Archive for the ‘Reflections’ Category

These Last 4 Years: the room

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Before. And after.

I’m going to miss my room. Some people like to call our rooms at Chappo, ‘caves’. But with the amount of stuff that builds up in here, you may be forgiven for thinking that these were TARDISes.

This room has been my home for 4 years. But packed up, the character, the ‘esse’, has gone. Only the name on the wardrobe genealogy and the memories of those who remain and remember are what is left of my presence here.

I will miss waking up and instinctively knowing where to turn my head for the time. I will miss having a basin in my room. I will also miss cheap internet! Ah, but alas, most of all I will miss it simply being my room. The smell, the feel, the vibe, the knowing where everything is, the 2 inches of screen and door between me and the random craziness happening out on the lawn.

This is the last in this series, for now I am gone from Chappo. But I will not forget easily, that much is sure. If this were the room that Jesus were to offer in his house, surely I would take it above the mansions that might line the streets of Hereafter.

Thoughts on Zechariah

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

I’m basically dumping this here because I need to write some of this out. I figured other people may well be interested. So here goes nothing …

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Encouragement draft: pt 3

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

In the last instalment, I articulated how the gospel, that is, the person, work, the event of Jesus Christ, is itself encouragement, and that, thus, Christian encouragement is gospel encouragement. In this last part of my draft, I will outline various implications this would have on the activity of Christian encouragement.
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Encouragement draft: pt 2

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

In the last instalment, I talked about definitions of encouragement, especially of Christian encouragement. The underlying foundations, however, I found to be weak, though pointing in the right direction. In this post, I attempt to create a stronger foundation by going to the gospel and arguing that Christian encouragement is gospel encouragement.
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Encouragement draft: pt 1

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

I’ll be putting up draft segments of my issues paper. Please, please give me feedback.

Encouragement is something that Christians have done and continue to do. Throughout Acts, for example, we see various people going around encouraging various churches, like Silas, Paul, and especially Barnabas whose name is Son of Encouragement. Hebrews 10:25 tells us to encourage one another as we see the Day approaching.
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On parting grief

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Last days are bittersweet. It’s at points like these that you realise why scattering is such a powerful judgment (see Gen 11). Friday was the last day of College for 2010. That day, more than other Final Friday’s, have I noticed the appreciable grief and sadness of the scattering that was about to occur. It’s probably because the more you connect, the more you have to sever when you have to part.

You probably haven’t realised that the fact that a local congregation eventually has to dissipate sometime after morning tea or supper is a fact of its earthly existence. We gather, and then we scatter. The fact that it’s a weekly event masks the theological reality of our earthly situation. On That Day, we will no longer scatter afterwards. There will no longer be a thinning out of the crowd. There will no longer be a pack-up crew, cleaning the dishes and turning off the lights. You won’t miss somebody because they’ve left just before you got around to talking to them. There will no longer be an early wake-up the next day that you need to get back home to bed for.

But That Day is not yet, though also now. I know I’ll see some of you when I’m vaguely around Newtown. I know there’s NTE in two weeks. I know there’s Earngey’s (second!) wedding a few weeks after that. And there’ll be the weekend away at some point. But after, we still have to go, and there will be some I won’t see for, I don’t know, ages.

So, I’ll miss you guys who are leaving us. But I at least know Dave will probably still be reading these, as long as I keep writing I suppose.

30-2-30: 30

Friday, November 12th, 2010

There’s a party tomorrow. Check facebook for details.

An honour roll:
- Dave Miers, for commenting
- Mike Leong, for being a great friend
- Mark Earngey, for interesting conversations and other things besides
- Snowy, for pancakes and other fattening foods on the roof of Chappo
- Dan Bidwell, for eating aforementioned foods and otherwise being a top bloke
- Stan, for caring
- Tim and Dan, for getting better at Hebrew
- Nick Moll, for leading us in prayer
- Niggles, for endless amounts of humour
- Robbo, for being a great neighbour
- Joan, for welcoming me back every time
- Ben Cosford, for giving me a chance
- JR, for encouragement
- Mark Smith, without whom, where would I be?
- Haz, for good games
- Gary, for more interesting games with Haz
- many in the 5pm @ St James, for a feeling of home
- Ralph Whitten, for bringing your cajon

A list of nicknames (incomplete, not in any particular order):
- Jas-ooooon
- JA
- Au-chow
- Jauch
- Jase
- Jay
- Jay-Z
- J-Dog
- Institutes

A list of erroneous names (incomplete):
- Alex
- Justin
- James
- Jonathon

30-2-30: 29

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

The end is nigh …

More lists. More tomorrow.

Places:
- the roof of Chappo by day, for blue sky
- the roof of Chappo at night, in the far corner, watching King St or the stars, for solitude and peace
- the park bench outside my room, for reading
- the library on Tuesday and Thursday nights, for reading with a hum of air con

An airing of grievances, and other concerns (anonymised, for etiquette):
- to those who did not remember, for a day I’d rather forget
- to one who seems unaware, from one with endless self-awareness. Have you checked the specks in your eye?
- for those who do not ask, and thus, do not receive.
- to those who did not seek me, and then sought me half-heartedly. You lost me the first time round.
- to a girl who confused me with closeness, and troubling me with distance.
- to another girl, for thinking I’d ever ask again. I never would and I’m still not going to.

30-2-30: 28

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

The first of several lists, to do with life in the last few years.

To fallen comrades:
- Sam Mak – that Millie gal better be looking after you
- Chris Smith – missing playing Pro Evo and other things besides
- Veithy – It’s just not the same without you

For my FYG, or, the people who hung out with the Cameron’s bunnies on Wednesday mornings:
- Richard Maegraith – still loving your CD
- Tim and Belinda – you guys are great
- Dee – I hope Nick’s treating you well!
- Julie – that was a nice trip down to Albury for mission, despite even the hideously boring countryside
- Bruce Pass – you’ve rehabilitated my mental references of ‘Bruce’ to good!
- Brooksy – still stoked that you’ve come this far since Uni.

30-2-30: 27

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

First, allow me to point out the ’2007′ option on the archives.

This was the year that:
- work moved to Martin Place
- the ALP somehow managed to stay in government in NSW
- I applied to get into Moore. Of course, the entry process has since changed.

I remember the interview on that Saturday – Zeph Palmer was there, so was Sarah Cheng, and Jen Young too. Can’t remember who else off the top of my head.

And props to Jason Ramsay for getting me started on Calvin’s Institutes – that saved me a bit of time in the next summer …