May 23 - May 24, 2002
Friday 24th May, 2002
Martin Roth posts:
Hanging Ten With the Lord
The Bible Society in Australia is about
to release a
Waxheads [will] get their tailor-made version of the New Testament, complete
with surfie tales, testimonials and glossy photographs galore of that
perfect wave….Included in the Surfers Bible are faith-affirming
testimonials from world champion surfer C.J. Hobgood and Australian
pro-surfing champ Glyndyn Ringrose.
And there’s more to come: tailored Bibles
for elite sports people and for police and emergency service workers.
-posted 10:20am, by
remembered Christina Cock, the world’s second-oldest woman, when He took
her to Him yesterday. She was 114 and lived here in Melbourne at a nursing
home. On her door were the words, "If I had known I was going to live this
long I would have taken better care of myself". She sometimes told her
daughter that she wondered if God had forgotten her.
In Queensland, Nancy Crick, angry that
she wasn’t dying fast enough,
killed herself yesterday, surrounded by 21 euthanasia supporters eager
to overturn assisted suicide laws. She had kept an
online diary (which wasn’t displaying when I checked, but try
Nancy Crick was 69 when she died, 45
years younger than Christina Cock.
-posted 10:10am, by
India – Suffering
Officials in Southeast India are hoping monsoons will end the intense
suffering of over 76 million people. Temperatures
this month have gone as high as 122F. This is the worst fatality rate India
has ever experienced in a pre-monsoon season.
Australia Foreign Minister Alexander Downer is
urging India and Pakistan to take ‘all possible
measures’ to reduce tensions along their borders. Australia in one of a
growing number of countries expressing alarm at the tensions along the
border, where both countries have amassed a million troops since December.
Dozens of people have been killed the past week in Kashmir. As the war of
words between the two countries gets nuclear, the escalation in fighting
could push the conflict into the world’s first nuclear war. In the past 12
years about 60,000 people have died. If both countries can’t back down, how
many will die in a few nuclear minutes? Mark Byron is
asking questions also.
security incident map gives us a real sense of
what is going on in the Middle East. For another real and personalized sense
of what daily life is like in Israel, read blogger
Tal G. in Jerusalem.
Ransom or No
Should ransom be paid for kidnapped missionaries?
asks the questions.
Cut on the Bias is ‘moving the whole shebang’ off
blogspot. As of next week it’s setting up with Moveable Type. A lot of
people are leaving blogspot these days. It goes down a lot.
moved on May 21st and is up and
running with a spiffy new look. The prof (or his clone) barely missed a
beat. But, if it wasn’t for the technical wizardry of Evan William, CEO of
Blogger.com, and his generosity to thousands of people entering this medium,
these phenomena of blogs might not have happened.
Gospelcom.net is also redesigned, looking good,
and is a lot easier to navigate.
Bible Gateway has also stepped into the 21st
century following the redesign at Gospelcom.
Now I’ve Seen
I just browsed through some of the 42 bible stories and lessons done in
Legos at the
Brick Testament. Does the designer have a real
job? He claims he does, ‘working for the man.’ On his bio page, he also
claims to be a 29 year old with B.A. in religion and philosophy and a
million site hits. What he does have is a lot of time on his hands, and an
-posted 8:30am, by
Thursday 23rd May, 2002
A Giant Leap
for MartinRothOnline.com – Introducing Bene Diction
Martin has been receiving a lot of attention for a new blogger (as well he
should; he is almost as good a writer as I am).
this site is a bit different from other blogs in that articles and
interviews are part of it. So in the spirit of what blogs are about, he has
enlisted my help to keep the MartinRothOnline.com front page current with
news and links.
am Canadian. He isn’t. We were both journalists. He did print, I’ve been a
broadcaster. We both love the Lord and want to encourage others. I’ll help
him out with this front page and when he disagrees or thinks I’ve goofed,
he’s going to set me straight (you think?).
now, I’ll be blogging under the name
I’ll start tomorrow,
Martin? Your tomorrow I mean, if we can get this time thing straightened
At Last a Positive Contribution from
Opinion Journal, in its Stupidity Watch segment, quotes actor
We now have a president who thinks in terms of good and evil and that comes
from watching too many Hollywood movies.
Chinese Nerds Vs Tight-Head Props
Sydney parents are complaining that their
kids can’t make it into the top state schools because Asian migrant kids get
better marks in the entrance exams. Greg Sheridan, foreign editor of The
The tone in which this debate has been conducted on Sydney talkback radio
has been appalling, with the naked greed and ambition of middle-class
parents too lazy and uninterested to prepare their kids properly for the
competitive exam overcoming all notions of procedural fairness.
One mother I heard during the week complained that her son had played
representative rugby union but still couldn't get into an academically
selective high school. Oh, the injustice. Imagine a potential tight-head
prop being kept out of Sydney Boys by some nerdish Chinese kid who spends
all his time doing his homework. Where's the UN human rights committee when
you need them?
BRW Rich List – the magazine’s listing of the 200 wealthiest Australians
– is out, and it reveals an intriguing way to get super-rich in this
Rip Curl founders Doug Warbrick and Brian Singer are worth $241 million.
Gary Pemberton, chairman of
Billabong, is worth $111 million, and his CEO Matthew Perrin is on $151
million. Alan Green and John Law of
Quiksilver trail with $97 million.