Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Almost bought this T-shirt



It's just so funny and stupid on so many levels.
Gold!

Sweet Kids Ministry Band

A few good mates of mine are part of a pretty sweet kids band called Snack Music.

They play really good quality fun music for kids, do it all voluntarily, and any money they raise always goes straight back into supporting different missions organisations around the place.

They have CDs and that, play at churches and conferences and also have these sweet little mini-discs which have a few songs and games etc-the games a re great fun!

So if you've got kids or are in kids ministry, then they're totally worth checking out, click the link above if you're keen.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Travelling

With my new found financial flexibility I have been contemplating travelling over to Africa to visit a great friend of mine TJ who's over there doing speech pathology, and hopefully run some sports clinics or do some such worthwhile thing whilst I'm there.

Looked into prices a little bit, and realised that it may well be only a few hundred dollars more to keep travelling around the worls, visit some friends in the UK and Europe and maybe in the States. It's interesting reflecting on my process of working out where I want to travel, cos its all about seeing friends rather than seeing places. Would only be another 3 weeks, as I'd have to be back for school etc.

But anyway, am just struggling a bit witht he whole idea of doing that much travel, as I'm just not really sure it's a wise way to spend money, as at the end of the day it's just a fairly selfish thing. There's really no two ways about it for me, it just seems a tad selfish, so not sure what to do about all that.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Does God want us all to be poor?

Were talking about this today in class, and there were many different opinions of course, the jury is still out for me on this one, but would be interested to hear others opinions.

Do we take the stuff that Jesus says about selling everything we have and giving it tot he poor literally? What does it mean that 'blessed are the poor'? Why does Jesus say 'woe to you who are rich'?

Prayers or encouragement?

Were discussing last night at the Huddle about the best way to support each other in our daily lives-the other 165.5 hours of the week we're not at the Huddle.

I was saying that I felt it was really important to be encouraging and supporting each other verbally or with messages or whatever, whereas one of the others was saying that it isn't as important as praying for each other, which I also thought was important.

At the end of the day I reckon they shouldn't be mutually exclusive, and in fact neither are as effective as they could be without the other.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Simpsonizeme!

Haha, this website is sweet!

You just upload a photo of yourself and they make you look like a Simpsons character!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Ethics and Morals

Was having an interesting discussion with a few kids at said workshops the other day, about girls and relationships and how we view chicks n porn etc. Obviously with high school boys that age there's some varying opinions on the whole deal.

I was talking about howlittleI think of porn,in fact how much I hate it,and how by us looking at it we are actively supporting the culture that says women are just nice things to look at, about the massive problem of the over sexualisation of youth culture, of the huge problems of sexual assault and all that. Basically just getting them to think a little more broadly about the consequences of the way they treat chicks.

But then one of the guys was like, 'well, what if they want to be looked at in that way,what if they want to be in porno's etc' which deeper reasons why they do aside, many women do.

And I'm a fairly 'liberal' in this area, in that I reckon everybody should have free choice to do what they want,so as much as I despise the porn industry, or smoking,or whatever else,I stilldon't think that it should be my right to say people can't do that.

But then how far does that extend? Cos you look at Amsterdam,who are pretty much the epitomy of a permissive society,and that hasn't really done a great deal of good for them-that place is pretty messed up. But neither do I think a Puritan appraoch is the way to go.

Still not sure where I stand on it all,is a whole lot of grey areas there.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Peer Pressure

Have been running some schools workshops the last few days, talking to boys about being 'Real Men' so talking about relationships with girls, peer pressure, fears etc.

I came up with a great way of talking to the boys about peer pressure, which can be hard to explain in a non-cliche'd way.

The way I explained it was that when you give in to peer pressure to drink, smoke, be an idiot or whatever, what you are actually saying is that their opinion is more important than yours, that what they have to say is better than what you have to say or think.

Found it connected really well with the boys, so thought I'd share it.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Interesting read from ex-Hillsong chick

Was in Saturday's paper, quite an interesting read. Would seem she clearly has a chip on her shoulder about some stuff, but still raises some interesting thoughts.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Back in the ones

I'm normally reluctant to trout on too much about my football career, as I realise very few of you follow the form of the mighty Yabbs anywhere near as closely as you should, but at the request of the Club Legend-Smidla, I will post a short note here informing you all I have forced my way back into the Seniors at Tyabb.

Taking on Cribby this week, and if I hold my form should be there in the last game to make amends for my Barry Crocker v Somerville last time.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Back to School

Am back at uni this week, doing Supervised Field Education-one of the processes for working towards ordination, Kingdom of God and a Ministry of the Holy Spirit intensive.

Should be an interesting semester.

Other people's spiritual journey's

Was having a discussion with a certain other anonymous commentor (lets call him U.H) of this blog the other day about somebody I know, and who has a family connection to some well known people in Australia.

They were asking about where this persn is at faith-wise; do they consider themself a Christian, do they go to church, what's their views on this and this, all of which I've had reasonably in-depth conversations with this person about.

I commented that I actually thought that it was none of my U.H's business where this other person stands spiritually, as it's quite a complex thing for them, and something they're still working through.

I felt that by sharing very much about where this person was at would be betraying their confidence, a view U.H disagreed with. It wasn't a hostile conversation or anything, but it did get me thinking about what right we have to make comment on where other people are at spiritually.

My tendency is to think we have very little right, it's just so easy to fall into judgement and boxing people as 'Christian' and 'non-Christian', and I just don't think it's necessary really.