Some fascinating shots of the Titanic

Having recently read a book about the musicians on board the Titanic, I was very interested in these pictures: I’m told (if I recall correctly – and a family member can correct me if I’m wrong) that my great-great-grandfather – who was a baker around Sadlers Wells when Gilbert and Sullivan were in their hey-day – had a ticket for the Titanic, but was persuaded […]

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The bible is not about you

Great video illustrating Tim Killer’s words (via A Faith to Live By): True & Better from Peter Artemenko on Vimeo. Jesus is the true and better Adam who passed the test in the garden and whose obedience is imputed to us. Jesus is the true and better Abel who, though innocently slain, has blood now that cries out, not for our condemnation, but for acquittal. […]

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Atheist converts after his lotto prayer is answered

I’m not quite sure what to make of this one: Sal Bentivegna, 28, who did not previously believe in God, had sarcastically asked his mother to “ask your God for a million dollars”. However, his mother Gloria Bentivegna, follows the Catholic faith, and staying true to her belief refused to ask God for such a thing. Taking his joke further, Sal then prayed out aloud […]

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Growing up in the Church

I’ve just started reading Jesus in the margins by Rick McKinley. In the first chapter he has some ‘postcards’ of various people’s journey. Take this extract: Growing up in the church was a different kind of growing up. I never really understood where I fit in the church. When we came through the doors, I would be rushed off to a class with people who […]

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The One – a rockin’ p&w song from the archives

IBC Hamburg is looking for ‘homegrown’ songs from IBC churches all over Germany. I’m thikning of submitting a couple of mine, and while looking through my mp3s I came across a song we did once in Toowoomba (from which the recording is taken). Clearly it was when Planet-Shakers were popular! Unfortunately I don’t seem to have the chord-chart anywhere… anyone care to transcribe it? [audio:|titles=Andrew […]

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Tube sticker art

While I don’t condone graffiti, I did find these stickers rather clever:

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China, the West, faith, public expression and human rights

Some Chinese Christian house-church leaders have started a petition to the National People’s Congress on the issue of religious freedom. They cite article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, […]

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Jesus and the lost sheep

Source: ASBO Jesus I lay-preached again on Sunday, looking at Jesus’ parable about the lost sheep and lost coin in Luke 15:1-10: Listen here: [audio:|titles=Jesus and the lost sheep – Luke 15:1-10]   [1] Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. [2] And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” [3] […]

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Lee Friedlander shoots aspiring opera singers

The celebrated photographer Lee Friedlander has done a somewhat bizarre series: portraits of the finalists of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the biggest singing competition in the US. Click to see more. (btw, I sang a charity concert in NYC with the guy on the right) The New York Times also carries a wonderful documentary piece on the competition. It’s not often that I […]

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Contemporary culture and marrying young

We married ‘young’ at 21. I’ve lost count of the number of times people have reacted with astonishment upon learning this. “Wow, you were so young!” they cry. To be honest, I find it quite patronising (not least because it usually comes from unmarried people) but there’s not much use getting concerned about it. I identified with much of what Mark Regnerus, a professor of […]

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The Holiness of God – Chapter 6

To see the introduction and chapter list click here. Holy Justice I found this chapter to be one of the most ambitious and hard-hitting yet. In this chapter Sproul meets head-on the apparent brutality of God’s judgement found in the Old Testament, something many people struggle with and stumble over. I want to stare the Old Testament God right in the eye. I want to […]

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Cause and effect

via 22 words

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