Blogging, how I fail at it and those that do not…

I’m not going to lie, I ain’t to0 good at the blogging thing…

Going by the blogs I dip into, it would seem, that to be a good blogger you must commit to at least one blogging session a week. It is fundamental to have a blogtastic timeout in the week to share with the world all the important things you are currently thinking about. Using this as a template…I am a pretty crap blogger.

I am joking of course, blogging shouldn’t be become a job – unless it is a job. Blogging is about expressing yourself, your thoughts when you want to, not because you have to! But as I haven’t written a blog in ages, I thought I would drop you some links of people I have been following (not literally) so that you too can enjoy their musings like I have. So here’s a few:
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Injustice Acoustics 2 – Music Event

I like Justice (understatement of the century) and part of my work with young people is about finding ways to engage them in issues of justice in the local community. Now this is not easy at all, not because the young people are not willing (they are majorly up for justice) but its finding safe ways to do it! Last year a friend and myself realised we could use music and coffee to take peoples money and give homeless people beds…so thats what we did…and we are doing it again! 

May 28th 2011 @ Starbucks Park St, Bristol we are holding an entry by ticket only event where all the money raised, will be given to the Julian Trust. Simple. Buy a ticket, a coffee and enjoy music from talented young people and as you have fun we can change lives. Sweet. 

Rebecca Black’s diary reflections on her weekend

A little reflection on current music culture. Rebecca Black has had 72,444,525 views to date and although she has  had 90% dislikes this song is worrying. The phrase ‘polishing a turd’ seems very relevant. What is this song, nothing against the girl, she’s young, but seriously, who produced this? who thought this would be a good thing for the world…

I tried to imagine how this song came about, here’s a snippet from her diary (that I made up).

Dear Diary,

So today was Friday and I had a lot of fun. so much fun. Fun fun fun!

The day started early as I had to get up as 7am to make sure I had adequate time to get my bowl and have some cereal. Everybody was rushing today, probably because its friday and they are looking forward to the weekend. The weekend is fun fun fun. I like fun.

Anyway so after making sure I had eaten my cereal I went to get the bus, but then my friends drove past in a flash car, I was a little concerned as we are only 16 years old and cannot legally be allowed to drive, but to be honest I was far more concerned about whether I should sit in the front seat or kick it in the back seat. After a quick analysis I realized that I didn’t really need to think about it to much because there was only one free seat, and that was in the back. So I jumped in and we all sang about how much we enjoyed the weekends, it really was fun fun fun, I like singing…

The day went pretty fast and before I knew it we were back in my friends parents car going to a party. Oh it was so much fun fun fun, we were partying partying partying yeh, so much fun with my friends, especially the friend that stuck to my right side for most of the night, I thought that was a bit odd, but hey she had fun and I had someone to hold my drink…

We then jumped back into the car and went for a ride. After a while we realized we were driving really fast and as none of us have a license we pulled over to the nearest beach, there was a party there too! So we joined in and I got so crazy, I must have drunk so much because I started trying to explain to everyone how the weekdays work. Looking back I was a bit patronizing, but people needed to know that before Friday there is Thursday and after Friday is Saturday; but most importantly then comes Sunday and that is the structure of the weekend.

I cannot wait till next weekend,

Love Rebecca x

 

What do you think about this song?

Is it a joke or a serious attempt by ARK MUSIC FACTORY to destroy the music industry?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD2LRROpph0

Lunch time snack – Pete Rollins

Hi Friends,

A good mate of mine posted this video on his facebook account and I wanted to share it all with you as I have a lot of time for this philosopher and enjoy his books. So if you have a break, have a watch and have a think.

Pete Rollins at Calvin College

I welcome your comments but please be integral 🙂

‘Absolutism (the idea that something has all the answers) and Relativism (all answers are valid) have one thing in common. They stop us thinking for ourselves’ Rollins

Reflection on the Mystery of God

Hi Friends,

So I haven’t blogged in a while which sucks so I thought I’d share a recent session/reflection I did on the mystery on God. Feel free to use it or ignore it. I don’t mind!

The ‘M’ factor
Recapturing the mystery of God

There are many things that we as people can predict, like the results of eating badly, drinking to much, not revising, or running in front of a car; but should this human skill of reason be used when it comes to understanding who God is? and if so how much should we rely on our reason? People still over eat, drink to much, fail exams and take a trip over a land rover. So even the best results of our reason are not perfect, yet we can so easily fall into the trap of claiming we who are not perfect can fully understand perfection. Its a bit odd and very unreasonable really… To think we can put God in a box and presume he will stay there. The Catechism states that the ‘Chief end of man is to glorify God, and enjoy him forever’ and whether you like the catholic church or not, I think they hit this nail on the head. Do we have to know everything about something before we can enjoy it?

We are all guilty of this, even the most holiest of youth workers (that is a joke). To question, search and dig for understanding and worth, is part of the way we were made and I would like to suggest that is one of our most fascinating attributes, but is it really going to work on God, can we fully know God?

What am I not saying is that we cannot know God or better put that we can’t trust the Bible, quite the opposite! The Bible is full of stories that show us snap shots of what God is like and most importantly, we have Jesus! Through whom we see God in action still today with hands and feet and a cheeky bit of whit (maybe thats just in my mind). What the bible isn’t is a text book of answers. It is full of answers but it draws you into the journey not the exam room. The difference? the journey doesn’t stop, the exam ends and you forget everything about it. the journey is exciting and energizing whereas the exam is daunting and a means to an end.

Paul is often made out as the person who knows it all, he is the most dominant writer in the NT and is very good as making things tangible, ordered and simple to understand. The problem is he has this little rant in Corinthians 13 which I love because in amongst his practical letter to the Corinthians he basically says, but its not even about what you know its about how you love; because we don’t know it all, we can’t know it all, but we know love and we can do love:

‘We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.’

(Corinthians 12-13)

Part of our gift as humans is to develop and make something simple extremely complicated. Take the wheel. One bloke made a circle, someone imagined putting two together to make a cart and now we have space ships! Things you think you ‘know’ for a fact now, may change and develop and what you would fight for now may seem absolutely crazy in the future! you just don’t know, until the day Christ comes and all is restored. But as Paul makes clear until that day, you can have faith that God is good, otherwise he is not God, you can hope that Revelation 21 is the end game otherwise life is meaningless and you can love, which is the perfect expression of faith and hope and humanities greatest God like characteristic.

Get some head space:
1. Are you excited or scared by the thought that faith is a journey not an exam?

2. Paul says above all things we should love, what is your capacity for love, when someone says the phrase ‘Unconditional Love’, How does that make you feel?

3. Whatever you answered to 1 and 2 spend some time praying into it with God.

  1. – He wants you on this journey and if scripture is anything to go by God is gracious enough to walk it through with us.
    – Read Luke 24:13-35

Hope this was insightful!

Shalom.

The ‘reason for the season’ should probably be the reason for the season…


It’s December 7th and with 17 days to go till Christmas, the tacky adverts are out, the santa propaganda is up, and we can no longer hold in our excitement about all the Christmas presents…wait…somethings missing…

When did this country really forget that Christmas time is only here because a baby was born 2000 years ago? …I hear the pagans shouting ‘It was our festival first!’…yeh it was (past tense), anyway Christmas was put on your festival BECAUSE pagans were turning to Jesus…not our fault you didn’t get the memo…MOVING ON!

I went to buy a birthday card the other week and I heard this old lady (making the shock worse) complaining about how a card saying ‘Seasons Greetings’ was to religious and then continued to explain the specifics of the card she was looking for: ‘I’m looking for CHRISTMAS cards without the religious bits’…I couldn’t believe how silly the whole conversation was! I felt like saying: ‘If you don’t want the religion then don’t celebrate a religious festival…’ of course I didn’t, she was very old and I thought she wasn’t far off meeting Jesus face to face anyhow…

What is Christmas without Christ?
But seriously…’Christmas with out the Religious bits’…A good speaker said recently that without Christ in Christmas, all your left with is MAS(S). He was Right. What is Christmas without Jesus other then an excuse to keep the economy running, get fat and justify getting rat arse’d. Why does society need an excuse to do that anyway. If they do maybe we could just make another date? we could call it: ‘Do-what-ever-the-hell-I-want-mas’…I could actually see that happening…bad idea J…

So what does it mean for you?
Anyhow, this is my way of ranting at you to think about what Christmas actually means for you. If your someone who believes in Jesus, then make sure you don’t get lost in the secular hype! (no i dont mean burn your santa suit)
Remember that Christmas is when the God that said ‘Bang’ and made everything, stepped onto the scene and brought us hope!
If your not a Christian…how on earth did you get to this blog?! (welcome though!) If you don’t believe then at least watch out that you don’t believe the hype that societies idea of Christmas brings…and know that this Christmas your not on Santa’s naughty or nice list, that guys long dead and the only santa bringing you presents is your family…BUT your on Gods love list! You are really loved by this God and this God is so interested in you and your life!

SO POW.
Enjoy the holiday’s, get a nice egg nog latte and read something that will enlighten this season for you (may I suggest Luke’s Gospel)

Much love!