procrastination, heresy, and navel-gazing.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

when ya gotta go

so i had my blood test this morning, and then was given this bottle for a specimen. so i went into the loo and, well that was about it. i stood around for a while. had a drink. thought about waterfalls and rivers and lagoons and billabongs.

then i very humbly apologised, took my leave and left them empty handed.

how do i get over this performance anxiety? has anyone had similar experiences? handy hints?

i guess i could listen to my cassette tape of Ren and Stimpy's "don't wizz on the electric fence" although that may not actually help any, yet it does give some great mental pictures of urinating.

from memory:
    you can swizzle on the sofa
    piddle in the air
    you can tinkle in the toilet
    (that's why it is there)
    but when nature calls
    and you need to go
    just don't wizz on the electric fence

or something like that!

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mo thanks

thanks for all your support of movember.
together we raised several thousand dollars and many men had some great breakthrough evangelistic conversations with workmates and friends because of their mo (perhaps in spite of?)

below is my final effort, as pencilesque as i could make it.

unfortunately the national winner was a borat impersonator.
complete with a green shoulder length lycra ... something. not sure what the name is. nor where you could even get your hands on such a thing! not that i would like to know, but, well, golly!

thanks again.

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Friday, December 15, 2006

when beta blogger won't work

as has happened before, when trying to comment on drew's blog, and being repeatedly refused (darn you, beta - don't you know everyone who is anyone has switched to vhs!), i have decided to blog instead.

discussing my leftist leanings today, then further prompted by drew's post, i continue to be reminded of the hopelessness of anything claiming to unite humanity, and the futility of pinning our hopes on the (mankind-led) revolution.

even one of my faves, isaac asimov, picturing a humanity spread throughout the stars (in dust like stars), has the declaration of indepence as this highly prized gem, which, were it escape the hands of the baddies, would finally unite mankind in unprecedented peace and harmony.

thankfully we do not pin our hopes on a revolution of our own creation, but on the son of david. praise be to God!

as drew quotes:
    Isaiah 16:4-5"[...]let the outcasts of Moab
    sojourn among you;
    be a shelter to them
    from the destroyer.
    When the oppressor is no more
    and destruction has ceased,
    and he who tramples underfoot has vanished from the land,
    then a throne will be established in steadfast love,
    and on it will sit in faithfulness
    in the tent of David
    one who judges and seeks justice
    and is swift to do righteousness.”

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firstly: the new-look wild street church website is up! check it out on the sidebar.

secondly: next year the wild street bible institute is underway, and i am still thinking through possible topics. the format is to be (i'm thinking) 45 min talk, 45 min small group discussion. to be held monthly.
topics thus far are:
    Carthage (the church of martyrs)
    Alexandria (allegory)
    Athens (historico-contextual method)
    Rome (church governance/leadership)
    Constantinople (esp 381 and trinitarian controversy)
    Sin - the nature of the atonement
    Source Criticism

got any suggestions as regards format of the time, other possible subjects?
any appreciated!

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

God wants YOU (rich)

seeing as i don't seem to find time to post, i'll just link to those i like myself: for starters, here's a lovely video with some great ditties of the prosperity type. sing along if you know the words!

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Friday, December 08, 2006

God - The Ultimate Terrorist?

with no more SOCM, i am able to go to the Christianity and Contemporary Thought seminars held by CASE, and heard this talk by Andrew Cameron, entitled Terrorism and Christianity.

as the talk went on, with various definitions of Terrorism being bandied about, i kept thinking more and more (no pun intended), that God would actually fit many of the definitions of a terrorist.
Oliver O'Donovan's definition is (paraphrased, from memory), "one who furthers their viewpoint by intimidation", excluding those who would set up a viable, alternative government.
but would not this include God? i present the following reasons:
    And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10:28)
    For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. (Deuteronomy 4:24)
    Honour everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the emperor. (1 Peter 2:17)
God obviously presents a choice of Him, or destruction. if you're not on the God-Train, you're going to get run over.
    Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” (John 18:36)
there is no viable alternative government (at least in the here-and-now) proposed. rather (as in 1 Peter 2:17 ob cit.) we are to honour, not least pray for, the secular governments placed over us.

this sounds not at all dissimilar to many terrorist manifestos, there is simply a claim to legitimacy, of heritage, of third-knowledge, and the proven ability to carry out any and all threats.

of course the thing with terrorism is the unacceptability of their methods and the questionability of their ends. God, being the creator of all that is seen and unseen, is righteous. though perhaps not not a terrorist.

is this an acceptable apologetic angle, or has psychodougie gone too far this time?

ps sorry about the lack of blogging of late. i have no excuse, my priorities have simply been elsewhere.

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