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Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Wow, wow, wow. John Stott the other night showed me a completely new and edifying way to look at the passages about Jesus, Pilate and Barabas. Basically, we are Barabas - the murderous theif who fully deserved death, and yet Jesus died in his place. "Imagine the look on Barabas' face when his cell was opened and told he could go free." Imagine him finding out that Pilate had said he found Jesus guilty of no crime. Imagine his astonishment.
That should be ours, multiplied by a factor of a thousand because our minds are just too small to comprehend the greatness of God and his grace.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
So I've started reading up on the cause for East Timor's independence. I (ignorantly) thought that Australia had simply always supported East Timorese independence. But on the first page of my reading I found that, far from that, our government had actually supported (morally and materially) the Indonesian government for twenty years in its brutal occupation of East Timor. I was a little shocked, and quite dismayed that the government considered good relations with Indonesia more important than human rights violations in East Timor.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I just watched a movie called The Brothers Bloom. I enjoyed it. The style was unusual but I really liked it and it kept me guessing, was mildly comic and interesting. But then I flipped the case over and it said the genre was comedy, only I didn't really find it hilarious. As I said, only mildly comic. But I thought, maybe I didn't really get it? I only really was able to come to this conclusion though because I had to think very hard about the ending to come close to getting the whole movie. It was a con movie, and there was a few overlapping cons, but I think I got it. And I've come to the conclusion that the case was wrong and it's not comedy as such. It's amusing but, its sort of more like Hustle. Anyway, I enjoyed it, so check it out.
Friday, April 09, 2010
I thought of Thee, my partner and my guide,
As being past away.—Vain sympathies!
For, backward, Duddon! as I cast my eyes,
I see what was, and is, and will abide;
Still glides the Stream, and shall for ever glide;
The Form remains, the Function never dies;
While we, the brave, the mighty, and the wise,
We Men, who in our morn of youth defied
The elements, must vanish;—be it so!
Enough, if something from our hands have power
To live, and act, and serve the future hour;
And if, as toward the silent tomb we go,
Through love, through hope, and faith's transcendent dower,
We feel that we are greater than we know.
By William Wordsworth
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Freer is a very strange looking word. It looks as though it should be pronounced FREAR, like fear with an extra 'r' stuck in.it's just such an odd word, and the spelling does not match the sound at all.
But then, how else would you have it spelt?
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
So I had an excellent easter. I hope you did as well. I spent it getting my head full of God's word, so I hope some of that decides to stick around and make itself useful. And as I couldn't do this on Easter Sunday, I'm going to say it now, because it is no less true: Christ is risen, He is risen indeed! One of the speakers over the weekend taught us to say that in Russian, but...mimicking sounds is quite different to transcribing them in a foreign alphabet. I would like to say more about my excellent Easter weekend and everything I learnt, but there's way too much to say in a blog post which I'm using to put off writing a history essay.
The reason I'm actually writing is because I saw a quote on my wall and I thought "I should blog that," but I couldn't just blog another (science) quote after easter, so you got my well-wishes as well. And here is the lovely little quote by the brilliant Mr Niels Bohr (by-the-by I heard a reference to Bohr on tv(?) the other day, but it was along the lines of I'm not just a Niels Bohr, and I though '!!'. just a Niels Bohr? the man was pretty intelligent.)
"One must never be satisfied with doing what one can; rather, one must always do what one really cannot" - Niels Bohr