nbf-2007-049.jpgThanks to all those who followed our first live blogging adventure. To my knowledge, that was the first time anyone has ever live blogged a fundamentalist conference in Australia. I’ve appreciated the feedback I’ve gotten so far and would like to hear additional feedback on how to make it more effective and useful to those who read. Perhaps we could use the comments section to discuss that a bit.

One comment from the conference has really stuck out to me over the last couple of days. Phil Pinero, in a youth session, said:

“God is doing what he’s doing in Vanuatu because of what’s happening in Australia.”

That is so true. If the church in Australia is anemic, our overflow will also be minimal. In a certain sense, the greatest thing young Australians can do for the cause of world evangelisation is to be effective right where they are in their own churches. When our believers are brought to maturity in Jesus Christ, nothing in the world will be able to stop them from spreading the gospel. Indeed, “the light that shines farthest, shines brightest at home.”

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About Jason Harris

Dr Jason Harris is a writer, pastor, and academic. He has authored multiple books, articles, and papers including his book Theological Meditations on the Gospel. Jason has a PhD from James Cook University as well as degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research. Jason has lived in Cairns, Australia since 2007 and serves as pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at jason@jasonharris.com.au.


  1. Glen 9 October, 2007 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Good job guys. Are you going to put the sermons in the sermon forum?

  2. samuel 9 October, 2007 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    This is quite cool, especially if it is the first “liveblogging” a conference in australia. though i differ slightly in the definition of “liveblogging”. Have you ever checked out gizmodo/engadget’s liveblogging of major tech events/cons, they’re more updated-by-the-minute style :)

  3. Farid 9 October, 2007 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    Samuel, that’s exactly what I told Jason! Granted this isn’t a tech blog so what Alen and Jason did is pretty typical and it was a great idea they came up with. Looking forward to where they take the live blogging in the months and years to come.

  4. Jason 10 October, 2007 at 12:28 am - Reply

    Glen – Thanks for the comment. Probably won’t put the sermons up since it’d take a lot to get all the permissions necessary… guess you’ll have to order the set. :P

    Samuel/Farid – What we did this time is pretty typical of how I’ve seen live blogging done at other Christian conferences except that we kept it more objective and did very little in the way of interpreting or commenting on what was said and done. Perhaps next time we need to do a bit more of that…

    I found it hard to give enough detail without being tedious… you know, who wants to read through the minutia… any thoughts on that?

  5. Tim 11 October, 2007 at 11:01 am - Reply

    This “liveblogging” seems great. But as for what Ps Phil said about us being effective right here in our own areas, and you’ll be helping world evangelism. Well, yes and no. You see the problem is that too many youth take this and run with it, and we hardly get any youth on the mission field. Don’t get too comfortable peoples, get out there and see if it’s the thing for you!

    Great idea for conference coverage BTW.

  6. Jason 11 October, 2007 at 11:07 am - Reply


    When I referred to being “effective right where they are in their own churches,” what I had in mind was nothing close to being “comfortable.” I was thinking more along the lines of being the same kind of Christian at home that we expect our missionaries to be on the mission field.

    Thanks for the comment. :)

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