Well, I’m still working away on that re-theme, which is being distracted by relaxing and down-time…
This week I got to spend some time with my brother in Christ Nic on Tuesday evening. We headed to the movies to see The Hobbit, as well as have some dinner, a catch up, and some bible. The movie wasn’t too bad, though there were some flow issues, I thought; at some points in the film, it seemed to stagger… I did like the several allusions to Jesus that could be picked out in there though… I spotted at least three…
A lot of this week seemed to be taken up by the new photocopiers we had at work. They required a fair amount of attention, and have also been a source of frustration, but I’m convinced that once the hard yards are done in this early period, they should be sweet and self contained. I need to constantly remember humility, patience and grace in amongst it all, as I was reminded tonight by some wiser folk.
Tonight at graceat6 we had Ross Abraham speak on Navigating from 1 Thessalonians 5:12-15. I’m not so sure I was happy with the talk, to be honest; sure there was a fair amount of biblical content within the talk, but they were mainly reference verses, and I don’t think that the passage at hand was addressed well, rather it seemed more like a topical talk (about being a Christian) that moderately stemmed from the passage assigned… I would have liked to have heard how we
- be at peace among yourselves
- warn those who are irresponsible
- comfort the discouraged
- help the weak
- be patient with everyone
- see to it that no one repays evil for evil
and most of all
- always pursue what is good for one another and for all
Tonight I also met Tam who was visiting from Christ Church St Ives, as I sat next to her during the service. It was good to actually be able to be in the ‘pews‘ and get to do that for once, but also an interesting experience; I noticed quite a way into the service that she was sitting by herself, and made the conscious effort to go and sit next to her, and then speak to her toward the end of the service. I found it daunting to do so, but am please that I did it, and I’m glad to see that there were at least another 5 or 6 females that spoke to her as well, except that they seemed to take over/interrupt my conversation, which leads me to wonder why/if we have a culture of gender separation, ie let the females minister to the females, and the males minister to the males, and if we do, is that healthy or unhealthy??
This week coming brings CROSSWAY Ministry Conference, which will be both busy and enjoyable. Our speakers will be Evan McFarlane on Genesis and Dominic Steele on Revelation. If you’re keen to come hear the talks, they will take place at 9:30am and 7:30pm respectively.