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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

martin luther king day

Hi! I went missing for a while - again - didn't I? Well Planetshakers was great (once I got over my "I'm getting to old for all this jumping around" attitude). Chris Hill and Reggie Dabbs were great - Chris was especially challenging.

It's now been raining for over 24 hours, and it's not just light rain, this is stuff that will make you wet even if you run. It's weird - it's still hot, but it's wet. I feel like i'm back in Fiji.

Got a new mobile the other day. Switched from Orange to 3 for free, and with no handset payments. Apparently when you spend as much as I do, they like to look after you :) Sweet! I can handle that. I got the just released LGU880, which can pretty much do anything I want it to - except connect to my work PC (that's it to the right). I think there's something wrong with the 5 spare USB ports on my computer. Maybe I'll just have to upgrade my home computer....(but I really want to get a new piano first!)

Anyhow, back to the title of this post. Apparently in the only country that exists outside of Australia (that would be the USA :) ), it's Martin Luther King Jr Day. Doug TenNapel has a nice little post featuring some quotes from his sermons...here's one that stuck out to me....I'd heard bits of it before, but never realised that it was from a sermon by Martin Luther King (in 1957):

"But we must remember that it's possible to affirm the existence of God with your lips and deny his existence with your life. The most dangerous type of atheism is not theoretical atheism, but practical atheism (Amen)—that's the most dangerous type. And the world, even the church, is filled up with people who pay lip service to God and not life service. That's right, Filled up with, Come on, Lord help him) And there is always a danger that we will make it appear externally that we believe in God when internally we don't. We say with our mouths that we believe in him, but we live with our lives like he never existed. That is the ever-present danger confronting religion. That's a dangerous type of atheism." (emphasis added by Doug TenNapel)

Food for thought hey?

do you mean the only Australia and the U.S. celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day?

wow, that quote. . . what a man he was.
Sorry Kathryn, I was being "slightly" scarcastic with that remark. My friends and I have a joke about the "fact" that to Americans, often they ARE the world....Australian's don't celebrate "Martin Luther King Jr Day". In fact, we don't have any holidays that celebrate an individual Australian, even though I still think we should have a holiday on 27 Aug for "Sir Donald Bradman" day....just handy that our birthdays are on the same day!
okay. . thanx. Yeah, i hafta agree with you that some Americans can come across that way. I think you should contact your member of parliament to request your Sir Donald/Paula day!!!
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