Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Are babies hard-wired to believe in God?

This article seems to say so.

Is a quite short article, but some of the research you can find if you follow the link to the blog makes for interesting reading. Or go straight to it here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tensions in Ministry

Was having an interesting discussion today about working with people, and came up with these 2 tensions of ministry.

Catering for people but not pandering to them.

Challenging people but not shattering them.

Was just something interesting for me to think about anyway.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Me-from somebody else's perspective!

Recently I did an interview with one of the guys at College about my life and ministry, and the various things I get up to. Is interesting for me to read somebody else's spin on what I tell them, and I thought it may interest some of you who want to know what I get up to when I'm not writing this blog.

Enjoy!

mY Generation

This program on SBS looks liek a pretty interesting one about gen Y, the first was on religion and spiritual belief, which apparently was good, but unfortunately I missed it.

The rest of the series too looks like some pretty interesting stuff too, so should be worth checking out.

What woman is your football team?

ADELAIDE CROWS: JULIA ROBERTS
Big in the 1990s but done nothing lately?

BRISBANE LIONS: Pamela Anderson
Best and only asset is upfront

CARLTON BLUES: NAOMI CAMPBELL
Struts around like a winner but behaves like a loser

COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES: BELINDA NEAL
Arrogant b***h who thinks the world revolves around her

ESSENDON BOMBERS: SHARON STONE
Once the hottest name in the 'biz, now just a fading force

FREMANTLE DOCKERS: CASEY DONOVAN
Seemed like a good idea at the time, now no-one is buying her tripe.

GEELONG CATS: NATALIE BASSINGTHWAITE
A star after years as a bit player

HAWTHORN HAWKS: JESSICA ALBA
Hot Hot Hot

MELBOURNE DEMONS: LINDSAY LOHAN
A miracle she is still alive

NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS: KIM (FROM KATH & KIM)
Deluded and incapable of living without the intensive support of others.
Would fit right in on the Gold Coast.

PORT ADELAIDE POWER: BRITNEY SPEARS
Once had the world at her fingertips. Now can`t even remember to wear her underwear in public and is a failure on the home front.

RICHMOND TIGERS: JANE FONDA
A legend in the 60s/70s but you wouldn`t touch her in 2008

ST KILDA SAINTS: RICKI LEE COULTER
Promises a lot but never delivers

SYDNEY SWANS: CATE BLANCHETT
Used to be boring but has become interesting again

WEST COAST EAGLES: AMY WINEHOUSE
Enough said

WESTERN BULLDOGS: LINDSAY DAVENPORT
Unflashy, no nonsense gritty competitor

Monday, July 14, 2008

Holy Hack on JJJ.

Whilst on the theme of promoting interesting media things, Hack this week (Triple J's current affairs program at 5:30-6) is covering 'BELIEF' and so is sure to have a great diversity of thoughts, opinions and beliefs shared on all things to do with the spiritual life.

I love HACK, it gives you some great meaty listening and interesting debates, and is preceeded and followed by some great JJJ music. Always well worth a listen.

Movies Change People

Came across this lot of screenings of 'faith-based films' the majority of which, disappointingly, are Christian. Not that i have a problem with Christian films all the time (although many are rubbish), but would have been good to have a bit of diversity.

If their moniker is true, that 'Movies Change People. People Change The World' then this would have been a good medium to help people (particularly those living in the Eastern Suburbs Bible Belt-where these are being shown) to understand about other's faith and beliefs, because this is the first step to breaking down the walls of prejudice.

But either way, some of these are quite decent, and well worth seeing if you can, particularly Trade.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Interfaith Youth Pilgrimage

Got emailed this today, looks like it might be interesting. Unfortunately I have it in PDF so can't upload the pic, spewing, cos it looks cool. Might well check it out.

"Journeying to one another...
..For the Sake of Peace"



Interfaith Youth Pilgrimage


Sunday July 13, 3pm
Federation Square


1pm
Each Religious tradition meets in separate locations in the City
to reflect on the themes of peace, pilgrimage and interfaith relations

2:15pm Groups walk "on pilgrimage" to meet each other in Federation Square

3pm
Indigenous "Welcome to the land" and Peace Ceremony at Federation Square

For Meeting locations and times please contact your Faith Group Coordinators:
Buddhist: Freeman 0431 034 254 Christian: Maureen 9650 4511
Muslim (AIS): Osman 9326 2177 Sikh: Jagdeep 0431 417 533
Muslim (ICV): Sara 0421 885 492 Baha'i: Murray 0419 180 799
Jewish: Caroline 0407 118 771 Indigenous: Tristan 0431 584 268
Hindu: Nivedita 9846 8359


For more information:

Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission: 99265708
ecum@melbourne.catholic.org.au

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Name a church-win a Wii...

I got sent this the other day, and apparently it's pretty legit.

All you do is come up with a name and catchy tagline for a church, and you win a Nintendo Wii!

I think i might float the idea with the Huddle on mon, come up with a tagline and see if we can win the group a Wii!!

There's some alarm bells ringing faintly somewhere to do with mixing consumeristic desires and churches, but I can't really articulate them, so until i do-I say check this out!

www.nameachurch.com