Showing posts from April, 2012


115/ 366 Not yet, a photo by bobmendo on Flickr. Early on Anzac Day in Newcastle Beach, men put up this net on the empty beach. In only a few minutes I saw it, and wondered how long it would be before the crowds would be teeming. How long would it be until a few sports people would be lining up in position on opposite sides of this make-shift war zone?

The photo says "anticipation" to me. And this is a good quality to maintain. A good characteristic to keep as yours.

What do I mean? Joel the prophet said, "It will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;
And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams,
Your young men will see visions." (Joel 2.28)

I like anticipation. I am a forward-looker. I am sometimes called a dreamer. Or a visionary. Or worse.

What do you see when you see an empty beach? A field of possibilities or emptiness and loneliness?

What did Michelangelo see when he saw a block of marble? A block of ma…

Multi culturalism run amok

Britain: Muslim 'Cultural Sensitivity' Runs Amok by Soeren Kern, GATESTONE INSTITUTE [Israpundit 20.4.12] Far from thanking him for his multiculturalism, Muslims say they are "offended" by his "generalizing about their beliefs."
The largest university in London plans to impose a ban on the sale of alcohol on campus to accommodate the "cultural sensitivity" of its Muslim students.
London Metropolitan University's Vice Chancellor, Malcolm Gillies, says it would be unwise to "cling" to a "nostalgic" view where the vast majority wants alcohol to be available. Instead, he says that he believes the university should take account of diverging views, namely those of Muslims, who now comprise 20% of the university's 30,000 students.

"Many of our students do come from backgrounds where they actually look on drinking as a negative. We therefore need to rethink how we cater for that 21st-century balance," Gillies decl…

Judgment begins with the House of God

We read in the Bible: "For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?" (1 Peter 4.17) Tonight we began a study in the Bible in the book of Amos in the Older Testament. In a week you will be able to listen to the sermon on our website, but for now, here are some notes I took, II. The theme of the book
a. Lions roar in judgment
b. Against Israel AND the surrounding nations

III. Seven Judgment Sermons against the nations!
a. Surprise that it’s not against Israel (If in verse one God says "this is concerning Israel" then why does he begin with judgments against the nations?
i. Rather vs Damascus, Gaza, etc
ii. In other prophets, judgment on nations=salvation for Israel (Joel 3, Obadiah, Is. 13-20, Jere 46-51, Ezek 25-32, Nahum) so I'm thinking that Israel must have felt pretty ok. "Good on you God, you are going to give it to our enemies! Hoo…

Today's joke

The rabbi, minister and priest used to gather each Saturday night to gamble. Their parishioners were not happy about it and contacted police.
The policeman showed up and the ministers put away their cards and chips and brought out Bibles.
The constable asked, "Father, have you been gambling?" The priest bowed his head and prayed quietly. Crossed himself, and looked up and said, "No, officer."
The constable asked the minister, "Reverend, have you been gambling?" The minister bowed his head and said a silent prayer. He replied, "No, officer."
The constable asked the rabbi, "Rabbi, have you been gambling?" The rabbi looked directly at the policeman and replied, "With whom?"

Cardinals, not St Louisian

Barney Zwartz reported in the Sydney Morning Herald (Friday),  "Cardinal George Pell has moved to clarify demeaning remarks he made about Jews on TV, calling them intellectually lesser than the Egyptians, including Jesus Christ. During the ABC's Q&A TV debate, with atheist advocate Richard Dawkins on Monday night, he also suggested that ''no people in history were [as severely] punished as the Germans were'', apparently ignoring the Holocaust, for which the Germans were punished.

After the Executive Council of Australian Jewry conveyed its ''serious concern'', Cardinal Pell released a statement saying he was sorry the points did not come out as he preferred."
The Australian Jewish News reported Thursday, "During a wide-ranging discussion on Monday night’s program, Pell – the Archbishop of Sydney – alluded to ancient Jewish people being intellectually inferior to ancient Egyptians and Persians, while also making the extr…