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Open Mike - Ask Your Questions Here

25 November, 2003 3:34 PM

In my upcoming blogathon I'm going to need to have some topics to blog about. One thing I'm keen to do is share a little more of who I am. The past couple of months have seen a bit of an influx of new readers to this blog I realize that newcomers don't know me as well as some of the 'old timers'.

So to borrow an idea from Rachel I thought I'd have an 'open mike' question time.

I'm feeling brave today. Feel free to ask me anything that you'd like to know. I won't promise to answer them all, but will answer as many as I can in the 24 hour blogathon next month. Ask about anything at all, from questions about life in Australia, to Living Room, to personal stuff, to blogging questions. I'll give anything a go.



Hi Darren! My question is: I plan on traveling down to Australia in the next few years. Do you have suggestions for great tourist spots I need to check out? This should be an easy question :)

Neely » 25 November, 2003 4:41 PM

How did you know you were meant to go start a house-church? Was it an order from Above (God) or above (your church authorities)? How did you make the decision to say yes and what did you do to prepare? What did family & friends think of the idea and your involvement? How did you actually get going on the project?

Enough questions?:)

Michelle » 25 November, 2003 6:26 PM

How did you start Living Room? Was there already a small core group, or did you go scouting for talent? :o)

Practically, how did you get things going?

"Felix" » 25 November, 2003 8:53 PM

Hey Darren:

Here's my question: What's the most significant learning/growth experience you've had in the past couple of years?

Darryl » 26 November, 2003 1:45 AM

Ditto w/ Michelle and Felix's questions, Darren. I am intrigued to know the history of Living Room. What was the inspiration to start it? How did you make preparations to start it? What kind of financial base did it take, leadership support, etc? What kind of resources were useful in establishing it? What kind of relationships did you call upon to start it? Finally, do you find yourself engaged in much alt worship as part of Living Room?

Just a few questions! Thanks for your consideration in answering them and for your patience! :^)

Rich » 26 November, 2003 6:03 AM

My question is:

What are the difference(s) between an Emerging Church, and a well-run small group?

I'm currently half way through a short course on small groups, and we're learning that small groups are basically like a mini-church: worship, pastoral care, discipleship, etc etc.... Just interested in your thoughts!


Diddle » 26 November, 2003 3:45 PM

write a love poem to your wife (hey I don't even expect you to share it, just tell us you did so)


saint » 26 November, 2003 5:10 PM

I'm always interested in other people's love stories, and if you give me half a chance this is something I always ask... how did you meet V and (if you remember) what was your first thought when you met/saw her?

Have you lived in Australia all your life? Ever been to Malaysia? Any plans to come to Malaysia? (*grin*)

Were you brought up in a Christian family? How did you end up adopting the faith for your own? Did you go through a searching/questioning process?

How did you know God was calling you to be a pastor? What was your first reaction when you realised He was doing so?

Err... enough questions? ;)

irene » 26 November, 2003 10:39 PM

I notcied that you and your tribe have been discussing the Sermon on the Mount. Any cool books, websites or such that have helped in your study?

Chris » 27 November, 2003 7:28 AM

My questions are similar to ones already asked and that you've talked about in the past.
Your "church" sounds like a great idea, I'm wondering how you reach out to others and if your church works well with small groups? Do you have a limit on numbers (cos wouldn't that go against the evangalistic approach?) and if you have lots of small groups going how are they organised? Or is that the beauty of it, that it isn't an organised structure?
Anyway, guess I'm interested in how it all works..
And another general question, Do christians believe in fate? I know you can't speak for the majority but whats the general philosophy?

Tanya » 27 November, 2003 12:31 PM

Quiet times is something I think every Christian struggles with at some stage, but keeping close to God is one of the most important part of being a Christian...

When do you make the time? What do you do? How long for? How do you keep it fresh? What if any materials do you use? Where do you get them from? How do you keep yourself disciplined? Do you ever have lapse's?


Andy » 19 January, 2004 11:05 AM

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