Author Archives: Alister Pate

Jonah and the Whale by Fr Jown Quigley

Jonah and The Whale

What I learned about suffering from the story of Jonah and his whale.

On Public Theology

I’ve been very preoccupied by my CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) unit these last few months, which has put paid to my desire to blog. However, at college this week we did a sequence on public theology. This is what I had to say. Life, said the Buddha, is difficult. This seems like a very basic […]

Effectuation and the Apostolic Imagination

I’ve been reading about Effectuation recently. It’s a way of reasoning characteristic of entrepreneurs, discovered by academic Saras Sarasvathy’s research into how a number of successful entrepreneurs got where they were. You can read about her research here. The  top level way to understand this is to distinguish effectual reasoning from what she terms “causal reasoning”. […]

The Gods of Sport and Art

This video is something I made a few weeks ago for a worship event at college chapel focussing on Acts 17:16-34. Paul called the Athenians “extremely religious… in every way”  The question that occured to me: What would Paul make of Melbourne? What gods would he observe? So I went on an anthropological expedition through […]

The Story of the Briefcase: How I Very Nearly Became an Accountant

I stood at the worryingly quiet tube station with my borrowed briefcase, and a perplexed expression on my face. What on earth was doing here? And what was I going to do now? Aristotle says to start the story in media res – in the middle of things. That’s fair enough advice, but perhaps it […]

What is Church For? A Pentecost Sermon

What is the church for? As you can imagine, this question often comes to me as I work my way through my three years of ministerial formation. There seem to be a lot of committees – and I don’t think renaming them “councils” makes them any more glamorous, a lot of OH&S, a lot of […]

The Gods Walk Amongst Us

People claim we live in a secular society, from whence the gods have fled. But, on the contrary, the gods walk among us.