Showing posts from November, 2007

A New Joshua Tree

So, this is vaguely exciting: We too often forget the wonder of places like Ethiopia, its long heritage, and its ancient link with Christianity. A rich country, yet now so poor. I found wave of sorrow a powerful song because of that. How to link today with our roots is an important task. I still rank this as U2's best album and look forward to its re-realease. So how cool is this?

"Just Enjoy The Coffee"

I was just sent this on Anglicans All. Being a coffee enjoyer and a Franciscan I enjoyed it. I hope you do to: Even if you are not a coffee drinker...Have a good day!!!! A group of graduates, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain ,plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite, telling them to help themselves to the coffee. When all the students had a cup of coffee, the professor said: If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the simple and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases, it is just mo

We Will Rock You

Our family went up to Auckland on Sunday night for "We Will Rock You", the musical written by Ben Elton and Queen. Bonnie and I went to see it in London, and really enjoyed it, and wanted to take our Queen loving children. it was great. God see it if you can. Annie Crummer as killer Queen as fantastic. And the guy who played the lead role was better than he who played it in London. (this is the one who got inot the top three in the tv competition for a new lead signer for INXS, which does come up) They had done really well to indigenise it, with lots of references to NZ and NZ music. I'd go again in a flash. And it is so funny!

Thoughts on Psalm 119

I always feel ambivalent about this Psalm. Part of me really struggles with the exhortation to read scripture as “law”, a set of moral codes to live by. God forbids this and allows this kind of stuff. I struggle with that. But I also read it as an invitation to love scripture, to have a great passion for scripture, to read it as life giving and world changing. Francis was passionate in his love for scripture, especially the gospels. I hear the ongoing call to be in love with scripture, to spend time each day immersed in scripture, to need scripture and God more than I need water or food. I respond to that. I desire that.