Thursday, August 26, 2010

Off to Thailand


Hey all. We're going on a holiday to Thailand later on.

Any thoughts etc would be great.

We're heading to Krabi, Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Khorat.

Let us know if you know anything coz any heads up on accomodation etc would be great.

I'm probably going to Blog a fair bit on our trip etc especially as there doesn't seem to much info out there on travelling to Thailand as a big family.

Anyway, watch this space.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Friday, April 30, 2010

Religion at its best


What is going on???

It seems that now not being involved in a Sunday morning church service on a regular basis really gets some people asking questions, mainly those who are attending a Sunday morning church service mind you.
Here's just some of the questions / statements given towards us as a family of late.
  • 'You have more faith if you attend church'.
  • 'Going to church shows you are a Christian'
  • 'You show you love God more if you attend church'.
  • 'If you give up something to go to church on a Sunday morning you are showing God you are committed to Him'
  • When the bible says 'don't give up meeting together' what do you think of that?
  • You should be spending time worshiping God on the Sabbath.
  • God loves you more if you attend church
What is going on? Well, probably nothing unusual from people in the local church really because it's probably the same judgement towards us that has either blasted people out of their pews on a Sunday morning or caused most people in Australia to ask why on earth they would bother following a god who just points the finger, which is often the impression given by the people who say they follow a loving god and son in Jesus.
So now i have a few questions.
Where in the bible does it say that going to a place shows you are more of a Christian? Doesn't it say by your fruit you will be known? Is it at all possible that you could attend church on Sunday but be the most unloving un-fruiful person around? If so is it also possible that you could grow and be more fruitful in the community and the people you meet without attending a church service? Where in the bible does it say that the sabbath should be spent at a church service and where in the bible does it say that a church service is where you have to 'meet'?
Can God love me more if i go to church? Can he love me anymore after He gave His son to die for all of my sin and calls me his child? Where did Jesus spend most of His time? Where did Paul the apostle spend most of his time?
I don't know why there's so much Judgement around but maybe it's to justify people's own purposes for what they do and why they do it and i fully encourage anyone to search their heart to find out why the church exists and whether it's the relevant place for Jesus love to be expressed, but having a crack at others because they no longer share or believe in the same values? Where's the love in that?
What really bothers me about all this is that it just reinforces my feelings about the local church and that the very command that Jesus did give, (which had nothing to do with Sunday morning church) - Love the Lord with all your heart and love others as Jesus loves you - is not the first thing on the church's mind, it's whether you attend somewhere on a Sunday morning that's important. How about asking people questions about how there going with the 'law of Christ' rather than the law of tradition and man?



Friday, May 08, 2009

Times change

I wasn't able to play footy because I was expected to go to church on Sundays. Now I make my son stay home from youth group so he isn't too tired to play footy.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

I hate all your show


After being a fan of Switchfoot for a fair while I have been keen to hear Jon Foreman's [lead vocalist of Switchfoot, not pianist from Australian idol :) ] individual cd, 'Limbs and Branches'. Knowing though that it was a bit softer on the ear from what I was used to with Switchfoot I wasn't oozing with enthusiasm. A friend lent the cd to me a short time ago and I've been loving it. Not just because of his music though but because of Jon's heart and cutting lyrics, probably the foundational reason I have respected Switchfoot for so long.

The BIG song on the cd for me is 'I hate all your show'. It pretty much comes from the bible - Isaiah 1:11-17 but also has a bit in it from what seems like Jon's experience of Church (as an institution) and what the Church has or hasn't been to people.

The picture to me, of Church from the song and when thinking of the mainstream church through the eyes of the verses in Isaiah, is like a religious place where religious practices are organised but rarely do they make an impact on the majority of people living on this earth and rarely is it what God is looking for in His people. This is a generalistic comment but I think it would be reasonably fair to say that through what I have experienced, more time and resources have been spent on religious practices in the mainstream church than simply being a group of people eagerly attempting to be more like Jesus to the people around them & the world in need.

The contrast for me is that Jesus made an impact on people pretty much everywhere he traveled .

This has made me think long and hard about the impact I allow Jesus to have through me without leaning on the fact that I go to a church every Sunday and this being the facade that states I am a follower of Jesus.

Here's the lyrics:
I hate all your show and pretense
The hypocrisy of your praise
The hypocrisy of your festivals
I hate all your show

Away with your noisy worship
Away with your noisy hymns
I stop up my ears when you’re singing ‘em
I hate all your show

Instead let there be a flood of justice
An endless procession of righteous living, living
Instead let there be a flood of justice
Instead of a show

Your eyes are closed when you’re praying
You sing right along with the band
You shine up your shoes for services
There’s blood on your hands

You turned your back on the homeless
And the ones that don’t fit in your plan
Quit playing religion games
There’s blood on your hands

Instead let there be a flood of justice
An endless procession of righteous living, living
Instead let there be a flood of justice
Instead of a show
I hate all your show

Let’s argue this out
If your sins are blood red
Let’s argue this out
You’ll be one of the clouds
Let’s argue this out
Quit fooling around
Give love to the ones who can’t love at all
Give hope to the ones who got no hope at all
Stand up for the ones who can’t stand at all, all

I hate all your show
I hate all your show
I hate all your show
I hate all your show

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Latest


Well, been a while since the last post so thought I'd scribble because of avoidance to other tasks while eating a toasted ham sandwich.
So we sold the block of land so that's cool. Hopefully we'll get another one soon but we might just hang off and see what then interest rates do. This means I'm getting a new car. A Holden Crewman, I love it and should have it in a couple of days.
I'm hanging for footy to start. I've landed a position as coach of McLaren U14's after sitting an interview in front of a panel of 7 people. I've never had a job interview with that many people and this isn't even paid! I also can't wait for the Power to start playing again. New faces and players, new fitness coach and Josh Carr back (Thanks Mark) should be a good year in 2009.
Spoke and sang at NCCC last Sunday A.M and if there's anything I miss at times from the Institutional style of church it's the Singing and Preaching. All in God's time though.
Otherwise, business is a tad slow but am hopeful of it picking up in the new year.
That's about all for now.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Pagan Christianity; where it hits the road


Here's an excerpt from Pagan Christianity, I love it! I think it's the type of gathering when we meet together that we're discovering and want to pursue. See what you think. . . .

Pg 78 - "What I have written about open meetings under the headship of Christ is not fanciful theory. I have participated in such meetings for the last nineteen years.
Such meetings are marked by incredible variety. They are not bound to a one-man, pulpit-dominated pattern of worship. There is a great deal of spontaneity, creativity, and freshness. The overarching hallmark of these meetings is the visible headship of Christ and the free yet orderly functioning of the body of Christ. I was in such a meeting not too long ago. Let me describe it to you.
About thirty of us gathered together in a home and greeted one another. Some of us stepped into the center of the living room and began singing a capella. Quickly, the entire church was singing in unison, arms around one another. Someone else began another song, and we all joined in. Between each song, prayers were uttered by different people. Some of the songs had been written by the members themselves. We sang several of the songs several times. Some people turned the words of the songs into prayers. On several occasions, a few of the members exhorted the church in relation to what we had just sung.
After we sang, rejoiced, spontaneously prayed, and exhorted one another, we sat down. Then, very quickly, a woman stood and began explaining what the Lord had showed her during the week. She spoke for about three minutes. After she sat down, a man stood up and shared a portion of Scripture and exalted the Lord Jesus through it. Next another gentleman stood up to add a few very edifying words to what he said. A woman then broke into a new song that went right along with what the two men had just shared. The whole church sang with her. Another woman stood and read a poem that the Lord had given her during the week . . . and it meshed perfectly with what the others had shared up to that point.
One by one, brothers and sisters in Christ stood up to tell us what they had experienced in their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ that week. Exhortations, teaching, encouragements, poems, songs, and testimonies all followed one right after the other. And a common theme, one that revealed the glories of Jesus Christ, emerged. Some of those gathered wept.
None of this was rehearsed, prescribed, or planned. Yet the meeting was electric. It was so rich, so glorious, and so edifying that it became evident to everyone that someone was indeed leading the meeting. But He was not visible. It was the Lord Jesus Christ! His headship was being made manifest among His people. We were reminded again that He in fact is alive … alive enough to direct His Church."

We experienced this on Sunday as God lead us in great discussion on community, on what it means to love each other, on being the parts of the body. It started with some delving into His word with simple application and then it was discussed and really struggled with for over an hour. What I loved most is that it really hit home what it means to be the body and we all went away very affected and challenged to the point that we can't not do something about it. That to me this is learning and teaching and I didn't have to just sit there in rows of seats listening to someone . . . .

Monday, September 08, 2008

Nice Balls!!



The fella's at Enabled have come up with an awesome application for the iphone. If I get an iphone I'm getting me some of these!

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Aldinga Beach Land for Sale


Fantastic piece of land, perfect for the lover of country life and the coast. A big 1224m2 block, great for shedding and room to swing a cat or two.
Not even 5 minutes to the beach and close to shops etc this is a great buy!
Get it now and I'll throw in some steak knives!LINK