Showing posts from June, 2011

United voices, but not unity

This is from some blog or news service; I can't tell the difference anymore. Seems the only Jewish radio station in all of Australia, with a community license, has lost its license. They stopped broadcasting on Monday at midnight. Shalom Lion FM, and shalom MJR (Melbourne Jewish Radio).

The Australian Communications and Media Authority also announced that they do not intend to issue any further community broadcasting licences in Melbourne.

The Jewish Community Council of Victoria’s President, John Searle said “the loss of the licence is very unfortunate”. He added, “It is devastating news for our community for whom the benefits of the licence were enormous. It provided not only a means of communication within our community, but also a wonderful window through which information could flow to the wider community.”

That makes sense. So many people learn about Jewish things from peering inside the sights and sounds of Jewish life. They visit the local synagogue. They attend Jewish fi…

Grounded and flying high

Yesterday I flew back early from Brisbane to Sydney. Early because I had heard that there was a massive cloud of ash coming from Chile and the Chilean volcano was still spewing. I heard that as the airplanes were grounded in Europe from the Iceland volcano, so this one would hit Australia. I wasn't nervous, but thought it best to leave early. I got back in plenty of time, as nothing to/from Sydney was affected, immediately. But the news today is awash with the troubles of the thousands being made visible.

The Age (from Melbourne) reports this morning, "Thousands of air passengers remain stranded in Melbourne despite the ash cloud from the Chilean volcano beginning to dissipate and airlines resuming flights out of Tullamarine and Avalon airports yesterday." The Age article

The AAP reported, "The air force was called in yesterday to fly Tasmanian federal politicians to Canberra after they could not travel on commercial flights."

Disruption is never convenient no…

G Giffords and Jewish identity

The news is good today about Gabrielle Giffords. The media is running the photo (below)showing her alive and well. The shooting in Arizona on 8 January left many dead, some in shock, and Giffords fighting for her life. Who is she? And what is this about her being Jewish?
Giffords was born in Tucson, Arizona, to Gloria Kay (née Fraser) and Spencer J. Giffords. She was raised in a mixed religious home by her Jewish father and Christian Science-practicing mother. She has identified herself solely with Judaism since 2001, belonging to Congregation Chaverim, a Reform synagogue, in Tucson. She is Arizona's first Jewish congresswoman. Would the Orthodox Jewish people count her as a Jew? Not really. But Arizona does. And certainly Congregation Chaverim does.

And I do. And the Bible would, too. Abraham begat Isaac. Not Sarah. (Of course, Sarah did, but the Bible's use of patrilineal genealogy is well noted) Isaac begat Jacob. You get the idea. So Giffords' father's Jewish identi…

Animal rights

It’s all over the news. Look what’s happening with Indonesian abattoirs and the traumas of slaughtering formerly-Australian cattle. The RSPCA and Animals Australia are taking out adverts on television. They are organizing a national day of protest against animal cruelty on 18 June.

121,000 Australians work for the beef industry. The value of live cattle exports in the year 2010 was $678 million. There are 10,000 jobs directly related in Australia to the live cattle export trade. So it’s no small matter that the federal government under Prime Minister Julia Gillard (actually Agriculture Minister, Joe Ludwig) has ordered a suspension of the exporting of live cattle to Indonesia until the government over there can guarantee the humane treatment of the animals before they are slaughtered.

Wait, did I say ‘humane’? That means human, and thus, I’m a little confused. Shall we treat animals like we treat humans? Or better than humans? We don’t sell humans to other countries for a profit, …

Shavuot, Pentecost, some shaking and Jesus

Christchurch 2011. Devastation. Earthquake. And tremors that continued. Six months after the larger but not fatal earthquake had hit the same place. This though was the most expensive natural disaster in our sense of history in New Zealand at 15 billion dollars. In total, 183 people were killed in the earthquake, making the earthquake the second-deadliest natural disaster recorded in New Zealand (after the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake), and fourth-deadliest disaster of any kind recorded in New Zealand.
Months later, in April this year, Fukishima Japan. Earthquake and tsunami. And then weeks later, another earthquake as tremors continue. The nuclear reactor is in danger. The people of Tokyo are only 170 kilometres south and often worried of the situation.
For most of us, life is a driving force, keeping and getting life, almost whatever the cost. That’s a prime driver for humanity and for us as humans, amen?

Tonight in Bondi and in Jerusalem and in New York City Jews are celebrating…


It's advertising time for the new calendar for 2011-2012, which really is the calendar for 5772. You can order it here

Why should anyone order a $22 calendar when the life insurance company or the funeral home or the butcher might give you one for free? The artwork by Amy Sheetreet, an Israeli artist, is worth the price by itself. And each page is able to be framed, after the year is over. Each month has the information about what portions of Bible are read in synagogues worldwide. You can know about holidays like Passover and Hanukkah and when they happen, since Jewish holidays rotate according to the moon and not the sun, like Aussie holidays like Anzac Day.

Each month has information which will be useful for you to understand the Scripture and the promises God has given each of us.

Of course, if you live in the USA, you can order from the Jews for Jesus website there, but here in Australia, we are the only ones who will have this edition. Get it early. Last year we sold out b…

Same story...different location

I'm putting up the link to the Vimeo broadcast from Michigan of my testimony and some tips on Jewish people and what we think and how to witness to Jewish people. Should be good, if you have an hour. Here it is

I guess telling the story is a biblical thing to do. The Apostle Paul told his story and it's recorded three times in the book of Acts. I wonder how many times he really told it. Probably hundreds. And every time I share what God did for me, back in 1971 and beyond, I remember that God still is, that He loves to bring people to Himself, and that He is alive. He's not only the God of the Bible, but He's alive and well and wanting relationship with us all.

Even you.
If you'll listen.

May you have a story to tell as well.