idle banter

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Where to leave your car when skipping the country

Jo'burg International Airport parkade: E-Class Merc, 1-inch dust, 3 x flat tyres, explicit finger-grafitti, 1 x bank-breaker parking bill ... anyone skipped the country lately?

Thursday, January 26, 2006

why did God make women?

did God make women to be companions to men? (or did he make humans to be companions to each other?)

and when a child is born, is it the primary role of the woman to nurture that child? or should a wife be encouraged and free to return to her place of employment?

the woman I am married to is currently wrestling with the question of whether it's ok to return to work now that our son is nearly a year old.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Da Vinci and Satan

Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code has rocked the Christian community. Whether you're phased by the take on Jesus' life, or you just don't care ... you have to admit that the book was a remarkable piece of writing. Most people I know who have read it finished it in a matter of days.

And now the movie is due for worldwide release on 19.05.06. You'd notice from previous posts that I'm interested in how movies based on books compare to the books themselves. After seeing the trailer for Da Vinci code (see it here, Quicktime and Broadband needed) I'm looking forward to a comparison in the Narnia range.

The Satanic Verses coverOh, out of interest: the majority of people who condemn the book have not even read it. This was true at an evening we had last year where Tom Smith enlightened us about the book, as well as in Mike's July 2005 post. The reaction was also true of Salman Rushdie's(1988) Satanic Verses when in 1989 Islamic states wasted no time in bannig the book.

Aside: how do we make a stance against an issue if we have not experienced the issue firt hand? Some issues to think about: homosexuality, drugs, rape, murder, etc.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

hODi woCo!


hODi woCo has arrived!

Last night at 7pm, 17 January, 2006, the Young Adults of Benoni ate, sang, drank, worshipped, listened, prayed, sat, asked, loitered and talked their way into a new year and a new vision.

Our vision:



turning the house of God into the
Home of God

This Home will be supported by four pillars:


Hospitality (ho) - Creating a welcoming environment - Val Strombeck
Worship (wo) - Opportunities to encounter God - Pete le Roux
Discipleship (di) - Getting to know God - Kiera Wilkinson
Community (co) - Getting to know one another - Stacey Venter



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Watch this space for upcoming events!


young adults exec

Sunday, January 08, 2006

The meaning of life


I took this photo while standing barefoot in the ankle deep mud after a serious downpour. Standing there and looking out over the mountains and the sunset... made me ask myself all those complicated questions like "What the hell am I actually doing on this planet?"

To be honest, I feel a bit goal-less at the moment. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be striving for. I mean, I don't like the typical joberg goal of "more money, more stuff, cooler car, bigger house" I've finished my studies, which was my goal for most of my life. I'm financially stable, I have a house thats well on its way to being paid off. A car that works, even though it is a "panzer" ;) So, now what?

Do you guys have goals? Something you aim for?

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Your call may be recorded

Typical automated answering services tell us that out call may be recorded for our benefit (or quality reasons).

What the hell for?

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

hODi woCo!

14 days to go!

Sunday, January 01, 2006

16 days to go...