"What's your theological worldview" Quiz

Michelle did it, and so did I. Here's my theological worldview:

You scored as Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan. You are an evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition. You believe that God's grace enables you to choose to believe in him, even though you yourself are totally depraved. The gift of the Holy Spirit gives you assurance of your salvation, and he also enables you to live the life of obedience to which God has called us. You are influenced heavly by John Wesley and the Methodists.

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

79%

Emergent/Postmodern

57%

Neo orthodox

46%

Reformed Evangelical

46%

Roman Catholic

46%

Charismatic/Pentecostal

43%

Classical Liberal

32%

Fundamentalist

29%

Modern Liberal

18%

What's your theological worldview?
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Don't know if I agree. Some questions, I had no idea what they were talking about, and others I totally disagreed/agreed with. Something to think about...

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Welcome Oliver James

One of my best friends Leigh and his wife have just had their first child, a healthy 7lb 1oz (3.203kg) boy named Oliver James. As a proud first-time dad, Leigh has started up a blog to post news on Oliver at http://lifeofoliver.wordpress.com.

Well done Leigh and Anna, and welcome Oliver James!

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My Birthday - 33!

I've turned 33! Shown here is a dodgy quality picture of Maya, TJ and I trying to blow out my birthday sparkler :-)

As for gifts: I got some cool Lego from TJ, The Office DVD box set from Maya (coooool!), lots of chocolate (thanks, family!), some money and gift vouchers, and a surround sound system from Wifey, which I believe we're getting tomorrow.

Most of the family made it over to our newly-moved-into house to help me celebrate. And I had the day off work on my actual birthday to spend with Olivia and the kids.

The family that couldn't make it SMS'd or called or sent cards, which I also really appreciated.

All in all an awesome birthday. And it's the oldest I've ever been. And I'm still keeping it together, just...

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[Listening to: Not Half Right - Christopher O'Riley - Home to Oblivion: An Elliott Smith Tribute (04:27)]

Moving Out, Moving In

Last weekend we moved, from a small 3-bedroom unit to a mid-sized 3 bedroom house. With Olivia expecting in early September, we really needed a bit more living space. The house we're now renting has just had a new coat of paint inside and had new carpet put down, and also has a new heater and hot water system (we found out on the day we moved that the old hot water system was busted...so no showers for 2 days!)

I see the process of moving as being split into two parts - "moving out" of the old, and "moving in" to the new.

Olivia is of course really amazing at both parts of moving. Thanks mainly to her but also to a great team of helpers - my parents and brother Dave, Olivia's Mum and Dad, my mate Pete and Olivia's good friend Rachel - we did the shifting, and cleaned the old house, in one day.

Olivia had spent three or four weeks preparing though; everything was packed in labelled boxes and most of the cleaning was already finished by moving day. We hired a truck and between it and a couple of cars it took 3 trips, 5 hours and 60km to finish the "moving out" part by early afternoon.

"Moving in" will take longer. But the new place is already starting to feel like "home".

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Watching Movies with TJ

Aside: it seems I often post on entertainment, specifically, movies. I reckon I watch a few - so I may as well write about them :-)

TJ and I just finished watching Return of the Jedi. He's nearly 5, and we've watched all the Star Wars original trilogy together over the last couple of months, probably 60% of my suggesting it and 39% of his asking (with a 1% margin for error).

Here's the tricky thing for me: it's hard to know whether your 4 year-old is ready for these (PG-rated) movies. We watched Superman III a couple of weeks back and he wasn't scared at all. But several scenes in Star Wars upset him. I'm glad I was there to talk him through, but I wonder - is this content even appropriate?

He's always so excited after the film is finished - it's all new for him. We talk about bad guys and good guys. TJ loves Superman and always pretends to be him, but often TJ's preference is for bad guys - his favorite character was Darth Vader, but he switched once he saw a picture of Darth Maul.

It's funny what TJ picks up from his viewings: he told me, at the end of Return of the Jedi, that Anakin was back and Darth Vader was gone - a reference to the "good" in Darth Vader. I thought he was very perceptive! On the flip side, he thinks that Superman can do anything, "easy - with one hand". I tried explaining that Superman was always at work saving people and stopping bad guys, but TJ didn't feel like doing that as he was lounging on the couch - "they [the baddies] got away."

Enough of analyzing. I guess I'll keep talking to TJ about it and make sure I'm sensitive to his leading, and perhaps reduce my instigation so it's more 30/69 (again with the 1% margin).

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Church Wine Tour, July 2006

This past weekend, Olivia and I joined about 20 people from our small church and guests for our first ever "Trouble Free Wine Tour" - a wine, cheese and chocolate tour of Red Hill and surrounds. It was a fun day out enjoying the Peninsula's picturesque scenery, wide variety of small (and large) vineyards, and our friends' company.

First stop was Crittenden winery. Crittenden was very classy yet well-priced in the wine department, and also put on a nice spread of cheese and crackers plus home-made-style jams, spreads, sauces, and a really mild home-grown olive oil to sample. Best of all, for us amateurs, our group was there by ourselves for around 1/2 an hour and had the manager's full attention. I bought a nice white (Crittenden 2005 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon) and will definitely be going back for their Moscato, which was a lighter wine (7.5%) and really impressed our small group. Lunch was also delicious at the lovely Stillwater at Crittenden restauraunt (and Crittenden gets bonus points for a well-designed and informative website at www.crittendenwines.com.au).

Our next destination was Mornington Peninsula Chocolates, where I took it easy and restricted myself to only two of their fine, rich, hand-made chocolates. Mmmm. It turned out to be quite busy and we didn't have time to interact with the host or his staff, which is unfortunate as last time Olivia and I visited, we were able to speak to the owner, who was an interesting and knowledgable guy (he also converted us from thinking that Cadbury's make the best chocolate in the world).

Next was Red Hill Estate winery. Our host Gary was charming and funny but I think some of his jokes were lost on us, and, for some, tasting a dry white after lunch and chocolates was too much. I bought a nice red, their 2001 Red Hill Estate Cabernet Merlot. I didn't try their Muscat liqueur, which received many favourable comments after Gary served it straight from the freezer (interesting) - this also shows what a collective sweet tooth our group had!

Last stop was Red Hill Cheese, a nice, comfortable place hidden among the gum trees. Jan Brandon, one of the owners, came out to tell us about their cheeses and they put on a fine sample plate (or two) of mainly soft cheeses (including goat's milk cheese). We didn't buy anything here, mainly because Olivia - the family's cheese expert - can't eat soft cheeses while she's pregnant...but there's always next time!

Lisa, our tour driver and organiser, did a great job. All in all it was a fantastic day. It was great to spend a day with friends, and sample some fine wine.

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