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  • Restorative Readings: The Old Testament, Ethics, and Human Dignity
    Restorative Readings: The Old Testament, Ethics, and Human Dignity
    Pickwick Publications

    Foreword by Walter Brueggemann, my chapter is entitled 'In conversation: The Old Testament, Ethics and Human Dignity'. A superb resource edited by Julie Claassens and Bruce Birch

  • What are we thinking? Reflections on Church and Society from Southern African Methodists.
    What are we thinking? Reflections on Church and Society from Southern African Methodists.
    by Dion A Forster, Wessel Bentley
  • Methodism in Southern Africa: A celebration of Wesleyan Mission
    Methodism in Southern Africa: A celebration of Wesleyan Mission
    by Dion A Forster, Wessel Bentley
  • Christ at the centre - Discovering the Cosmic Christ in the spirituality of Bede Griffiths
    Christ at the centre - Discovering the Cosmic Christ in the spirituality of Bede Griffiths
    by Dion A Forster
  • An uncommon spiritual path - the quest to find Jesus beyond conventional Christianity
    An uncommon spiritual path - the quest to find Jesus beyond conventional Christianity
    by Dion A Forster
Transform your work life: Turn your ordinary day into an extraordinary calling. by Dion Forster and Graham Power.
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Tuesday
Jul192005

Podcast updates

Well, I am back at work after taking two weeks off work to look after my daughter during her school holidays, and to do some work on my Doctorate. The good news is that I managed to complete another chapter towards my Thesis!

The result of this work should be another podcast (which I will record and publish this week) on Ken Wilber's four quadrants of reality. It is truly a fascinating concept that explains the existence of holons (which were discussed in a previous podcast) and how the elements of individual, social, interior and exterior relate to one another bring a holistic understanding of reality.

If you are downloading the shows directly, I would like to encourage you to subscribe to the show via iTunes. This will make it easy for you to get updates to the podcast (iTunes automatically downloads the latest show), and it gives me some fairly accurate statistics of the number of persons that are listening to the show (currently there are about 50 subscribers via iTunes). Here's how you do it:

1. Go to www.apple.com/itunes and download iTunes 4.9 for Windows or Mac.
2. Once you have installed iTunes go to the 'Advanced' option in the Menu items, select 'Subscribe to Podcast'
3. Enter the following feed into the window that opens: http://feeds.feedburner.com/dionsrandomramblings

That's it!

Also, if you get a chance, please vote for this podcast at www.podcastalley.com. Search for 'spirituality' on the top left of the page, in the results find "Spirituality Southern Africa", click on the link, select details and vote!

Thanks for checking in!

Saturday
Jul092005

My first confirmed listener! Here's a picture of my podcasting equipment

Today I received an email from my first CONFIRMED listener, Patricia-Ann. She is a fellow spirituality podcaster. Thanks for the note!

She asked a question about podcasting, so I thought I would post a picture of the equipment that I use to record my podcast. Here it is:

I use a 12" Apple Powerbook G4 1.33Ghz with 768MB of Ram running OS X Tiger.

I record in Garageband (the first one), export the file to iTunes and then convert it to MP3 and add all the metadata information from there. Once that is done I upload the completed MP3 file to the Web Server via FTP, log on to my Blogger account (www.blogger.com) via the web, add the posting, show notes etc., and a link to the file. I have an RSS 2.0 feed from feedburner (http://www.feedburner.com). My feed is http://feeds.feedburner.com/dionsrandomramblings.

The other equipment that I use is a Berhinger UB 802 mixing desk, a Sennheiser 835S microphone, some cheap in - ear earphones (this allows me to hear more or less what the listener will hear when she or he downloads the podcast - a tip I picked up from John and Rob at topofthepods). The desk gives a line out signal (one of the MANY wires you can see on the desk). I take this line directly into the Line In input of my Powerbook and viola, there is life!

Two of the shows I have done thus far have been recorded on portable recording devices (because I was out at the time that I wanted to / needed to record). The two devices I use are: a Sony ICD-MS515 Memory Stick voice recorder (the quality on this is not too good). Alternatively I use my Sharp Minidisc recorder / player with the SUPERB Sony ECM-717 Microphone (the quality on this is almost as good as recording directly through the desk!) If I record on either of these devices I simply bring the sound into my computer via the mixing desk (use RCA cables), I press play on the portable device, record in Garageband, and then I go and make a cup of coffee!

By the way, my very first podcast was simply recorded using the internal microphone on my Powerbook with Garageband... I hope that things will get better from here on in.

The intro music and contact information are two seperate tracks in Garageband which are standard.

If you enjoy this podcast please could you vote for me at Podcastalley? Simply follow the link, search for "spirituality" in the top left corner of the page, click on the "Spirituality Southern Africa" link in the results that come up. Click on details, then click vote and viola! Every vote helps!!!

If you have any question or comments on this please drop me a line at this email) address. Or, alternatively, click on the comments link below and add a comment.

Friday
Jul082005

Spirituality podcast 4 - 8 July 2005 - scast4.mp3 (3.6MB)

This Podcast is a discussion of Ken Wilber's notion of holons and holarchy. The concept is extremely enlightening and offers an interesting critique of hierarchies and heterarchies.

To find out more about Ken Wilber you can go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Wilber

Download the audio here: scast4.mp3

Please post comments to: digitaldion@gmail.com

Thanks! Please drop me a line and let me know if you're listening! Also feel free to add any comments using the comments link below.

Thursday
Jul072005

Spirituality podcast 3 - 7 July 2005 - scast3.mp3 (1.4MB)

Today's podcast is a short reflection on the bombings that took place in London. Please do pray for those injured and affected, as well as those who planted the bombs.

Please excuse the quality of some sections of Audio. This podcast was recorded on a portable device.

I welcome comments and feedback.

Download the audio here: scast3.mp3

Please post comments to: digitaldion@gmail.com

Tuesday
Jul052005

Spirituality podcast 2 - 5 July 2005 - scast2.mp3 (6.9MB)

This Podcast is a discussion of the paper on the functioning of the human brain in relation to spirituality which I presented last month at the Theological Society of South Africa meetings (please not a correction in the MP3 I call it the Theological Society of Southern Africa. It is in fact of South Africa only!)

You can download the full paper from the earlier post below.

Here is an outline of what is discussed.

Research in both science and theology has begun to move away from reductionist and mechanistic views of the human person towards approaches that emphasise the interaction and inter-relationship of the various systems of human being. This paper aims to discuss some of the implications that intelligence, and in particular spiritual intelligence (also called SQ), may have upon the wellness of a person as a whole living, spiritual, being. The paper will start with a discussion on the three primary systems that constitute a whole person. Next there will be some insight into the functioning of the human brain. This will be followed by a presentation of the three dominant forms of intelligence (IQ, EQ and SQ). These are commonly identified through a study of the functioning of the human brain. After that some time will be spent looking at the theological implications (neuro-theology) of spiritual intelligence, discussing some possible effects that this form of intelligence could have on wholeness and wellness in human being. Finally, the paper will end with some suggestions on the development of a spiritual life that will be beneficial to wellness.

Download the audio here: scast2.mp3

Please post comments to: digitaldion@gmail.com

Thanks! Please drop me a line and let me know if you're listening! Please listen! Please!

Friday
Jul012005

Good bye old friend....

Well, it is confirmed. My 'old' iblog is dead....

The site itself will still remain, however, I will no longer update it, so please refer to this page as my new main blog!

Here is a list of the titles of the articles on the 'old' blog (they can still be found at www.spirituality.org.za/blog).

- A discussion document on the essential elements of good training for the Ministry

- Challenge and opportunity in Theological Education...

- Ken Wilber's four quadrants of consciousness,

- Videocentrism and the influence of African Traditional culture and religion...

- What's so strange about Satan hurling abuse from a pulpit in Church?

- Logocentrism, Videocentrism and consciousness

- Turing machines, one kind of stuff and artificial consciousness.

- A blessed Easter, and welcome back

- All is well

- Everything is new!

Friday
Jul012005

A paper on Spiritual Intelligence and Wellness presented at the Theological Society meetings of South Africa

I was incredibly fortunate to present a paper at the Theological Society of Southern Africa meetings last week. At the meeting I was also nominated and voted in as a member of the Society. It is a great honor indeed!

Here is the abstract for the paper:

Title: Spiritual Quotient: A neuro-theological key to wellness and wholeness.

Abstract: Research in both science and theology has begun to move away from reductionist and mechanistic views of the human person towards approaches that emphasise the interaction and inter-relationship of the various systems of human being. This paper aims to discuss some of the implications that intelligence, and in particular spiritual intelligence (also called SQ), may have upon the wellness of a person as a whole living, spiritual, being. The paper will start with a discussion on the three primary systems that constitute a whole person. Next there will be some insight into the functioning of the human brain. This will be followed by a presentation of the three dominant forms of intelligence (IQ, EQ and SQ). These are commonly identified through a study of the functioning of the human brain. After that some time will be spent looking at the theological implications (neuro-theology) of spiritual intelligence, discussing some possible effects that this form of intelligence could have on wholeness and wellness in human being. Finally, the paper wil
l end with some suggestions on the development of a spiritual life that will be beneficial to wellness.

Here is the paper itself: (please note that it is not in final form, and so is not yet suitable for quoting. Thank you).

SQ paper TSSA 2005 draft.doc

Friday
Jul012005

A paper on Teilhard de Chardin's post-human evolutionary cosmology

I recently heard that a paper I wrote some time ago will be published in Grace and Truth (a journal of catholic reflection) in South Africa.

Here is a copy of the paper.

Teilhard 1May 2005 Dionb.doc

Friday
Jul012005

Frustration!!!!

Don't you just love it when your ISP decides to suddenly change everything around? Last night I received notification that my site had been moved to a new server. Yippee! The downside is that they moved an OLD version of the site across. Not only that, but they also changed the directory structure. So, now I have had to try and redo all the ftp settings on my accounts.... I hope that I have it right for this blogger account. My iBlog (www.spirituality.org.za/blog) is not working at all....

So, as from today my OLD blog (www.spirituality.org.za/blog) will no longer be updated. All posts will now come to this page.

Thursday
Jun302005

I laugh LONG time...

Words are so powerful. What amazes me even more is just how much emotion
one can evoke with a few well chosen words!

What follows is a sort of postmodernist deconstruction of humor, ala
Derida. In other words, it's not really funny, but boy it makes you
laugh...

I laughed so hard I had to go for a hernia op. It was expensive.
Don't do it. Rather punch yourself....

This little story is called 'I like monkeys'

I took my 200 monkeys home. I have a big car. I let one drive. His
name was Sigmund. He was retarded. In fact, none of them were really
bright. They kept punching themselves in their genitals. I laughed.
Then they punched my genitals. I stopped laughing.

For the full story go here;

Wednesday
Jun292005

Spirituality podcast 1 - 1 March 2005 - scast1.mp3 (2.9MB)

Spirituality podcast 1 scast1.mp3

A book review of a "Courageous leadership" by Bill Hybels. This book was donated to our students at John Wesley College. So I read it give a short review. This is my first attempt at podcasting! The sound quality is not very good since I recorded this podcast on my Powerbook using the internal Microphone.

Please record any comments (see the comments link below), or e-mail me at:

digitaldion@gmail.com

Thanks!

Sunday
Jun262005

A few great podcasts to check out!!!

Hey all!

Two quick bits of news!!!

Firstly, this post is coming from my SPANKING new Powerbook 1.5Ghz!
It is such a beauty with Superdrive and 2 Gigs of RAM!

Secondly, and to match the content of this post to the header.....
I don't know if you spend much time listening to podcasts (for those who don't know what a podcast is, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN for the last year and a bit!? You can find out more about podcasts at the following website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcasting/ )?

I listen to a few podcasts a week (mostly while I am driving or cycling).

My favourite one is a podcast that comes from England. It is called 'Top of the Pods'. It is two hilarious guys who give Top 10 lists of just about everything! They argue about nearly everything. I find it entertaining and insightful! You can even recomend it to your Pastor or your gran.... They deliberately keep it clearn. You can find it at http://www.topofthepods.com

My next favorite podcast has to do with gadgets and basically
anything that beeps and flashes!It can be found at http://podcasts.engadget.com/

Lastly, I have just discovered a great Scottish podcast. It is called the tartan podcast. It is some commentary, but mostly just
great Scottish Music. Check it out and download it here: http://www.tartanpodcast.com

Download, transfer to your pod, and enjoy!

Cheers,

Dion

PS. If you ever want to check out other podcasts you can see a whole lot at http://www.podcastalley.com