Thursday, February 26, 2009

Phone Loves

Nathan got an iPhone just recently so I upgraded too. I've figured out some pretty neat things that I'm sure the rest of the world knew about back in 2006. I've got FM radio and the interwebs on my phone. I figure out how to get a MP3 as the ring tone too. It's the theme song from Juno. I adore that movie. I should blog about significant movies like that. I watched Moonsoon Wedding the other night. Another classic that everyone should watch. 

Saturday, February 21, 2009


Going to Brisbane has always meant travelling a little further north back home to Bundaberg. My family is pretty scattered but my dad has been in Bundaberg all my life and I expect him to be there forever. Now that my sister is back from London I get to see her too whenever we go to Brisbane. Yay - who doesn't love their baby sister.

Friday, February 13, 2009

People in Glass Houses

I just finished reading a book today called 'People in Glass Houses: An insider's story of a life in an out of Hillsong' by Tanya Levine. Published in 2007 it's a very confronting memoir of Levine's life growing up Pentecostal and choosing to leave in her early twenties and the response (or distinct lack thereof) from the church as a whole. Good review here.  Here's a SMH review. 

It's hard to describe my feelings about the book and her story. I think that she has attempted to give a fair appraisal of the differences between Christians and non-Christians. Her fairness is evident in a distinct lack of bitterness and disapproval even though it is quite obvious that she is no longer a Pentecostal (perhaps even no longer a Christian) and quite obviously heartbroken over the church's treatment of her and what she describes as its continual cultic behaviour. 

It's easy as a quasi-Anglican to reject Pentecostalism wholeheartedly. The hand waving, carpet rolling, mouthfoaming, speaking in tongues, theological dis-service done to biblical theology (i.e. 'naming and claiming'), treating God like Santa Claus, prosperity gospel, perfectionism/triumphant-ism etc etc. I wouldn't call them non-Christians by any means. But like all differences, there are helpful ones, the ones that bring out the goodness of diversity, and then there are the unhelpful ones, the ones that disguise truth. 

Levin's book was an interesting foray into the culture of 'churched' but 'no-longer churched' and was an appropriate read considering I have just done a two-day intensive on the relationship between culture and preaching. 

What are people like, you know, the one's out there? Outside my circle of friends, family, experiences, church etc. 

It would be an easy response to Levin to say that she didn't understand grace. Levin is very sincerely unable to bring together her questions of biblical consistency with the demands of fundamentalism. She thus perceives sin, sexual sin in particular, as making a person unable to come before God. She refers to grace scornfully as like an 'Etch-A-Sketch' that never addresses the true issue of justice (pg 153). 

A fourth year college student like myself, is quick to jump to the defence of penal substitutionary atonement - that grace is more than just an Etch-A-Sketch because justice truly is done on the cross in Jesus' death (Rom 3:25).

But surely she heard all that in her 10 odd years at Hillsong? Surely she heard that it's more than just being God's princess, more than just earning more to give more, more than just living 'just-if-I'd-never-sinned', more than just living to your highest potential, more than just adopting a cute African orphan from Compassion and drinking Gloria Jeans coffee??

It's easy to point out all the things that I disagree on and that really wasn't the point of this blog entry. People in glass houses and all that... 

I feel so sorry for Levin that she experienced so much pain and anguish. The book was a very good read and one that I'd recommend.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Mong Mong

College registration day today. I sucessfully enrolled into New Testament, Old Testament, Christology, Advanced Topics in Biblical Greek and Exegesis, Church History, Congregational Ministry, Issues in Theology and Atonement. Whew. It's going to be an awesome year. 

This week will be catching up on Hebrew translation and attending a Congregational Ministry intensive. I'm hoping to continue working on some toe-up socks I started last month as well as work on a baby scrapbooking album for a friend and start my Korea scrapbook album.

This photo is from a night out with some of my students. We ate dog meat. Dogs say 'mong mong' in Korean (hence the post title). Dog meat isn't very nice at all but I guess, like the bondegi - when in Korea, eat like the Koreans!

ETA: I've been messing around with the HTML for my blog for a while and seem to have everything sort of sorted now. It's been tricky working it all out from trial and error and I probably have the least elegant code of all quasi-code monkeys in the world but it works and I'm happy. Having a hubby with a PhD in robotics hasn't really helped - he doesn't even know all the correct tags for this form of HTML!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

I'm back and loving it

Well, I'm back from Korea but got straight back into work. We went up to Brisbane to visit friends and family. Our church family up in Brisbane is very important to us and we try very hard to keep close connections with them. It was a very busy time with dinners with friends every night but we enjoyed in thoroughly. 

I have lots more things to blog about Korea and all the interesting things about that country. I'll leave you with this picture of bondegi - silk worm larvae. I found out on my trip that I'm severly allergic to this national delicacy.