Friday, January 26, 2007

Modesty Survey

The guys over at Rebelution currently have a 'modesty survey' running. Written using a compilation of questions from women, men respond to the survey according to what articles of clothing/habits/etc are troublesome for them & what aren't.

I've had several conversations with girls along the lines of 'sure, we want to be modest, but how are we supposed to know what's ok & what's not, without resorting to a permanent potato sack?' The results of a survey like this should help to shed some more light on this issue.

So guys, head over to the Survey and make your voice heard. Be quick, I don't think it will be open much longer. Girls, there's a survey preview there for you to look at, but I think the most interesting info for us will be the results. I'll keep an eye on it & post again when they're released.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Pray like the Puritans...

"I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
with thee, O Father, as my harbour,
thee, O Son, at my helm,
thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails."

That is an excerpt from the prayer for the New Year that I have posted below. Isn't the imagery superb? A friend suggested I use this as my prayer to start my new working year. I love it so thought we could all be enriched by reading it...

New Year

Length of days does not profit me except the days are passed in thy presence,
in thy service, to thy glory.

Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides, sustains, sanctifies, aids every hour,
that I may not be one moment apart from thee,
but may rely on thy Spirit
to supply every thought,
speak every word,
direct every step,
prosper every work,
build up every mote of faith,
and give me a desire
to show forth thy praise,
testify thy love,
advance thy kingdom.

I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
with thee, O Father, as my harbour,
thee, O Son, at my helm,
thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.

Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,
my lamp burning,
my ear open to thy calls,
my heart full of love, my soul free.

Give me thy grace to sanctify me,
thy comforts to cheer me,
thy wisdom to teach,
thy right hand to guide,
thy counsel to instruct,
thy law to judge,
thy presence to stabilize.

May thy fear by my awe,
thy triumphs my joy.

(From The Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, p. 112)

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

There go the Ships

So, last night at Andrew's Bible Talk Training session, Simon mentioned a sermon outline by CH Spurgeon called "There go the ships", in which that one sentence was the basis for the whole sermon. Courtesy of (click "authors", "CH Spurgeon", "Psalm 104") we have the talk's outline right here:

Ver. 26. —There go the ships. (See" Spurgeon's Sermons, "No. 1,259.)
1. We see that the ships go.
(a) The ships are intended for going.
(b) The ships in going at last disappear from view.
(c) The ships as they go are going upon business.
(d) The ships sail upon a changeful sea.
2. How go the ships?
(a) They must go according to the wind.
(b) But still the mariner does not go by the wind without exertion on his own part.
(c) They have to be guided and steered by the helm.
(d) He who manages the helm seeks direction from charts and lights.
(e) They go according to their build.
3. Let us signal them.
(a) Who is your owner?
(b) What is your cargo?
(c) Where are you going?

I can see how you could give a really good talk using this outline, though it would probably be more like a topical talk than the expository preaching we're learning about. What do other people think about it?

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

More on 1 Peter

After last night's excellent introduction to giving a Bible Talk, I thought I'd open up some of my lyrics for public critique. This is a song I wrote based on 1 Pet 1:1-13, which coincidentally Simon's preaching on this weekend! I wrote this draft about 18 months ago and it hasn't had much work since then.

If anyone wants to hear how it sounds, I'll do a quick-and-dirty recording of it later this week. In the mean time here are the lyrics. After last night's lesson, one question that should probably be asked is: does the song capture the big idea of the passage, or is it just scripture put into song? Feel free to comment on any other aspect of the lyrics too.

Living Hope
We have a living hope,
Through Jesus our Lord.
Stored up in heaven for us,
Our final reward.
Though now there is suffering,
Testing our faith,
We can rejoice
That it will not fade away.

Praise and glory to Jesus Christ our Lord,
Kneel in honour to the risen Son of God.
Praise and glory to Jesus Christ our King,
Give our lives to Him in daily offering.

Though we have not seen Him,
We love him just the same.
We believe in Him,
And our hearts rejoice.
Prophets foretold it,
This grace that is ours:
The suffering of Christ,
For our salvation.

repeat chorus

DSE 2005

Monday, January 08, 2007

Wedding Photos

Hello all,

I thought these may be of some interest...