Wednesday, September 30, 2009

#4 Lifestyle (15 minutes around Postcode 2000)

Sydneysiders choose pleasure over pain; beauty over ugliness; simple over complicated. They are comfortable and maybe even indulgent. They love the weekends over weekdays, knowing that Sydney is its own heaven. They have unusually good water skills, and they are into personal time, sport, sun, socialising, weather, concerts, movies, and the SMH. They care deeply *where* they live. They are green, but only when convenient.

Pic on Flickr by NSW Ocean Baths.

#3 Money and Career (15 minutes around Postcode 2000)


Sydneysiders are hard-working, straight-talking and even addicted to work. They invest in clothes, fashion, weekends, food and real estate. They identify themselves by their jobs, and this dictates their perceived importance or status in life. But they will often take less money to make life more enjoyable.
True or False?



Pic on Flickr by Brianapa.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

#2 Education (15 minutes around Postcode 2000)

Sydneysiders are highly educated and professional, although not given to self-reflection. They are not driven politically. They are happy to talk about important things briefly, but not deeply.
True or False?


Pic on Flickr by Convexstyle.

#1 Religion (15 minutes around Postcode 2000)

Sydneysiders are interested, tolerant and polite about ‘religion’, (having engaged with Scripture in Schools), but skeptical that any one version is the only true version, and rarely motivated to change. They hate confrontation, but are open to Jesus.

Pic on Flickr by Assaf F.

'Sydneysiders' is code for the people we are trying to reach: People in or near Postcode (Zip) 2000. Again, I stress that this list does not capture everyone (not least of which is the incredible amount of Asian people in our area of Sydney). It is simply meant to ring true of many Sydneysiders. See the original post HERE. And all posts in the Series HERE.

Monday, September 28, 2009

15 minutes around Postcode 2000 (Redeemer's People Profiles)

I learned a *lot* spending a year with Redeemer's Church Planting Center. But one of the things that struck me was the following simple list: The Profile of a Professional Manhattanite.

The list is an attempt to humbly work out (through a process of dialogue, listening and researching) specific and thoughtful people profiles for a professional Manhattanite.

I quote:
From brainstorming with the core croup and in the evangelistic encounter, Tim Keller developed the following profile of the professional Manhattanite:

a) extremely bright-experts; highly proficient in their fields
b) years of counseling, self-analysis; tend to think in psychological terms
c) very sexually active
d) absorbed in their careers--many/most relationships in their job field
e) liberal social conscience
i) commitment-wary (phobic); very private individualistic
g) somewhat lonely; experience numerous transitions
h) highly secular, yet have tried 2 or 3 religions or spirituality-systems
i) deep mistrust of organized religion and especially evangelical Christianity
Our Evening Church Congregation Planning Team have begun to write our own profiles for those we are trying to reach. We don't pretend to represent everyone (as Redeemer's doesn't). The idea is that they pick up the majority of people living withing 15 minutes walk, drive or public transport from Postcode 2000.

I will blog them this week. Two a day. They are based on our collective intuition, as well as some research, but we are happy to have them put through the fires of Blogging, and in our friendships with those who are not Christian.

You can read them HERE.

We've grouped them:
  10. CHURCH

I begin tomorrow.


Friday, September 25, 2009

Mike Baird to the the NSW Parliament

Mike Baird is a member of the NSW Parliament. He gave THIS SPEECH he last day or two. Nice.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

MPJ's open letter to Nathan Rees

My friend Mike's Open letter to Nathan Rees made the news.



Thursday, September 17, 2009

Quotes from Today's Inspiring People #2

PLENTY MORE Inspiring People Events to go (and bring your friends)

  • Register HERE.
  • The next events are on Wednesday 23rd of September.
Here are some quotes from Today’s 'Inspiring People' Series (The quotes are not exact, but they are mostly correct):

John Anderson (Former Deputy Prime Minister) on Peter Costello:
"Peter rang [the vehicle help line] to have his car fixed. The woman noticed the name from the registration number and she said to him: 'You poor blighter, it must be absolutely terrible having the name 'Peter Costello'."

Dr Karin Sowada (Former Senator) on Archeology:
"I chose to study archeology because I love to uncover people's lives; their stories."

Dr Chris Hayward (Heart Specialist) on informing patients of their potential death:
"We have to be comfortable with our own deaths first."

Chris Hayward on patient care:
"I've only been in tears once this week."

Chris Hayward on the Age of Death:
"Death is not fair at any age."

John Anderson on Suffering:
After being asked about his personal experience of losing loved ones: "It is really empty and meaningless to make sense of suffering if there is no higher plan, no relief. It's all pointless then, in which case the pain is never ending."

Dr John Dickson (CPX) on Richard Dawkins:
"Very few academics today claim that an 'all-loving' God would necessarily stop suffering. There may be good reasons that we don't know for God to continue suffering. Even Richard Dawkins, (who is not adverse to running light arguments), knows not to run with this one."

John Dickson on God and suffering:
"We may not be able to trace his hand, but we can trust his heart."

John Dickson on doubt:
"You are allowed to come to God with your doubting muscles flexed."

Karin Sowada on John Anderson:
Karen: "John came up to me in parliament and said to me 'how can you be a Christian and in the Democrats'?"
John: "I was just being friendly. :) "

Karen Sowada on being a Christian in Parliament:
"The rubber hit the road when it came to godliness. How do you be godly? It's the same as being a Christian businessman. How do you be honest? How do you face the temptations and still be godly."

John Anderson on Aussie attitudes to politicians:
"I would greet a group of school children and ask them how many of their parents had said to them before they came to Canberra: 'Oh all the politicians are crooks'. And almost all these kid's hands went up. We forget how good we've got it."

John Dickson on Christianity:
People have to allow Christianity to put its best foot forward."


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Quotes from today's Inspiring People

Here are some quotes from Today’s 'Inspiring People' Series (The quotes may not be exact, but they are mostly correct):

Colin Buchanan on his time Outback:
“The desert does its work on people”

John Dickson on being in 'In the Silence':
“The band didn’t want to be famous and shallow, so we split up and 3 of us when to Bible College.”

Ken Handley on the pressures of being a judge:
“You need to be thick skinned, and I’m well qualified.”

Ken Handley on being on a panel with 3 musicians:
Moderator: “Can you play anything?”
Ken Handley: “I can play the fool”

Colin Buchanan on creativity:
“There are so many cracks in the pavement to fill with all sorts of creative activities.”

Ken Handley on the domestic life of a judge:
“Don’t think for a minute that I win the arguments at home.”

Anne Robinson on the Poor:
“You read the Scriptures, and it’s really between the eyeballs that God cares about the poor and needy.”

Colin Buchanan on Integrity:
“It’s the private moments that define the public moments.”

Colin Buchanan on Jesus:
“He says ‘Follow’ and I said ‘OK’.

Colin Buchanan on parenting an adult:
“My son is 19, and so he’s putting the world together.”

Colin Buchanan on Church:
“I’m at church every Sunday.”

John Dickson on Jesus:
“If the greatest person on the world died on a cross, then greatness must be in being humble.”

John Dickson on Ken Handley:
“I was at this camp, and I’d made a mess of my eggs and bacon, and I handed my plate to a man who got his hands dirty with my mess. And someone said to me: ‘that man is a judge’. It was you, Ken. I could see humility in action.”

Colin Buchanan:
“When Jesus talks about the weak, he is talking about all of us.”


Register HERE for tomorrow's LUNCH:

The Hon. John Anderson, Toby Hall and Davyd Thomas
Download Invitation and Information HERE
Wed 16th Sept (12.15PM)
Lunch $45 at Hilton Hotel, 288 George St, Sydney


Friday, September 11, 2009

New Series at York Street: Beyond Myopia

Colossians: Beyond Myopia (Beyond a Small Vision of life.)
  • Beyond Myopia
    (6-Sept) Colossians 1:1-14
  • Beyond Power
    (13-Sept) Colossians 1:15-23
  • Beyond Apathy
    (20-Sept) Colossians 1:24-2:5
  • Beyond Legalism
    (27-Sept) Colossians 2:6-23
  • Beyond Banality
    (4-Oct) Colossians 3:1-11
  • Beyond Anger
    (11-Oct) Colossians 3:12-17
  • Beyond Dysfunction
    (18-Oct) Colossians 3:17-4:1
  • Beyond Fear
    (25-Oct) Colossians 4:2-6
  • Beyond Friendship
    (1-Nov) Colossians 4:7-17
More Information to come...


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Toby, the Middle Child

My friend and colleague, Toby Neal started a post called The Middle Children of History.

Take a look, and make some comments.

The blog is named for a quote in the movie Fight Club:
We are the middle children of history—no purpose or place. We have no great war, no great depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires and movie gods and rock stars. But we won’t. We’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very ****** off.
I like how Toby has gone for a quote with Gravitas.

My Blog, on the other hand, is named after a much less substantive quote, from a far less substantive film. Some would say.


Download Inspiring People Information HERE.

There are lots of events for 'Inspiring People' in Sydney. I'm excited. On the website, you can read the profiles of each of the people, and see what events you can go to.

Thanks to Google pages, you can download and forward invitations to the first two CBD events here:

Colin Buchanan, Anne Robinson, and Ken Handley
Download Invitation and Information HERE
Tues 15th Sept (7.15AM)
Breakfast $30 at Union Club, 25 Bent St, Sydney

The Hon. John Anderson, Toby Hall and Davyd Thomas
Download Invitation and Information HERE
Wed 16th Sept (12.15PM)
Lunch $45 at Hilton Hotel, 288 George St, Sydney

I will be present at both of them, and on the Panel on Wednesday 16th.

Register by clicking HERE.


Monday, September 07, 2009

Nothing kills joy like sexy or cool

Joy is the New Black.

Of course, You can make anything the ‘New Black’ if you can find a few people to nod while you say it. 

My latest post on the Sydney Anglican site HERE.

Pic on Flickr by lancelot_milano.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

I do miss Tipping...

I do miss tipping, since leaving the United States.

Find out why.