implications of these issues and applies them to ministry within and beyond the church, the Body of Christ. As the framework above indicates, Dr Waugh’s analysis, evaluation and application of the theology of the living Body of Christ inevitably is no less than truly revolutionary, as is his analysis, evaluation and application of the theology of the living Spirit’s work.
Dr Waugh has had a long and distinguished mission career, especially in education, in addressing the central Christian issues outlined above. It has been my honour and my privilege to have served alongside him for eight years (1987–1994) in Trinity Theological College, in the Brisbane College of Theology, and in the School of Theology of Griffith University, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. He has been a dear and valued friend, and especially one who day-by-day in his life has lived out what he taught. Moreover, he has had vast experience in his long teaching ministry, not only in Australia, but throughout the South Pacific, Asia, and in Africa.
His work is thus very important reading indeed for us all.