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May 31, 2005

Store Wars

Wonderful parody of Star Wars in the same vein as the Meatrix...

The movie runs for just over five minutes, and has options from dial-up through to cable. Be patient - it's worth the wait.

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May 27, 2005


The Sudoku craze is taking off in Melbourne as both daily papers have trumpted this "new" puzzle in a dramatic launch this week. I remember doing these when I was in school. How is it that school work can suddenly be so popular?

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Joys and Sorrows

With three children suffering from pneumonia, we have experienced a household of joys and sorrows over recent weeks. How joys? Each child has enjoyed at least two weeks away from school, much to their delight! Our oldest has, however, missed the school camp. Being able to stay at home is a small consolation for camping under the stars! He has been consoled by the unexpected success of his football team, which has him planning Septemer already! It helps that he, along with his sister, has celebrated a birthday this week.

To have a household of sick children does create extra burdens also, particularly on my wife, who has suffered the greater burden. There isn't much joy for her in caring for them for eight consecutive weeks now, as the five weeks of illness backed onto three weeks of school holidays.

The light is slowly emerging at the end of the tunnel. It may be that next week all three will be back at school, if on modified programs. Even they are looking forward to spending time with friends again. It will be great to have everyone healthy again!

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May 19, 2005

A Bit Quiet...

Our household has been anything but quiet over recent weeks as pneumonia has made its way through the household. Our youngest succumbed a couple of weeks' back and is now back at school, only to change places with his older siblings. I spent a few hours in Emergency at the Children's last night. Hopefully we are at the turning point and things on the improve.

Thus the blog has been a little quiet...

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May 13, 2005

McLaren's Questions

In case you didn't get over to Tall Skinny Kiwi on Monday, Brian McLaren posed two questions:

“For you personally, is the gospel primarily information on how to avoid hell, largely but not exclusively for hell avoidance, partially but not mostly for it, peripherally for it, or not at all for it?”

“And if the primary purpose for the good news of Jesus is not to get individual souls out of hell after this life, what is its primary purpose?”

Those, I think, are two of the more important questions the book tries to raise - and I'd love to hear what your friends in the blogosphere are thinking about them.

I'd be interested in your responses. There are quite a lot over at Tall Skinny Kiwi, which you can read here.

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May 09, 2005

Encounter with Brian McLaren

May 9 is the date scheduled for a dialogue with Brian McLaren over at Tall Skinny Kiwi.

You can find the chapter I referred to in my previous post here.

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A Provocative Trilogy

I have not been able to get my hands on a copy of Brian McLaren's latest book "The Last Word and the Word after That", which is the third in a series (the first two being "A New Kind of Christian" and the second "The Story We Find Ourselves In"). These works have provoked my thinking, particularly in relation to church and culture. Written in the form of a novel rather than the more traditional approach (much in the same manner as C S Lewis' Screwtape Letters) McLaren unfolds a dialogue which exists in the minds of many church leaders and christians, at least in the West.

I have managed to download a copy of one chapter of the latest book, which will have to suffice until I can import one... Let, me offer a quote:

"From beginning to end... our faith is situated. It's an unfolding story, and every story requires a setting. It's news -

and not just news that happened but news that's still happening, and that means it requires a context. It's an ongoing movement and message that always takes place in a medium. It's all about incarnation - about God entering and embracing our story. So if you want to abandon the story, if you want to get out of time and culture and into some timeless zone above the fray, you're trying to get out of the very thing that God is deeply into. Maybe some other religion or philosophy can deal with timelessness, but not real Christianity. It's forever timely, not timeless." (p. 15)

McLaren has provoked a modicum of controversy with these books. The first with its perspective on other faiths, the second in its attitude to evolution, and the third in relation to heaven and hell.

I don't necessarily agree with the answers that McLaren suggests in the book, but the questions are clearly worth grappling with.

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Trinity and Community

We have been reflecting on the nature and context of community in our 'Sacred Space' this month, asking what it means to be a faith community in our present context. Last night's conversation steered towards reflections on our understandings of the Trinity and its implications for community. Rublev's icon of the Trinity was an item of focus and food for thought. Rublev clearly places Father Son and Spirit in equal position in the icon, in contradistinction to our often unstated assumptions of hierarchy in the godhead.

When it comes to viewing community in the light of this, we are invited to see community as a relationship of equals. The Russian icon also suggests that there is room for a fourth: the community of faith, as completion of the picture, which prompted us to reflect on Jesus' affirmation of us as 'brothers' - more than friends.

It seems that our capacity to regard and welcome others as equals is fundamental to our sense of community, and a challenge to us in practice, much more so than in theory.

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May 07, 2005

One week later

The eating challenge of a week ago seems a distant memory, although our eating habits have not instantly returned to previous practices. Normally big consumers of milk, this past week we have noted how our consumption has been less than half its previous norm.

The experience of identifying with those who have so little has brought a definite change in outlook amongst us all, particularly as it relates to food. We have learned that we can do with less; we have identified the reality which is luxury over against necessity. One suspects that our systems were cleared of some aspects of our food consumption which had an addictive component. Our bodies were - in some sense - detoxed.

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May 02, 2005

And on the Eighth Day...

...we enjoyed a long glass of milk as celebration!!!

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May 01, 2005

The $2 Challenge - Day 7

There is a genuine sense of achievement mixed with relief as we come to the end of the journey. We have all realised that we can make do with less, and that sacrifice such as this is small in comparison with the realities faced by so many others. We have tapped into reservoirs of creativity we had ignored. The requirement to be aware of the impact of one's actions on the rest of the group was an important awakening...

We look forward to passing on the savings to a micro-enterprise project in Africa in the coming week.

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