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Friday, August 22, 2008

Old Editions Uploaded

For those of you who are failing to overcome your innate timidity and go and read our old editions, they have been uploaded on this very blog for your reading pleasure.

You'll find them under the "From the Archive" Hobby Horse, or in the "Blog Archive" under the dates corresponding to when they were first published. To download the actual PDF's containing the issue, click on the heading text or use a podcaster to catch the enclosures.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Seeing the Forest through all the Trees

It's been a funny kind of year for me, since the last Borrodalian. I have moved out of Borrodale, preferring the company of my new wife to the new Borrodale tenants, and am now situated in an apartment in Kensington. So I guess I've moved up in the Eastern Suburban hierarchy.

This being my final year of uni has made for some changes to the way I work, as most of the workload is highly self-directed. There are very few specific goals set for me by anyone except myself, but I know there is an external expectation on me to do an awful lot of work this year. So a rather serious challenge has been to work out exactly what goals to set and deciding if I'm a) kidding myself or b) being plain lazy.

As I've prepared to enter the "workforce" next year (sounds like one of those home renovation shows) I've thought a lot about what kind of ministry to engage in, and how to fit in all the pieces like evangelism, bible study, exemplar behaviour and speech, deep relationship and prayer.

One of the clear realisations I've come to is how much I tend to totally miss opportunities because I'm too busy looking for opportunities. That is, as I seek to engage in any kind of ministry to the people around me, I can be so concerned with the "large" goals and the "large" tasks that I completely overlook opportunities for small victories. My attitude to ministry should not be "today I'm going to convert X and tomorrow I'll start on Y", because goals like that are bound to fail (when placed on myself, that is. God can, and does sometimes, work amazingly, and quickly). By concentrating instead on simply being loving and being generous and being a kingdom person, I am able to stop thinking about all that I'm doing, and instead willingly allow God to work through all the little parts of my life for His greater plan. So to explain the title of my post, I need to appreciate each tree as a small part of a much greater forest.

Since our publishing days, I think some clarity has developed on how our Christian ministry and our human relationships are linked. Tangled up in that is how we deal with Scriptural truth. I think that theme permeated many of my essays last year, starting from The Christian Clone. And in many ways I still agree with my sentiment then, but I think now I understand more clearly that conflict in relationship is a necessary (or at least unavoidable) part of being Christian. But in conflict, we remain loving and generous and kingdom people.

What do our blog-readers think of the need or purpose of conflict within relationship as Christians?

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Our enthusiasm runneth over...

For the half dozen cockroaches and the lone pigeon who subscribe to this blog currently, you may have noticed the distinct lack of posts, despite earlier promises.

Well that will all change, now that exam period has begun. You can be guaranteed some quality procrastination to come. The fact that only one of our editors is actually observing this peculiar festival of trials and assessment is, quite frankly, a condemnation resting on his neck alone...

First stop will be the existing articles, methinks... That will kick us squarely into the centre of the blogosphere!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Borrodalian Boys Blog Back

Do you really think the tyranny of distance could really keep the Borrodale Boys down?

Well it was quite a reasonable assumption. I mean Irish went to Mount Isa for Pete's sake. But an assumption found happily wrong! Stay tuned for some updates .

In the meantime, read our back catalogue in the post archive.