Friday, September 05, 2008

airline ticket virus scam

That’s strange, I thought, as the email popped into my box. I know a group is buying me a airplane ticket but I’m pretty sure that airline doesn’t fly in Australia.

Subject: Online order for flight ticket [number]

Thank you for using our new service “Buy airplane ticket Online” on our website.
Your account has been created:

and an attachment! as a ZIP file, not a PDF.

Never click on attachments from strangers is the golden rule! So a quick check on google and sure enough — . What a pleasant world we live in!

Posted by steve at 02:39 PM

Thursday, September 04, 2008

entering the local religion

The local sporting team have made the finals and we’ve just picked up 4 tickets for Saturday; Adelaide Crows vs Collingwood somethings.

Here is my current understanding of what we will see – a little ball and an oval field, which has pockets to pick. Because they have coordination problems, this ball can be either kicked, bounced or passed, in any direction forward or back. Because they have seeing problems, the aim is to get this ball through any one of 4 posts. 2 are short and 2 are long. The long ones are the better ones.

I will post when I learn more.

Posted by steve at 07:22 PM

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

my early mornings

this – view image – is where i spend my early mornings of prayer and reflection. it is one of the good gifts of this sabbatical season, 2 minutes walk, or 1 minute run, from my front door.

Posted by steve at 02:36 PM

Monday, September 01, 2008

Monday morning update

A few regular questions to help me review the week back and reflect on the week forward. hat tip: MarkO

the weekend that was: The Taylor family hit the Aussie outback, walking in the Flinders Ranges and I am totally impressed. Lots of driving, lots of walking which the kids coped with really well. Their highlight was seeing kangaroos and emus in the wild. Mine was the tiny flowers that make up the outback. Amazing.

where i am at the moment: Parkin-Wesley, where the seminary has so kindly provided an office, library facilities, internet and printer. I wrote about 6,500 words last week on the missional church book, plus kicked off the first day (of five) of the missional church leadership course.

on my to-do list this week: I have the first of my missional church coaching groups. We have divided the groups in two. One will be a simple coffee and mission, church, leadership, change discussion. The other will be a more focused workshopping process, in which I will introduce a congregational discernment process.

procrastinating about: Missional Church Leadership marking. I have a few bits and pieces to tidy up.

book i’m in the midst of: Scott Turow’s Burden of Proof. A good escapist read.

music that seemed to catch my attention this past week: Black Seeds new album, Solid Ground. Not as good as Into the Dojo, but it is growing on me.

next trip: a quiet weekend is looming. It will be Fathers Day and the kids are looking forward to being able to make me Fathers Day breakfast on the day, rather than having to delay it cos of Sunday church stuff.

how i’m feeling about this week: Tired. It was a rich weekend, but 10 hours driving takes its toll.

Posted by steve at 01:40 PM