Category Archives: Religion

What’s your Lenten sacrifice?

As part of my Lenten sacrifice, I have decided to give up Facebook. 

No, probably won’t help world hunger, help homeless people or stop wars, but part of Lenten sacrifice is also about getting back to basics and self improvement, self discipline and self denial.

I thought – OK, what have I started getting addicted to lately?  What do I check first thing in the morning, last thing at night, check on my iPhone when waiting?   Facebook.

So, today marks 20 days without checking what everyone else is doing and telling the world what I’m doing through Facebook. 

And it’s hard!!  Wifey still is on it and I’m so resisting peeking over her shoulder to see what so and so is up to.   And everytime I do something remotely interesting, I find this inner urge to tell everyone on Facebook – that I now need to supress.

I’m still keeping up this blog, but to a less regular degree as this is not so much a time waster and addiction for me like Facebook. 

Anyone else giving up Facebook for Lent?


Are you a church music geek?

Spread across the world, there are a select group of people who are church music geeks.

I’m pretty they exist, because I think I’m turning into one of them.

You know you are a church music geek when you can look at the readings or Bible passages for the coming weekend, and you start singing excerpts from songs which have the same phrases or messages, or start rattling off the different versions of “I am the Bread of Life”.

And you know which music book they come from.

And you know that that piece is by Carey Landry, Geoff Bullock or Bob Dufford or someone else, and that he writes quite catchy tunes.

Or you like particular tunes because they have a cool chord progression or break that emphasizes the lyrics, or a melody that touches the heart.

I wonder what happens if you get all these people in the same room…  it would be quite bizarre.

Luckily, this weekend, the music has all been chosen for us – mostly music by Australian composer Michael Mangan that we haven’t played before.   New pieces – fun!