Sunday, November 2, 2008
However, our most recent calculations envisage that we will be $20,000 AUD short for the year 2008-9. This is, of course, a concern. We are pursuing a number of things to try to fill that gap: We have booked ourselves in for a funding seminar in January; we are beginning the process of applying for funding from another UK Christian organisation; we have enlisted the help of a friend at church who has some useful ideas; we have information about applying for at least one new scholarship for the 2009-10 period; and we are actively looking into other possibilities that might help.
We are very grateful to those who are making this venture possible, and ask that if you can think of any other ways in which we might be able to make sure the money doesn't run out, you let us know. We also continue to value your prayers.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
But it was also good being in Perth. Here are a few pictures to tell the story of our time in Perth:
The Happy Couple, Andrew and Breony, Bec's parents (Richard and Rosemary) and ourselves. It was a lovely day and great to be able to celebrate with Andrew and Bre. The kids loved blowing bubbles at the reception and playing with Bre's nephews. Cara keeps saying "Like Aunty Bre!" whenever we see a bride or a photo of a wedding. Thanks for giving us an excuse to come back guys ;-).
Matt (he's the one behind the lecturn!) gave a lecture as a part of Trinity Theological College's "Works in Progress" series. The talk was about the 'textual history' of 1 Corinthians, exploring the way that this letter was first published and used as Christian Scripture.
We really enjoyed catching up with friends from church, uni days, Trinity Theol and other areas. We feel like we spent a lot of time catching up with people and, in the process, eating...it is a good thing that airlines weigh your baggage when you check in rather than you because we ate so much it's almost certain we were heavier when we left Perth than we were upon arrival.
It was good to be able to spend time letting supporters know a bit about the last year in person and catching up with other people's news.
Of course, we spent most of our catch-up time with family. The kids enjoyed spending time with Granny and Grandpa and Nanna and Pa, being spoilt. We enjoyed the opportunity to go out on a couple of 'dates' too. The other highlight for them was playing with their cousins - Ethan (below, with Luke), Doyle and Holly (below, with Cara).
For those who are interested and on Facebook, Bec will post some more photos from our trip on her profile (eventually).
Sunday, August 24, 2008
- Catching up with family and friends (of course!).
- Cara is VERY excited to be seeing Kasey, our cat
- Meeting our neice, Holly, for the first time
- Matt will be giving a paper at Trinity Theological College
- He will also be preaching at our old church (Bedford Community Church)
- We'll be having an afternoon tea on Sunday 14th Sept at 2:30 at Bedford Community Church (come along if you're free!)
- Going out for a meal without the kids while there are grandparents to babysit (hint, hint!)
Friday, August 8, 2008
Matt's study has been going well: He recently spent two weeks in London with another Nottingham theology student, doing an intensive German course, which should help with his reading of academic texts. Last month, the university decided to upgrade Matt's research from M.Phil (Masters) to Ph.D (Doctorate). His supervisor, Anthony Thiselton, continues to be pleased with Matt's progress, and has been warm and constructive in his supervision.
We are now officially members of Beeston Free Church, and have continued to enjoy our involvement there. Lately this has included Matt leading a service, Bec helping run an evangelistic Bible study, and the kids taking part in Sunday School and the Summer children's outreach programme. Over the holidays, some of the church activities have wound down, but Bec and the kids have enjoyed regularly catching up with other mums and kids.
Luke is now walking, and is saying about ten words. He had his first haircut a few weeks ago, and he is now looking like a little boy, rather than a baby.
Cara has really enjoyed going to Nursery (pre-school) and settled in well. She can now write her name, somewhat legibly. She had a trip to the emergency department of the local hospital recently, with a "bent arm" (her words). It wasn't broken, and she spent the next few weeks at prayer time wanting to say "Thank you, God!" that her arm was better!
In amongst all this, our computer completely died, and so we are writing this blog post on a new computer. We lost a number of photos, documents, and - unfortunately - the diaries that Bec has been keeping about the children growing up. All of Matt's university work is well backed up, so there was no problem there - but other things have unfortunately gone for good.
But God has been blessing us... and yes, there has actually been some sun! We've been enjoying BBQs, picnics, and time playing in the back yard.
Monday, May 19, 2008
On the 15th April, Luke turned one year old! For his birthday celebrations, we enjoyed chocolate cake, plenty of playing on his birthday-present-slide, making a mess with party food, playing with friends, opening presents from far-away family, and general birthday-related frivolities. Now that Luke is one, he has developed a more mature personality, and has a particular interest in philosophy: Just yesterday he pondered, "Hey mum and dad - what do you think Hegel means by insisting that 'being' is actually 'nothing' and 'nothing' is actually 'being'?" We scolded him for being precocious, but all is now forgiven. Feel free to wish Luke a happy birthday in the comments!!!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
This is a cave at Qumran, where some of the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
The Sea of Galilee, at Capurnaum, where Jesus lived.... and where I had a swim!
The Wailing Wall is in the foreground, with the Dome of the Rock on top of the Temple Mount.
This is what is left of a huge man-made harbour, constructed by King Herod in Caesarea. It is this construction that enabled Caesarea to become an important port... The ruins in Caesarea are possibly the most impressive in Israel - alongside Bet' She'an and Jerusalem.
This is one of the "high places" made famous in the Old Testament - you can see the altar in between the two pillars.
"Holy holy holy" - An ancient symbol of the trinity, here appearing as a mosaic on the floor of a church at the traditional location of the Last Supper.
Palestinian territory is poorer than Israeli territory, and is blocked off by a massive Berlin-style wall. This was a taxi we took in Palestinian Bethlehem, complete with home-made license plate!
This is the view from the top of Masada, looking out to the Dead Sea. Masada was the final stronghold of the Jews before the Romans finally achieved victory... Josephus reports that the Jews there committed mass suicide rather than fall into the hands of their oppressors. I walked all the way up and all the way down.... never again.
The springs of En Gedi - where David spared Saul's life.
In the distance is Jerusalem, viewed from the Garden of Gethsemane.
This piece of rock is directly underneath the traditional (and fairly reliably so) site of Golgotha... you may see that there is a crack that extends down the rock: According to tradition, the blood of Jesus dripped down the cross, seeped through the crack, and made its way to the buried bones of Adam in the ground below... Thus the blood of the Second Adam flowed down to cover the First Adam.
Friday, March 21, 2008
...and Hannah and Luke...
We all visited a large park in which deer roam free...
Matt has recently finished a 37-page essay on the "unity of 1 Corinthians". A number of commentators claim that 1 Corinthians, among other Pauline letters, is best understood as actually being a crudely edited collection of previously-existing letters by Paul. This sort of approach is called "Redaction Criticism" (redaction meaning "editing"). In the paper, I argue that the way in which Redaction Criticism has been applied to 1 Corinthians is highly problematic, and ultimately unpersuasive. Professor Thiselton has given me some very encouraging feedback about the paper. I will speak on related issues at the University of Beer-Sheva (Israel - see below) in April, and at Trinity Theological College (Australia, Perth!) in September.
**This just in: Matthew now has a more "theological" blog that will deal more specifically with these sorts of issues: www.cryptotheology.blogspot.com **
From April 1, Matthew will be spending two weeks in Israel, with a group of theology students from the University. Besides delivering a discussion paper at Ben Gurion University in Beer-Sheva, there will be archaeological sites to visit, biblical locations to see, and Dead Seas to float in! The Department of Theology at the University of Nottingham has awarded me the "Rickards Travelling Scholarship" to go toward the cost of the trip. Please pray that this trip would go well, and that Bec, Cara and Luke would survive with health and sanity during Matt's absence!
Monday, February 4, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Secondly, we celebrated our Tenth Wedding Anniversary on 27th December.
And finally, on 4th Janury, we celebrated Cara's third birthday.
All the kids waiting for party food
Do you think Cara had fun at her party?