2.7.03

I probably won't be back here till Monday evening or early Tuesday. I am minding two sets of grandchildren, one tomorrow and Friday,and Monday, the other Friday evening and the weekend. See you then .

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What was that again?
I've just received the latest mail order catalogue from our ubiquitous Australian chain Christian bookstore. It is advertising the latest CD from Sydney's largest church. Illustration of CD also shown.

Words "live worship" are prominently dispayed on the cover. What other sort is there?

If they mean this is a recording of a real performance, then they should say so. But what else should I expect? For far too many churches and their members, worship is confined to the period of singing, usually at the beginning of the service. There is just so much more to the term.

Our lives should be lived in worship; "live worship" - indeed!

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I've noticed many bloggers saying that the church seems to focus on sexual sin. Here's a take on the same lines from the Scotsman. The Scotsman - Opinion - Now will they promote heterosexual marriage?

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Haloscan comments are down again. Twice in a couple of days. I suppose it's been quite while since they last went down. Sigh...

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1.7.03

here's a review by Andrew Careaga of Bruce Almighty. The Gospel according to Bruce by Andrew Careaga

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Perhaps I should have added this to my post about Bruce Almighty: while I enjoyed the film, there were a lot of things I could have picked holes in. I've seen other blogs with basically nothing but criticism of the film. That wasn't my intention. Most people admit that even "types of Christ" in the Bible are not perfect. How could they be? I see this in the same vein. Not necessarily a type of Christ, but certainly something which may make some think and ask questions. Who really thinks of God as the janitor with overalls covering his white suit? The whole presupposition behind the movie asks us to suspend belief in our common notions of the deity. There was no mention of the crucifixion etc. is another complaint. Was this the place for it? Bruce is leading an amoral life. Another complaint. Bruce and how many others who may be able to relate to his experience?

My suggestion is to to treat this as Darren suggested with Harry Potter. It may be an opening for dicusssion. Christians may find that the idea of God speaking to his creation raises questions in some minds. Let's make the most of what is around us. We don't have to succumb to the same beliefs as expressed in the film. Can we used them as Paul used the altar to the unknown God in Acts 17?

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I saw Bruce Almighty today. I enjoyed it because things have been very tense around here for quite a while and getting worse. I needed a break. Some of the allusions were totally missed by those in the theatre, mainly young people in their first week of holidays from private schools. My friend and I found ourselves the only people laughing at Yaweh mail, all decked out in Yahoo font and colours.

I think I will be able to use some of this in my talks in a couple of weeks time at a conference I am speaking at. Lots of illustrations.

Actually, I was reminded of a book by C. Williams, All Hallows Eve. He was a contemporary of Tolkien and C.S.Lewis and a member of their inklings group. It too has as its theme that love is what is all important, because true, altruistic love will seek the good of the loved one, even to the detriment of the lover. Bruce wishes Grace to find true deep happiness and love, even if it is with someone else other than him. When he is able to pray that way, God acts.

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Sign of the times? A semitrailer left the road and ploughed into a small, nineteenth century church, leaving very little standing. The remainder of the church was demolished because it was unsafe. One poor couple has to find somewhere else to be married this Saturday. ( Update: I have just seen a better picture of this. The semi basically pierced the church like an arrow - through one side wall and out the other side.)


A friend and I both thought that this was a metaphor for today. Neither of us is particularly into "demolishing " churches, but we both find it hard to fit into many around today. We have a similar longing as many bloggers do, for somewhere we "fit." We often feel like square pegs in round holes. So many here are rebuilding, with an emphasis on community, service, justice, exploring what being a Christian means in today's world and how that is worked out. Not that these qualities are never found in the former buildings. We are not into something new just because it is new, but because God is a God of renewal and creativity.

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29.6.03

I've had a Google toolbar for some time now and find it handy when wanting to search quickly. Last night I installed a new version. It now has a BLog This function in the toolbar for Blogger, although I have been using this facility from my bookmarks. Find the toolbar here.

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