Interesting questions from recently-returned missionaries to Tanzania at church tonight: 1. What are things that encourage you about the church in NZ? 2. What are the challenges? 3. How can you contribute to meeting the challenges?
Sunday 29 June, 02008
Monday 23 June, 02008
Wednesday 18 June, 02008
Questionnaire, by Wendell Berry
1. How much poison are you willing
to eat for the success of the free
market and global trade? Please
name your preferred poisons.
2. For the sake of goodness, how much
evil are you willing to do?
Fill in the following blanks
with the names of your favorite
evils and acts of hatred.
3. What sacrifices are you prepared
to make for culture and civilization?
Please list the monuments, shrines,
and works of art you would
most willingly destroy.
4. In the name of patriotism and
the flag, how much of our beloved
land are you willing to desecrate?
List in the following spaces
the mountains, rivers, towns, farms
you could most readily do without.
5. State briefly the ideas, ideals, or hopes,
the energy sources, the kinds of security,
for which you would kill a child.
Name, please, the children whom
you would be willing to kill.
Wendell Berry said, “We’re members of each other, everything, all of us. And the difference is not in who is and who ain’t, but who knows it and who don’t.”
Tuesday 17 June, 02008
Wednesday 11 June, 02008
Monday 09 June, 02008
I recommend John Pilger’s documentary The War on Democracy. It’s about the adventures of the US in Latin America. The basic idea is that the US has done whatever it feels it needs to do to further its ‘national interests’, including supporting coups of democratically-elected leaders. Pilger is a little simplistic, too easily concluding that the enemy of my enemy is my friend (Chavez, Castro), but he’s still mostly spot on.