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Nathan Campbell  A Christian. A Husband. A Father. A pastor. A Blogger. A coffee snob. Coffee photos generally for http://thebeanstalker.com | http://st-eutychus.com


Iron Man made an appearance at Josiah's Ordination. One of the best and most admirable things about Josiah who's in the process of becoming a 'Reverend', and his wife Bloss, who serve together at Creek Road Springfield, is their humility. It's a superpower, but they know they aren't the heroes. Jesus is.
Following him looks like heroism to me though. And Josiah and Bloss do that.

It seems apt that we're up to the Beatitudes in our Matthew series today. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:16‬
I'm #thankful to serve in the trenches with them, following tre true hero (and for the people who'll hopefully help Xavi love Jesus slightly more than he loves Iron Man).

Almost three years ago I walked into the offices of @micahprojects to volunteer. When we started meeting as a church at the Queensland Theatre their staff told us that Micah Projects were their charity partner of choice and suggested we check them out.

I don't think churches can preach the Gospel with just words and be taken seriously by people we hope to persuade; we need an ethos (a way of life) that amplifies our words and makes the good news that Jesus is a loving king who cares about the marginalised feel true. I also don't like churches that pop up in an area and establish their own programs and ministries as if nobody else is already plugging away trying to do good stuff.

So I walked into the Micah Projects office and signed up to help out with a social enterprise cafe that was very much in the conceptual stage; but that would provide training and inclusion in a work environment for the people Micah work with who are often excluded. The original plan was for this cafe to be on Hope St in South Brisbane, on the ground floor of a supportive housing apartment complex that Micah is involved in. While we've been waiting for some hurdles to be cleared to get this place up and running we opened a little Hope Street Cafe on Boundary Street. Today I got to pour the first coffees (dialing in the grinders and the machine) at the Hope Street Cafe that is actually on Hope Street, which is now just weeks from opening. I'm #thankful for the team at Micah Projects, and for how they model tackling real problems in our area with imaginative solutions and a dash of drive. There's also a brand new inclusive health care centre opening up next door on Hope Street (another Micah Projects project).

The feels when your Lego expert sister tracks down your favourite Lego minifigs from your childhood and mails them to you...

#Thankful for my wife who booked a quick two night family getaway to the Gold Coast after a taxing work week (our quarterly series planning meetings which have previously guaranteed that I come home tired and irritable). This is our view. I'm looking forward to driving back to Brisbane for church in the morning (and yes, I did say this mostly for the benefit of those who might think I've forgotten that I'm on).


The dinos are coming. And they are hungry.

Sometimes to escape the heat it pays to imagine yourself underwater.

Kicked off teaching RI at West End again today; here are the questions kids from Grades 5 & 6 want answered this term.

Takeaway coffee Campbell style. Still practicing our school run timings/routine.

Today we turned 3! So we had cake (and watermelon). I'm #thankful for my church family. About 15 of the people in this photo were there on day 1; the rest have joined us since. We come from many tribes, tongues and nations. Some are from the north side, some the south. Some have been coming for a while, others checked us out for the first time today. Some have grown up going to church; for others we were the first church they tried. Most of us are messed up in one way or another, and don't hide it... we're just trying to be a bunch of people who stumble through life together who keep telling each other the story that unites us; that Jesus died for imperfect people like us; for our imperfection and to show us what love for imperfect people looks like.

If you've never been part of a church before and want to taste something like this (cake doesn't happen every week), I can't think of a group of people I love more than these ones and I highly recommend them... though I'm also sure many other churches around the world offer exactly the same thing


Three years ago today I preached the first sermon at Creek Road South Bank, and someone took this photo.
Perhaps now is as good a time as any to confess my personal hatred for photos of preachers being shared on social media... especially photos of me. Not only is preaching fundamentally meant to be about Jesus; church is fundamentally about the body of Christ gathering and no talk I give, or thing I think or write, is ever just 'my' work; it's ideally a reflection on God's work, that gets read, lived and shared in communities (and so passed on), and should come out of and express the life of the 'body' I'm part of so that we 'preach' together.

In a thing this morning we read this bit of 1 Corinthians, a letter Paul might well have written against making preachers into celebrities using photos on social media. I was struck by:
"“Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:13‬ ‭

I'm all for using social media to give people a picture of what being part of church is about; but let's make sure we honour all the parts; and more than that, let's do exactly what this first talk was all about, make it clear that church is all about Jesus.