Intro to the Bible (Study #2) – Interpreting the Bible

  For my notes on study 1 click here. Study 2: Interpreting the Bible Biblical interpretation is not a matter of ‘what we get from a passage’ but the process of seeking to understand what meaning and implications God intended us to take from the particular passage. Three basic questions of biblical interpretation (p24): What did the author of the text mean? How did the text […]

Read Me 2 Comments

Zac Hicks on the ‘success’ of a worship service

In another corker post from Zac Hicks, he talks about a similar kind of thing to what I highlighted from Nathan Campbell the other day – what makes a ‘good’ church gathering? a good Sunday is good because of Who was displayed, not what was felt   This also picks up on what I wrote about this week, in regards to the role of a […]

Read Me 1 Comment

Playing electric guitar in church

Normally, I play acoustic guitar when I lead congregational singing with our team, but I’ve chosen to pull out my Telecaster for the first time, for a couple of reasons: My mate who usually plays electric in our band is away We, have a new drummer & had been going accoustic /  sans-drums the past few months The songs which fit the text will sound good […]

Read Me 2 Comments

Review: Outreach and the Artist

Outreach and the Artist Sharing the Gospel with the Arts by Con Campbell. Zondervan, ebook edition. Arts and the church have had a mixed relationship over the years; the same place which often plants the seed of artistic endeavour has often been the same place which fails to recognise its value and vocation. How do Christian artists use their gifts and talents to reach people […]

Read Me Leave comment

What should the church gathering be about?

Nathan nailed it: So here’s what I think the church gathering should be about, because I think the church gathering should reflect what unites the church who are gathered, and the church that has gathered and will gather since Jesus, and until he returns. Jesus. Jesus, the God who created the world made flesh. Made human. So that we can know God. Jesus, the son […]

Read Me 1 Comment

Worship: It’s all about Jesus

“I’m coming back to the heart of worship, and it’s all about You, Jesus.” This lyric by Matt Redman is from one of the best-known contemporary worship songs. It was probably sung at hundreds, if not thousands, of church gatherings this weekend, including ours in Germany. It is from a song which is a response to the way sung worship can easily be distorted into […]

Read Me 3 Comments

‘This is my nein’

On Thursday, during the general dress rehearsal of The Passenger, I met Sofia Posmysz for the first time. I was chatting with a friend and colleague in the corridor near the door to the stage during the interval, before my scenes, when she came through the door with the head dramaturg and her translator. The dramaturg introduced me as Tadeusz. I stumbled over words and […]

Read Me 3 Comments

An ode to the fall

I hate that the fall means speaking the truth will sometimes hurt people I love.  I hate that the the fall means that I frequently trip over the line between speaking truth in love and speaking beyond truth in anger. I hate that the fall means that my pride can make me a hypocrite who is quick to speak and slow to listen. I hate […]

Read Me Leave comment

This is love (first draft lyrics)

Here are some lyrics for a song that’s been bubbling about for a little while (in many ways, it’s the total reworking of this 7in7 song): 6/8 Verse: The measure of your love is seen at the cross With arms nailed wide you ransom us Your holy love bears the weight of sin As wounds which heal marr the Saviour’s skin The veil is torn […]

Read Me 1 Comment

Why I’m returning to a paper diary

For a few years I used a very nice black Moleskine diary, the kind with a week to a page, and lined page for notes on the other side – a week to a page is enough when you have only two or three appointments each day (i.e. rehearsals). However, when I finally joined the smartphone bandwagon almost 18 months ago, I decided to give […]

Read Me 2 Comments

Utilitarianism versus the great meta-narrative in Star Trek

We went and watched the new 3D Star Trek film last night (after a rather lovely hike in the Pfalzwald). Now, unlike my wife, I’m not an old-school trekky fan; I probably missed most of the old references (although I did recognise Leonard Nemoy!) but the trailer looked fun, and it was a rollicking good movie, with a pretty obvious barb against US foreign policy. […]

Read Me Leave comment

Guitar Build – part 2 (finished!)

If you’ve been paying any attention to my Instagram or Flickr feeds over the last few weeks, you’ll have noticed that I finished my guitar building project, and it looks sweet. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a ‘before’ picture (the body was black) but here are some shots taken during the process, and at the end: I haven’t yet had a chance to set the […]

Read Me 1 Comment