Advent: Angels from the Realms of Glory (HT @ZacHicks )

It’s the first Sunday in Advent, which means Christmas is not too far away (and the  Weihnachtsmarkt and it’s delicacies is here!). Anyway, seems like a good time to highlight a rocking new arrangement of the old carol “Angels from the realms of glory” from Zac Hicks. I’ve been powering away to it at the gym lately, and one thing that I love is how it couples […]

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Just another American festivity….?

There’s often a bit of a backlash against the “Americanisation” of other english speaking countries. In fact, as I type this, I got a little indignant that my spell-check tried to tell me that I’ve misspelt “Americanisation” (you can keep your z thanks). Think about the many reactions to the increasing prevalence of Halloween festivities in Australia. To be honest, I’m pretty ambivalent. I guess that’s partly […]

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Football songs & the worship of heaven

Germans take their football very seriously (and by the looks of things,German police take passionate football fans very seriously too!). We were recently caught in a crowd of rowdy, but harmless, football fans at the train station, and it struck me how they sing. It only takes one person to start one of their team songs, and the whole crowd joins in, though whether they’ve […]

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Unearthing sexual exploitation

Today is Abolitionist Sunday. There are an estimated 27 million people currently enslaved today, in a human-trafficking market driven by desire for cheap goods and sex. This video, then, is even more appropriate today: hear the story of a modern day John Newton, and the timeless amazing grace of the gospel: Jacob’s Story from Unearthed on Vimeo.  

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Getting things done (despite imperfections)

I’m very good a putting things off, especially hard things. (Just ask my wife when it comes time to pack!) Not only do I tend to procrastinate, but I often seem to think it’s necessary for everything to be perfect in order to get a job done (though once I’ve started, I tend to revert to good-enough-ism). Need to translate a score? I couldn’t possibly […]

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Gungor on Christian music zombies

I’ve been rocking out to Gungor’s latest album Beautiful things while at the gym lately. Michael Gungor has written an excellent post about how most “Christian” music is zombie-like. Describing the typical CCM approach, he writes: use whatever musical style you wish as a medium to communicate your message. It’s not about the art, it’s about the message. So use whatever tools and mediums you […]

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Who wrote the gospels?

Dr Michael Kruger discusses the evidence for gospel authorship: HT Blogging Theologically

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Tim Keller on Kim Kardashian & marriage

Tim Keller talks marriage. It’s rare to see this quality of teaching on the issue in churches, let alone national television! Watch the latest video at <a href=”http://video.foxnews.com”>video.foxnews.com</a>

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My DIY bed for under €40

I’m pretty chuffed with myself – I built a bed from scratch. If you’d seen my handi-work from Year 8 Manual Arts, you’d forgive me for my pride. I didn’t grow and then cut the trees myself, and I asked the guy at the hardware store to cut the timber to size, but still, I decided what I was going to make, and put it all […]

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A couple of interesting quotes from articles I read this morning..

This from Richard Coles regarding OccupyLSX outside St Paul’s Cathedral (HT Mark Mynell): Christianity began with a PR disaster, on a hill outside Jerusalem. Out of it came unimaginable possibilities for new life and the transformation of the world, not in spite of the disaster but because of it. Christianity at its best has always sought a horizon beyond catastrophe. While such an outcome may […]

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Wurmbrand: Atheism can be the passage from false religion to spiritual truth.

I’m currently reading The Answer to the Atheist’s Handbook by the late Richard Wurmbrand, who was a Romanian pastor (I understand he was formerly a Jewish atheist?) imprisoned under the communist regime, and who went on to found The Voice of the Martyrs. It’s a fascinating book, not least because of the context in which was written. This is no piece of apologetics responding to the […]

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10 contemporary Christmas songs for free download

Another post highlighting some freebies! Hooray! Kingsway music has, for a short time, ten Christmas songs available for free dowload (mp3 and sheetmusic). The songs come from song-writers such as Stuart Townend, Matt Redman, and Breton Brown. I particularly love Joy has dawned (this download includes full orchestration parts!!), and From the squalor.. Get them here (free registration required)

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