Pope Benedict XVI – that speech

Much has been written in the media concerning an excerpt from Pope Benedict XVI’s recent speech at Regensburg which cited a medieval Byzantine emperor’s less than favourable view of the Islamic practice of “conversion by the sword.” I don’t propose to discuss this, but merely to point a very thoughtful treatment by Gil Baillie ofContinue reading “Pope Benedict XVI – that speech”

Riding the Apocalypse with Bob

According to artist, Robert Brittain, the last book in the Bible is best understood as a visual and visceral experience. The Apocalypse, or the Revelation of John, comprises a vision revealed to the early church pioneer while a prisoner on the Mediterranean island of Patmos around AD90. Last Sunday at the Church of Christ WembleyContinue reading “Riding the Apocalypse with Bob”

Coffe Cup Quote

Someone sent this quote found on the side of their coffee mug: “It’s tragic that extremists co-opt the notion of God, and that hipsters and artists reject spirituality out of hand. I don’t have a fixed idea of God. But I feel that it’s us — the messed-up, the half-crazy, the burning, the questing —Continue reading “Coffe Cup Quote”

Vox Congo

Vox Congo is an African band based in Melbourne and comprising asylum seekers waiting for decisions on their applications for residence in this country. Mark Riessen and his church at Knoxfield have been heavily involved in supporting them. It is great to see and hear of their pro-active and positive stance in circumstances that haveContinue reading “Vox Congo”

My "deep mystery of the universe question" for the week.

Latte! A great way to enjoy good coffee without having to be overly concerned about kilojoules. But – someone tell me – why is it always served in a glass and usually without a handle? The glass is usually scalding hot and there must be a suave way of holding it without wrapping it upContinue reading “My "deep mystery of the universe question" for the week.”