Wednesday, March 30, 2005

THIS PUTS OUR WORLD INTO PERSPECTIVE

If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following:
There would be ~
57 Asians
21 Europeans
24 from the Western Hemisphere, north &south
8 Africans
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be non-white
30 would be white
70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian
89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual
6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth,
and all 6 would be from the United States
80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death
1 would be near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education
1 would own a computer
When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.
The following is also something to ponder...
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness...you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation...you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death...you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep...you are richer than 75% of this world!
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace...you are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthy.
If your parents are still alive and still married...you are very rare, even more rare in the United States and Canada.
If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.
Someone once said, what goes around, comes around. Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt, dance like nobody's watching, sing like nobody's listening, live like it's Heaven on Earth.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Monday morning wave


"Everything in the known universe travels by waves: wind waves, light waves, radio waves, sound waves. But there is just one place where humans actually ride this pure energy - in the surf. That's the secret we share." – Jim Kempton

Easter prayer

Easter us

You God who terrified the waters,
who crashed your thunder,
who shook the earth, and
scared the wits out of chaos.

You God who with strong arm saved your people
by miracle and wonder and majestic act.

You are the same God to whom we turn,
we turn in our days of trouble,
and in our weary nights;

we look for steadfast love and are dismayed,
we wait for your promises, but wait in fatigue,
we ponder your forgetfulness and lack of compassion,
and we grow silent.

Our lives, addressed to you,
have this bitter-sweet taste of
loud-clashing miracles and weak-kneed doubt.

So we come in our bewilderment and wonderment,
deeply trusting, almost afraid to trust much,
passionately insisting, too timid to insist much,
fervently hoping, exhausted for hoping too much.

Look upon us in our deep need,
mark the wounds of our brothers and sisters just here,
notice the turmoil in our lives, and the lives of our families,
credit the incongruity of the rich and the poor in our very city,
and the staggering injustices abroad in our land,
tend to the rage out of control, rage justified by displacement,
rage gone crazy by absence, silence, and deprivation,
measure the suffering,
count the sufferers,
number the wounds.

You tamer of chaos and mender of all tears in the canvas of creation,
we ponder your suffering,
your crown of thorns,
your garment taken in lottery,
your mocked life,
and now we throw upon your suffering humiliation,
the suffering of the world.

You defeater of death, whose power could not hold you,
come in your Easter,
come in your sweeping victory,
come in your glorious new life.

Easter us,
salve wounds,
break injustice,
bring peace,
guarantee neighbor,

Easter us in joy and strength.

Be our God, be your true self, lord of life,
massively turn our life toward your life
and away from our anti-neighbor, anti-self deathliness.

Hear our thankful, grateful, unashamed Hallelujah!

Amen.

Walter Brueggemann, March 29, 1994

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Blessed Easter!

"THE RESURRECTION is God's way of revealing to us that nothing that belongs to God will ever go to waste. What belongs to God will never get lost—not even our mortal bodies." ~ Henri J. M. Nouwen, Our Greatest Gift

Monday, March 21, 2005

Interesting facts about the anglican church

Did you know....

By Derek Spencer

the average anglican is a 24 year old african woman. the church of england is the mother of a worldwide community of churches, the anglican communion. (true, the mother might sometimes seem tired but the daughters are getting stronger every day.) in C21st britain the church had been widely seen as losing appeal and members and influence.

the anglican church worldwide is growing by 1000 members a week. in asia at the turn of the C20th there were less than a million baptised anglicans - now there are more than 6 million; in latin america the figure has jumped from 700,000 to 900,000, in north america from 2m to 3m, in europe from 24m to 26m. and then there's africa. in 1900 the continent boasted 369,430 baptised anglicans. there are no over 32 million.

but the church isn't just about numbers. often its social and moral contributions far outweigh the number of bums on seats. in palestine, the anglican church has only 6500 members - not many more than holy trinity, brompton. it faces extreme hardship, a minority squeezed between muslim and jewish majorities. yet it runs 31 different institutions from schools and hospitals to orphanages.

however unrewarding being church might sometimes seem, the church is not just about you or me. we are members together of a global communion. 'the church,' said the salvadorean martyr bishop oscar romero, 'is all of you.'

and the average anglican is a 24 year old african woman.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Something to read on a rainy day...

Stanley J. Grenz 1950-2005
By sivinkit on News

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"From here

"As some of you have already learned, our brother Stan went home this morning at around 4:00 am. There are hardly words to express the heartache and shock his loss brings. As a community, and as individuals who have been deeply touched by his brilliance and kindness, we will grieve this tragic event, and celebrate the life he lived for many years.

Please keep his wife, Edna, and his children Joel and Corina, and his granddaughter, Anika, in your prayers as the weight of their loss becomes more real in the days ahead."

I've never met him personally. But his books and articles - quite a number of them had a personal impact in me. From what I've read from Jason Clark and read from other blogs his impact goes beyond his writings.

A lot of what he said kind of resonated with the journey I was in especially since 2000 till today ...

Concerns of a Pietist with a Ph.D
The value of both head and heart matters came across strongly for me here. This article excited me even though I'm not a Ph.D. I googled this link while I was searching for stuff for my ordination paper on "Pietism".

"Seven Questions"--An Interview with John O'Keefe of ginkworld.net

Christian Faith in a Postmodern Society
The above two links helped me see his approach in engaging his context ... which served as a model on how I could engage mine in Malaysia specifically and Asia in general.

(Pop) Culture: Playground of the Spirit or Diabolical Device?
He was one of the few who really engaged with the subject of pop culture. I was a youth pastor before I stumbled into what I'm doing now and pop culture was very much part and parcel of what I was trying to understand and even use to connect with the youth I was leading. Of course, what's said here is not just for youth pastors ... it's part of a bigger picture.

Community & Relationships: A Theological Take
I found his emphasis on community and relationships really resonating with where I was heading since leaving seminary."

Simon Says ...: Thought for the Day - Gates


Saturday, March 19, 2005

A interesting fact

Tom Peters reports that

In England more people are employed by Indian restaurants than in steelmaking, coal mining, and ship building combined!

Think about that for a while.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Powerful stuff

Prayer from ECUSA.



We acknowledge and give thanks for the hope now breaking forth for those living with HIV/AIDS through new treatments, but we must confess that economic injustice and racism will make this hope stillborn for many in our own nation, and for the most in the developing world.

The body of Christ has AIDS. Lord have mercy.

We have sought to be a source of loving support for those we encounter who suffer from AIDS, but we must confess that we have also seen our sisters and brothers naked and hungry and oppressed due to their HIV antibody status, their colour and their economic status in our own society and around the world. And we have too often failed to see Christ in them and have not clothed, fed, or liberated them out of love for the one who saves us.

The body of Christ has AIDS. Lord have mercy.

We have known for years precisely what must be said and done to help change from behaviors that spread HIV infection, but in our timidity and fear we have too often failed to tell these truths in love which can spare sons and daughters from the scourge of AIDS.

The body of Christ has AIDS. Lord have mercy.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

An interesting sermon this evening

This evening I attended a local Church of England service, where the guest preacher was non other that Adrian Plass.

Yes, the christian author, poet, humourist and radio commentator. He was very entertaining and provoked some very interesting thoughts. Maybe I will post some at a later stage, once I have had a think through them.

The world's top 20 wealthiest people

Following is a list of the 20 richest individuals and their estimated net worth in billions of dollars, according to an annual ranking by Forbes Magazine.

1. William Gates III US$46.5-billion (Microsoft)
2. Warren Buffett US $44.0-billion (investments)
3. Lakshmi Mittal India $25.0-billion (steel)
4. Carlos Slim Helu Mexico $23.8-billion (telecom)
5. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Saudi Arabia $23.7-billion (investments)
6. Ingvar Kamprad Sweden $23.0-billion (Ikea)
7. Paul Allen US $21.0-billion (Microsoft)
8. Karl Albrecht Germany $18.5-billion (supermarkets)
9. Lawrence Ellison US $18.4-billion (Oracle)
10 S. Robson Walton US $18.3-billion (Wal-Mart)
11. Jim Walton US $18.2-billion (Wal-Mart)
11. John Walton US $18.2-billion (Wal-Mart)
13. Alice Walton US $18.0-billion (Wal-Mart)
13. Helen Walton US $18.0 (Wal-Mart)
15. Kenneth Thomson and family Canada $17.9-billion (publishing)
16. Liliane Bettencourt France $17.2-billion (L'Oreal)
17. Bernard Arnault France $17.0-billion (LVMH)
18. Michael Dell US $16.0-billion (Dell)
19. Sheldon Adelson US $15.6-billion (casinos)
20. Theo Albrecht Germany $15.5-billion (supermarkets)

You will notice that I am not listed above.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Understanding England Rugby

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

How people use Google

I saw this and thought it was very interesting...

"This is how people look at search results:

Eyesite

It's not a theory, it's all sorts of fancy science put to good use. Via searchenginewatch.com."

thanks Seth Godin

7 questions

with thanks to Andrew Jones

Andrew speaks of 7 questions he received from Thom Wolf. They can be used when analysing a passage from the bible.

The questions are:
  1. What word or phrase "shimmered" or stuck out.
  2. What did you like best about the passage?
  3. What did you like least?
  4. What did you learn about God?
  5. What did you not understand or find puzzling?
  6. What do you think applies to people today?
  7. If you were to choose a sentence or phrase to meditate on this week, which would it be? And why?

lighter of lights

From Jonny Baker's site

Lighter of lights – illumine us
Fire of fires – thaw us
Power of powers – strengthen us
Lover of lovers – warm us

Teller of tales – encourage us
Destroyer of darkness – save us
Touchstone of truth – examine us
Summoner of stars – amaze us

Wellspring of wisdom – weather us
Water of life – refresh us
Dancer of days – delight in us
Breath of the universe – bless us

Ruth Burgess

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Netscape Browser 8.0 BETA released

The All New Netscape Browser 8
The Obvious Choice for Security, Efficiency & Ease-of-Use
Netscape Browser provides more security options, streamlines more standard browsing tasks and arms internet users with more timesaving solutions to their browsing needs than any other browser.

I might think about giving it a try in the near future - any suggestions?

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Knighthood for Bill Gates

Bill Gates and the Queen
Bill Gates and the Queen chatted about computers
The king of computer software Bill Gates has received an honorary knighthood from the Queen.

Mr Gates, 48, the world's wealthiest man, said it was "a great honour" to be recognised for his business skills and for his work on poverty reduction.

The Queen had spoken to him about using computers, he said after a private audience with her.

As an American citizen he cannot use the title "Sir" but will be entitled to put the letters KBE after his name.

The entrepreneur was handed an insignia to make him a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

6 commandments of gen x

"bob carlton had a post on his blog about someone's post of the "six commandments of baby boomers"

1. Thou Shalt Be Hip.
2. Accommodate the Culture to Keep Thyself Relevant.
3. Honor Thine Individuality
4. Thou Shalt Forget History.
5. Thou Shalt Feel Guilty for Selling Out.
6. Thou Shalt Question Authority.

unwilling to let the boomers best us, here are my 6 commandments of generation x.

1. thou shalt NOT have commandments
we are free-range, so there!

2. if we had commandments, being hip can't be one
you can't try to be hip, you just are, or are NOT

3. thou shalt NOT be sold
we hate marketing and pandering, ugh. relevant is not our vocabulary, but authentic is

4. honor thy friends the rat pak of our lives-
'i'll be there for you' = gen xer national anthem

5. thou shalt dumpster dive & rummage through history
(we need connections to the past to move into the future)

6. ignore authority,
'fight the power'- why bother, eh?
we vote with our feet and our mouse ;-)"

By karen ward

About me

I am an African living in Scotland. A son, a father, an ex-husband, a boyfriend, a teacher and friend trying to piece together the stories that my God, my parents, my ex-wife, my girlfriend, my pupils and my friends are telling me, so that I can tell my own story. Thanks to all for your support and advice. I still love good coffee and popcorn.

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