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Backyard Missionary

unrefined theological musings, random personal reflections and occasional naughtiness…

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Driving with the Handbrake On

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 02:12:30 +0000

Last week I read an interview with Bono that enquired about his recent ‘health scare’. (I’m not sure how recent) In the interview he declined to discuss the issue because he felt it a bit rich for a wealthy white … Continue reading

Life Threads – Surfing & The Ocean Final

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:55:58 +0000

I took this photo the day after we moved into our house in June 2011 and it captures so much of what Yanchep has been for us. The kids looking out to a rainbow over the ocean – a little bit … Continue reading

Life Threads – Surfing & The Ocean IV

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:57:42 +0000

From the hills we moved to Butler in 2003 and suddenly we were within 3kms of the coast yet again. Surfing began to happen with greater frequency and knowing the ‘Alkimos’ was directly offshore I felt it was time to … Continue reading

Life Threads – Surfing & The Ocean III

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 23:55:44 +0000

Getting a job really messed with my surfing! The time I had during the day for surfing while studying Phys Ed at UWA now no longer existed. It was ‘after work’ and weekends now and that meant I surfed less. … Continue reading

Life Threads – Surfing & The Ocean II

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 09:03:40 +0000

In year 12 I bought my first brand new board – a 5’ 9” ‘thruster’ by a backyard shaper called Wayne Winchester. In 1981 Simon Anderson changed the landscape of surfing with his 3 fin boards so I wanted to get … Continue reading

Life Threads – Surfing & The Ocean

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 04:59:53 +0000

Lately I’ve been reflecting on the various threads that weave together to form a life and I have realised that surfing and ‘the ocean’ have been a massive thread in my own 53 years on this planet, so I thought … Continue reading

The Absence of Grace

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:34:43 +0000

Recently I was running out of stuff to watch on Netflix (serious first world problem…) so I decided to give Sons of Anarchy a go. I’d tried before but never got past the first episode. This time I did. It … Continue reading

Why You Should Listen to Your Mother in Law

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:26:44 +0000

It was around 15 years ago that we set out as a family to be missionaries in the new Perth suburb of Butler – known better by the estate name ‘Brighton’. You might remember the TV ads… ‘Brighton – Its … Continue reading

9 Days in Medewi

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 08:33:07 +0000

​It was a great time in Medewi over the last 9 days so for those who may be interested in what it was like here is both the short version and the longer spiel. The short version Medewi is awesome … Continue reading

Did The Catholics Get it Right?

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 07:58:24 +0000

I’ve often cited one of the benefits of ‘being Baptist’, (or any kind of free church) as the idea of freedom of conscience – the ability to think for ourselves and hold different / dissenting opinions on various issues. There … Continue reading