…Joe’s backyard in fact. (and you can see Fran and Josh chillin’ on the grass).

From the concert at The Gate, held in May 2010. Bits of footage from Garage Hymnal:

If you want to know more about Joe and The Gate read this.


Question: What do you get when you combine; a group of disadvantaged teenagers, lots of junk and lots of energy?

Answer: Hot Schrott! (english: hot junk!)

♥ If you follow the link here, you can watch the original clip. (Couldn’t believe I found an English version but personally, the English presenters grate on me).


So where did this come from? Well, I’m always looking for good audio/video stuff to help improve my german language acquisition, and the Goethe Institut have heaps of cool learning materials. I just randomly came across it.

Don’t you think, well, their faces say it all?

from his book, The Best Kept Secret of Christian Missions

Titus 3: 14

Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.

In the light of my last post about ‘having a mind towards family’ as a strengthener of marriage, I found this website interesting and encouraging and well, yes, we need to talk in these terms these days, because marriage and family don’t always go hand in hand anymore.

The Book

It’s a fresh look at a few other issues too. Enjoy.

It occured to me tonight that one of the greatest ways to strengthen a marriage is to desire to have a child.

  • It is both humbling and (relationship) strengthening for a husband to depend on his wife to bear him a child.
  • It is both humbling and (relationship) strengthening for a wife to rely on her husband for the seed and to give her body to nurture their common child.
  • It is both humbling and (relationship) strengthening for a couple to commit to raising a family together.
  • It is both humbling and (relationship) strengthening for a couple to pray together to their Father in expectancy.

Very rarely do you read a thoughful, intelligent, non-reactionary (from either side) Christian comment regarding contraception. In this post, Albert Mohler discusses some of the issues which are ignored by most or clouded over (by illogic) by the rest.

Using contraception, (at least until we’ve had some time to ourselves, or made some money, or finished our education…) is virtually unquestionable among young christian couples today. But Mohler notes, (in reference to the devolopment of contraceptive technology) that 100 years ago “adults who’d intend to have very active sex lives without any respect to the likelihood of children didn’t exist. And it’s now unexceptional.”

Further, The idea that sex would be severed from childbearing is a very modern concept — and a concept made meaningful only by the development of the Pill and its successor birth control technologies. The severing of this relationship represents a quantum change in human life and relationships, not to mention morality.

Methinks this yet another topic where we’ve allowed the events and minds of the world to shape our thinking, rather than asking our Father what he thinks about it.

will YOU be ready?

The second reason [to pray] is that prayer bends our wills to God’s will, which is what [submission] is all about. “If I throw out a boathook from the boat and catch hold of the shore and pull, do I pull the shore to me, or do I pull myself to the shore? Prayer is…aligning my will to the will of God”.

Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes.

I praise our God for the things he is doing through his people here in Armidale. I pray he continues. One amazing opportunity over the last few years has been the chance to meet so many people from countries where Christianity is not promoted. I thank God for Polly and her overseas students’ ministry.

Overseas Students' bbq - our house April 2010 (click image for larger view)

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Born to Joe and Carly. A sister for Nadia.