Tuesday, October 27, 2009

US Passport

We are going to take a break in November. I will be posting, but not as often. In the meantime, this is the Little Man and the Little Lady on the way to the US Consulate this morning to pick up his Little US Passport.

When we visit the US Consulate, the Little Man says: "We going to see the Government."


For Points:

1. Where taken?
2. What movie?


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

Tasker on Christmas - I just ordered 10

Nathan Tasker has just released a Christmas album. I just ordered 10 to give away. And I'll get my church to order 20 to sell on our new bookstall.

Nathan says:
I love Christmas. I love Christmas music. I have always wanted to record some songs that should be listened to at Christmas time, helping us to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, and preparing our hearts to hear the story of the coming of Jesus.

Admittedly, it felt a little strange singing Christmas songs in July and August! But then again, it was summer time in Nashville, and I am used to Christmas occurring in the summer (back in Sydney), so it was a little familiar too.

I found that reflecting on the Christmas story, months before the Christmas season, allowed me to step back and see the beauty and wonder of the Christmas message. The promise that God would save His people finally comes to pass in the birth of a baby boy, His Son, Jesus. The angels can’t help but sing! The shepherds can’t help but leave their flocks to find Him (the one who would soon call Himself the Good Shepherd)! The wise kings can’t help but bow down before this child King.

God is with us.
Stop. Now. Get out your Credit Card.

And buy them -- 1 for $12. You can buy 5 for $50.

It's a no-brainer.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

When did you first join a CULT?

I know it sound serious (cults are evil), but this post is *totally* fluff.

I want to know what cult classic you first followed. (Even if you didn't know it was a cult in the first place.)

I think that my first cult was a TV Show re-run through the 80s called: 'Monkey'. It was a Japanese show, dubbed in English, Kung-Fu fighting, quasi-religious...

It began each show with these words:
In the worlds before Monkey, primal chaos reigned. Heaven sought order. But the phoenix can fly only when its feathers are grown. The four worlds formed again and yet again, as endless aeons wheeled and passed. Time and the pure essences of Heaven, the moisture of the Earth, the powers of the Sun and the Moon all worked upon a certain rock, old as creation. And it became magically fertile. That first egg was named "Thought". Tathagata Buddha, the Father Buddha, said, "With our thoughts, we make the World". Elemental forces caused the egg to hatch. From it then came a stone monkey. The nature of Monkey was irrepressible!
Remember that?

What was your first cult classic: TV Show? Band? Movie?


Monday, October 12, 2009

Are Youth the Canary in the Coal Mine?

I'm preparing for the TWIST Conference in 2 weeks. Enjoying the prep. So I asked of of my early mentors, David Miles (he was actually my MTS Trainer), for some sermons he has done.

In one of them called 'The Call to Passion', he reflects on many passages of Scripture, not least of which is Philippians 3:10-11. David reflects on suffering, passion, and young peeps:
Young people are theological canaries [in a coal mine]. If they’re keeling over and dropping out. That’s an early warning signal that poison is in the air. The poison of passionless/sold out faith. It means we adults have lost our first love – and so we’ve stopped suffering…
I forget how important David has been in my life.

Pic by Flickr on Floridapfd.

Friday, October 09, 2009

ACL Links: How do they choose what to link?

Keep reading Dr Laurel's Post on why you need to read the Bible to understand Shakespeare. She is one smart cookie.

In the meantime: I'm right now making sure I'm a paid up and contributing member of the Anglican Church League. I've been back in Sydney a few months, and now its time! I'm looking forward to it. We've got Synod in a few weeks.

But I do have a comment about the ACL external links on their front page -- they have a kind of Blog. But its interesting what they choose to link. I understand why they link all the Anglican stuff -- Bob Duncan, GAFCON, Global South etc.

But it's interesting then that most other links are to US Reformed Baptists -- Dever, Carson, Piper etc. And very little links to our own local guys. I've seen links to Moore Lecturers: Mike Jensen, Andrew Shead, Mark Thompson, Con Campbell. But not a lot from them.

Would love to understand that. Will ask as I get involved.



Dr Laurel on Shakespeare and the Bible

In case anyone was wondering if Dr Laurel is a medical doctor, let me lay that to rest. She dissects words, not bodies. She has her PhD in Shakespeare, and we have pics to prove it.

Over at CPX, John Dickson, Greg Clarke and Simon Smart asked her to write on Shakespeare and Christianity. This is her first article, click on this:

'Take Up and Read'—the importance of the Bible in understanding the works of Shakespeare.

It's great -- and worth a read (and maybe even a link to your Blog!)

Here is a taste:
It is one thing to know that Shakespeare knew the Scriptures well; it is quite another to know the Scriptures and understand Shakespeare’s works in light of the references and themes that he uses. I agree with Shakespeare’s friends that we should read Shakespeare, ‘and again and again.’ But, in order to get under the skin of his plays and truly enjoy and understand what we’re reading, it would help us to also read the Scriptures that Shakespeare obviously knew so well. Reading the Scriptures, if only as literature, gives a contemporary reader knowledge shared by Shakespeare and his original audience, a group of people who, like Shakespeare, would have known the Bible and the Anglican Book of Common Prayer if not through their own private reading, then through their mandatory attendance at church services.
Love that Dr.


Tuesday, October 06, 2009

#9 Being Australian (15 minutes around Postcode 2000)

Sydneysiders belong to 'multiple, highly-motivated global tribes which exert influence, not control'. Like most Australians, they are passionate about being Aussie, without any substantial understanding of what constitutes the national identity (unlike many Americans). Sydneysiders don’t know Australian history; they only know some Australian stories. Traveling brings out some sort of essential Aussie-ness, and so young people travel often and regularly, with families often holidaying overseas.
This one is my favourite.

Pic on Flickr audi_insperation.

Monday, October 05, 2009

#8 Morals (15 minutes around Postcode 2000)

Sydneysiders are generous, and younger generation of Sydneysiders are getting more passionate (or at least interested) in issues of justice. They want to serve and they appreciate service. However, there is no overarching moral vision of life, and most determine their own versions of right and wrong, and are quite defensive of their own beliefs and opinions.

Pic on Flickr by psd.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

#7 Family (15 minutes around Postcode 2000)

Sydneysiders are rarely interested in marriage until around 28. They regularly live together before marriage. And before then, they couldn’t imagine having a baby, but when they do they can’t imagine anything else. (Babies are burdens before marriage and accessories after marriage). As they get older, the men in particular are hurting, and they are sensitive to the possibility that they have not been close enough to their sons and daughters as they imagined they would.
That accessories bit is kind of harsh, but someone said it in our brainstorm session, and I'd be interested to know your thoughts.

Pic of St Philip's on Flickr by Ian.Climacus.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Boba Fett, Bounty Hunting and Yoda

Conversation today in the car about Star Wars:
Daddy, who is 'Boba Fett'?
Me: He's a Bounty Hunter.

Daddy, what is a Bounty Hunter?
Me: A person who chases people for cashola.

Daddy, who is cashola?
Me: Cashola is green, and lots of people like it.

Daddy, so is Yoda cashola?

Friday, October 02, 2009

#6 Relationships (15 minutes around Postcode 2000)

Sydneysiders pride themselves in community spirit, helping fellow Aussies when in need. They value time to socialise, and they like crowded summer events (e.g. Cricket, NYE, and Australia Day). They have numerous social connections but often few deep friends. They are often sexually active, with the assumption that something is not right if they are not.

Pic on Flickr by inail1972.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

#5 Tastes (15 minutes around Postcode 2000)

Sydneysiders love to taste and experience. They like a superior beer and good food, preferring quality over quantity. They love good coffee (and are generally repulsed by the instant variety) and they eat out frequently. They use their eyes, rather than their minds.

Pic on Flickr by d_web.