Monday, June 05, 2006

Depression... in a world without meds

So this blog's been inactive for ages. It needed a wee sojourn.

But I have a thought provoking discussion and no, it's not about the Da Vinci Code.

What is the answer to depression? Really. Should people suffering depression really be expected to go through cycles and cycles of meds in search of a solution? Do you think that there is a non-meds solution?

So there it is, what do you think?

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

hmm.

Just a wee thought. Just so we can let the thought provoking discussion ferment into... whatever - that was an attempt at a poor analogy - can we have it so that a new thought provoking discussion is introduced once every three or four days? This is just so people only have to concentrate on one thing at a time and we don't get flooded with too many simultaneous discussions. And be creative with the discussions! Nothing is too crazy/stupid/serious/funny to discuss!

That's all. Resume your normal daily routine right... about... now.

The Australian Story: Life of Brian

Hopefully I am not the only one who caught the program last night on ABC. Watched it with my MP3 and we are agreed it gave a fairly good picture of the Houston’s and Hillsong Church. The 2 trailing lines before the program faded out was a bit of a downer to an otherwise positive portrayal.

here is a weblink to the story: http://www.abc.net.au/austory/ for people interested in reading the interview in full ( i have not had a chance to read the interview)

There is this thread that contain comments by blogees about the program: http://www.philbaker.net/comment/2184

beyond that, here is a blog thread about Joel Osteen and the concerns raised about his preaching http://www.philbaker.net/blog/2173.

anyway a lot reading i agree. but in essence it should provoke discussion about churches and their pursue of excellence and “blessed to be a blessing” mentality vs going into prosperity preaching.


Personally, I think most churches like Hillsong are genuine, and do go along the idea of “to give, to get, to give, to get, to give…” ending with “to give”. Our church goes along this line of thinking too.

I also think that given authority through Christ over the world, the Church should not be worse off compared to the world, but can be just as extravagant if not more so in our presentation of the Gospel and also our giving.

And before anyone get the wrong idea, I am referring to the body of Christ as a whole, not necessary every individual within the body of Christ. Blessings can come in many ways, and only one of many ways is through financial blessings. How God choose these some to be blessed in this way, we will never know, but those who are blessed financially are blessed so that they can be a blessing to others and thus benefit the body on a whole. So no, I do not think there is anything wrong with being well off within the body of Christ, as long as we are good stewards of the finances.

Thoughts?

Monday, August 01, 2005

Adulthood

This semester I had to make a quick change in units because until I can divide myself up so I can be in three places at once, there was no way in hell that I was going to do one of the units I'd originally enrolled in. So from a list of units that I wasn't really interested in but I had to choose the lesser of three evils, I picked Children and the Media which is Murdochlish for 'philosophy, psychology, anthropology, literature with some media theory added in for good measure'. Anyhoo, someone started talking about how kids are growing up so fast these days and it's all the fault of the media and capitalist consumerism, blahdeetcetera.

Which begs me to ask the questions: What is adulthood? When do we reach adulthood? How do we measure adulthood? And are kids growing up too fast these days?

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Provocative? Sure. Thought provoking? Maybe.

Do you tend to treat the bible as a moral signpost, or The Literal Truth?

In particular, how do you feel about the story of Noah's Ark?
Certain naughty people (hellbound, no doubt) have suggested that the whole idea, as presented in the bible, just isn't feasible.

So what say you?
  • The whole thing did happen, just not exactly as recorded.
  • The whole thing did happen, exactly as recorded. Impossible? Miracles!
  • Secular scientists are stupid, and smelly. Of course it's possible.
  • Chill out, dude. It's just a parable.
  • e) all of the above

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

And now I'm here to provide some thought provoking stuff...

Right.
Thought provoking.
Gimme a minute.....
We need to make sure we use Godwin's Law on this site.
Godwins Law states that:

The longer an internet discussion continues, the more likely it is the disintegrate into a flame involving comparison with the Nazis or Hitler. As the thread ages, the probability approaches one.

There is a tradition that, once this occurs, that thread is over, and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever argument was in progress. This is Godwins Law.

Godwins Law guarantees the existence of an upper bound on thread/argument length. There is a widely held codicil that any intentional triggering of Godwins Law in order to invoke its thread ending effects will be unsuccessful.

No, I don't know who Godwin is.

All in favour of using Godwin's Law say Aye...

Monday, July 18, 2005

love your neighbour...

I thought I'd start the first thought provoking discussion. I thought I'd like to call it 'love your neighbour'. So I did.
Jesus says to love your neighbour as you love yourself.
This gets translated as 'treat others as you'd wanna be treated'.
Let's face it, it's a principle that's been taken on board by the majority of people on this crazy planet we call Earth, regardless of whether you're Christian or not. Heck, a fair bit of the legal system is based on this principle - so much so that we like to call it 'the neighbour princple'

So do you think we're living up to this principle?
If you were to write a report card for yourself, your friends, your family, your faith (or lack of) and your nation on how well we're doing at this - how would you grade it?

Don't worry, all the non-Christians, there will be discussion without the word God in it.

the obligatory first post

Hey kids, I thought I'd take some of the pressure of my blog (as well as myself!) and start a blog for people who want to battle it out on thought provoking (not to mention emotion evoking) topics.

There's gotta be ground rules for this kind of thing or else it'll turn into a total blood bath.

*Don't go into this with a chip on your shoulder - it won't help, trust me.
*Don't take anything discussed here personally, don't go out intending to make comments that people will take personally - use your common sense in discerning this.
*Do your homework - if you're gonna make a statement, be prepared to be asked to back it up.
*If you're going to comment on something that someone's written and they refer to something, check it out! They've obviously referred to it for a reason and it'll make a whole lot more sense for you.
*If you get angry and upset at what someone's written then breathe, make yourself a coffee (or nearest relevant beverage), calm down, think about it and then reply to it.
*Be logical in your argument - make it easy for the person to understand what you're saying.
*This is the usual ethical palaver - but don't make derogatory comments about or towards people's gender, physical attributes, religion, ethnicity, etc, blah. You guys know all this - I'm just saying it so I can say that I've said it and so you guys can say that you've been told.
*Have fun!

The name of the blog may or may not change when my brain it functioning properly. This blog is open to membership which means that if you want to start some thought provoking discussion, you can! Just let me know by commenting to this post that you wanna be a member and I'll get you all started with that. Be patient with this kind of stuff. An exciting and thought provoking topic will be posted soon for you all to duel over.