Archive for 2008

erat, et erit

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Last year, as I turned the corner, I made various remarks on this blog (just look up Dec 2007) which have turned out quite correct.

Like this:

I think in time my 1337 python skillz will fade …

and …

Steps are small, but steps add up, displacement grows, surrounds change, and there you are, inexorably headed in a different direction.

which is quite how it feels now that I think about it.
kai …

2008 is going to be a way different year to 2007.

Oh yeah.

This coming year, well, I get the sense that it’ll be largely the same, but somehow more “up to me”. Or maybe that’s the student mentality coming back.

May God continue to bestow grace to you all and bless this coming year, and each one to come.

The witness of the Student Christian Movement by Robin Boyd

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Like I said before, I’m fascinated by stories. In particular, I like to know the whys and wherefores. Questions like those have this tendency to linger in the back of my mind, and then when opportunity comes to find the answer I leap. One of those questions was “Where the heck is the SCM? Why, in Australia anyway, do we see AFES still going fine, and EU lasting so long, and yet the SCM nowhere to be seen?” In my hunt to find histories for IFES and AFES, I found this book, and my interest was piqued.

Anglicans In Australia by Tom Frame

Monday, December 29th, 2008

I’m quite fascinated by history. I think it’s related to my love of stories – it’s narrative and context. You might see more of that in the next post that comes up.

Earlier this year I got this book to read. I finally got around to it on holiday at the Central Coast a few weeks ago.

Visual Ex +++, episode 5

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Merry Christmas, and a gracious and blessed new year to you all!

Wisdom in the house of mourning

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Yesterday, I was at the funeral of someone who was not quite my uncle – he was an Au, but I’m not sure what part of the tree he comes from.

I knew for a while that at least one of his sons goes to a church in the eastern suburbs somewhere. But what I found out was that:
1) He requested a Christian service
2) He had apparently been a believer for a few months prior

It would seem that a man I knew somewhat as an uncle could be known by me on that Day as a brother. An exciting revelation. I have been reading John in my daily readings, and one of the striking things of chapter 6 is the repetition of “and I will raise him up on the last day”. I began praying that if indeed my uncle believed, my Lord would be faithful to his promise, to raise him on the last day.

Holiday Chronicle

Friday, December 12th, 2008

A few weeks ago, Snowy and I hatched a plan to have a holiday some time after SPRTE. We figured that some sort of holiday house near a beach might be a good place, I knew about one, asked a few questions, and everything was set except getting other people to join us.



Sunday, December 7th, 2008

Read this.

Then ask the question – What’s the thing they haven’t mentioned?

What do you do with the test afterwards?
If you don’t like the answer to that, maybe you should go to

### UPDATE ###

Well, someone with a line into the opinion pages has lit up the ghost – read here

SPRTE Chronicle

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

It was fairly exciting to be back involved with SPRTE, after my last NTE in 2002. This time though, I was leading Strand 2 with Mike V.


Will this man receive grace from men?

Friday, November 28th, 2008

About a year and a half ago, I blogged this about Ben Cousins.

It has been interesting watching his apparent rehabilitation from afar. It’s now become interesting to see how people treat him. He’s become like a leper – unclean. No one wants to have him because people will feel too guilty to associate with him, as though he will contaminate them by his uncleanness. As anyone willing to offer up their grace to touch this man?

I still reckon he needs my saviour and the free grace of God. Jesus came to touch lepers and make them clean.

In the machinations of men and politics, I don’t know if we’ll get to see Ben Cousins play again. But as much as I would like for him to be playing AFL footy again, I would much more like God to touch him and make him clean, cleaner than any test sample could ever show him to be.

Unforeseen delays …

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

I hate viruses. By now I should have had the last Visual Ex for the year done. By now, I should have enjoyed a last brunch with the FYG for the year. By now, I should have a whole bunch of stuff organised. I’m lucky to have gotten my room cleaned out and cleared by the powers that be at Chappo. I’ve probably watched more TV in the last 52 hours than in the last 52 weeks.


I’m back on my feet now, and my body is feeling better by the day. I should be fine for SPRTE (looking forward to seeing some of you down there) though I’ll need a lift back to Sydney. By the time that’s done, maybe I’ll have time for that Visual Ex, or maybe it’ll have to wait till after the holiday.