If you’ve ever heard the expression “walks on water”, it has something to do with being able to accomplish amazing feats that no-one else could do (though not with the miraculous, just with a high level of talent). This miracle appears in three out of four gospels, and seems to be about demonstrating Jesus’ power […]
Zimmah Coffee. Pinnacle Rd, Hobart, Tasmania. As you drive up to the top of Mount Wellington from Hobart, you can’t miss it. There’s parking, and even a short bush track to explore. This wood-clad shipping container has only been open this year – they are serving coffee out of a shipping container, but in a beautiful […]
The figure of speech here is “loaves and fishes” – by some miracle stretching out a small resource to accomplish a lot. And it dates back to a couple of events in the midst of Jesus’ ministry: the main one is called “the feeding of the 5000”. This is such a famous miracle that it […]
The idea of the lost sheep is deeply embedded into western culture. In the Shaun the Sheep movie, the premise was that the shepherd had gone missing, and the sheep had to find him, so a reversal of the “lost sheep”, but not an ignorant one. Jesus actually tells this parable about the lost sheep, […]
The idea of a prodigal son (from the Latin word prodigus meaning “lavish”), who would take half his father’s property, squander it all, and then come back and ask for mercy, is a famous one in western culture. And it’s one of those ideas that comes from the teaching of Jesus. This story appears only […]
There’s one aspect of the Batman story that is revisited time and time again. The origin story: how a young Bruce Wayne, scared of the intensity of the entertainment they were watching (The Mask of Zorrro”), left the performance early with his parents, ended up in Crime Alley, and saw his parents killed in front […]
My kids are getting older, but they’re still not quite old enough to watch the Back to the Future trilogy. We were talking about Rube Goldberg machines, and the kids love to watch YouTube videos of the different machines that people have made. I remember the start of Back to the Future, how Doc Brown […]
movie: Moana Since watching this at the movies with my daughter, we’ve bought the BluRay and watched it as a family umpteen times. Largely a story of girl power, a re-imagined Disney princess, a comedy-hero performance from Dwayne Johnson and a great session from Jemaine Clement. There are some concepts around reincarnation and polytheism, which my […]
Movie: The LEGO Batman Movie If you haven’t caught this in the cinema with your kids, you’re missing out on an experience of Batman nostalgia (and old Superhero cartoon nostalgia) for parents, and for the kids, abundant frenetic activity onscreen and questions posed about what it means to be a family.
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