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I spend my days doing stuff for Soul Survivor NZ and my church "Blueprint" in Wellington NZ. I am perplexed, amazed, in awe of, and spend a lot of time thinking about this revolutionary called Jesus and what it means to follow Him.

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Yikes

Real sad news for my mate Stu McGregor (whose finally blogging a bit more regularly again). Christina Aguilera has cancelled her Auckland shows. News here. Im real gutted for you bro, I know how much you were looking forward to those concerts.

In other news; we now have TV at home including about 6 or 7 christian channels. I've watched about half an hour of misc programs and have gained so much insight and understanding. For example I have now understood that I need to "position myself to prosper". Im not kidding. Check it out here.

Seriously... I think im going to throw up. How did we get here? I am convinced more than ever that we have become so immersed in our consumerist western culture that we are oblivious that our daily spending habits are ripping off 92% of the worlds population. And then we throw in prosperity teaching? We need more? Jesus wants us to keep on ripping off the poor? Its truly tragic, and whats worse, Im a part of it. I condone it with my silence, and endorse it with my lifestyle.

End of unexpected rant.

“Yikes”

  1. Blogger the ROCK says Says:

    Just reading Velvet Elvis and considering what you've just said about the 'christian' channels... are they really 'christian'?

  2. Blogger Sam Says:

    Brilliant, what a great question.

  3. Blogger P-Style Says:

    I'll watch the video tonight from home. ... Then offer any thoughts I have. That TD Jakes publication has been heavily criticised, but is also very influential . .. . hmmmmmmm

  4. Blogger Sez Says:

    And perfect in for...

    Slavery is on the rise around the world and plays a part in some of the products you buy everyday.

    Slavery could be in the sugar in your soft drink, the cocoa in your chocolate, the rubber in your car tyres, the fireworks you watch and matches that light them.
    Slavery could be in the food products you eat and the clothing you wear, the football you (or your children) play with and the carpets you walk on...

    Trade Aid is currently petitioning the government on the existence of slavery today... on their website is a stack of interesting information and a petition you can sign... check it out.

    www.tradeaid.org.nz

  5. Anonymous stu Mcgregor Says:

    there are so many words and gestures sam . . .

  6. Blogger Karl Says:

    "How did we get here?"

    We got "here" because we wanted to. We want the toys, we want the "stuff". We want justice for the poor, but we don't want to miss out on our coffee, chocolate, Ipods, etc.

    We got "here" because we like it.

    We got "here" because we have forgotten our role in the oppression of others.

    We got "here" because this is where the mainstream "Church" is.

    We got here because we have oppressed our way "here"

    We should leave "here" and never return.

  7. Blogger Sir H C Llenrad Says:

    Karl, that is beautiful and poetic and true.

  8. Blogger the kyle Says:

    "We should leave "here" and never return."

    Looking at the way that I live I am unable to hide the fact that I'm not yet ready to do so. The interesting thing is I know many people that are also in my shoes; however, I'm not saying that it is therefore ok.

    I'm challenged by your words Karl. But my question is should we REALLY be ashamed of what we were born into? Does enjoying these things in life automatically mean that we idolize them?

  9. Blogger Karl Says:

    Mmmm? Ashamed? No. Aware of what we are born into? Yes. Thankful? Of course.

    We should enjoy life!! We should Love extravagently, Give extravagently, and soak in Gods Grace at every opportunity.

    Moses said some interesting things to the Children of Israel in Deut 8, that has spoken to me in the last couple of weeks.

    The minute we marvel at our own handiwork; when our peace, and what makes us feel comfortable and "safe"is not God- Thats "idol country"

    Well it is for me.

  10. Blogger Debs Says:

    I don't know how you guys got "there"

    But I caught the Khandallah 43. They leave every 10 minutes.

  11. Blogger Sam Says:

    That is the coolest thing I've seen written in a long time.