Saturday, September 25, 2010


That's me learning something at Ridley College from Peter Adam.  I think so much of my time is spent waiting for the next thing, chopping at the bit.  I don't spend enough time enjoying the ride, being in a particular time and place.

[Picture ©2010 Ridley College.]


jereth said...

Lol, who took that picture?

Luke said...

Jordan is also now on the Internet, why aren't you in the frame Andrew? Were you wagging? (Actually I think you'd taken it with Rhys before?)

Andrew Bowles said...

I think I might have been in that class. I didn't do the one with Rhys. Mick and I used to play with a couple of Transformers during theology, so I may be off to the right of the frame, thinking heretical thoughts and playing with toys. Somehow still managed to scoop the Christian Thought Award, though. :)

Luke said...

Pride comes before a fall, Andrew.

Andrew Bowles said...

Is that a correct reference? I haughtily doubt it. ;)

The Idle Introvert said...

Hi Luke,
were you still part of a 'regular' church Bible study during your time at theological college?

I was wondering if you could some tips on how to appreciate Bible studies/home groups as a participant (not leader) when there's a breadth in faith journeys and knowledge?


Luke said...

Hi Elizabeth,

What prompted you to ask the question? I think a breadth of opinion doesn't matter as much as the willingness of the participants to listen, give their opinions and then defend their opinions, otherwise it's an exercise in politeness or awkwardness.

Diversity of opinion is great if the personality mix/context/leadership is good. Tough questions and tough answers are part of life. While I was at St Marks Camberwell I have fond memories of a 1 Cor study that managed to be both loving and deal with a diverse range of opinion on some tough topics. Geographically however it was to difficult to sustain in the end.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Luke,
the question comes from my own dissatisfaction with my small group at times, so in the context of your comment that you 'spent waiting for the next thing, chopping at the bit', I wondered if you had learnt strategies to 'enjoy the ride' with people at different stages.

My difficulty is having a forum that is not 'lecture style', so small group is not a direct-transfer of high-level info. Rather, it's a slow, collaborative process, where discussion often centres where the 'weakest member' (for want of a better word) is at. How do the others still engage, contribute, and grow in this experience?