Friday, March 03, 2006

A blog with my heroes

http://www.unoh.typepad.com/wild/

This blog is a compilation of writings from my real life heroes. Including some that are females.

It is a great honour to me to have been asked to join them. I hope you will bookmark this blog and visit it frequently.

the rev

12 comments:

Keith Lowell Jensen said...

Congratulations John.
That's really cool.

From what I can tell your posts republished there do not link back to this page. Any chance of getting them to do so?
Just curious. It's great to see this page developing a community of regular readers and commenters.

The Rev said...

Keith you can click on my name anywhere it appears and it comes back here.

the rev

KLJ said...

When I post on your picture on the left column it links to here but if I scroll down to your feb 14th post your name "the rev" links to another page that seems unrelated?
Maybe it's a compatability issue since I'm viewing it with Fire-Fox and not with Explorer?

PS: You're wife hasn't written me back and I need to hear from her so give her a nudge for me so I don't have to call long distance and nudger her myself.

Kieren Green said...

The site reflects a concern for social justice.

However a component of political action seems to be missing, although I am not sure.

Rev, can you advise whether the concer for social justice extends to being involved in political action. That could include lobbying governments, forming political parties, organising mass rallies and/or strikes, and generally agitating for political change.

The Rev said...

Well some of these guys are in the slums of Thailand, and they are doing grass roots stuff. I know John Smith does a lot of political stuff.

I personally am an anarchist, so I would do the protests, but not the lobbying. I believe true social change starts on the fringes, and with grass roots movements.

the rev

Kieren Green said...

I get the impression, Rev, that you don't expect your work to lead to a political movement. What can you and the other's in Unoh really achieve. I know lives are improved for the better, here in Melbourne and in the slums of Thailand. But for the dozens of lives Unoh improves, there are millions of people untouched by the good work done. I guess you are starting somewhere, whereas people like me are just watching on the sidelines and being cynical. I imagine I'm a lot like most Christians, just a little more cynical, that's all.

johnthereverend said...

On the contrary, I intend it to be a political movement, but a powerless one. The closest thing we have ever seen to it is Martin Luther King and Gandhi. I believe when we adopt power structures we will be corrupted by them.

So as we effect change where we are at, it spreads as the people do. Our authority is relational and spiritual not positional.

If you don't mine a read, I would suggest Christianarchy by Dave Andrews.

the rev

Kieren Green said...

A powerless political movement sounds like a nice ideal, especially in light of your comments about power corrupting. I agree and I like these ideals too. But the problem is, in the real world, power is an unfortunate reality we all have to face. I can't see anarchy working, as the drive for power seems to be innate in humans.

I think Jack Handy expresses it well when he says:

"I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it."

The Rev said...

ahahahahaah I love Jack Handy

I believe that Gandhi and Martin Luther King proved that it can be done. What it takes is people completely sold out to the idealogy, supposedly that is what Christians are to be, after all of these years I am cynical, yet still hopeful.

Do you think there is a medication that can help me? :)

the rev

Kieren Green said...

Not sure about a medication in your case, Rev. Surgery might be necessary - say an operation to remove the gullibility nucleus from your brain.

The Rev said...

well I hear scientists are getting close to isolating the gene that causes Christianity.

the rev

Kieren Green said...

When they do isolate it, Rev, are you going to become and enthusiastic spreader of the gene?