Father Bob and The Chaser

Father Bob has written a brilliant post called The Chaser Treatment, likening the early church to The Chaser team.

He talks about challenging institutions and calling them to account. He reckons that’s what The Chaser boys do and that’s what New Testament Christianity was about. He likens the guys to the early prophets.

Christians were countercultural. Not that we were looking for trouble. It just had the knack of finding us. We were the unlucky grist for the political will. We were rounded up regularly as the “usual suspects”.

But, the Roman politicians fell in love with us, because we could read and write and administer (we learned all that in the ghetto) and invited us to run the Roman public service, to be the clerks/clerics, the public service.

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. We fell for that trick. Now we needed reminding of who we were meant to be, the servants of all, not what we had become, the servant of the Roman government.

Can I encourage you to read Bob’s post and think through the points he raises?

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When bins go bad

It might be Spring here in Perth but we had some quite wet and windy conditions yesterday. As I was cycling to work this morning I noticed a fence had come down in a local street.

Squally winds like that cause all kinds of objects to act out of character.

I was looking out of the window while I was at work yesterday and spotted a couple of bins next door. They were beside each other, next to the curb at the edge of the footpath.

Suddenly the yellow lidded bin moved backwards about half a metre, turned slightly, then rushed forwards, knocking the green lidded bin over into the street. The yellow lidded bin was still upright on the curbside. It looked very premeditated and vindictive.

I really wish I was videoing the incident. I know that it was just the wind pushing things around but it was very funny to watch. Though I must admit that there’s no way I’m going to trust that yellow lidded bin ever again.

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