Six Rules of Cultural Engagement

Nice post over on Joe Thorn about cultural engagement.

Posts may be a bit scarce over the next week and a bit, I have everything due at uni.

Post of the Day Uni

antonia1.jpgI remember back several years ago I had the opportunity to sit in on a lecture about Hermeneutics at Melbourne University – I think it was through my Texts and Traditions class – it was fascinating, and I had every intention to one day go back and do some more investigating.

Josh from Love in the Key of Longbrake (which I follow to keep an eye on some fun photography) has written a post about a moment that hit him during a class on hermenutics, I think that you should go and read it. Post of the day worth.

Christianity Culture Post of the Day

267535pw269.jpgI don’t need to go write my many posts on a Generous Orthodoxy (Brian McLaren) now, Mak has said lots of it for me. I’m sure I may go back to those folded corners, but for now I’ll sit in my blergh too much homework state or whatever else is turning my mood sour.

Isn’t sour an awful word when used like that?

Christianity Post of the Day

fullscreen_fig_09.jpgI was going to go to bed, but for the sake of the goings-on of the past few days crowding out more interesting thoughts, the goings-on of the past few days must be said.

As Alex has mentioned, Geoff and I had our engagement party yesterday. Our Mums (and Dads) and many other helpful siblings/bridesmaids and friends put in a massive effort and we had a fantastic afternoon/evening. With over a hundred people to get around to, it was a pretty big effort to keep my eyes open by the end of it. I loved that we had representatives from most arenas of our lives. A huge thanks to our youth kids for doing some fairly impromptu waitress/waitering and doing a good job. We had a really valuable time of getting prayed for and we did also get some pretty nice presents!

On that, Saturday night we made it to Beth and James’ (Burkie’s) engagement party and had a fine time getting know Rohan . I’d never met him before – Geoff had through Tabor. I did really enjoy chatting with him. It makes me envious that I don’t have many/if-any friends in the slightly next stage of life – they are valuable, valuable people. I also got to catch Sammy, Paul, Sus and Matt briefly (Gush people) – always fun!

Today my good friend Jess took me along make-up shopping. She does happen to be scooting off to India just before my wedding but has an extremely good idea of how go about the make-up thing. NB. I don’t wear make up and really have zero idea. Anyway after some hesitant contemplating I have decided to have a sibling/friend do my make-up instead of paying someone I don’t know. We prowled tentatively around Myers and got accosted by a make-up counter woman who balked a little at the fact that I was diy’ing it for my wedding (Not too badly) she then proceeded to be quite nice in sharing a rough costing of the variety of products, then pointed us particularly toward her range. Those who know me should be proud, I didn’t say something rude out-loud or make a face when she said that the price of an eyeshadow was $90 – I might’ve in my head.

So we took off to The Body Shop where things were far more casual and helpful and possibly more ethical. We tried some stuff out with the help of the lady there, bought a few things and came home and ‘played’. Jess is good, it felt very professional and I came out looking good and was satisfied with the result. She now has to teach a sister of mine (or someone else) how to do it and we’ll have a crack at getting it just right. I am now very convinced that I am far more comfortable having someone I know well in my face than someone I have paid too much for, show up. We will practice enough so I don’t end up angry on the morning. That… and the $90 that could’ve (in someone else’s world) been spent on one eyeshadow, bought almost everything we’ll need.

Tomorrow I am bridesmaid dress shopping with my three bridesmaids, hopefully will get around to writing two more blog posts – one about a fantastic movie I got to see with Geoff tonight and head to the next Vocare meetup where I will ashamedly admit that I still haven’t met my ‘mentor’ and have missed the past few weeks of readings.

Now that is out. Now I can sometime get to sharing some bigger conversations and thoughts. While you’re waiting for that, check the conversation going on at Hope Road about Stay at Home Daughters. I was interested. Alternatively check out, The Soundtrack of Your Life for some good music, funny the things you find through reading a design blog – I quite like French music.

Life Post of the Day Wedding

It’s a bit of a funny one to point out, in that it’s quite a personal post yet I want to as it is a strong testimony to God working.

Some background first.

Being friends with Mish was something that was reasonably significant several years ago – I jointly got to know John (Auran) and Hamish as we all worked through some stuff together via the glorious overrated means of msn after chasing some stuff through on Gush.

It is amazing watching people around you grow and change and continue to search after God. To be really honest, Mish is one of the stories of people that kept me at Gush for so long.

Please have a read of Home Truths.

Christianity Life Post of the Day