Talks by Julie Blinco
Peter’s letter to churches scattered across the known world of the first century speaks to the identity of the recipients of the letter and reminds them that they are a chosen people – chosen by God. Julie looks deeply into the phrases used to identify these early Christians, and by extension, us today. Being called ‘living stones’, and a ‘royal priesthood’ isn’t something we easily relate to today, but 2000 years ago the context of the ancient world would have made these identities make more sense.
Julie continues our Joy in Your Life series, looking at Paul’s letter to the Church in Philippi. With her triathlete training, Julie was given heaps of tips and skills, and in the same way, she gives us three tips on finishing a spiritual race.
When Julie was 17 years old, she lived in a Buhdist temple in Thailand. She learnt of compassion, and elements of Buhdism, as well as the power of positive thinking, and even dabbling in palm reading. Julie’s outward picture looks pretty good: a successful career, a dynamic social life, Julie saw the world as her stomping ground, and was stomping proudly. Though her life on the surface seemed positive and strong, living in China for a time threw a number of challenges at her, and she found all those positive things she had relied on brought no relief or support. Julie found her support in a Christian family, and the way that they lived out their faith, to love God and to love others. She was stunned that they not only believed that, but lived it out! Christianity is about more than being a good person though- it’s about a relationship with the God that loves you!
Jesus is risen! Easter Sunday celebrates the new life we have in Jesus; but to get to that new life, Jesus had to be broken. This revelation of the resurrection was first encountered by Mary Magdalene, and Simon Peter. In this talk, Julie looks at the …
Julie Blinco puts on her P-Plates and delivers her first talk at St John’s. Wrapping up our Vision 2022 series, she looks at how we are to share Jesus, and 4 practical things we can all be doing. This week’s talk refers to Acts 20:17-24.