19.10.02

At long last, progress is being made on my new computer. Husband decided to go against sons' advice and instal it himself. So he spent over an hour on phone to one sone who walked him through the installation of XP Professional. I refused to buy XP Home, its reputation has preceded it. I would have been content with Windows but he bought the Professional pack. Thought he had it all done, then the rubber hit the road when he needed to customise it. Did not understand its questions, nor know the answers needed. But at least it is set up and I can see a clear surface on my desk.

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Have just had a most enjoyable mornng with my friend at the wedding of a girl we have both known for over ten years. I pray God's blessing on Lyndal and Rick.

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Feeling somewhat stressed today. Lots of family issues which I have detailed in my journal, Shalom. Not mentioned there is the fact that my brother has just been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Treatment needs to be prompt, because while his prognosis is good, his wifwe has liver and bowel cancer and little more can be done for her. They have a nine year old son and he needds to have treatment while she is still able tolook after him.

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16.10.02

Further to the report earlier on Archbishop Jensen and his desire to have 10% od Sydney in Bible believing churches. I saw a comment that many Anglicans now feel like refugees in their own diocese.

I was brought up in the Anglican communion and became a Christian at an Anglican Sunday School. I have not attended an Anglican church as my home church for many years but always feel as if I have returned home when I do. I still know all the responses from the old prayer book and enjoy the liturgy of the Anglican services. However the term "refugee' also fits me. The Sydney diocese is particularly parochial and its eyes appear to be tightly closed against all who hold slightly different points of view to theirs. I am not a pentecostal, indeed, I hate labels of any kind, but the Sydney diocese regards people with such views as heretics. I have always read that an insistence upon the correctness of one's views at teh expense of all others, is a mark of a sect.

When I managed a small Christian resource centre, I sent an order given over the phoe by a woman. She gave her title as "Rev. ......." I asked her how she managed to be an ordained minister in the Anglican church here. She then gave her address which was in another diocese and told me that she had "escaped."

I have also always had a great deal of respect for the scholarship which comes from Moore College here. Some great stuff comes out of it. That respect has been waning lately. In Acts 16 we read of the vision which Paul had to go over to Macedonia with the gospel.. Current teaching is that it would have been Luke (shown by the change to "we") which actually suggested that, and not a vision at al. Now I know groups which mantain that all ifts ceased with the apostles. Not even they suggest it was anything but a vision.

It appears that Moore's exegesis is being driven by its hermeneutic rather than hermenuetic by exegesis. This is both intellectually and spiritually dishonest.

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Still enjoying reading Job. This has become somewhat more topical after the Bali bombing. God does not orchestrate such things. Rather he grieves at where our sinfulness has led us.

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Spent yesterday visiting my mother and sister. Haven't been there since April. I had a very relaxing day sitting outside admiring the beauty of the spring flowers and trees. Wonderful after the last few days' bad news.

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14.10.02

I'm still reading Job and enjoying it. I'm into the second round of speeches from Job's friends and Job is beginning to express some faith in God. He still maintains his innocence and integrity to his friends whose logic is flawed. What would I do?

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Australia thrashes Pakistan in cricket test. One of our batsmen made a score in excess of the total of Pakistan's score in both innings. Match lasted only two days instead of scheduled five.

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Did I mention that the keyboard and mouse on my new computer are cordless? Looking forward to that too. Old keyboard has several sticky keys and cleaning hasn't helped. Oneof those is the space bar if you see what I mean.

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The Sydney Morning Herald reports Archbishop Peter Jensen's drive to have 10% of the population in a bible believing church. Sounds really good, except there are quibbles over his definitions.

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We purchased a new computer for me on Saturday. It will be ready tomorrow, although I will still need one or both of my sons to connect everything properly. They have told my husband not to do anything about connecting to the network as they would rather work from scratch than fix up any messes. I can hardly wait to get back to my own study with my own reference books etc around me. It's heaps better than my current computer as far as specifications go. That is a Pentium II but is really old and wasn't new when I was given it. It has been a good workhorse, and apart from one hard disc crash, has served me well. Howevr, it is dying and not worth fixing. This will be much faster and will have adequate RAM which I don't have at the moment. It's not the top of the range by a long way, but I don't play those games which require massive speed, memory, super video/sound cards etc. I'm looking forward to it.

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Shocking news from Bali over the last 15 hours or so. So many killed or wounded. Many must be Australians. Bali is a popular place for holidays here. It's cheap, close and is counted as being overseas. When you live so far from most places, that is a plus. I can understand why two nightclubs were bombed. They would appear a symbol of decadent Western culture. Not that bombing makes things any better. In one sense it's a bit like shooting people outside an abortion clinic. Ironic. (Don't get me wrong- I don't approve of abortion, but to claim to be pro-life and then shoot someone does not add up.)

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Well, I'll try again. Diary-x appears to be down and blogger won't let me edit my first post this morning.

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Can't get into my

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