In many ways, the Game of Thrones books and TV series are the Lord of the Rings for a new, emerging generation. In Westeros, the world of the series, the characters primarily believe in one God depicted as seven different, unique characters. The author was almost certainly influenced by our own Christian understanding of the Trinity. Each of these seven personas is interesting in itself, but the one which has most captured my imagination recently is the Stranger.
In the world of ...
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Last summer, myself and some other Anglican ordinands were taken on a field trip to visit a really community-engaged church which, among many other things, was working with a local Money Advice Centre.
As we sat around, the manager of the centre told us the stories of people who were struggling to survive through changes to the current benefit system.
She told the story of a man living in a four-bedroom house who had fallen prey of the bedroom tax because one of ...
How can we create fertile soil for the seed of Christ to grow?
For J.V. Taylor, joining in with God's Mission is about humility and sacrifice. For the Spirit to be fully able to work through our encounters with others, we must be willing to let our guard down. This means that we need to come to the end of ourselves, or to put it another way: we need to get out of God's way and let the Spirit get to work.
This is ...
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you fail.
And just like in the video there always seems to be someone in your life who shouts “You’re doing it wrong!”
Don’t get hung up on trying to be perfect. The simple reality is that we’re all going to fail. Solomon says in Proverbs 24:16:
“for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.”
In other words, failure can be a test of our character. It’s not that we’ve failed ...
The things Tim Knoll can do on a bike are amazing.
He’s taken tricks that people have already done and created new tricks. But he’s also created brand new tricks that are unlike anything anyone has seen before.
Each of us, created in God’s image, is an original. There is no one else on the planet just like you. You have the ability to create things no one has ever seen before. We get a glimpse of this through Moses, who in Exodus ...
30,000 dominoes stacked up just to be knocked down for a YouTube video?
Think about all the hours that went into that. 30,000 dominoes takes a long time and a steady hand. Simultaneously fascinating and an epic waste of time!
The Apostle Paul said this about epic time waste:
“In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received ...
At first you look at this video and maybe wonder: Why?
But the answer is also somewhat obvious: Because he had a laser.
This works because the laser focuses all the power of the lights electrons into a beam strong enough to pop the black balloons, which absorb the energy instead of scattering it like a lighter colored balloon would, causing it to burst. If it didn’t focus all of its energy than this wouldn’t work at all.
In Colossians 3:2, the Apostle Paul ...
The mobile phone has been around for so long and is so normal in our daily life, that we don’t even think about it as something someone invented.
But way back in 1973 Marty Cooper did just that. Built around the simple idea that people are fundamentally mobile, he used his knowledge to create a way for people to communicate with anyone, anywhere.
While not specifically talked about, the Bible documents Jesus followers inventing lots and lots of things to deal with everyday ...
The word conformity means, “the act of matching attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors to group norms.”
As the experiment in the video points out we each have the ability to conform to social pressure.
In Romans 12:2 the Apostle Paul writes,
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
There’s a popular saying right now: It is what ...