Tim Tams, Steel and Aquaponics

Enjoying a weekend in the Sydney area. 

– NZ time in my body so I am up early.

Troy Bronsink is streaming his “Songs to Pray By” all weekend long. Good stuff. Sounds a bit like Mumford and Sons.

– Vatican Leaks: Apparently THE BUTLER did it!

– Looking at Wild Goose Festival opening on the West Coast this summer. That would be worth attending for family and friends in the Portland area.

Wild goose

– My family are at a Urban Vision retreat in NZ led by Bob and Gracie Ekblad who, when I was there on Friday, shared some good reflection on sustainable ministry to the poor and then led a charasmatic-style prayer session.Interesting couple with an unusual mix of experiences – including liberation theology, Toronto blessing, faith healing, monastic living and Old Testament Bible teaching. 

– I ate my first Rum and Raisin Tim Tam. YUM! Pretty good biscuits. Not sure if NZ can match that.

Tim tam rr

– This weekend we are discussing ministry in a steel production city where the steel industry is going down the toilet and unemployment is increasing. Add to that some “severely unaffordable” housing and its a real challenge for these Baptist churches that I am speaking to this weekend. 

– Speaking of urban experiments, I was thinking about The Urban Farming Guys, a team of families that was sent out of a church in Kansas City, MO [where my wife was born] into the poorest area of their city. Their urban agricultural experiments are INSPIRING others, like my mate Tony Arcus the NZ hard-drive repair guru, to set up aquaponic systems on this side of the planet. Watch TUFG “Farmin’ in the HOOD’ and then check out their weekly updates. 


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • Tim says:

    Tim Tam Slam! Makes me miss NZ. Miss life before being gluten free too 🙂

  • dave says:

    you are not in favor of wildgoose fest are you? it reads just a liberal theology hang out.

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  • Brian Christensen says:

    Thought about the wild goose since its in our back yard (figuratively)….but now its look like I’ll be eating Peking Duck at the time…in Beijing…

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