Monthly Archives: July 2014

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The Trip part 1: The End Times are upon us?

Denver is blessed with over 300 days of bright sunshine every year. It is almost unheard of to have two days of rain in a row. I’m wet and I was wet yesterday when I arrived. So I stand here, in the rain, and sing Hot Chocolate’s hit “I believe in miracles.” Two days of rain – humph!

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I got here – after three weeks on a plane and about a month sitting at airports I landed. Dirty, dishevelled with a long beard and hunger pangs I finally got off the huge metal cigar that had transported me back in time. (I left 9:10 Tuesday morning and arrived in L.A. at 6:30 Tuesday morning.)

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From first impressions America is very like Australia expect teeth are whiter here.

Tubster

I have brought Washtub with me. Washtub (variously known as Washy, Tubster, Mr. Tub) is a 42 year old Bear who I found on the street in Llandudno when I was small. He was put in the washing machine (hence the name) and he has followed me around the world. He’s been to college (and got better grades than me), he’s jumped out of more than one plane, he’s even been church more than once. He’s great company, gives wise counsel and he doesn’t snore!

 

I must admit that I didn’t expect to have a conversation about eschatology on the trip from the airport to the hotel, but Stuart (my new friend) started the trip with – “Are we living in the end times??” I’d been in a plane for weeks and at the best of times I’m confused by the whole book of Revelation so I mumbled something about not knowing the time and place and that not even Jesus knows and he seemed satisfied. He did comment that we must be nearing the end of the world as it never rains in Denver two days in a row.

Category : News , SM , The Trip , US


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The Trip part 1: The End Times are upon us?

Denver is blessed with over 300 days of bright sunshine every year. It is almost unheard of to have two days of rain in a row. I’m wet and I was wet yesterday when I arrived. So I stand here, in the rain, and sing Hot Chocolate’s hit “I believe in miracles.” Two days of rain – humph!

I got here – after three weeks on a plane and about a month sitting at airports I landed. Dirty, dishevelled with a long beard and hunger pangs I finally got off the huge metal cigar that had transported me back in time. (I left 9:10 Tuesday morning and arrived in L.A. at 6:30 Tuesday morning.)

From first impressions America is very like Australia expect teeth are whiter here.

I have brought Washtub with me. Washtub (variously known as Washy, Tubster, Mr. Tub) is a 42 year old Bear who I found on the street in Llandudno when I was small. He was put in the washing machine (hence the name) and he has followed me around the world. He’s been to college (and got better grades than me), he’s jumped out of more than one plane, he’s even been church more than once. He’s great company, gives wise counsel and he doesn’t snore!

I must admit that I didn’t expect to have a conversation about eschatology on the trip from the airport to the hotel, but Stuart (my new friend) started the trip with – “Are we living in the end times??” I’d been in a plane for weeks and at the best of times I’m confused by the whole book of Revelation so I mumbled something about not knowing the time and place and that not even Jesus knows and he seemed satisfied. He did comment that we must be nearing the end of the world as it never rains in Denver two days in a row.

Category : News , The Trip


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Bubbles!!

JULY 24

 

 

There is a lot of troubling things going on in our world at the moment. This is not a full list but some examples are –

 

The downing of MH17 and the situation in he Ukraine,

The troubles in Israel and Gaza,

The plight of the Asylum Seekers and what will happen to them,

The crash of a plane in Taiwan,

and the list could go on.

 

We are not trivialising any one of these or the countless, unreported, horrors and tragedies across the world and we are holding each of the situations in our prayers.

Many of us are not directly affected by these events but we still read our papers and watch the news getting more and more concerned and upset at the state of the world, so to you we offer this little bit of  joy….

 

There is no angry way to say Bubbles!!!

 

Try it and try not to smile.

It won’t make your problems go away, it won’t make the world a better place but it will bring a smile to your lips and if that happens (for just a moment) this sign has done it’s job!

Now go and bring a smile to someone else……


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Bubbles!!

There is a lot of troubling things going on in our world at the moment. This is not a full list but some examples are –

 

The downing of MH17 and the situation in he Ukraine,

The troubles in Israel and Gaza,

The plight of the Asylum Seekers and what will happen to them,

The crash of a plane in Taiwan,

and the list could go on.

 

We are not trivialising any one of these or the countless, unreported, horrors and tragedies across the world and we are holding each of the situations in our prayers.

Many of us are not directly affected by these events but we still read our papers and watch the news getting more and more concerned and upset at the state of the world, so to you we offer this little bit of  joy….

 

There is no angry way to say Bubbles!!!

 

Try it and try not to smile.

It won’t make your problems go away, it won’t make the world a better place but it will bring a smile to your lips and if that happens (for just a moment) this sign has done it’s job!

Now go and bring a smile to someone else……


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Why? Why? Why?

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80 children; at least 3 infants; nearly 300 people blown out of the air over the Ukraine.

Why?

Over 300 people killed in Gaza; many of them women and children.

Why?

Let’s be VERY clear here – God did not do these things. Let me repeat that in big, bold letters…

GOD DID NOT SHOOT AN AIRCRAFT DOWN OR INVADE GAZA OR LAUNCH ROCKETS INTO ISRAEL!

We will not be pointing fingers at the Almighty – these things were done by humans; conscious decisions were made; actions were taken; lives were taken – by humans.

Some may ask why God allows these things to happen; God can ask humanity the same question – why do we allow this to happen?

Why can’t we be nice to each other? What is it with humanity that makes us want to harm people that don’t think like us, or look like us, or think like us?

love one another – love your neighbour as yourself – do to others as you would have them do to you – love must be sincere. hate what is evil; cling to what is good – love does no harm to its neighbour

The list of these verses goes on and on and on. Love is the major message of the New Testament – God’s love for us and our love for others. These are the things of God. Not missiles and bombs and guns and tanks; not envy and hatred but love.

It is in this spirit of love that we can make a difference.

You and I won’t make a global difference; it’s doubtful we’ll even make an international difference; I think that making a national difference is a stretch but we can make a local difference. In the place where we live, in the spaces that we work, in the areas that we go out –  we can show this love.

You don’t even have to call it Godly love ( I will, but you may not share my faith), call it humanity or compassion or care. Christians do not have a monopoly on this and if we did we certainly wouldn’t want to keep to ourselves – we want to share it with everyone and help to ensure victims are cared for and that atrocities don’t happen.

Let us all try and live by the words of Martin Luther King,

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

 

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected this week.

 

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Why? Why? Why?

80 children; at least 3 infants; nearly 300 people blown out of the air over the Ukraine.

Why?

Over 300 people killed in Gaza; many of them women and children.

Why?

Let’s be VERY clear here – God did not do these things. Let me repeat that in big, bold letters…

GOD DID NOT SHOOT AN AIRCRAFT DOWN OR INVADE GAZA OR LAUNCH ROCKETS INTO ISRAEL!

We will not be pointing fingers at the Almighty – these things were done by humans; conscious decisions were made; actions were taken; lives were taken – by humans.

Some may ask why God allows these things to happen; God can ask humanity the same question – why do we allow this to happen?

Why can’t we be nice to each other? What is it with humanity that makes us want to harm people that don’t think like us, or look like us, or think like us?

love one another – love your neighbour as yourself – do to others as you would have them do to you – love must be sincere. hate what is evil; cling to what is good – love does no harm to its neighbour

The list of these verses goes on and on and on. Love is the major message of the New Testament – God’s love for us and our love for others. These are the things of God. Not missiles and bombs and guns and tanks; not envy and hatred but love.

It is in this spirit of love that we can make a difference.

You and I won’t make a global difference; it’s doubtful we’ll even make an international difference; I think that making a national difference is a stretch but we can make a local difference. In the place where we live, in the spaces that we work, in the areas that we go out –  we can show this love.

You don’t even have to call it Godly love ( I will, but you may not share my faith), call it humanity or compassion or care. Christians do not have a monopoly on this and if we did we certainly wouldn’t want to keep to ourselves – we want to share it with everyone and help to ensure victims are cared for and that atrocities don’t happen.

Let us all try and live by the words of Martin Luther King,

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

 

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected this week.

 


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