Month: August 2010

Q&A: Is ‘ bad’ teaching better than no teaching? (ie is it worth attending the only church in my town even though I know the teaching is not ‘ good’ ?)

From the fact that you have been able to discern that the teaching at your church is not good I suspect that you are reasonably empowered in your spirituality and knowledge of the Bible etc. My gut says that here

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Q&A: Who did you vote for and why?

I voted pragmatically and cynically. I did not vote informally, but I was tempted. I perceived no clear vision for the nation, nor a set of coherent principles underlying the policy base. The personalities tired me. Only one issue had

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Q&A: why won’t you say who you voted for?

Because, unless there’s a significant issue at stake that relates to the mission of God through his church, flying my party-political colours simply gets in the way of doing my job. I do not want the reality, or the perception,

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Q&A: Do you have any interesting comments or analysis of the closeness of the Federal Election or the implications of a hung parliament?

I am not disappointed that it’s a hung parliament. I am no Antony Green but I think the prediction of Coalition 73, Labor 72 or 73 (depending on Denison which is now, sadly, is predicted for Labor), 1 Green, and

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Q&A: Is it possible to feel like a dead bush on the wasted salt lands but actually be planted by the rivers edge and yielding fruit, Strongly planted?

Ouch. Yes. I think this is the disparity that often exists between emotion and reality. In fact, it is here that faith kicks in. In the words of a song I greatly appreciate at the moment ( http://www.metrolyrics.com/faithful-lyrics-steven-curtis-chapman.html ) I

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Q&A: Should children and parents be getting involved in social media (eg Twitter, Facebook, blogs) through schools? Some new research suggests schools will be left behind if they don’ t show some leadership on this.

I’m one of those that don’t see social media as a “thing” that it’s made out to be in the popular media. It is just another form of communication, albeit with some interesting characteristics. You might as well ask “Should

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Review: Atonement for a Sinless Society

It took me a while to read Atonement for a Sinless Society by Alan Mann.  It’s style is full of ultramergent pomo-babble which normally turns me away and made it tough going for this particular storied-self.  But the title intrigued

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Q&A: Badly worded my question about your being an on-line pastor…I should have asked how many pastors’ sermons are recorded for on-line listening and were you the first for Tasmania and are there many in Australia doing this?

Not sure how many pastor’s sermons are recorded online. But I’m sure I wasn’t the first. I know Anglican Parish of Kingston have sermons: https://www.apok.org/modules/wfdownloads/ And Wellspring: http://www.wellspring.org.au/index.php?page=sermons And St. Johns’ Launceston: http://www.stjohns.net.au/?q=sermons It really is a pretty common thing

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Q&A: Do you see scientific research into the fundamental building block of matter, the origin of the universe, abiogenesis and biological evolution as ” usurping the role of God”

Thankyou for improving my vocabulary. “abiogenesis” 🙂 The answer is “no.” I can’t conceive of enquiry in and of itself being immoral – certainly not inherently immoral. In fact, more the opposite – we are made to be inquisitive and

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Q&A: http://www.godtube.com/featured/video/mosque-near-ground-zero Would you care to comment on this?

For those reading this quickly: The video link is to a story about a mosque being built near “Ground Zero” in New York City. The imam of the mosque is communicating it as a gesture of peace. Others are ambivalent.

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