Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The 'health' of your church

I remember a while back, somebody said to me they didn't care about numbers, about money coming in, about how cool their church gatherings were, but instead by the number of people trained up and sent out as missionaries. Obviously this doesn't just mean overseas, but also locally and what not. I reckon it's a pretty decent thought.

So if a whole bunch of people from your church went off and planted new churches or mission projects, or went overseas, then I reckon that would totally be a success, even if the original church were to cease to exist as a result.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Man I hate studying

I say this every semester around this time, but then for some reason I keep signing up for the next one. I love learning, and I study some really cool stuff, but I hate writing essays,it sucks. It just takes away from everything I'd rather be doing, like hanging out with people, playing footy, reading stuff I actually want to-not have to, getting ready for SYG, and hanging out with people...

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Blog=Procrastination

As you can see I decided to pimp up my blog a little bit, which I'd been wanting to do for ages, but then decided that the middle of the night whilst I should be up studying was the best time! Clearly a massive waste of my time, but am happy with it for now.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Random Request

Long story why, but does anybody have, or know where I could get, of those full old school diving suits, with the metal helmet and everything, that I could loan? Or know where I could find shorts with a fake bum on them?

Monday, May 21, 2007

Leaving Home

Life was never good to me... Haha, anybody who knows me and my life will know that's a complete lie, but I just really like that song! Anybody who doesn't know the song needs to go do some research on Aussie 90's Rock, it's a great track.

Anyways, so my Mum's place is ont he market, and they're moving half an hour up the road to Lyndhurst to a place that Mum ans Alexander designed. It seems like a pretty solid place, lots of room and what not, but unfortunately not in the right area for me.

The problem is, my whole life is down on the Peninsula, school, footy n cricket, church, all my friends, everything. I have to head out for study, but the majority of my time is down this way.

But obviously the problem then is that I have to potentially pay rent somewhere, plus do all my own cooking and cleaning and what not, but it's probably about time I got onto that sort of stuff. Just the whole needing to learn to live on my own is part of the reason i want to move out too, life at hom e was too easy, time for some new challenges I felt.

So at the moment, the plan is to do as much house-sitting as possible. I just really hate the idea of renting, and want to avoid it at all costs. I've got the next couple of months lined up; and if anybody is interested in a house sitter-just let me know :)! I was going to register with an agency or something, but will try and avoid it just through speaking with friends etc.

Plenty of funny stories to tell about my domestic skills, and lack thereof, but will save that for another time...

Friday, May 18, 2007

Forge Peninsula

Predestination, God's will and all that...

Had some fairly interesting discussions over the last few weeks at VETA about what it actually means for God to have a plan for our lives, and for the world, cos it's a phrase that gets thrown around a lot, but we don't always get to unpack.

Did God create evil? If not, how did Satan/the Devil/forces of evil, come into being? Does God know everything, that's ever going to happen, like me writing this blog post right now etc. How reliable is the Bible about what it tells us about the future-more Revelation questions! Did God decide before time began who would and wouldn't become followers of Jesus etc...

The problem with being the facilitator of this course is I feel like I should have some clue about these questions, but often don't! Got a few ideas, but not the whole lot!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Big Brother's Torture Room

Clearly if the Age can use sensationalist headlines like this on the front page of their paper so can I on my blog!

Was reading the paper on Sunday and came across this article by one of last year's BB contestants, who I think was one of the turkey-slappers, but that aside, has written a very interesting article here.

Had a conversation about it with a good friend, who asked, having just read that article, would I still apply for Big Brother? Was a tough question, as there's something about the idea of being on the show that I still really love, it would just be such a different experience to anything else. I'd like to think I'm psychologically stable enough to handle whatever they throw at me, but who knows?

Some of the comparisons in the article to other sensory deprivation tactics are fairly full on, but they do show the extreme effects this kind of treatment could have. Had another interesting chat with a friend who's a psychologist, who was also questioning the ethics of such a situation as the 'White Room'. I don't watch the show so I don't know how it's panned out.

DIETARY manipulation, electric shocks, sleep deprivation, temporal confusion, stress positions and soundproofed isolation. Guantanamo Bay? No, just another episode of Big Brother. Last year, after countless hours locked in a soundproof isolation booth on the set of the Channel Ten series as one of the housemates, I suddenly realised I was being subjected to subtle psychological pressures.

The latest series of the Big Brother juggernaut is using even more extreme forms of "sensory deprivation" that could easily cross an invisible line into psychological torture.

This year, the producers gave four would-be contestants not initially selected for the show a back door into the house, a second chance to compete. All they had to do was to sit for days in the timeless, windowless "white room", dressed in white, under white-light fluorescent bulbs, fed tasteless, vitamin-enriched white porridge and wrapped in white noise. Until one was left.



The experiment's first findings were published in 1954 in the Canadian Journal of Psychology, revealing how easy it was to disrupt the brain's basic functioning. Offering the incentive of double the minimum daily wage to take part in the study, Hebb had recruited 22 male university students who were required only to "lie … in a lighted cubicle 24 hours a day with all sensory stimuli muted — light diffused by translucent goggles, auditory stimulation limited by soundproofing and constant low noise, and tactual perception blocked by thick gloves and a U-shaped foam pillow about the head".

In three days, most had pulled out, with many refusing to finish the experiment. All who participated experienced extreme hallucinations similar to the effects of the powerful drug mescaline.

In effect, Hebb's study revealed that the brain's basic equilibrium could be seriously disrupted by reducing sensory stimulus. Or, as he put it, after just two to three days of such isolation, "the subject's very identity had begun to disintegrate". What Hebb did not say was that one of the 22 volunteers who emerged seemingly in good spirits soon suffered a complete breakdown and remained seriously disturbed even 10 years later.

Big Brother's white room had some disturbing parallels with Hebb's cubicle, particularly in its systematic reduction of sensory stimulus. To the traditional five senses (taste, touch, sight, smell and sound) another must be added: the perception of time. If Hebb could induce an effect "akin to acute psychosis" among his student subjects by targeting three senses (sight, sound and touch), what will happen, in the next months and years, to the would-be Big Brother contestants who had sight, sound, taste and time similarly targeted?

Even to a casual viewer, the psychological effects of the white room became apparent. One housemate said he could see one of the girls rocking back and forth, and believed she had gone crazy. Whether his report was true is hard to know.


Very interesting stuff...

What's with God and numbers?

Half prompted by all the strange number references in Revelation, and just by the questions that always come up about them, I've been trying to get my head around the significance of certain numbers in the bible.

3 seems to get a bit of a mention, mainly with the Trinity, Jesus' best 3 mates, and some other things I can't think of.

7 gets a massive run, days of creation, heaps in Revelation, it being 'God's number' (??) and such.

12 is pretty big, obviously the 12 disciples, which was a reference to the 12 tribes of Israel, which signifies everybody or completeness or something.

40 days of the Israelites wandering the desert and Jesus being tempted.

So many numbers, so many unknown meanings...

Freakin Book of Revelation

Every year we read it in VETAMORPHUS and I have as little or worse of an idea about what it's all about than the students, I try look into it for a while but then find it all too confusing! I put it in the 'it doesn't affect my faith' department, and leave it, which is probably not great, but thats the way it is at the moment.

It's just such a confusing book!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Best game of footy ever!

Not necessarily by myself, although I did get a couple of kicks-and none kicked on me, but the team just played awesome! Beat

We beat the top side, and highly fancied for the flag, Sorrento, by two points. Troy Schwarze and his supposed AFl skills made no real impact on the game, and I can proudly say he did nothing in the two minutes I played on him! Even big Ronald McDonald (not his real name sorry all Kangaroo's supporters from the 80's) didn't do much.

It was fair to say that I did sledge the house down, was trouting off at Schwarze for ages, and pretty much anybody else who had a shot inside 50! I knew a few guys who used to give me a bath in the juniors, so was satisying to beat them, and also considering we had no bench for the second half made it even better.

The game see-saw'd the whole time, they got up by 9 at one stage in the last, before some Matty Hose brilliance steadied the ship and Smid kicked the winner with two minutes to go. Copped a massive hit to the side of the head and was fair dazed for much of the last, but we had no bench so i had to suck it up, which i am feeling the results of today!

Because it was my first game in the ones, I got to lead the boys off, and was stuck in the middle of the circle whilst everybody sprayed me with water as it was my first win in the seniors.

Without a doubt the best game of football I've been involved i and one of the most exciting days of my life, full stop. Think I did enought to earn a game next week too, so should be good!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

The drought is over...

Well, after approximately 140 reserves games at the Yabby Pond, I've finally cracked ot for a game in the ones! You beauty! Fair task playing on Sorrento's Full Forward, 6'5 130kg Ronald McDonald, but I'll give it a red hot n rhonda.

Somebody asked if I was more stoked about playing ones or winning $98 000, had to think about it! Short term I'm more stoked to be playing ones but I think the $98 grand will help me just a tad more int he long term!

iTunes and MP3s

So after my iPod was stolen over summer, i've been looking to replace it, and am not way keen on getting another iPod. They're either too big or too small for my liking, and there are others out there with better features.

The only problem is I don't think I can get the music I've burnt off all my CDs onto iTunes, and the music I've downloaded, to play on other MP3 players, cos they have some special coding on it or something. Does anybody know if this is the case and if I can get around it?

Spider-Man 3

Top quality movie, some really brilliant big themes about internal battles, about choices, about where our decisions take us, forgiveness, reconciliation and revenge.

Some very dubious plot jumps, bad jokes and terrible over-acting by some of the extras and side actors, and is a bit long, but still totally worth seeing it.

Is definitely one of those movies you could easily pull apart for a couple of weeks with some relevant Bible passages and what not, which no doubt somebody somewhere on the internet with more time than me can do.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Advice for life

1. If you are choking on an ice cube, don't panic.
Simply pour a cup of boiling water down your throat
and presto, the blockage will be almost instantly
removed.

2. Clumsy? Avoid cutting yourself while slicing
vegetables by getting someone else to hold them while
you chop away.

3. You can avoid arguments with the Mrs. about lifting
the toilet seat just by using the sink.

4. For high blood pressure sufferers: simply cut yourself
and bleed for a few minutes, thus reducing the pressure in your veins.
Remember to use an egg timer.

5. A mouse trap placed on top of your alarm clock
will prevent you from rolling over and going back to
sleep after you hit the snooze button.

6. If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of
laxatives. Then you will be afraid to cough.

7. Have a bad toothache? Smash your thumb with a
hammer and you will forget all about the toothache.

8. Sometimes, we just need to remember what the rules of life really are:

In life, you only need two tools - WD-40 and Duct Tape. If it doesn't
move but should, use the WD-40.
If it should not move and does, use the duct tape.

9. Remember: Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

10. Never pass up an opportunity to go to the bathroom.

Thought for the day:

SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE SLINKIES..... THEY ARE NOT REALLY
GOOD FOR ANYTHING... BUT THEY STILL BRING A SMILE TO
YOUR FACE WHEN YOU PUSH THEM DOWN A FLIGHT OF STAIRS.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

My first Planetshakers experience...

I'd been meaning to go up and check it out for ages, and finally got to today as I was in the city for my little nephew's 1st birthday.

Haven't had the chance to fully process it all, but in a nutshell, there was plenty I liked, found interesting, didn't like and stuff I just plain disagreed with, which is all to be expected. Will hopefully get the chance to blog about each of those points soon, but am fair flat knacker at the moment, so we'll see how we go...

Friday, May 04, 2007

Good times for the Yabbs

So last night the juggernaut that is Billy and the wheel came down to the mighty Yabbie Pond, and a great night of fun and frivolity was had by all, with a decent amount of dough raised by the club, which was solid.

Had a short little interview, which went OK, but not as well as I would have liked, didn't get to slip in a couple of lines I wanted to, but ah well, was still a good laugh, which, as with most things in my life, was why I did it.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Footy Show at the Pond!

That's right, the esteemed Billy Brownless will be bringing his magical wheel of splendour to Tyabb this Thursday night to do an OB straight from our very own clubrooms! Yours truly may well be making an appearance to spin that wheel, so that should be a bit of a laugh!

Meek and mild teacher, or mysterious rebel with a cause?

I didn't actually get to read this when it was int he paper, so luckily found it on the net.
Here's some excerpts, follow the link above for more

IF WE'RE honest, Jesus wasn't actually the kind of son most mothers would want. While every faithful mother of the time might have prayed that her child would be the Messiah, she wouldn't really have wished for this kind of Messiah.

He touched the untouchable, he raged against systemic injustice — particularly that of the religious institutions. Most frustratingly, he evaded almost every question about himself. He preached a message that confused everyone who tried to categorise him. Over and over again, when those closest to him thought they had him all worked out, Jesus would tell them they had it wrong again.

And instead of just talking about it, he showed people how it might actually look. Jesus said that the time for the kingdom of God to come was now, and that it wouldn't come through might, power and glory.

It was perhaps inevitable that Jesus would end up being crucified. If you live a life of uncompromising, courageous love, then you're bound to upset any number of people. Martin Luther King, Ang Sun Suu Kyi and Gandhi could all testify to the same thing.

People were crucified when they incited rebellion against authority.

It has to be asked whether 2000 years of religious photoshopping have remodelled Jesus almost out of recognition. We've added some tints (sure, he didn't speak about homosexuality, but if he had, we know what he would have said), a blurred edge (he didn't really mean we have to sell all we have for the poor), and made him as transparent as possible (put him there in the background, but not so obvious that we actually have to look at him). The trouble is, someone forgot to hit "save" right at the beginning, and we've got little hope of undoing the layers to get back to the original.

As the stories of Jesus show us, it's rarely those in positions of power and influence who understand who God is. They have too much to lose. Instead, look for what the poor, the prisoner, the women, the children would tell us of who God is, because Jesus says it's with them that God is to be found. And trust it most if they speak of love.

If your head wasn't screwed on...

So I'm pretty much an idiot. I missed going to see Brooke Fraser in the city tonight because I left my wallet at college and couldn't pick up the tickets I ordered without photo ID...

So I'm pretty much at home now, and spewing I missed it. But it's OK, cos I have way way too much study to do, which I'm procrastinating from by writing this blog post...