All that Glitters …

“No more glitter on the shelves,”So decree those Christmas elves,“Micro-plastics bring sad disgraceand festive cheer must make new space.” Hear the protests loud and strongCancelling Christmas? – Oh how wrong!“Fear not!” the Christmas angels sing,“The Bethl’em manger wore no bling!” https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/major-retailers-scrapping-glittery-decorations-this-christmas-c-8407284

Ballad of the Street Lamp

Night light, night light, oh so bright!‘Though my eyes are shut real tight.‘Tis the clock on dimmest settingYet our sleep we are not getting. The street lamp’s out – the lane’s in gloomDiffused light once filled our roomNow dark and clock light contrast moreHence our sleep becomes a chore. They say its best to lightContinue reading “Ballad of the Street Lamp”

Triangles

This morning we considered triangles. Particularly those that occur when two people in disagreement appeal to a third person for support. Specifically the one that occurred when hospitable but anxiety-ridden Martha appealed to Jesus to command Mary to leave her learning and come and help her. Jesus took Mary’s side – she had chosen theContinue reading “Triangles”

A sermon from within

Church of Christ Wembley Downs 19th June 2022 Today we have two stories to mull over. We are in the Season of the Spirit so we might expect our texts to say something about that. One is from the Hebrew tradition, speaking of the incident in the life of Elijah that transformed his perception ofContinue reading “A sermon from within”

A Trinity Sunday Reflection

A man in the heaving crowd on a railway station in India noticed me, the lone Caucasian on the platform. He called out to me earnestly seeking engagement. “One!” he shouted. I looked at him quizzically. He and his young son intently returned my gaze.“One!” he asserted, pointing skywards.I returned the gesture, pointing upwards.“Yes, One!”Continue reading “A Trinity Sunday Reflection”

Reverse of Babel?

They say offended deityconfounded those who reached so highScrambling their common tongueand scattering them far and nigh.And now a myriad tongues and waysBlight human communicationAnd deity quietly kept the days ’til Pentecost’s liberation. But what if grace was behind the sceneRight from the very beginning.Spirit’s plan for fecund varietyConfounded by such sinning.Spirit had her wayContinue reading “Reverse of Babel?”

When Greeks come visiting at 4 am

It’s a heady time. A change of government that swaps the barren ideals of economic rationalism for a more fertile social conscience. A new focus on the Uluru Statement as we head into Reconciliation week. Yesterday, following three years of housing insecurity following the scandalous collapse of Sterling First, Jenny and I were able toContinue reading “When Greeks come visiting at 4 am”

How Good Is Transperth?

Bag with wallet, keys and phone are inadvertently left on the bus at Whitfords Interchange. Frantic discussion with Transperth employee. Both route number and bus number were miraculously memorised. Bus tracked on dry run on freeway to Perth CBD where driver will take a meal break. No passengers. Maybe he can locate the bag whenContinue reading “How Good Is Transperth?”

The New Commandment. Are You serious?

“A New Commandment I give unto you, that you love one another as I have loved you.”Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ You’ve got to be kidding. Surely this is demanding the impossible. Surely this “wisdom” only serves to feed weak manipulative relationships and reinforce the kind of violence that is built on a toxic cycleContinue reading “The New Commandment. Are You serious?”

Sterling Army on The March Again

Come and Join Us!Tomorrow, Tuesday, May 10th, 11 amNext to the entrance to Elizabeth Quay Train Station A Senate Inquiry finds that regulatory failure was the cause of the loss of over 100 homes and retirees’ life savings and that compensation is due. Both major political parties are either dismissive or guilty of concocting falseContinue reading “Sterling Army on The March Again”