Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Album Cover

Lots of people have done this, and I think it's amazing what comes up!

If you'd like to give it a go, here are the rules:
Follow instructions exactly:

1 - Go to wikipedia Hit “random... Read more” (NB - I couldn't find this so I just clicked 'Random article')
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to quotationspage.com
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use photoshop or similar to put it all together. (NB - if, like me, you don't have photoshop - download getpaint.net for free)

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

No Going Back

In a sense, I'm at a loss for words.

It breaks me to write my first 'noticing' of self-denial regarding the people killed in Northern Ireland in the last three days. It seems that the off-duty army personnel threw themselves in front of bullets to protect the pizza delivery men, hours before they were due to leave for service in Afghanistan. And the police officer shot last night was among a number responding to a call for help from a vulnerable woman.

I'm writing today because in a sense I don't know what else to do...

Following the weekend's events it is clear that money, politics and being nice do not 'solve' our problems - this province needs desperately to be reconciled to itself. I find it hard to work out what my role is in that, other than to note that a deep-rooted sectarianism continues to be embedded in our middle class Methodist culture. If we can identify the existence of sectarianism there is a chance that we might be able to deal with it and work together towards full reconciliation.

Ultimately, though, we need to cry out to God for healing for those who have been bereaved and hurt; for a breaking of hardened hearts of those who believe that murder will achieve anything - that they would turn themselves in to the Police and receive the just penalty for their crimes; for the Church to stand united against evil and together in Christ; for the Spirit to move in power, bringing revival to this island.

For those of us who feel powerless, prayer is access to the all-mighty One who can bring healing to hearts and nations. May God direct our steps when we rise from our knees.

Saturday, 7 March 2009

What more must Zimbabwe suffer?

I just read that Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's wife was killed in a car accident yesterday. After all that the people of Zimbabwe have suffered in recent years, this is one more tragedy.

There are no indications at the moment of foul play, although my understanding is that assassination by truck has happened in the past in Africa. If it truly was an accident it will take great leadership and presence of mind to hold on to Hope. I pray this will not be the proverbial straw but that God will comfort and strengthen those who peacefully struggle for freedom.

I, along with many others, will be pleading, "How Long, O Lord, how long?"