Tuesday, 28 February 2006

Thirst for Life

You may have spotted the blue ribbon on the blog at the moment. Why don't you click it?

The click will bring you to the Thirst for Life website, which is challenging the UK to go without alcohol from 1st March to Easter. Supporting Thirst for Life is a statement to the world that binge drinking is not healthy and that you don't need alcohol to live.

I've signed up.

(actually, being a Methodist minister in training means I've signed up for five years of abstention from alcohol, but you don't need to go that far!)

Will you join me?

Monday, 27 February 2006

A Double Portion

I read this verse the other day (it's from 2 Kings 2:9)...

When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you? Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit, Elisha replied.

If I'm true to the text, the reason Elisha asked this is probably so that he would have twice the authority of the other prophets and therefore would have the strength to be their leader (have a look at www.BibleGateway.com to see the verse in loads of translations). Not a bad thing to ask, but not what I originally pondered.

I must confess that at times I'm disappointed in the 'next generation' (not a Star Trek reference!). I've spotted all the opportunities I missed when I was in school - the only place where we can get an audience with the entire population - and tried to pass the encouragement to make best use of the time on to the next generation. But in many instances they've missed it too. Just like me, they've got caught up in study, hormones, money and self-obsession. I started wondering, 'Is Christianity going to fade away as it gets diluted with each generation's failings?' If you think that's a bit harsh, please forgive me and send me a comment!

The verse in 2 Kings struck me. It's pushing two thoughts into my head.
  1. I also belong to a generation that persists in making our own mistakes rather than listen to the wisdom of the leaders before us. But our time is not over. God is not age-ist. We can ask for a double portion of the Spirit and see God moving in awesome ways in this world.
  2. It's not too late for the next generation. I see glimpses of glory, of what could be, I see Kingdom values enacted in an environment that has changed beyond recognition even in ten years, young people living real, honest lives before friends who do not yet know God, rather than living in holy huddles that preserve faith but do not inspire it.

The best of all is: GOD IS WITH US. May you and I receive a double portion of the Spirit of the ones who have gone before us, learning from their wisdom and serving God in our age.

Wednesday, 22 February 2006

Seven Songs

I've been tagged by Linda on Tina's Blog, so here goes!

The rules: List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag other people to see what they’re listening to.

So - in no particular order, here are my seven songs...
  1. All Time Love - Will Young - I think we're all 'just like me', looking for an all-time love. I'm very happy to have found mine! The style of the song makes me think about God too - I've got a God-shaped hole in my heart, a spiritual yearning that is only filled by knowing my Creator.
  2. The Splendour of the King - Chris Tomlin - Simple but true.
  3. Breathing the Breath - Matt Redman - Reminds me that everything I have is lent to me to bring Him glory.
  4. I Predict a Diet - Kaiser Chefs - I'm not greatly into the Kaiser Chiefs (or should that be Chieves?) but Chris Moyles' take on their best-known tune still makes me chuckle even though I haven't heard it for months.
  5. The Mission Bell - Delirious? - Have to put the full album on the list because I can't pick out one particular song but have been enjoying the whole thing since Christmas.
  6. Requiem - The Morrighan - I got this track on a cover disc several years ago, it's a 9-minute mix of Mozart's Requiem, dance/trance style. Love playing it! But as I write this I've looked up their website and am not hugely impressed. Ah well, such is life.
  7. Classic FM at the Movies - possibly another cheat as it's not one individual song, but we always seem to be driving at some stage between 5 and 7pm on a Saturday evening and like to tune in. Brings back memories from lots of great films!

That'll do for now. I tag McCano.