United, Books and Poverty


I really thought I could wake up to watch the Chelsea game. It was supposed to be 1am, I went to bed just after 11pm and when I woke up, it was 3am. I flicked on the ScoreMobile App on the phone – 3-1. Brilliant! I went back to sleep, sort of regretting not waking up to watch it but happily curled up in bed.

Truth be told, after the mid-week bump against Benfica when we appeared to have descended onto a normal plane of playing field, I thought there was a chance we probably couldn’t sustain the level of wonderful and emphatic wins. Especially against a Chelsea side beaming with great new signings like Juan Mata, and the new (shrewd sounding) coach in VB (Villas Boas).

To win by scoring 3 first half goals was quite brilliant, Chelsea’s apparent profligacy notwithstanding. With the noisy neighbours managing only a draw in SW6 this win was particularly sweet, as it now means a 2 point gap ahead of Manchester City. All that remains now is for Ryan Giggs to score in the league to retain the record of scoring in every single season of the domestic league since its inception in 1992. Almost 38 years old and still producing the goods. What a legend.

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I was reading an article about how many suburban shopping centres no longer have any bookstores and people have to either travel to other suburbs or the city or shop online, to get books. It really sounds like as a society, we are chasing stuff like fashion, health, food, pets and electronic entertainment ahead of good old fashioned source of knowledge and entertainment found in books. Tress and I were at the Westfield Doncaster Shopping Centre yesterday arvo – I was looking for a pair of casual shoes – and the representations of fashion, health, food, pets and electronic entertainment are really pervasive. Personally, other than Koorong Book Shop and Amazon, I really don’t shop for books anywhere else. Apparently high rents in shopping centres exclude bookstores so it really is a reflection of our society now – how we price other things much more highly than books.

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We were at a forum on Friday night, on the topic of global poverty and christian social engagement. It was organised by World Vision and the speakers included John Dickson from the Centre for Public Christianity, Dr Jayakumar Christian from World Vision India. I thought it really gave a good foundation for the idea that our work in relation to poverty alleviation must be based on our understanding of God and His relationship with His creation. I will always have time for such truth based activities. Dr Jayakumar Christian’s talk was especially illuminating and I hope to follow up in finding out more about this – got a copy of his book, “God of the Empty-Handed“.

It was a good weekend.

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