Monday, October 31, 2005

Sexy Boy

Hear the song "Sexy Boy" by Air (using RealPlayer).

Who is that sexy boy??

Me at Josh's party

Okay, maybe not that sexy, but it's me. At a party. Look, I have a bottle in my hand and a smile on my face... oh the peaceful moments in life...

Well, parties sure beat studying!

It's the 19th Birthday party of a friend from BCNZ called Josh. It feels weird going to a person's sub-twentieth birthday these days, but then BCNZ attracts all sorts ;)

I gave Josh a funny present - it was wrapped so nicely with metallic silver paper, silver ribbon around both sides, a silver ribbon-flower thingy and a tiny card in a little silver envelope... it looked like a wedding present. Inside was a box of one dozen Dunkin Donuts :D

The wrapping cost more than the Donuts!

To see more thrilling photos, check them out on Charlotte's Blog (or click on the photo to be taken to the specific post). Charlotte is another friend from BCNZ.

A brief respite

When peace like a river, attendeth my way;
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

It is well... with my soul...
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

It is well... with my soul...
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

He lives--oh, the bliss of this glorious thought;
My sin, not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, Oh my soul.

It is well... with my soul...
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

And, Lord, haste the day when our faith shall be sight
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
The trumpet shall sound, and the Lord shall descend;
Even so, it is well with my soul.

It is well... with my soul...
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

~~Horatio Gates Spafford [1873]

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in his wonderful face,
And the things of earth
Will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.

~~Helen H. Lemmel [1922]

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Inside my head...

Hello all.

I'm a little busy at the moment and life has been distracting me in various ways.

I'll go through a couple of things:

I'm not going to India because I had wondered whether I should go this year (if I was doing a Masters next year I might want to have some time to work over the break rather than give all three months to India). It turned out that a situation arose where I felt it was appropriate to donate a certain amount of money to help. That made it a little harder to reach my goal, but that's okay since I can always go somewhere another time. The world will still be waiting.

I haven't been blogging because I'm behind assignments in a couple of subjects' worth of essays. I think my brain fell out of my ear in the holidays and I haven't managed to find it yet. I've just had more essential things to take my time up with.

I would say things are going well, but I'm not sure they are. I can't tell. I think I'll need to survive another month, look back, take a deep breath and let you know then. It'll be holidays then, too... oh man, holidays...

I work at Voice of the Martyrs, and that is going well generally. That adds to my workload a bit, since it takes time out of study and also makes me have to worry about real world work-issues ;)

On the plus side, I'm hoping to start an MTS next year (if they let me in) and I'll probably pursue studies in the area of Feminism and also Peace & Justice Studies.

I want to study a little bit of Feminism because I think that I'll have a good perspective to add to it. Why?

• I'm male (therefore none of my conclusions will be anti-male)
• I'm happy with "the church" (therefore I'm not coming from a reactionary position of pain)
• I'm Evangelical (therefore my response will be as biblical as I can manage)
• I'm passionate about my faith (therefore my response will be Christian and not post-christian)

I also believe that, as with any indigenizing/cross-cultural effort (in this case, cross-gender), it takes the 'locals' to do the final work. I think that if males want to understand how they relate to evangelical feminism and how it relates to them, they'd probably rather hear it from another man.

I'm also hoping to be involved in a group that is trying to start an Institution for the coordination of Peace Studies so that people don't have to leave NZ shores to get a good education in that area.

When I'm feeling more philosophical and less phrenic I'll get back to you with some ponderings.

p.s. what do you think of my new Hitchhiker's Guide miniplayer?

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

My OKcupid (super-american) politics test results

Iain is a

Social Liberal
(60% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(13% permissive)

Iain is best described as a:


That is, he exhibits a very well-developed sense of Right and Wrong and believes in economic fairness

Link: The Politics Test

40 Days & 40 Nights

40... 40... 40...

There are only 40 people registered on who wrote 'The Bible' in their profile's good-book list. Myself included, naturally ;)


Oh, hmm, that's interesting. Frank included it too but he doesn't show up on the list. Curious... i guess God doesn't count him for some reason. The Rapture, anyone? :P