Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Just write about anyone!?

Again, same issue. Same question.

Anybody know any interesting/controversial chracters from Church History from the Reformation till the 1960s I could write about? I wanted to write about Oscar Romero but he was too recent.

Let me know if you have any ideas.

Just write about anything!?

I hate it when they tell us that! I love the flexibility, but sometimes it'd just be easier to be told a topic to go write on.

So, any ideas for essays slightly related to Church History from the Reformation till about the 1960s?

Monday, September 29, 2008

My week away-IMMERSE

Just recently got back from the new Youth Vision camp IMMERSE which we'd been working towards and planning for ages.

It was a great week, with heaps of kids learning a whole lot more about the Story of God and how that interacts with their story. The way the studies were set up was really different to normal, but was great for the diversity of kids we had and where they were at faith-wise.

They'd basically broken the whole Bible up into 7 basic themes or stories, and told one or two of those each day to everybody. There was no 'sermon' as such, and no real pre-determined message that we were trying to tell the kids, it was all based around where they were at and what they were learning/wondering about after hearing the stories.

So each day we would listen to a story or two, and the kids were given time to respond, to journal any questions they might have, which were then discussed in groups later. I really loved the concept for a number of reasons, and it really worked quite well I thought.

The stories were thus:
DESIGNED
BROKEN
EXPECTANT
PRESENCE
SATISFIED
MISSION
RESTORATION

Check ou the link above for the site, which whilst pretty basic, gives you a bit more info.

I loved it, am thankful for the guys from YMA for coming over and running studies stuff, and was stoked to be a part of kicking off Youth Vision camping again.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Spiritual Discipline and stuff we hate doing

I had a conversation with a friend late last week about silence, spending time in quiet reflection with God, something he really struggled with, but his community was really encouraging him to get into.

He kinda had the attitude 'na it's not my thing, it's not how I connect with God' which is fine, as it may not be how everybody is naturally wired.

But it got me thinking about how much do we just do the stuff that's easy for us, how much do we stick it out with spiritual disciplines that we struggle with, how much do we just stick to what 'works best' for us.

I recognise that we all learn differently, we all grow differently, and we all experience God differently, but does that mean we shouldn't have to do the discipline stuff we find hard? I think not.

We can go too far in accommodating people and trying to make them feel comfortable, when sometimes we just need to kick them (and more importantly, ourselves) up the bum and make them persevere for a while with something they struggle with.

I think about this a lot in my own life too, how easy it is for me to avoid the stuff that I find hard but know is beneficial. If everything I do is fun and easy, it never challenges me to grow...

Following Jesus or Jesus' Cause?

Had a great chat with some friends from church tonight about many a varied topic.

One of the things one of my friends brought up was the idea of getting caught just following Jesus' cause, without actually 'listening to' and following the will of Jesus.

So, the idea is that there's plenty of things you can do in the name of following the cause of Jesus, doing all manner of ministry and mission stuff, all of which is great, but if you're not actually doing what God is asking of YOU, then you're not on track.

Was a good thought and given me some stuff to think about.

The verse in Matt 6:33 kept coming to mind: "Seek first God's Kingdom and God's Righteousness and all of the rest of these things will be added unto you". Is a favourite of mine.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Osama Loves

My mate sent me this website yesterday, looks like a pretty cool idea.

These dudes are just flying around looking for people called Osama, and finding out what they love.

Osama the student loves soccer, Osama the chef loves chess etc.

They're still searching for more, so any Osamas out there that read my blog, go give em a call!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Ridiculous Hypotheticals

The title says it all, check it out.

As most people who know me will know, I love a good hypothetical, and inspired by this blog, am thinking I might start posting some on my blog. I love em.

And NO Chong, I am never going to post the first hypothetical that comes to your mind.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Living in Intentional Community

This is a great interview/article about some people doing Intentional Communal Living sort of stuff, something that has been going around in my head for ages. Basically just living in a big place and being intentional about sharing your life and space with the people around you. There's heaps to like about it.

I've always been inspired by my good mate Lucas who used to run a fully open home down in Torquay, where there was always people there hanging out, doing life together etc. Was great stuff.

They're also into dumpster diving, which is also pretty cool-but not for everybody! Sure does save them a whole bunch of money!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Bible for Yr 7s

Was really cool yesterday, totally unbeknown to me, the Gideons came and gave out a whole chunk of little Bibles to the Yr 7 kids who were interested, which surprisingly enough, a fair few were.

A couple asked me questions about how to read it, or what it meant etc, so cos they're interested, I'm thinking I might run a little thing in my office at school at lunchtime about how to read the Bible/what it all means.

Don't think I've ever run anything this basic with kids this age, so will be an interesting challenge, particularly since I'm going to do it next week-didn't want to wait till after term holidays.

So, if anybody has good ideas about this stuff, please feel free to let me know.

Is an exciting opportunity, as it will prob be my first chance to run something intentionally Christian of this nature in the school.

Monday, September 01, 2008

The 2008 Darwin Awards

You've been waiting for them with bated breath, so without further ado here are the 2008 Darwin awards.

Eighth Place
In Detroit , a 41-year-old man got stuck and drowned in two feet of water after squeezing head first through an 18-inch-wide sewer grate to retrieve his car keys.

Seventh Place
A 49-year-old San Francisco stockbroker, who 'totally zoned when he ran,' accidentally, jogged off a 100-foot high cliff on his daily run.

Sixth Place
While at the beach, Daniel Jones, 21, dug an 8 foot hole for protection from the wind and had been sitting in a beach chair at the bottom! When it collapsed, burying him beneath 5 feet of sand. People on the beach used their hands and shovels trying to get him out but could not reach him. It took rescue workers using heavy equipment almost an hour to free him. Jones was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Fifth Place
Santiago Alvarado, 24, was killed as he fell through the ceiling of a bicycle shop he was burglarizing. Death was caused when the long flashlight he had placed in his mouth to keep his hands free rammed into the base of his skull as he hit the floor.

Fourth Place
Sylvester Briddell, Jr., 26, was killed as he won a bet with friends who said he would not put a revolver loaded with four bullets into his mouth and pull the trigger.

Third Place
After stepping around a marked police patrol car parked at the front door, a man walked into H&J Leather & Firearms intent on robbing the store. The shop was full of customers and a uniformed officer was standing at the counter. Upon seeing the officer, the would-be robber announced a hold-up!, and fired a few wild shots from a target pistol. The officer and a clerk promptly returned fire, and several customers also drew their guns and fired. The robber was pronounced dead at the scene by Paramedics. Crime scene investigators located 47 expended cartridge cases in the shop. The subsequent autopsy revealed 23 gunshot wounds. Ballistics identified rounds from 7 different weapons. No one else was hurt.

HONORABLE MENTION
Paul Stiller, 47, and his wife Bonnie were bored just driving around at 2 A.M. so they lit a quarter stick of dynamite to toss out the window to see what would happen. Apparently they failed to notice the window was closed.

RUNNER UP
Kerry Bingham had been drinking with several friends when one of them said they knew a person who had bungee-jumped from a local bridge in the middle of traffic. The conversation grew more heated and at least 10 men trooped along the walkway of the bridge at 4:30 AM. Upon arrival at the midpoint of the bridge they discovered that no one had brought a bungee rope. Bingham, who had continued drinking, volunteered and pointed out that a coil of lineman's cable, lay near by. They secured one end around Bingham's leg and then tied the other to the bridge. His fall lasted 40 feet before the cable tightened and tore his foot off at the ankle. He miraculously survived his fall into the icy water and was rescued by two nearby fishermen. Bingham's foot was never located.

AND THE WINNER IS...
Zookeeper Friedrich Riesfeldt ( Paderborn, Germany) fed his constipated elephant 22 doses of animal laxative and more than a bushel of berries, figs and prunes before the plugged-up pachyderm finally got relief.
Investigators say ill-fated Friedrich, 46, was attempting to give the ailing elephant an olive oil enema when the relieved beast unloaded.
The sheer force of the elephant's unexpected defecation knocked Mr. Riesfeldt to the ground where he struck his head on a rock as the elephant continued to evacuate 200 pounds of dung on top of him.
It seems to be just one of those freak accidents that proves... 'Shit happens'

IT ALWAYS SEEMS IMPORTANT TO THANK THESE PEOPLE FOR REMOVING THEMSELVES FROM THE GENE POOL