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I spend my days doing stuff for Soul Survivor NZ and my church "Blueprint" in Wellington NZ. I am perplexed, amazed, in awe of, and spend a lot of time thinking about this revolutionary called Jesus and what it means to follow Him.

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Jemma Young - Somewhat Like You

Tuesday, March 27, 2007 by Sam

Those that have read this blog will know that I hold some fairly strong views when it comes to music (have a read here and here), however it has being my great privilege to work alongside Jemma Young and Rich Bryant and make an album of beautiful songs.

Reasons why this project was worth it in the midst of an overly busy life: Jemma is so incredibly humble it is frustrating. The songs are stunning, simple and honest. The words are amazing. Her voice is world class. And even though they are overtly christian lyrics, she plays them in pubs around Wellington and a huge number of her friends and most of her family are not Jesus followers but are fans of her music. Very very cool. It has being such a privilege to be a part of this thing.

So go HERE now and have a listen to a couple of the tunes. And email: lil underscore gems at hotmail dot com to order a copy of your own.

Off now to the album release at "The Front Room" Waikanae beach.


Monday, March 26, 2007 by Sam

Its just too good an opportunity to pass up... here is a sweet photo of my good friend - Mr Brook Turner looking very smooth today. Yes that is a man nappy and one legend wedgy.

He didnt seemed to mind, in fact the photo above would suggest enjoyment. And as we sail off into the distance I tried not to make brooks appearance affect my concentration...

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Rockin Mute Math Clip

Friday, March 23, 2007 by Sam

This is why I love this band, how freaken creative can you get

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007 by Sam

Christchurch has being fun, remind me to tell you the yarn about the surf and the dolphins sometime. And I left my freaken phone at the airport... the equivalent to leaving my brain there. Smart. And I picked up the flu. So yeah, great times.

So humility huh? Well interestingly there is actually a wikipedia article on the subject!
There are some amazing scriptures dealing on the subject of humility. Jesus said clearly that he was a a humble person (Mathew 11), he said statements like "everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted". Philippians 2 is one of the most beautiful scriptures on this subject;

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross

Humility must be right up there in qualities to nurtured and desired as a leader, as a person, especially if we profess to follow Jesus, and therefore imitate Him in this aspect.

But here is my theory specifically here in NZ; I wonder whether introverts have often being seen as humble people – perhaps because they are quieter people. Extroverts are not normally seen as being humble – I suspect because they normally think out loud, especially if they have a “big personality” to boot. Surely humility is far more than how loud we are, how we are wired?

Now – to be honest I sit in the second category, I am an extrovert, I think out loud most of the time, I’ve being labelled by others as having a “big personality” and its probably an accurate description. As part of this wiring, I have been called proud and assumed to be arrogant by people in my life, some of them pretty important voices to me. And sadly there is a lot of truth in these statements, and so for many years now I have being reflecting on what it looks like to “walk humbly before God”.

I was talking to this guy called Bruce Collins about humility and he said; "Sam, don't worry about humility, if you get proud, God will humble you". And actually, I think to a degree he is right . My history is filled with moments that I am extremely grateful for, that have shaped my character and brought a change in attitude and heart. But they have being hard times, it has hurt to be humbled.
The tragedy in my story is that I started getting resentful about how I am wired.
I became gutted that I was an extrovert, I wished I was not in the middle of the ruckus all the time. I started to feel uncomfortable about the speaking engagements that I had, and over analysing my motives for so much of what I do.

Now that is not bad stuff, but in the same breath, "the glory of God is Sam fully alive" to paraphrase Irenaus. How do I walk in freedom with the personality and gifts that God has given me while walking humbly? So how do I serve the world around me wired like this? So what the heck is humility?

Im no scholar, but I reckon that humility is a heart attitude which manifests itself in how we act and how we relate to people around us. Again Philippians 2 nails it when Paul says; "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves". Amazing piece of advice and something that has being rattling round in my brain for a while now. I would contend that this is partly outworked in our ability to listen to others (instead of waiting for our turn to speak). You can tell when someone is genuinely listening to you, and it is a beautiful thing (It turns out Steve Taylor ticks this box like few people I have met, a very very good listener). Mike Pilavachi challenged me on some of this stuff, and said "start acting humbly, the heart will then follow".

I think Micah 6 nails it; "What does the Lord require of us? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God".

I believe that there is something that happens when we spend time with the poor. Whether that is the socially poor, the lonely kid at school, the smelly weird guy, or the literal poor in the third world or in our cities. We are changed when we are with the poor, perhaps that is why Jesus said in Mathew 25 that we meet him in these places. Perhaps that is why those who spend there lives serving the poor in NZ and around the world are often such very humble people.

At the end of the day, its an awesome thing to spend time with someone in which there is a genuine humility which may be why I have being thinking about it so much in recent times. Ive met humble people all around the place, sometimes they are powerful people in the Christian scene, most of the time they are your wonderfully ordinary servant hearted person who loves others and loves God. One of my personal heroes is my grandfather, who has never had a "speaking ministry", never pastored a church, or released a worship album, but has had an impact on more people than you could imagine. I could tell you story after story of people challenged by my grandfather. I want to be more like him in many ways, its very hard to define, but humility just oozes out of him.

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Cool quote - and Christchurch adventures

Saturday, March 17, 2007 by Sam

Cool quote from the youth alpha training day I'm doing right now.

"Beware equally of an undevotional theology and of an untheological devotion". Bishop Handley Moule (an Anglican bishop circa 19th century)

Read that a few times... Great statement worth pondering on.

Im having a blast with some very crazy youth workers from the chch. Over the next few days I'm looking forward to spending time with Steve Taylor, the NZ emerging church guru, and Mike Dodge, the craziest guy I have met in a while and a veteran youth worker of 25 years, Dave and Scottie from grace vineyard, and hopefully get a wave in if the planets align just right.

Being thinking a lot about humility recently, and so post on its way soon... I've being wrestling with some of this stuff for the last 4 years, and am a poster boy for learning this stuff the hard way... and I'm the first to admit that I am still a very very proud git.

Must stop emailing in this training day...

Behave yourself (or have fun being naughty)

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I like...

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 by Sam

There is some great conversation happening between me and Dave via email and in the comments section of this post. Feel free to jump on board and weigh in. There is a bit to read, but if you have the time I think it is worth it.

In other news, the first decent swell in 6 weeks has hit the west coast. Very fun waves on Monday night, and cranking double overhead waves at a secret left hand reef 30 mins from where I live last night. It was like waking up from a long sleep, like breathing oxygen again, like (whatever other cheesy metaphor you want to use).

God created surf to keep the truly talented people from ruling the world.

That is all

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What the???

Wednesday, March 07, 2007 by Sam

So I just took one of those silly online quiz things with the question "how will you be defined in the dictionary?"

Cracked up when I read the answer... especially considering what I do with my life.

Sam Harvey --


A person of questionable sanity who starts their own cult

'How will you be defined in the dictionary?' at QuizGalaxy.com



Monday, March 05, 2007 by Sam

cartoon from www.weblogcartoons.com

Cartoon by Dave Walker.


Mountain top

Saturday, March 03, 2007 by Sam

I'm sitting around with some of my old karori youth group crew at the moment and we have being talking about what we have given up for lent. Allana mentions that she has given up 15 minutes of sleep every morning to spend time with God. I remark that she will be a very spiritual person at the end of lent (and secretly feel convicted). Brad then says; Shesh, that is one very high mountain to fall from. (brad has given up the very spiritual act of wearing shoes)

Hehe, classic call. I love my slightly cynical but wondefully honest k town crew.


Auckland Visit

Thursday, March 01, 2007 by Sam

I've being hanging in Auckland since monday catching up with old BCNZ mates, visiting different peeps for Soul Survivor.

Two photos that have a story:

Stu McGregor, one the the most respected writers and commentators in my circle of friends during "Agony Aunt", a weekly tough questions session with his youth group. Seeing Stu put on the Agony Aunt hat and have to answer some very curly questions was highly enjoyable for all the wrong reasons. And the questions? Is Masturbation wrong? Is dating a non-christian bad? And; who is more holy, NSYNC or Backstreet Boys? I had to get up after that and speak. Thanks Stu

And though this is a murky photo, it was a beautiful moment on Tuesday night as myself, dave and his wife mili sat outside on the deck surrounded by native forest and clear skies, cranked a pink floyd dvd on the big screen and soaked up the mellow vibes.

Lots of great conversations happening, off today to spend time with Rich Johnson and the guys from FreeSet. Im learning heaps from spending time with such amazing people, we are blessed here in NZ to have such a huge number of highly underated very approachable guru's.

Time to battle some traffic

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