Thursday, December 07, 2006
A couple of weeks ago a circular email went out with words to this effect:
"30/11/06 @ 7.18pm @ Paddington Station. Arrive at location at given time. Start dancing to your personal stereo to the music of your choice. Please utilise the whole space, spread out - this will prevent us from being moved on. Don't worry clubbers you will be one of many."
So about 3500 people turned up to Paddington Station, and at precisely 7.18pm turned on their ipods and started dancing like nutters - in silence, apart from the occasional whoop from the crowd. Anna's brother (above) was there for about 2 hours and got his photo in the next day's Evening Standard!
Postmodern clubbing - what a cool phenomenon!
Go here for a slideshow
and here for a movie
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Reformation stated knowledge is available because of revelation
Enlightenment removed God from the equation
Morality became based on utalitarianism
Christianity responded by creating liberalism
Naturalism brought feelings back
Science denied it which led to materialism
Materialism demanded to be purely personal - leisure versus work
World War One denied scientific materialism
The Great Depression led to World War Two and ended modernism
Communism failed to deliver
Truth claims were automatically suspect
Hence postmodernism was born.
So Trisha says, personal choice is the ultimate value.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
"What I find confusing about the subject of baptism is not who should get baptised – I’m pretty confident that is open to believing adults and their children – nor what is it – it’s a covenantal sacrament, and at the very least I know it’s a good thing, with power attributed to it. The big question for me is, what happens at baptism? After pondering this question for the best part of a year I am still no clearer what the answer is. It is certainly not just a public witness of faith. That is what it’s been reduced to in some circles, but the Scriptures attribute more power to it than that. When someone is baptised, something spiritual happens. It has spiritual power. Which concludes that a baptised believer is more blessed than an unbaptised believer. That makes sense, because the Scriptures encourage us to do it. Is it not then a work? This brings us back to probably the most simple question asked of baptism today: if I am saved by grace, why do I need to get baptised?"
Saturday, September 30, 2006
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Friday, September 01, 2006
summer good but quick: bournemouth, aberdeen, drive south, soul, prep prep prep. currently considering the morality of blogging. i may just stick to emailing - old school, but better communication clearly! soon there'll be broadband and then I'll decide.
i need my bed man
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
1. It is right to pray for healing
2. We must accept that sometimes God chooses not to heal - not because we haven't enough faith, nor because we deserve to suffer - but so, therefore, because he decides it is best.
3. It isn't necessarily outside of God's character not to heal. If we are his, we will be healed one day, which may come sooner or later, and God is sovereign in his timing. To stick to his perfect timing is the most loving thing God can do.
4. We must allow God the right to decide when suffering begins and ends. The more I think about it, the more I think that a lot of good can come out of suffering. A friend of mine recently blogged, "Adversity reveals the reality of the human heart." One reason I don't like the fact that Anna is still ill is because it has revealed how impatient I really am. Whilst that is painful, it can only be a good lesson. And it is better that I suffer and learn that than not suffer at all.
So with Paul, "we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." (Romans 5) Or at least, I do this on my less sinful days!Also, if we must allow God the right to make the decisions on suffering, that is a sharp rebuke to those of us who don't like to think about the possibility of healing. So let's get praying for it!
Monday, July 03, 2006
I had a massive tangible reminder of God’s generous grace recently when a rather substantial cheque came through the post from a friend, completely out of the blue. It soon became clear that God was providing this money specifically for me to buy a laptop – and a very nice one at that! It taught me a number of things:
- As Christians we don’t have to avoid material things - God wants us to enjoy them.
- God provides generously for our needs – not just so we scrape by, but so we can enjoy him.
- We can use material things to enjoy God.
- We can use enjoyable material things to serve God.
- And, surprisingly, I have artistically creative gifts that God wants me to enjoy, develop, and use for his kingdom!
My prayer is that each day I open my laptop, I remember God’s grace. It's right there sitting in front of me!
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Bits of Psalm 42
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, "Where is your God?" These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God, with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng.
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
I say to God my Rock, "Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?" My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, "Where is your God?"
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
"Kenny, if in the future we have two children, and one's a girl and the other a boy, can we call the girl Libby and the boy Drew?"
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
To add to Sven's worries: I typed in sven into google to find a picture - this was the first one...
... and this was the second!
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Being impartial as I always am in England's international sporting events, my pundit view is that England have one fatal problem with their World Cup strategy: Theo Walcott. England's problems began when they took Michael Owen off; suddenly they only had one striker up front, Peter Crouch, who is only a support forward - he needs someone in front of him. Who could you put there instead? A cripple or a youth player.
Why why why why why bring someone with no Premiership experience who the coach hasn't even seen play? Three possible reasons: 1. to make a token gesture that they're investing the squad for the future 2. because Arsenal offered Sven financial reward 3. because Sven was banking on Rooney being fit. As the old saying goes, "to win matches you've got to score goals" and Sven's got a problem here. He has four forwards, two of whom aren't fit, one of whom is presumably too terrified to play in the World Cup, and one who's too tall to play on his own. I feel sorry for Jermaine Defoe, he must be wondering what on earth he's done wrong.
Monday, May 22, 2006
Saturday, May 13, 2006
"The Holy Spirit creates desires in us and sin creates desires in us. We can choose to focus our minds on one or the other. If we want to walk more closely with the Holy Spirit, then we will set about desiring what the Spirit desires and denying what our sinful nature desires in all the decisions of the day.
The Spirit is within us and desires to obey God. We could not experience this new desire before we became Christians. All we knew was a strong desire to disobey, even if we dressed it up in an outwards show of morality. Now we have a strong desire to obey. The Spirit achieves the goal of the law in us (something the law itself could never do) by changing us, not with an external list, but by transforming our hearts and attitudes.
We are changed from the inside out. God has transformed, and is transforming, our desires. The Spirit gives power over sin in the Christian life."
Marcus Honeysett, 'Finding Joy', IVP
"So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law."
Praise be to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord. He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no-one lives.
But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.'
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
7 recent emotions - what has been making me feel:
excited: that I am in a personal relationship with God and the reason for my existence is not me
gutted: that I usually live life as if its reason is me
stressed out: that I seem to be losing the ability to manage my diary
at peace: that God is the author of history and the creator of time!
frustrated: that my wife is still ill
purposeful: that her illness can teach me to put others first
bewitched: west wing series 3
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Sunday, April 02, 2006
I knew these guys once.
Just thought I'd state that for the record, before they hit the big time. I bongo'd for them on a couple of occasions and we used to hang out with them in the Cellar Bar in Edinburgh when they were perfecting their engleesh and practicing breakdancing in their y-fronts.
I felt the need to air that. I'm at a significant age in my life where people of my generation are getting famous and successful, and so I have a number of nearly-famous friends, and famous nearly-friends. Nearly-famous friends are mates who are successful but not famous (Richie Hart, Tom Pearson - see, you've never heard of them, but I have); famous nearly-friends are famous people who are successful but are friends of my friends and not friends of my own (5 at the last count). But finally, I get to state knowledge of famous people in my own right! Except, they won't remember who I am, and if they become notorious for being very rude, I'll deny it. Apart from that, I've made it! Hurrah!
Gutted also at the missed gospel opportunity... my neighbour was shocked why someone would do such a destructive thing... because we're all wretched in sin at birth and all of us are capable and guilty! That's what I should have said.
Saturday, April 01, 2006
Last night Anna and I went to see The Constant Gardener. I can't remember the last time I've been so moved by a film (actually I can - the first breath of Vader in Revenge of the Sith). At the end the whole cinema sat in silence, and as we walked back to the car it felt more like we'd heard a heart-slamming sermon than just watched a movie. It raised many thoughts about marriage - adultery, trust, protection, grief - and more about the state of the world we live in. It beggars belief that the west can so completely screw developing nations, and it's gutting to be told that as individuals there's really nothing we can do about it.
The Coffee Bible Club have been blogging about the Christian responsibility towards social action - haven't read it yet, but have read Good News To The Poor by Tim Chester. He raises some challenging points. What is frustrating about evangelical social action - and I include myself in this - is the hypocrisy of it. Why do we campaign against government when our rights as Christians are oppressed, but not for the needy? We are right to speak out for persecuted Christians across the world, but why are we silent in the cause for persecuted nations? Praise the Lord that the gospel is the answer, not only for spiritual needs but has social and political dimensions too. But can individuals really do nothing? If God's church is really the hope for the world then it seems we need to work harder at convincing the world this is true.
As we drove home Anna said that it was not only a good night at the cinema, but it felt worthwhile. We felt compelled to do something about it - at the moment we're just not sure what.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Was very challenged reading Genesis 19 today. I think I've always seen Lot as a bit of a hero - determined to live it out in Sodom as a good guy, befriending heathens rather than just hanging out with Abram. However, I realised today that the Bible sees him as an idiot, because he was simply flirting with sin.
Read Genesis 19 and ask the question, "What did Lot gain for himself and his family by his association with Sodom?" Answer: much pain and sorrow, and little else! Lot wasn't a hero, he was a very foolish man. We should learn from his mistake - don't try and flirt with sin. Not big, not clever. Don't ever think it's good for you or for anyone else. Clear out - and don't look back or you'll turn into a pillar of salt.
A helpful and powerful lesson to kick the day into gear!
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Sunday, February 19, 2006
I love the winter olympics, for the following reasons:
1) Most of the sports are really bizarre. In the normal olympics you have running and archery, and other sports which have a vague connection to everyday life. Not so in the winter olympics. Most of the sports are just utterly pointless, with no practical benefit, and are done just for the sheer love of sport. Brilliant. And who on earth invented the bobsleigh? You can imagine a couple of Austrians in the 1920s just having a laugh with an old car chassis and then getting rather good at it.
2) Most of the sports are really hard. You have to be very good at ice skating to catch someone else without falling over. You have to be really, really fit to do cross-country skiing. That's admirable athleticism.
3) Most of the sports are really mental. You have to be slightly mad to throw yourself down a slope on a wooden tray at 80mph. I'm sure even the downhill skiers could actually die if they came off wrong. That appeals to me. I find surfing scary because of the sea element, but the skeletal bob, now that looks like fun. I'd really really like to have a go at it. I'm sure some of the sledging we did as children isn't much different.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
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Sunday, January 15, 2006
It was my birthday yesterday and my lovely wife bought me a digital camera. When I take a nice picture I need to be able to do something with it, so setting up a pic blog seemed a good idea.
Surf Fisher is not a poor attempt to explain that I am living in Falmouth trying to tell people about Jesus, honest - it explains my surf technique. I spend so much time just sitting on my board out back that I may as well have a rod with me. It would be more productive. Having this blog name will encourage me to shift my ass and paddle in for some waves - once I do I'll be able to think up a far nicer name for my blog.
Er, none of that was metaphorical, I was actually telling myself to surf better.