Friday, August 1, 2014

Glasgow and Nelson Mandela

CardsAsGifts alerted me to a great story within the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony told by Billy Connolly.  Glasgow had awarded the "Freedom of the city" to Nelson Mandela in 1981 when he was still in prison. In 1986 Glasgow then changed the name of the street St Georges Place to Nelson Mandela Place. This was of most significance because the South African Consulate was in that street and, in the middle of the apartheid regime, they now had to give their address as Nelson Mandela Place on all of their letters, a man who at the time was a political prisoner. Those canny Scots!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fried sandwiches

I am currently into frying my sandwiches.  Obviously, I'm also currently into oversharing because this is my third post for the day.  That is because (a) I have a weird fortnightly work schedule which means I'm just coming to the end of my quiet half of the fortnight and about to disappear from the internet for the busy half and (b) I don't have an Instagram account to show you the food I'm eating.
So you know: here is food that I eat and I am cool.

Frying sandwiches produces a heaps better result than squashing them in a sandwich maker.  It's a universal non-relative fact.  Stop squashing your food and live a little.

First taste of chocolate

The workers in this video harvest cocoa beans but are unsure what the beans are eventually used for because they have never tasted chocolate...until now.

Desktop background

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Ephesians 1:6

Mark 9:35

John 1:16

Psalm 137:17–18

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Weighed down with mistakes

Mistakes have been plaguing me lately. Old, old mistakes that keep whispering to me at night. And new mistakes that I seem to make through a combination of pride, foolishness, stubbornness, selfishness and just by stupid accident. The continuing efforts I make to plaster over all these mistakes seem to make it worse..... of course.

Today I am trying to remind myself of this:

The gospel is good news, not good advice. (Tim Keller)
The news that Jesus has come isn't for people who want to perfect their life. It's not for people who would like 10 steps to the perfect marriage. It's not to make you a better you. It's not so I can shine oh-so-bright. It's not so I can look good.

It's because I don't. I don't make any of those hurdles. And yet the good news is that there is a spectacular, forgiving, life-giving love that has come.

It's my pride that tells me that I only need Jesus a little bit. It's my failures that remind me I need him utterly.
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

The nostalgia machine

Something fun.  Go here and dial up a year.  It goes back to 1960.  I picked the year I graduated high school.  All the songs I'd forgotten.  And some I was glad I'd forgotten (Billy Ray Cyrus, I'm looking at you).