True but sad. Found at Richard's.



While waiting for my coffee in the café mentioned in the post below, I picked up this mornngs copy of the Sydney Daily Telegraph. This is not a paper I would normally read but was all that was available. On the letters page are two articles, for and against some particular news item. This morning's was on the turning down by the Australian Anglican Synod of a proposal to have women bishops. The against side was written by Peter Jensen, Sydney's Anglican Archbishop,and said exactly what anyone who knows him would expect. Rev Dr Elizabeth Smith of Bentleigh Anglican church in Victoria, wrote an opposing piece.

Sometimes I feel that the proponents of women's ordination shoot themselves in the foot. I know this piece was written for a popular newspaper,not a scholarly journal, but it was very bland and basically said nothing. There is so much that could be said using a hermeneutic derived from some decent exegesis and research.

Here's the Curate's views of the matter.


I was in Newtown this morning, having coffee in a café not far from Moore College. I was surprised to see that people at at least three of the tables were praying. One group was multicultural, a westerner, an African and a Korean, all older men praying together. The other two tables were groups of young men and I think they were probably Moore students. There's a generalisation if ever there was one! Praying in such places? that's a bit of a turnaround for Newtown which wouldliketo class itself as a haven for alternative cultures.



Irene speaks of the Chinese custom of naming family with the same middle name and how this makes recognition of relatives easy when the name is known. I thought of the contrast here in Australia. when my sons were born, we decided against using family names. My own son, when talking about names just before this latest child was born a week ago said the same thing

This was not because we were trying to distance ourselves fromteh family. Not at all, I'm very much into "family." However, we and my son did not wish to saddle our children with names which are quite outdated today. The names were not something which had particular significance as a family name to either side of the family. How many little boys are there today in Australia who would willingly own up to Reginald or Albert or Ernest or several others of the same type?


more on the Family First Party
Here's another post on the Family First Party which has arisen from withingn the AOG denomination. The author acknowledges that he has been a bit confrontational in the manner in which he has posted. Perhaps he could have worded thngs differently. However,I know from just listening around the place that many others feel much the same way about this party. What they are doing does not attract kind comments. It could be argued that these comments are just a typical reaction because the party is Christian based and any similar party would attract the same. I don't think this is the case. I think people see this party as doing deals to benefit them, yet at the same time trying to hide their origins. I've already mentioned them a few days ago.

Note: FBT, mentioned in the interview cited in the article is Fringe Benefits Tax. This is a tax on business lunches, air flights, cars and other lurks and perks available through business arrangements. Many churches had arrangements with the Tax Office about the payment of ministers' salaries and stipends and how tax ould be minimised to the church and minister. I amnot aware of the current regulations concerning these things.


blogging hits the news here
DogfightatBankstown, an Aussie blog registered with blogs4God, gets a mention in an article in the Sydney Morning Herald. He makes a comment about another blog being boring and out of date. The article suggests that there is something of the internet's original spirit lurking in the half-hidden world of blogging. This spirit, according to Brigid Delaney, the author of the article emphasises the exchange of ideas, not credit card numbers on the net. The multiplication of blogs is compared to the division of cells, creating countless microcommunities based around political or cultural voices. Conflict is essential to healthy blogging and blogs are not a secret society.

The article points to such things as video blogging, narrowing the gap between blogging and braodcasting. One blogger suggests this will lead to do it yourself entertainment with people creating videos for their own niche community.



the PM's blog
Our Prime Minister has a blog. I've been reading it for a long time. It says it's his blog, but just something about it makes me hesitate to give it full credibility.

Actually, if I believed it was his own personal blog, then I would be gullible enough to swallow any of the pork-barrelling promises of extra funding that are being thrown at the electorate in this last week of the election campaign. I might even believe that asylum seekers threw their children overboard or that detaining children in refugee camps with almost no opportunity for education or socialising with other children is the right thing to do? Who knows how dangerous such children could be if let loose?

Money is being tossed around by both major parties as if it just had to be plucked from trees. As one cartoon said, "How come all the disadvantaged live in marginal electorates?" Money for roads, new unis, hospitals, aged care or whatever you want. I've seen many question where this is coming from. The parties assure us all their promises are costed. This has led to queries as to why we haven't had all these goodies before the election.

Oh well,back to John's blog. At least it's funnier than his speeches.



footy finals
It's been a lovely quiet weekend here. My husband has been at a conference since early Friday morning and won't be back till late tonight. I'll probably have to deal with the odd ideas from that next week, but I've enjoyed my time to myself.

Grand Final weekend and I might even watch the big game tonight. It's National Rugby League, NRL, and I don't usually watch much League,let alone the game they play down south, Aussie Rules. If I'm going to watch a bit of biff, I'd rather watch some BIFF and tune into Union. However nothing's on. Talking about biff...Last week in the final,one player stiffarmed another across the jaw,nearly knocking himout and dislocating a few teeth.

He was called before the judiciary and the papers were full of his chances of "getting off" the charge. I was pleased when the judiciary would have none of that. He was suspended for three matches and will now miss the grand final. He is loudly lamenting this and complaining that the rules should be changed. After all, everyone knows a grand final is worth ten other games. Not only that, but his skipper is retiring after a long,illustrious League career. He wants to be on the field for him. Perhaps he should have thought of these things last week. The player he hit was looking the other way and didn't even see it coming.

later...I turned the television on to find that the team my son supports had come from behind in the second half to win. The announcer was highly excited. I was just in time to hear him scream,"and the celebrations are just starting to begin!"