Packing

Well my wife and kids have gone away to the farm for a few days, just me and my mother-in-law left home alone.
I am packing for Thailand and hanging with Mark, the guy down th road, he’s bored as he was meant to be on the rig but the cyclone damaged it the other week and he is home waiting for a call back.
Leave in 24hours for the Leprosy Colony!

Firefox crashed last night, lost all my bookmarks…like 400 of them!

Easter Saturday Blog Tweek

Just got inspired after mowing the lawn to mess with the blog. I moved it to the new blogger version a few months ago but have never taken advantage of all the easy to use bits…now I have I can’t remember what I had on the old blog…what was covering those dots at the top of the page? Oh and how did I get that Make Poverty Histy banner appear in the top right hand corner?
I must see if I can discover my Flikr site again. I put some new links in there too, did I lose your link? Let me know.

2 days till I go to Thailand!

The Hand of God

Well it looks like the hand of God stepped in shut down all the nasty sweary conversation on the post entitled “Everything Sucks”.
Blogger seemed to have some global problems last night/yesterday but this comments problem seems to be different from that as I still can’t get in to read the comments on that post.
So if you were one participating in what was looking to be a hot topic on swearing christians and pharisees…then you’ve missed out…we’ve all grown up and moved on…and bloody well have much more important things to talk about…woops…sorry couldn’t help it 🙂

POST SCRIPT – Aghhh, yes, with much repentance and forgiveness between brothers the Lord has returned the comments section to “Everything Sucks” post (below) – so much love on my blog…so much love! 🙂

Great New Website

Forge WA have just launched their own website. Andrew Hamilton has produced this one himself (amazing what a few hours on the computer can do!).

Forge is an innovative mission training network that seeks to equip Christian leaders for mission in a first world setting.

Forge recognises the enormous cultural shifts that have occurred in the world over the last few decades and is committed to developing leaders who can live and serve incarnationally, who have a holistic view of life and mission and who are able to re-think church structures recognising that one size does not fit all. Read more

ForgeWA is supported by both Churches of Christ in WA and the WA Baptist Union among other groups.

Is Emergent the New Christian Left? Tony Jones responds to the critics

An interesting 2 part read on Out of Ur, Leadership Mags blog.


In December, Brian McLaren was arrested along with 115 other activists while peacefully protesting the federal budget that he believes unfairly treats the poor. As one of the most visible participants in Emergent Village, McLaren’s increasingly outspoken political views has some wondering—is Emergent a new camp for Christian liberalism? In this post Tony Jones, the national coordinator for Emergent, responds to critics by championing Emergent’s conversational purpose and celebrating the group’s diversity.

I read a lot of blogs, my wife and friends say too many. And some of those blogs are deeply critical of Emergent Village, a decade-old friendship that has, after my family, become home to my most important relationships. My Emergent friends, old and new, love Jesus and are robustly grappling their way into God’s future. It seems to me that the two most important commitments that we in Emergent share are 1) we are ultimately hopeful about God’s future, and 2) we are committed to moving forward together, as friends.

What continues to surprise me is how dangerous some people consider this friendship I’m in to be. If you take some of these blogs (and books) seriously, those of us who make up the Emergent Village are a great threat to the Christian church—we have undermined doctrine, truth, and church life. The fact that we’re discussing theological items that have been previously deemed “undiscussable” is considered grounds for labels like “heretic” and “apostate.”

Honestly, I care little about these critiques. They come from those who either have no idea what Emergent is all about and/or could not possibly be persuaded from their position anyway.

On the other hand…read the rest here

Consumer Church

Again the Leadership magazine blog Out of UR has a great article. This time it’s Spencer Burke of “the ooze” fame commenting on consumer driven churches, here’s a splice to tease you over to their site.

Is the problem that people in the pews keep upping the ante on their demands, or is it that church leaders don’t comprehend the real source of their discontent? Is it that people want too much, or that they just don’t want what the church is currently selling?

Right now churches are focusing on one product to the exclusion of others. Most often, it’s teaching, a 60- to 90-minute event held at a particular time, at a particular physical address. It’s basically the same product we’ve been selling since the Renaissance. People sit in a room and listen to someone talk.

But here’s the thing: back then, it made sense for people to travel miles to hear someone talk about God. After all, people were mostly illiterate, Bibles were expensive, and Sunday morning was often the only time people could expand their horizons. Teaching was a rare commodity.

That’s no longer true today. Teaching is available everywhere—on television, radio, online. The local church no longer has the corner on the market.

Full article here.

Need Help With Digital Photography?

Darren, a guy I know who started The Livingroom has started a new blog…another new blog!
This blog is a bit different,, no comments etc like a normall blog, but as per usual Darren fills it with brilliant up to date, original information, tips and techniques that all can use.
I am no photographer, Christine is, but not a digital gal. I sometimes use ACOM‘s camera, but it’s supa cheap!
Check this out.

Tips For Fellow Bloggers

Tips For Fellow Bloggers
Here are 7 tips that appear in the article in “In The Black” all about corporate blogging, might be relevant to you.

  1. Get approval before embarking on a blog at work.
  2. You have to have something to say. Brochure copy will be ignored.
  3. The best blogs are updated frequently so are more immediate.
  4. The more you blog the more people will visit.
  5. Don’t blog about anything confidential. It is usually wise to steer clear of clients.
  6. Avoid slagging off competitors or making negative comments about other companies.
  7. Have fun!


Man, maybe some of us Christians should have read this worldly wisdom before sticking the knife in to some of our own ‘competitors’ and ‘other companies’. Dam shame when you have to learn Godly wisdom from outside his church hey? Humbling, yes?