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City Wonder 15

'New Jerusalem' by Jason de Haan, 2010 (collaged from the deconstructed covers of over 1000 1950s-80s science fiction paperbacks).

What do you make of this image? Where does it take you? City Wonder (introduction/all posts) is a series of visual meditations on the city, exploring themes like creativity, ecology and decay/renewal. Each image is a window into a realm or mindframe; an invitation to an ethos or concept; a meditation on histories […]

Doing 2 Timothy yet again, for the first time: Feet 1

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2 Timothy is a staple text for Australian evangelical Christianity and for many university ministries. It’s about mentoring, fidelity, endurance, and ‘gospelling’. It’s a text I’ve heard preached on time and again, especially in pivotal, rite-of-passage events such as national conferences and ministry camps. And then it was my turn to expound […]

December book reviews

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Laurinda, Alice Pung Alice Pung’s Laurinda is the brilliant Asian version of Looking for Alibrandi in some ways, and indeed Pung credits Melina Marchetta in the acknowledgements (along with John Marsden — what Aussie reader or writer of our generation wouldn’t?). On the surface, both are about an ‘ethnic’ girl […]

City Wonder 14

'Entry into Jerusalem' by He Qi, 2006.

What do you make of this image? Where does it take you? City Wonder (introduction/all posts) is a series of visual meditations on the city, exploring themes like creativity, ecology and decay/renewal. Each image is a window into a realm or mindframe; an invitation to an ethos or concept; a meditation on histories […]

Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart

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A devotional experience Arthur and I have enjoyed in recent months has been memorising and singing Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart. It’s from Cardiphonia’s Pentecost album. It’s a good prayer heading into the new year too. Spirit of God, descend upon my heart Wean it from earth; through […]

On what you find exhausting

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What might be blindingly obvious to a westerner is less clear to a Tanzanian, but it goes back the other way as well. I skyped with a homegroup in Adelaide recently and I was saying that one of the ways in which we are cultural babies in Tanzania is that […]