1.10.03

aussie slang
Throw another shrimp on the barbie and head over to this site to read some of our fascinating slang. True blue Aussies who eat prawns, not shrimp, may be interested in the detailing of some regional differences used through the country. These have been compiled by the Macquarie Dictionary and you can add to the list if you wish. Lovely homepage, complete with a pair of thongs, an article of clothing quite different to what some may envisage on hearing the word.

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welcome
Head over to Superblessed and welcome Nathan James Deen.

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30.9.03

be careful
Twice today I have received an email with attachment, supposedly from Microsoft with the heading Network security patch. If you receive such an email, do not open but delete immediately as it contains a virus. I sent the first one to my mail server, reported it as spam but have just had another one. It's been around for a few weeks now.

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Please pray for Mike, from Tasmania, Australia. His elderly mother has recently died.

(entry September 30)

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29.9.03

Spring school
I've just had a wonderful three days at the NSW Spring School of New Creation Teaching Ministry. I've found it most refreshing listening to Ian Pennicook who is also principal of Tabor College in Sydney, and to Geoff Bingham, now well in his eighties. He preaches and teaches with a vigour and understanding which would put most of the rest of us to shame. Five times in the weekend, for over an hour each time. He is also the most prolific writer in Australia today, writing fiction and theology and biography. He was severely wounded at Singapre in World War II and had nerves and muscles destroyed in his leg when it was so badly broken it was almost amputated. He wears a brace or caliper, so standing so long is even more amazing.

I've been attending these schools for five years now and would hate to miss one. As I greeted Geoff on Friday night, he kissed my cheek and it felt like a blessing.

The school was called Law of Liberty and Delight. It was not speaking about the spcific bits of teh law which concerned israel and which most think of when we speak of law. Nor was it meaning that which is legal, permitted. Rather, the law actually is what God is. Justice, righteousness, love etc. People speak of getting rid of the law. To do this would mean getting rid of God.

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new cardinal from Sydney
The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, George Pell, has been appointed a Cardinal by the Pope. Reaction here is mixed as Pell is seen by many as very conservative, and by others as bringing the Sydney Diocese back to where it should have been. Some comments can be read here on the website of the ABC.

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I've had a mix of problems, well not all problems, but I haven't been here for quite a while. I haven't been well, couldn't use blogger and have spent the last three days at a conference. Hopefully this week will be better.

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