Monday, 27 April 2009

Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind - John Piper

I listened to this on my commute to and from Stockton today. It is a John Piper sermon on Romans ch14v1-9. I found it really interesting and challenging. Maybe because I work for a non-denominational organisation it made me think even more. I don't want to fall into the trap of thinking "oh well it's a secondary, non-essential issue I don't really need to think about it or have deep convictions on it." But how do I go about having deep convictions and strong opinions on these things without causing division and trouble? This sermon helped.
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Friday, 24 April 2009

Book Recommendation - Jesus in College

I have been intending to recommend this little book since I read it a couple of months ago. It really is excellent, and even a slow reader like me can finish it in one short stint. I was simultaneously encouraged, challenged, motivated and excited as I turned the pages and took in the stories, ideas and personal testimony. Steph Bushell has honestly retold of her time as a student, a Relay worker, a UCCF Staff Worker with students in further education colleges in an engaging and very very honest way. There are great highs and lows, successes and failures, joys and sorrows as she retells of how she sought to make Jesus known to those who needed to hear the message. For students or workers involved in small Christian Unions in colleges or universities and for those thinking of starting a CU this book is a must read, you will find it inspirational I am sure.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

The Narnia Code

I have to be honest, when I sat down to watch this programme I was very skeptical. I thought "here goes, an attempt to brush off or explain away C.S.Lewis' clearly Christian worldview presented in the Narnia stories." I am happy to say I was completely wrong! This is well worth a watch. A very interesting insight into Lewis' work which clearly shows his very strong Christian Theistic worldview and intelligent writing. I was left smiling a very broad smile and excited and encouraged by the coherence of the Christian Worldview as I thought about various aspects of it. The link is below for BBC iplayer. Enjoy. The Narnia Code