The $40-Million Elbow

The world’s treasures are beautiful but fleeting. I’m devoting my life to plumbing the unsearchable riches of Christ.

The guests came at five-thirty, and Wynn ushered them in. On the wall to his left and right were several paintings, including a Matisse, a Renoir, and “Le Rêve.” The other three walls were glass, looking out onto an enclosed garden. He began to tell the story of the Picasso’s provenance. As he talked, he had his back to the picture. He was wearing jeans and a golf shirt. Wynn suffers from an eye disease, retinitis pigmentosa, which affects his peripheral vision and therefore, occasionally, his interaction with proximate objects, and, without realizing it, he backed up a step or two as he talked. “So then I made a gesture with my right hand,” Wynn said, “and my right elbow hit the picture. It punctured the picture.” There was a distinct ripping sound. Wynn turned around and saw, on Marie-Thérèse Walter’s left forearm, in the lower-right quadrant of the painting, “a slight puncture, a two-inch tear. We all just stopped. I said, ‘I can’t believe I just did that. Oh, shit. Oh, man.’”

via Doh! Dept: The $40-Million Elbow : The New Yorker.

Interesting Wikipedia Articles #3

I must admit, I am a fan of Wikipedia. Used wisely it is a wonderful resource. I even donated.

Incidents at Six Flags parks – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

List of scandals with “-gate” suffix – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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A Campus Carol

A few years ago, in ye-good-old student ministry days, Helen and I led a strand group at the AFES National Training Event. I think it was the year 2000.

We were doing a study of Romans 3:21-26 and we wrote this awesome (IMHO) song about it, to the tune of Jingle Bell Rock:

Propitiate propitiate propitiate wrath

God turns his anger away upon the cross

Because we are dodgy, in Jesus we trust,

And see that God is just!

We even had actions that went along with it.

Now I reckon it is still a pretty good summary of:

21 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

So sing it to yourself a few times, and as you hear the pagan version you can sing along the gospel.

Sure it doesn’t really work as a kids song, nor a youth group or even adults carol – only University students can handle both the silliness and theological precision required here. And that is what I miss most about Uni ministry.

Interesting Wikipedia Articles #2 (list of people who share my birthday – Emperor Constantine, John Steinbeck!)

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Jono Smith’s Blog: The ESV Study Bible is MINE!!!

Well we have some new idols at Holy Trinity Doncaster. We all got ESV Study bibles delivered yesterday.

Let the bibliolatry begin.

I can’t believe Jono opened his already. I thought we all agreed lay baskets of fruit before it for 40 days before opening…

Thanks to the fact that my boss is a contributor to the ESV Study Bible (he wrote the Deuteronomy notes) I have, what must be one of the first, ESVSB’s in Australia.

Jono Smith’s Blog: The ESV Study Bible is MINE!!!

Questioning Hell: Is it ok for Christians to listen to heavy metal?

Not since the satanic video game “Quake 1” have I felt so righteously angry.

For a long time I have been watching, from a distance, the musical genre of “metal”, if you can call it music.

I’ve recently had my attention drawn to the newer genres of “death metal” and “black metal“. This time these anti family crusaders have gone too far with their death-growls and double bass drum pedals. I’m particularly worried that fusions between death and black metal, sometimes known as “deathcore“, crosses a line beyond reasonable evil-levels in popular entertainment.

Please write to your local music stores and demand the banning of these cd’s.

Judge Rules in Sermon Sharing Scandal

I have only ever downloaded one Keller sermon and I confess I very promptly reused the introduction in one of my own Bible talks…

At the center of the suit are the sermons and writings of Rev. Timothy J. Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. After an intensive three year investigation the justice department uncovered an extensive network of pastors, seminary students and other church workers who downloaded hundreds of sermons by Rev. Keller, distributed them and preached them regularly in churches across America

JOLLYBLOGGER: Judge Rules in Sermon Sharing Scandal

Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca at Luna Park Melbourne

Some of our friends might find this silly… We don’t watch much TV, but Helen and I are BIG fans of the TV show Survivor.

Helen and I enjoyed a great evening meeting Ethan Zohn (winner of Survivor Africa) and Jenna Morasca (winner of Survivor Amazon) recently at a fundraising event at Luna Park (go

The event itself was poorly attended, I only found out by reading forums accidentally. It was great of the organisers to still hold the event – well done Australia Koala Foundation.

It was great to be able to ask questions about different people from survivor, Hatch’s tax evasion, Rob Cesternino and such. We also enjoyed some rides, and got our survivor DVD’s signed which is nice.

Ethan and Jenna both were very friendly – obviously still love survivor and love talking about it. Good value.

Yes we will be watching Survivor Palau – it is great to see an Australian network getting the rights to air a show less than a week behind the USA.