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A great poem for learning about the parts of speech. I wish we’d found this when my kids were little. Not too late now guys…and in time for your own kids 🙂 I found this on the wonderful German Grammar Pod website. (a wonderful resource for revising German grammar)

A noun’s the name of anything
As school or garden, hoop, or swing.

An adjective describes a noun
As great, small, pretty, white, or brown.

Instead of nouns the pronouns sit
You, me, his, hers, this, that or it.

Verbs tell of something being done,
To read, write, count, sing, jump, or run.

An adverb tells how, where or when,
As slowly, badly, there or then.

Three little words you often see
Are articles: a, an, and the.

Conjunctions join words together,
As men and women, wind or weather.

Prepositions link in nouns
As to or on or at the Downs.

The interjection shows surprise,
As ah! How pretty- Oh! how wise.

The whole are called nine parts of speech,
Which reading, writing, speaking teach

Prompted by something I read this morning, I searched and found this one page about prayer from a book by John Wesley .

One line: O God, fill my soul with so entire a love of thee that I may love nothing but for thy sake and in subordination to thy love.

Oh my.

John Wesley

Lord, please teach us to pray like this.

Once again, blowing the dust off my blog. Maybe it will stay off this time…

You need to find a copy of this book.

Theology is a word that can frighten people. It may sound highbrow and out of reach for the ordinary everyday christian; something you study if you go off to bible college. But really it just means thinking and speaking about God (Packer’s own simple description). This book Concise Theology; A Guide to HIstroic Christian Beliefs by JI Packer is a pithy little book which explains in just a few paragraphs, great, big, whole, concepts about our Creator and God.

There’s a storm brewing outside my little room and I need to bury my head in some German grammar but not before I insert an excerpt from this morning’s reading. Enjoy:

Self-existence: God has always been. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. Psalm 90:2

Children sometimes ask, “Who  made God?” The clearest answer is that God never needed to be made, because he was always there. He exists in a different way from us: we, his creatures, exist in a dependent, derived, finite, fragile way, but our Maker exists in an eternal, self-sustaining, necessary way – necessary, that is, in the sense that God does not have it in him to go out of existence, just as we do not have it in us to live forever. We necessarily age and die, because it is our present nature to do that; God necessarily continues forever unchanged, because it is his eternal nature to do that. This is one of many contrasts between creature and Creator.

God’s self-existence is a basic truth. At the outset of his presentation of the unknown God to the Athenian idolaters, Paul explained that this God, the world’s Creator, “is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else” (Acts 17:23-25). Sacrifices offered to idols, in today’s tribal religions as in ancient Athens, are thought of as somehow keeping the god going, but the Creator needs no such support system. The word aseity, meaning that he has life in himself and draws his unending energy from himself (a se in Latin means “from himself”), was coined by theologians to express this truth, which the bible make clear (Pss. 90:1-4; 102:25-27; Isa. 40:28-31; John 5:26; Rev. 4:10).

In theology, endless mistakes result from supposing that the conditions, bounds, and limits of our own finite existence apply to God. The doctrine of his aseity stands as a bulwark against such mistakes. In our life of faith, we easily impoverish ourselves by embracing an idea of God that is too limited and small, and again the doctrine of God’s aseity stand as a bulwark to stop this happening. It is vital for spiritual health to believe that God is great (cf. Ps. 95:1-7), and grasping the truth of his aseity is the first step on the road to doing this.

Just found this blog. It might interest you if you’d like to read a feminist’s view of feminism history. Or possibly if you have read The Feminist Mistake. It is one person’s research (for a TAFE women’s studies program). This was the first post I read. As Isaiah 5:20 says evil can be spoken of as good and this scripture seems to apply to much of this content. But I am encouraged to think a bit harder if I’m to avoid simply wiping her view aside (or accepting it on face value).

I found the summary of a view of education interesting. I am amazed that women are *still* asserting that the education system discriminates against and disadvantages girls (as opposed to boys…my personal opinion is that the education system does no one any favours when compared to a living education)

I say that I am amazed because having studied education during the early 80s and then again in the early 90s I could see the changes which had been introduced in policy in favour of girls’ education. It seemed to me then that quite the reverse had happened. This is reinforced by research for example: “The War Against Boys – How Misguided Feminism is Harming Our Young Men” (pub 2000)

For what it’s worth…

I wrote a whole scree of stuff about this article that Diane sent me the other night. But it was waffle. While it provided much for me to think about (peddling along Diane!) I really doubt my thoughts on it would interest anyone else.

But the article itself might. It is very long *but* it gets better.

Summary: Danish Island committed to sustainable energy alternatives. Swiss innovators working on the project who’ve developed ways to cut a general consumer’s energy consumption by…well, it depends on if you’re Bangladeshi or American…but for most of us, by lots. Wild estimations about how and why and what we’ve done to natural resources which can seem meaningless (and thus easily ignored). Interesting, but unintentional social comments.

Been at Hungry Head for a few days with my girls (daughters; Frances and Elizabeth and daughter-in-law; Carly) so I’m just catching up on blogs and news.

Links for later reference: Reports in news re: ABC GAFCON

Disputes in major US denominations, GAFCON website,

Further to our conversation Catherine: Thoughts on Sheltering, Diane – link re: today’s yak husbands/wives/marriage intimacy,

Mainly for Bette and Fran about specs.

This reminded me of an article I have by Susan Wise Bauer about the dangers (in brain development) of young children using computers and other electronic media. My article highlights issues raised in the book Endangered Minds – Why our children don’t think and what we can do about it.” I can’t put the article on my blog but would be happy to email the document to interested people.

About 5 years ago I met a godly, little old lady who, among many other books, sent me a copy of an old Anglican Book of Common Prayer. The times I’ve spent reading it have given me a greater appreciation for the rich heritage the reformers have left for us.

How’s this prayer from it:

Blessed Lord, you have caused the holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant to us to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that, encouraged and supported by your holy word, we may embrace and always hold fast the joyful hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

A book list by John Piper on reference books supporting the reliability of the bible. (note Aussie Paul Barnett amongst the author lists)

I have investigated the book I mentioned yesterday, a little further. Koorong will have my copy here in a few days!

This is from the back cover: “With remarkable ease and wisdom, Rebecca Jones takes a provocative look at the Bible and femininity in Does Christianity Squash Women? Written with twenty-first-century freshness, she examines the development of women’s issues through the Bible and then considers their implication for present-day Christian living. What’s discovered is not a box of confinement but rather a fulfilling path to freedom and purpose. When we accept God’s authority to define us,” says Jones, “we discover what it means to be a woman.”

This sounds like it may replace my current suggested reading material on this topic Let me be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot. Or maybe it will complement it well. It certainly seems more up-to-date on the issues. Sounds like a blend of the EE book + Kirsten Birkett’s The Essence of Feminism, (also here).

The only part Amazon would let me read was from the first chapter, entitled Confusion. She’s obviously setting the scene of where our modern idea of womanhood has taken us. Here are a couple of quotes:

“Part of the laudable attempts to bring wealth and education to Third World countries is the questionable assumption that women will make “better” choices about fertility. Ironically, many Third World women, when asked what they would do differently if they were better off financially, responded, ‘I’d have more children’!”

And “Will our world be happier with fewer people in it? Or do ecofeminists actually throw the…bathwater out with the babies?”

She asks “How drastically has the influx of women into the marketplace cut available jobs for men?”

“Women’s bid for autonomy has made their children autonomous by default. Such little ones, without the presence of a strong yet merciful mother, are growing up rootless… Meanwhile, women are pouring their best into the corporation, instead of into their children, whom they love so dearly.”