costs here and there

Want to have a baby in New Zealand?  That will cost you… nothing at all.  Diane and I have had various scans, midwife services, ante-natal classes, additional support and of course, the birth and subsequent more-than-normal care (heck, we’re even going to be reimbursed for the cost of petrol/gas to and from the hospital!) for… Continue reading costs here and there

an end of the pax americana?

Obamas turn has come to rule the American empire. Will it continue to be a mass-consuming empire of greed? Only time will tell. Here is a thoughtful, timely and read-worthy critique by Brian Walsh entitled: Barack Obama: A Post-Imperial Presidency? And yes, the same question could’ve/should’ve been asked had McCain won the election…

wright – ‘wisdom in a troubled time’

In this sermon to head-masters/mistresses, Wright touches on quite a few important concerns – especially for our time.  In particular, he focuses on at least two examples of foolishness ( 1) economic foolishness demonstrated in the current ‘crisis’, and 2) the foolishness of the so-called ‘evolution-creation debate’) and the need for wisdom.  Good stuff, Bishop.

700 billion

700 billion is an incredible amount of money. I fully admit I know very little about the complexities of the recent situation with the folding-in of large banks in the US. But I find the hype and hollering about impending financial crisis (not to mention the proposed 700 billion dollar bail-out) to be an insult… Continue reading 700 billion

the story of stuff

watch it here (worth all 20 minutes of your time). Note: The scope of this thing is so huge, please don’t fault it for making sweeping statements – to cover what it does in 20 minutes, it has to make its statements as general as possible.

why the “economic stimulus” is a load of bull…

The US of A just spent $168 billion… (or 152, depending on sources) Might wanna read that again… What did they spend it on? Shopping… that’s right, shopping… This makes me want to release a torrent of various expletives… Each tax-paying American recently received hundreds of dollars to –yes– go shopping. The ridiculous rhetoric used… Continue reading why the “economic stimulus” is a load of bull…

recent book purchase

Many books are on my desk at the moment.  Books for my theological study, and books for my personal interest.  I have too many books on my desk.  I cannot read them all… Yet this did not prevent me from picking up 7 more books on our recent trip to the states…

age of consent?

The video (around 8 minutes) on this page is very thought-provoking. A 19 year-old male had a (consentual) sexual relationship with his 15 year-old girlfriend, and was convicted for statutory rape, including on-going public identification as a sex-offender. This scenario re-raises not only the question of sexual ethics (How old should a person be to… Continue reading age of consent?

public service: worship and prayer included

Issues of culture, religion, politics and the like are of much interest to me. This Friday, quite an interesting complex of issues will be focused in one event in which I’ll be taking part. As a pastor of one of the churches in the Northcote area, I’ve been asked to take part in the ANZAC… Continue reading public service: worship and prayer included