About Nathan Campbell
I am a Christian. A husband. A father. A son. A brother. A writer. A PR Consultant. A coffee drinker. A fan of staccato lists in profiles. I am a licentiate minister with the Presbyterian Church of Queensland. And a servant of the saints with Creek Road Presbyterian Church, where I’m the Campus Pastor at a new inner-city church in South Bank.
I was bought at a price – to belong to Jesus who died my death, and was raised so that I could live his life. I won’t always meet that standard – in fact I often won’t – but I hope that in some sense both my life outside of this blog, and my contributions here, will point people to two truths – I am a terrible and broken person – but I am loved by an amazing God.
I have been married to a very patient and talented woman, Robyn, for five years, and a father to a curious and amazing daughter, Soph, for almost one year. We have pet birds, and turtles. I love coffee. I love the internet. I love writing. I love my daughter. I love my wife. And I love Jesus. Roughly in that ascending order.
I grew up in a Christian home, and have no doubt that the instruction I received from infancy (to steal something Paul wrote to Timothy) helped make me a Christian. That doesn’t make Christianity any less plausible – it just makes me lucky, and biased. Hopefully I’ve accounted for that bias, but no doubt I hold opinions that I haven’t been forced to defend yet. Help me do that. My parents are in ministry at this church.
In a former professional life I worked in public relations in an incredibly diverse role. I love communication stuff, and I still do some consulting, usually for biggish clients, though I’m always happy to lend my services (at a price) to anybody, and I’m happy to give my services (for free) where time allows and it helps people promote Jesus.
I’m an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church of Queensland, serving at a new church in South Bank, In the heart of Brisbane, with Creek Road Presbyterian Church. I have the honour of taking part in the denominations Gospel in Society Today (GiST) committee – which looks at ethics and public engagement and wants to see our society meet Jesus.
All of these roles, and who I am, informs the content here – sometimes I write things relating to my essays, or what I’m thinking at church, other times I write things as I process stuff I’m doing at church or for GiST.
The thoughts here are mine. And not representative of the thoughts of my God, wife, daughter, pets, clients, denomination, college, or church. They will occasionally be wrong, occasionally be right, occasionally be rich, occasionally be anemic – but will always be offered in the hope that you’ll engage with them. You can read more about that in the “Disclaimer” page, and read about how to take part in the conversation, or a conversation, on this site in the comments policy.
From time to time I’m asked if stuff I write here can be reproduced in print by churches or other sites. My answer is always yes. I have strong beliefs about copyright. Anything I write here that is good is good because of whatever gifts God has given me. Who am I to get precious or pretentious about that sort of thing. While I write to process my own thinking, I am aware that people read and I hope to be writing out of love for people, I hope that sometimes this means what I say is helpful.
It does encourage me when people tell me this, but it also feeds my ego, so don’t feel obliged. If you use something you are free to edit it, if you use stuff I’ve written acknowledging this might save embarrassment for one, or both, of us. If you adapt or add stuff, noting that you’ve done so would be appreciated.
About St Eutychus
Eutychus was a young man who fell to his death because the Apostle Paul preached for too long (Acts 20).
I’ve decided to canonise Eutychus and make him the patron saint of both my dalliances around the Internet, and clear and non-boring communication. Look. I don’t think Paul was boring – quite the reverse. But the story is funny, and it’s funny that Eutychus will forever be remembered as the guy who fell asleep while arguably the second most influential preacher of all time was speaking.
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Support the blog
This all costs me money. Not just time. But actual money. About $40 a month.
- I am an Amazon affiliate – when I post links to Amazon products I get a small cut if you buy them. I will either link to products that I find humourous, or products I actually endorse. I will make it clear when I am personally endorsing a product. You can just enter Amazon via this link and earn money for me via whatever you purchase. There is a permanent Amazon box advertising the Kindle in my sidebar – because I love the Kindle platform. I also have a Perpetual Kid affiliate account – but since their products are unavailable to people in Australia (99% of my readership) this is less than useful information.
- I have a similar deal with the Book Depository – which is a better option for books, unless you have a Kindle (like I do).
- You can buy an hilarious t-shirt (with more possibly to come) from my Cafe Press store. You can also get mugs, bags, and all sorts of other wonders.
- You can buy my freshly roasted, mail order, delicious, coffee. I roast beans at home in a purpose built coffee roaster and sell them for cheaper than you’ll find them just about anywhere else.
- You can buy my e-book – Five Steps to Better Coffee