Thursday, November 9, 2006

Contemplative Seventh Day

I believe that Eugine Peterson has written something about the 7th "day" of Creation as the "Contemplative 7th Day".

I'm reflecting on the concept that rest isn't a sense of inactivity. I wonder if we are in the "Contemplative 7th Day" now?

Maybe the "day's" were figurative with them being a task of doing, now complete?

Saturday, October 14, 2006

If from fear is it still our choice

I wonder, if we do something out of fear is it still a decision of choice, an act of our own free will or is it something else?


 

If we do something because we are scared of negative repercussions; possible punishment, is it still our decision?


 

If we fear an after life which includes the possibility of a separation from God and loved ones or some form of torment or punishment or absolute nothingness, I suspect our whole life may be framed in part or whole by fear or anxiety.


 

I feel it's quite ironic that within versions of Christianity which seem to have a message of assurance of the positive after life "by faith not works" and includes a message of no fear of the negative afterlife; condemnation \ hell fire etc for those who are "in", actually end up creating within their devotee's the antitheses of their message; a ego centric fear and anxiety within themselves and for others.

 


 

I've found Brian D. Malaren’s books like the "New King of Christian" series and "Generous Orthodoxy" most helpful of hearing a different take on things.

 


 

Monday, September 11, 2006

I wish you were a coke machine

I wish you were a coke machine, a coke machine
 yes I wish you were a coke machine, machine
 dispensing that which I want, need, desire or require
 I wish you were a coke machine, a coke machine
 I wish you were a coke machine, 
for if you were a coke machine I'd ask you for a latrine
 Oh I wish you a coke machine, dispensing that which I want, I need
 I wish my God was a coke machine
 for I'd choose my request and wait for it to be dispensed
 maybe you are a coke machine? coke machine 
 for like a coke machine, sometimes you don't get what you want,
 sometimes you choose one thing and you get another
 sometimes you choose one thing and you just loose your money
 and you try again and again,  more money with little gain.
 you kick and shake the machine and still it does not come clean
 you tilt the machine risking death, sometimes dispensing, sometimes not.
 Oh I wish you were a coke machine, a coke machine
if only my God was a coke machine
 Perhaps you are a coke machine, a coke machine

Friday, August 18, 2006

Busking? What the!

Have you ever seen a piano player busking? Yes you may say, but have you seen one at 10pm at night with an accustic piano on a main street of town? Well I did on Darby St, Newcastle. The strangest and funniest fucking thing I've seen in a long time.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Universal Community

There comes great benefit in thinking more universally, greater than our immediate circumstances or ourselves.

There is a saying “We are the body of Christ, for his Spirit is with us”. The saying doesn’t say I am the body of Christ, for his spirit is with me, but rather it says WE are the body of Christ, his spirit is with US. And that US includes past, present and future members.

The body is an interesting metaphor because a body has various parts, shapes and sizes. Can you define a body? Is the body a finger or a toe or is a toe part of the whole body? I’ve found it of great benefit to think of this in a universal and mystical sense which brings the individual and otherness together.

I’ve heard and read various people try and define community as a local geographical and tangible entity, however my experience tells me community has included the tangible and intangible. The local and not so local. It’s included the mystical and the not so mystical. It’s included the here and now and the yesterday and tomorrow. It actually crosses cultural and communication methods. It’s a connection that is easier to experience than it is to define.

I’ve found loneliness can exist in both the tangible small definable communities and in the less definable more universal and mystical, but I’ve found community within both also. In fact for times of loneliness I feel that loneliness can be propounded in an environment that talks a lot of community in the here and now in “this place” in “this group of people”. For the person who’s really trying to connect, but doesn’t seem to, this can be a very isolating experience.

So if God’s presence is with us and God is with us and we are a part of the whole and as part of the whole we will give and receive and different times and places different aspects of each other and of God himself.

One form is not better or more ideal than the other but rather all forms have value for different people at different stages on their journey. What’s important is that each person can find and experience community in all its fullness whatever that may look like.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Which way

It's not about it being either or, it's both and!

Friday, May 26, 2006

Did you see this hillsong sketch "taking the piss", hilarious

Did any of you happen to watch "The Chaser's War on Everything" on ABC tonight (26th May).
I'd never seen this show before, but very funny, They take the piss out of all sorts of stuff.
My favourite was the "Hillsong Church Sketch", you've got to watch it, absolutely hilarious.
At moment it's on the ABC website: under "Play Latest Highlights", and click on "Hill song Sketch". But I suspect over next day or so it will appear in the general list.

Happy watching.

Monday, May 22, 2006

An Aunt’s Prayer

"I wish to burn and release all negativity connected to myself, [name other people specifically e.g. family members and animals], all pass overs, step-outs and step-ins and I raise these up to the white light in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

A prayer my Aunty said ~ 2005 sometime I think or may have been 2004?

Response and Outcome

"Your response dictakes the outcome"

Author Uknown. Heard somewhere in past couple of years.

Here to learn and teach

"We are here to learn and teach"

Spoken by Afro Moses

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

Group or Private Loneliness

Are you better to be lonely and know lots of people or lonely and really not knowing many people?


I've experienced both sides and I think I prefer knowing few people rather than lots. I think loneliness is compunded when you are surrounded by lot's of acquaintances but not really not feeling connected to anyone in particular.


Hence having moved to a new part of the country I'm in know rush to meet lot's of people, I'd prefer to make good friendships with a few.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

A Decent Response to Contraversy

If only more Christians could think and act in a more generous way, like the dean.


When being questioned about the controversy about the upcoming release of the Da Vinci Code movie:


“I think anything in this day and age which causes people to think about the Christian faith is a good thing, and even if the claims are widely off the mark it gives me and other people a chance to say, well, perhaps you should look at it this way.”


Graeme Lawrence – Dean of Newcastle (Reported in Newcastle Herald, p 17)

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Spirituality or Sexuality

How often do we confuse sexuality and spirituality, be it denying the sexual and replacing it with the spiritual or by denying the spiritual and replacing it with the sexual. This denying may not be outright or even conscious. I know for me in the past it wasn't conscious. The question I ask myself, is should this site be a porn site … maybe?

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

God began it with darkness and darkness wasn’t removed, rather it became part of the whole.

Today I by chance was moved to read the beginning of the Hebrew Scriptures Genesis 1:1-5, how my soul leaped for joy as I came across darkness and God; side by side. For the story starts with God creating the universe, the heavens and the earth. For it says that the earth was cloaked in darkness (NLT) \ it says, “The raging ocean that covered everything was engulfed in total darkness” (GNB). It says “..and darkness was on the face of the deep” (KVJV). It says, “darkness was over the surface of the deep” (NIV). But who or what was amongst this darkness? We are told that it was the Spirit of God hovering (NKJV \ NLT \ NIV); The Power of God moving over the water (GNB);


Do we pause here and ponder the first act, or is the first act still in progress?


For as we continue reading, God goes on and creates light and says it’s good, but he doesn’t get rid of darkness, he rather divides \ separates darkness and light, calling them day and night (vs 3,4).


Further down the passage in verses 14-17 God creates the sun and moon to preside over the day and night and also stars. Interestingly these two bright lights were to be signs (vs14) to mark off the seasons, the days and the years. Also interesting is the word preside (also translated govern and rule), especially when you read later on in Genesis chapter 1, how these same words of seemingly dominant language are also used to describe humankinds relationship to earth and animals. I suspect it’s not about dominance, but rather of care and protection. But that’s for another discussion.


It seems the beginning of the whole, including darkness and light ends with God being happy and seeing it as good. Interestingly the story doesn’t start with bad news, of evil or for that matter, darkness being a bad thing. It starts with God and God creating, what seems to be a sequence of events; ending with “and it was good”. Seemingly not saying the first was bad or the next was better, just that at each step “it was good”.


So I still love the darkness and think it’s good.


The Mystical Wanderer.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

I love darkness

I love darkness, for in the darkness of the night you can see the light.


The candles burn and flicker away. The candles make sense in darkness. For darkness brings a different perspective to life and light.


For without darkness would light make sense, would the totality of its beauty be seen and experienced?


But without light, darkness would be hopelessness and fear, for we would be afraid.


But with light comes hope, it removes fear.


Darkness + Light


I lookup and see the stars shining, only because it's dark. I look out and see the lights of the city flickering in beautiful harmony, only because it's dark. For if there were no darkness and only light there would be beauty in the sky and the view of the city, but it would be different.


I look at myself and see joy + freedom that I didn't see when I was only walking in the light, for by walking in the darkness I seem to naturally see the light. A new and different perspective that compliments.


I wonder what the scriptures say about darkness from a positive perspective, I've heard much negative, but I wander if in fact there might be a good deal from a positive? Does it even matter?


Does darkness = evil? or is evil more easily hidden by darkness? Does that make darkness in and of itself evil or bad?


My International Bible Dictionary p.255 says "Mankind has long associated it with evil, danger, crime" yet in the complete dictionary of symbols p.142 it goes further and says "In mystic thought, light and dark are equally necessary: darkness precedes light as death proceeds resurrection". I guess I'm the more mystical type.

Greater than ourselves

I find it interesting how there are moments in ones life when we are reminded that we are not the centre and our issues and struggles are not the greatest, actually far from it.

I by chance attended an Anzac Rememberance service at the local Cathedral. Across the ilse from me were what I assume army cadets, probably 18 - 30 yo. And the man at the front said 1000 men lost their lives in WW1 form Newcastle, many so young as these boys, about the age of my cousins and their friends who were paying around this easter. So young.

And so I remember those who have gone before and those who serve our country and others in the cause of peace and justice.