7.2.03

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Thanks to Darren.

The other day when I did this, I was a type 1- a Reformer.

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"Death by PowerPoint is a fearsome weapon." So begins a comment in the paper on Powell's speech yesterday.

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Bene Diction was asking last week what made something newsworthy. The shuttle disaster, horrible indeed, rated highly. The deaths of seven young people in Canada and of others in a train smash here and in Lagos did not gain nearly as much attention. Today's Sydney Morning Herald reports the destruction of seven villages and the deaths of 164 people in a storm in the Republic of Congo. It's on page nine and occupies just over an inch of one column.

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Are you a cat fan? Have a look here. Lovely pictures from Meditatio.

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Just realised that some may think I was praying for a thunderstorm on the Gay and Lesbian parade tomorrow. I've actually heard prayers for large hail so all that bare flesh would be injured. I couldn't say "amen' to that prayer. I've heard lots of different explanations of the verses about homosexuality. Nothing convinces me that that lifestyle is in accordance with God's Word. However, I don't think praying for hail is the answer.

I know of a couple of men (not partners), who became Christians and who had enormous struggles leaving homosexuality behind. They lived celibate lives, but only after returning to the homosexual scene several times. One of these two died a most horrible, agonising, drawn out death from AIDS which he had contracted but not known about before he became a Christian. To watch his downhill slide was an awful experience.

I think it's sad to see how quickly we point the finger at others and often do not look at ourselves.

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6.2.03

It will soon be mardi gras time here. Perhaps I should say samedi gras because it is on Saturday that a huge parade is held in Sydney. I'm speaking of the Gay and Lesbian mardi gras which is held through the streets of Kings Cross on Saturday evening. It is then followed by an enormous party. This started as a small thing, but developed into something very large. Many come from places like San Francisco to take part or just to watch. Last year, the group running the show was put into receivership as sponsorship fell through. Somehow it has been rescued and "the show must go on." Severe thunderstorms are forecast for the next few evenings, so perhaps it will rain on the parade.

It seems to me to be somewhat dishonest to take one part only of the festival. mardi gras is an old festival, followed by Lent. I wonder how many who take part on Saturday have any intention of even thinking of Lent, then the true meaning of Easter?

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100 anti-war poems in a free ebook from here here. I haven't yet read them and you'll need Acrobat Reader to download them, but am fascinated by the concept. Link from here.

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This puts a whole new slant on working from home..Marrickville Council, (inner-city Sydney), has decided to approve prostitutes working from their own homes. The approval will be given only to one person/ address.

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4.2.03

While reading and praying this morning, I was contemplating the relationship of the Trinity. Now there's no way I am going to try and unravel this sort of thing, let alone to write on it. It's far too easy to fall into some ancient heresy. However, God said, "Let us make man in our image..." Part of that image is the ability and need to live in relationship with others. Yet this is one area where the effects of sin are so obvious and one area where foulups so easily and readily occur. I live in a relationship which is deeply marred. Not only that, but there were major family problems lately. Family is important to me and I hate it when there are problems among family members.

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Yet another train accident, this time in Melbourne. A runaway train with no driver went for 17 km before hitting a stationary train at Spencer St Station. Several people were injured, but there were no fatalities. First thought suggestd that something was wrong with the braking mechanism on the train!. Trains in my state have a "deadman's hand" safety mechanism which is engaged constantly by the driver. If this is released, train stops. I would have thought that this would be standard equipment. Obviously, something went very wrong, whatever it was.

Later... apparently this train was not powered but moving under its own momentum down the hill to its final collision. An investigation is underway as to why the train took off and continued for so long.

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3.2.03

My weekend away went well as did my teaching sessions. We had a few pull out at the last moment so were only a small group. It was very pleasant and the weather up the mountains was cool and misty after Thursday's scorcher. There had been a bushfire only a couple of hundred metres up the road on Thursday but it had been brought under control by the cooler change. We went walking but used some discretion and did not go actually into the bush, but stayed on top of the ridge on the road. Really no danger, but better safe than sorry. I am always amazed at the way God works when my friend and I do things like this. His sessions dovetailed perfectly in with what I was doing and saying, although we had not collaborated on what we would do or say. The music chosen also fitted well.

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And the bad news continues with 40 killed in Lagos.

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Again a disaster from the space programme. How awful to watch the videos and to realise there could be no escape. News tonight suggests that the shuttle was probably doomed from its earliest moments. They were living with a death sentence hanging over them. A parable really. My sympathies to all the families involved.

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