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7 March, 2003 1:51 PM

Quick question my wonderful readers! Would you prefer me to put my biblical journalling (currently on Isaiah) on a separate page? It would have the advantage of keeping them all together in sequence for easier digesting and also help keep the train of though going on the main page.

But on the flip side would take the biblical out of the every day reflections - which although messy may add something to both types of postings.

What do you think??? Would like your opinion. Feel free to comment below or email if you've got any thoughts.

Message Added

6 March, 2003 9:07 AM

The Message has been added to BibleGateway. Thanks to What is Church for the head up.

Which Blogging tool are you?

3 March, 2003 4:24 PM

You are a highly intelligent person but you always keep a low-profile. You are going to be famous someday.

Which Blogging Tool Are You?

Thanks Jan for this link.

Introverts Anon

1 March, 2003 1:34 PM

Check out this cool little article about us Introverted types

thanks Creative Slips for the link

SINister Ministers

28 February, 2003 4:30 PM

What do you think about this? Pay them and they will pray for your forgiveness and send you a certificate!

Thanks Presurfer for the link.


25 February, 2003 4:42 PM

Friday6pm just alerted me to this book that I'd not stumbled upon before - What Would Jesus Eat? Yep its a cookbook that is described as...

"Based on a biblical and historical study of what Jesus ate, as well as scientific research on why these particular foods are ideal for healthy living, What Would Jesus Eat? is the ultimate program for eating well in the twenty-first century. Now, this companion cookbook helps readers to creatively and practically incorporate these foods into their own diets."

With some of these things I don't even know where to start in responding to them! I'm sure the diet is great - but 'what would Jesus eat?' as its theme? Hmmm...perhaps we should do some research into the type of sandals he wore and release a line of foot ware to cash in on it, or perhaps we could research the type of hairstyle he had and start a new trend?! Why do they slap the name of Jesus on this diet? I have nothing against dieting - but maybe it would be more accurate to describe it as a '1st Century middle eastern diet', but then again it might not have sold as many copies.

Maybe I'm being pedantic?


17 February, 2003 4:28 PM

Just got this from my mate Yolly (ta mate)- its an email signature - but I think its probably pretty relevant for this blog too - perhaps I should attatch it to every post....

IMPORTANT: This email is intended for the use of the individual addressee(s) named above and may contain information that is confidential privileged or unsuitable for overly sensitive persons with low self-esteem, no sense of humour or irrational religious beliefs. If you are not the intended recipient, any dissemination, distribution or copying of this email is not authorized (either explicitly or implicitly) and constitutes an irritating social faux pas. Unless the word absquatulation has been used in its correct context somewhere other than in this warning, it does not have any legal or grammatical use and may be ignored. No animals were harmed in the transmission of this email, although the kelpie next door is living on borrowed time, let me tell you. Those of you with an overwhelming fear of the unknown will be gratified to learn that there is no hidden message revealed by reading this warning backwards, so just ignore that Alert Notice from Microsoft. However, by pouring a complete circle of salt around yourself and your computer you can ensure that no harm befalls you and your pets. If you have received this email in error, please add some nutmeg and egg whites, whisk and place in a warm oven for 40 minutes.

sorry...comments still are not working....grrrrrrrrr

"Christian" Thinning?

13 February, 2003 7:46 PM

Fridaysixpm blogs on this Christian dieting program - First Place advertised in Melbourne Christian Bookstore's (Koorong) latest catalogue.

First Place writes in its promotion - "First Place is a Christ-centered health program for men and women of all ages. Using a support system that incorporates Bible study, scripture memorization, prayer, and balanced eating and exercise plans, FirstPlace provides the opportunity to change your life not only physically, but spiritually and emotionally as well."

Is this another example of putting the 'Christian' lable on a product, service or commercial business to increase one's sales? See my critique of the "Christian" Paintball Park to get the drift of what I'm talking about....or is this different???

Jesus the trial lawyer...

12 February, 2003 9:23 PM

A southwest Missouri man requested Jesus Christ as his trial attorney during a hearing Wednesday.He was told that he in fact can have Jesus Christ as his attorney, but only one licensed to practice Missouri law will be allowed to speak for him during trial on charges he tampered with a judge. Get the full story here

Quotable Diddle

12 February, 2003 3:10 PM

My mate Diddle left a great quote in comments of the last post relating to Jesus spending time alone and then being propelled into action/mission - its so great that I want you all to see it in fact!

"No one can become an authentic Christian on a steady diet of activity. Power comes from stillness; strength comes out of solitude. Decisions that change the entire course of your life come out of the Holy of Holies, your times of stillness before God."

He found it on the wall in the offices of his Church of all places...thanks mate

The Door

10 February, 2003 7:13 PM

Check out this thought provoking parable - The Door by Dan from Signposts. Its excellent stuff - do your self a favour and have a read. Here's a taster....

It is difficult for those who are inside. The only way they have ever entered the church is through the door. They have been using doors their whole lives and never had a single problem with them. Many of them refuse to believe that it is the door that is the problem. How can something which has been perfectly serviceable for generations now be a barrier?! It doesn't make sense.

If only there were some other way to enter. If only the windows were left open, if an underground tunnel were connected, if a skylight were easily accessible or if there was some other way to get into that building. If only a great ragged and dirty hole were cut in the side of the church for people to crawl through.

Some of the people outside have been searching for another way in. Some have had themselves shot from cannons and dropped from balloons to try to get in, but have missed the building altogether and landed somewhere else that they never intended to go.

UPDATE - Dan is already causing controversy - The Barrister seems to have read it differently to the way Dan wrote it - I guess thats Parables for you - Dan responds here.

Evangelical Christians - Everyone hates us

10 February, 2003 6:50 PM

Michael Spencer writes "I don't really know why someone thought it was necessary to do a poll to see just who were the most disliked groups in society, but the results are in. While serial killers and IRS agents still rank the highest, hot on their heels are evangelical Christians. Not Christians in general. Not Roman Catholics. Not all Christians´┐Żbut evangelical Christians. Get the rest of the article here

Thanks to the Presurfer for the link.

UPDATE - Just saw that Bene also links to it...

A Vision of my Future? OR a Recollection of my Past?

8 February, 2003 10:15 AM

Brennan Manning Interview

31 January, 2003 1:15 PM

Thanks Mike for this great link to an interview with Brennan Manning. I have read a couple of his books that I found to be very helpful over the years.

Heil Fuhrer Darren..???...

28 January, 2003 3:49 PM

Spent this morning in meetings with various DCCC people - trying to get things up and ready to a point where they can be taken over by other ministers and volunteers when I move on. Its a bit of a sad process to have to let go of ministries that you've started and played major parts in shaping.

Met this afternoon with Phil - a fellow traveller. He's the ministry team leader of an innovative multicongregational church slightly north of our region. Its great to have someone else in the same vacinity doing something with a similar ethos to what we'll be doing with the Living Room. We shared stories, ideas and drank coffee.

As I write this an email has just landed in my inbox from Phils partner Danielle which lightens my rather somber mood of the day (I think I need more sleep) - I'm sure she won't mind me quoting her in part...

'I don't know how funny it is, but I had a look at your blog today and noticed the title Living Room, a Space for Life.

Sometimes I am struck by how different phrases have different contexts in different languages. Couldn't help but think that the direct translation of Living Room into German, is Lebensraum, the concept used so forcefully by Nazi Germany to justify the third Reich's expansion into Eastern Europe.

I should note that this is not the same as the german word for lounge room, but just a direct translation of the phrase. Until this linguistic hijacking by Hitler et al, Lebensraum may have had similar connotations as Living Room does in English....Anyway, good luck with your own aggressive expansion in North Fitzroy."

Thanks Dan - I will state now for the record - I have no secret dictatorship desires - my only facial hair is a small tuft UNDER my BOTTOM lip (not above my top).

What type of Theologian are You?

24 January, 2003 1:48 PM

This online survey is pretty quick and not that serious. Just 5 questions to answer. For all those who've been wondering what kind of wacko theology I ascribe to - well the survey says this:

"God will not suffer man to have the knowledge of things to come; for if he had prescience of his prosperity he would be careless; and understanding of his adversity he would be senseless."

You are Augustine!

You love to study tough issues and don't mind it if you lose sleep over them. Everyone loves you and wants to talk to you and hear your views, you even get things like "nice debating with you." Yep, you are super smart, even if you are still trying to figure it all out. You're also very honest, something people admire, even when you do stupid things.

I might be like Augustine theologically - but I certainly don't see any physical resemblances with the above picture. What sort of Theologian are you?

Microsoft Worship Professional

10 January, 2003 11:31 PM

This is classic stuff from What is Church?. Mike writes - "Most simply take the best of what's out there and load it into their church like a pirated piece of software. Worship is not a closed-source system like Windows XP. It is open-source code; free to be handcrafted bearing the mark of unique creativity and gifts."


8 January, 2003 1:54 PM

Check out this classic revenge on the Banks Flash Story - tis quite amusing and unfortunately familiar. Thanks Richard for the link.

Lego Church

5 January, 2003 2:54 PM

Introducing Abston Church of Christ - a church dedicated to the memory of the builders cat (precious). A church made completely of lego.

Unbelievable to see how much time someone is willing to dedicate to the building of a plastic church! Frightening really.


2 January, 2003 5:22 PM

Whats all the talk on the web of late on the topic of Benny Hinn about? I've picked up there was a TV special on him in the US >> don't think we got it here, but would love to hear what it was about? I always wanted a suit like Benny - I reckon one made out of Denim would be more my style though!!

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