The old man’s hat, Glebe

Toby’s estate coffee. 197 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe. Something of a new player in the crowded glebe point road space, this cafe’s point of difference is the organic food. A range of menu items, seafood, pasta, as well as sandwiches.

The café itself feels like an upmarket loungeroom: soft piano music is piped in. The café is open 7:30am to 10pm, tuesday to sunday.

I’ve tried the decaf here: it’s well made, and kept in small quantities to ensure freshness: I look forward to trying the “real” coffee.

Update: This cafe has closed.

weekend with people

Some weekends are quiet, some are filled with seeing people from various parts of life. We spent this weekend catching up with various people: Friday night was quiet – a chance to spend some time by ourselves.

On Saturday morning, we caught up with a couple of old friends we hadn’t seen since our wedding day (and their two kids) – met up with them again through Facebook.

Saturday night was my little sister’s confirmation as a catholic: (Sydney archbishop) Cardinal Pell was there, and it was a chance to see what a formal catholic service looks like. Much of the service was familiar, and there is no small amount of overlap with an Anglican service. Where it diverged, though, the differences in belief were obvious.
cardinal pell

After the service, we had dinner with the family. A few hours sleep, then up early on Sunday morning.

A trip to Grind with my brother, and then off to the Hurstville Sunday organic food markets where we picked up supplies for a birthday party for a friend.

happy birthday

With lunch and the birthday cake out of the way, it was off to church: music practice, listening to a sermon which encouraged us to look at the big picture when praying (as opposed to just seeing the next item on the to-do list, and praying for that), and then catching up with another old friend who happened to be visiting. Now, with the weekend nearly over, it’s time to start thinking about the essay that I should be writing…

Oh, and I managed to understand the first two verses of Ephesians in Greek without having to look anything up… not a bad effort (though nothing particularly tricky either).

Book: The Rise of Early Christianity

Book: The Rise of Early Christianity

Another set reading for an Early Church History course I’m doing at the moment. This one was written by a non-Christian (as far as I can tell) social scientist, and he raises points about the early church that you wouldn’t read elsewhere.

Highly readable, (though the passages where he details his statistical research are quite dry) Stark attempts to explain how Christianity went from a tiny religious movement to the dominant faith in the Roman Empire in just a few short centuries.

Unusually, though, he attempts this without considering any kind of divine action. Is it really possible – without God’s help – for a faith like Christianity to take over the known world? Stark seems to think so. Ultimately, he is in favour of the positive moral influence that Christianity wrought on the Roman people, though I found his ruling-out of the divine elements to be shaky at times: there are a lot of assumptions made to get the figures to stand up.

For its exploration of life in Ancient times, and his fresh approach, this work is worthy of time spent on it: just don’t expect it to be of any devotional benefit.