Cape Town Commitment

The Cape Town Commitment is set out in a 49 page document, something many of us struck with the modern disease of not reading anything more than 120 characters, would probably find a tad too long to plough through.

Perhaps for this reason this summary has been produced and at the least, all Christians, particularly leaders, ought to read. Hopefully we get to the full document as well but this should be the very least start.

Like many Lausanne Movement statements however, this commitment struck a chord with me in every single statement professed.

Why then hasn’t it had more traction here in Australia? Is it because our church scene mimics the American scene somewhat and our idea of global Christianity is really more American/UK/Australian Christianity?

In the context of the diminishing importance of the Christian faith to the society in these countries, this would be most ironic. If we really are attuned to what God is doing in this world today, the Lausanne Movement must be heeded ever more closely than before.

Scot McKnight thinks American churches have become tribal – only thoughts, movements, trends, people who emanate from America mattered to American churches. I often think Australian churches can be equally “tribal” in our ways.


Mullen Names ISI (Pakistan)

The big wig in the US military is Admiral Michael Mullen. He’s become the first military top dog to publicly name Pakistan as an ally of Islamic terrorists. There has to be a catch as traditionally Pakistan is an “ally” of the west including the US. I guess there is, in the form of Mike Mullen’s impending retirement. He retires next week, and that statement was made in his final congressional testimony.

Why didnt he say something the world already knows, much earlier in his tenure? Perhaps that would complicate his job. He probably had to rely on the Pakistani ISI for all sorts of stuff, regardless of their support of the likes of the Taliban.

I guess sometimes you need to refrain from stating what would have been the obvious, just to preserve the efforts made for the “greater good”. I suppose for all the professed alliance the US never fully trusted the Pakistanis, as the assassination of Bin Laden quite clearly showed.

Perhaps Mullen is simply doing Martin Dempsey, his successor, a favour.

Birds at the G

“C Gulls – 0″ sometimes flash across the screen at the MCG, when occasionally, a seagull gets hit by a cricket ball. Out for nought.

Sea Gull have always been a problem at the G. For the AFL Grand Final this year a couple of wedge tailed eagles would be perched at strategic positions. Apparently they’d work to clear the G off seagulls.

I hope that G would not be bereft of magnificent birds of prey on Grand Final day though – let’s hope the Hawthorn beat Collingwood tonight and ensure the Hawks dominate on Grand Final day. Tough ask but who knows…