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In 1985 I interviewed Noel Paul Stookey at our local radio station in Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia.
That's right! You know the guy; 'Paul' from that famous folk trio 'Peter Paul and Mary'. (For all those under 50, this group was huge in the 1960's; they are still legendary in the minds of baby boomers even now).
My friend, Russell, and I picked Stookey up from the airport and transported him to our community radio station, 2CHYFM, in order to promote his concert that same night. Chronologically, this event was towards the end of Stookey's Australian tour where he was travelling with a band called Bodyworks.
After an initial embarrassment due to the station unprepared for us, the interview was finally conducted on the 28th September 1985.
So, how did it all go? Well, to be very frank, not very well at all! Stookey was tired and seemingly grumpy; I was young and far too naive.
Read on to access the actual interview (which has just been re-discovered) and also my recollections of a very uncomfortable interview that haunted me for years after…
That's right dear readers; we apologise!
After resisting, for some years, the alleged 'need' to acquire the services of 'Facebook' - we have finally relented.
What have we done? Are we mad?
Emerging from the wonderful, tranquil bliss of the dinosaur era, we now have this service up and running from today (see top left hand corner) should you wish to contribute to this website - which is freely published for you anyhow!
Who wants to be first?
At the time of writing - less than an hour ago - Mike Baird was elected by his Liberal colleagues to be the 44th Premier of NSW (the most powerful state in Australia). It's a high honour with tremendous responsibilties given the current public distrust of politicians in NSW thanks to ongoing corruption enquiries.
What sets Mike Baird apart from the average politician is that he is a committed Christian. A strong admirer of William Wilberforce, Baird once left his career as a 'high-flyng' investment banker in order to study the Bible (Regents College, Canada) with a goal to become an Anglican minister. However, like his well respected father (Bruce Baird), politics was to draw him into a realm of service; the proper attitude for a politician – according to Mike Baird.
So how does the secular press regard him? Not too bad at the moment considering his opposition to same-sex marraige, embryonic research and euthanasia. Consider this recent quote from 'The Australian' newspaper: 'NSW Treasurer Mike Baird is a thoroughly decent and principled person, and he's a strong Christian who takes his beliefs very seriously.'
But the problem for many of us here in NSW is that we don't really know much about him at all. Who is Mike Baird and what does he see as the inextricable connections between an evangelical Christian and a politician? Best that he answer that himself (without clever editing).
The following is an informative interview with Mike Baird from ‘The Centre of Public Christianity':
Please read on for worthwhile news links ...
We are 5 years old today! That is, 16th April 2014.
So what? I hear you ask! Well, we want to actually thank YOU for taking the time to visit our FILING CABINET style website (our site is full of excellent website links). We really do appreciate the fact that many of you return to check out our humble site and many (most) of you are brand new.
To those of you who are Australians, I need to inform you that our number one visiting country is now the USA. But to all who visit our site - from many different countries - we simply want to say 'G'day; great to have you visit us! Go on ... have a good look around!'
Then, CONTACT US - and tell us what you think ... be really nice to hear from you!
'The Sacred Sandwich' has just made a return to the world of the internet! This is big news to small minded people like me!
In fact, this is great news for those who like humour and serious theology blended in such a way that the end result can be very interesting - much like a rocky road chocolate!
For the unitiated, 'The Sacred Sandwich' (Illustrated Journal for Small-Town Christians in the Big Bad World) is a Christian blog run by team of bloggers who appear to be very old and conservative. They're not, of course, but what the heck - we can all pretend can't we?
Check out 'The Sacred Sandwich' - it's a very clever and engaging website!
We had a brief 'holiday' for the month of March but we are back with brand new links!
Remember, we are a 'filing-cabinet' style website. This means that our site has hundreds and hundreds of links on many differnent topic areas.
And we have just added some more!
For example - check out these 3 articles:
- "Predestination: Should We Even Talk About It?" by Daniel Hyde (Ligonier Ministries).
- The Case for the Reliability of the Old Testament (Free Bible Insert) (Cold-Case Christianity)
- 'The Conflicting Genealogies of Jesus' by Sean McDowell (Conversant Life).
Please read on for more additions...
It was towards mid-afternoon in the Middle East. You know, the sleepy section of the afternoon where you feel like resting and letting your thoughts wander, as in a dream.
Well, that’s exactly what I was doing. Just walking lazily through the desert oasis at Ein Gedi in Israel; allowing my restful mind to wander before an abrupt stunned fear grabbed hold of me in a controllable, yet unbelievable way.
Why? What happened? You will have to read on…
We are at it again! New additions this month abound! This one, for example, is one of the best sites we have linked: Third Millennium Ministries.Their mission is to prepare Christian leaders by providing biblical education, for the world, for free. The gospel of Christ is their passion so you will find in-depth biblical education for Christian leaders around the world in their languages, for their lands, and absolutely free.
We have also linked a CHRISTIAN PARENTING BLOG by Natasha Crain and other great links. Please read on ...
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'Christian Audio' is giving away their AUDIOBOOK: 'ESV Hear the Word Audio Bible' (2011 Version). We appreciate their generosity and urge you to take advantage of this once-only-opportunity.
Details are as follows:
ESV Hear the Word Audio Bible (2011 Version)
- Author: Crossway
- Narrator: David Cochran Heath
- Runtime: 75 Hrs. - Unabridged
- Publisher: Crossway
- Downloads: ZIP
Be quick! Their offer can be located HERE.
Welcome to 2014 everyone!
Please peruse our new additions for the new year. For example, we have added two helpful links to our ‘CHRISTIAN MUSIC’ page:
- Article: 'Why Switchfoot won’t sing Christian songs.' (CTK Blog). This is a short article and well worth reading.
- KEITH and KRYSTYN GETTY – we have included their YouTube channel as well as their website. Sound music!!
FOR WOMEN: GIRL TALK is a website by a mum - Carolyn Mahaney - and her 3 daughters: Nicole Whitacre, Kristin Chesemore and Janelle Bradshaw.
Please read on for even more ...
The new booklets are:
- How Can I Develop a Christian Conscience?
- What Is the Church?
- What Is the Lord’s Supper?
Highly recommended! This series helps us to understand WHAT we believe and WHY we believe. You can find out more HERE.
All of us here, at www.christianfaith.com hope that this Christmas is a time in which you find great meaning and purpose in Jesus the Messiah. May you ponder deeply on the One Who made His home among us.
We hope to see you back here, very shortly ... God bless!