Superman, Star Wars, The Great Escape, and the Sound of the Music; these four movies were a major part of my childhood as every Easter, Christmas, or bank holiday it would be these movies which were shown on TV and I would watch them again and again, much to the annoyance of my family. It was through these movies that my passion for cinema was born and when I started earning my own money as a teenager I got my first VCR and started amassing a pretty large collection of movies. Then when I got my first full time job my passion for movies really took off as each week when I got paid I would be straight down the shops to snap up the bargains, often adding five videos to my collection at a time. It wasn’t just the collecting of movies I loved as there were the posters, books, and movie magazines as well as the technology which back then cost a small fortune. Continue reading
Why do birds suddenly appear, every time you are near?
Don’t worry I am not going to break out in to song even though I love the Carpenters’ “Close to You”. Nope but Why is the focus of this blog post and in particular why is my reconnection with my Christian faith and my returning to trusting God this time is the real thing. The answer is as follows:
In my testimony I mentioned that I spent the first 22-ish years of my life going to church, being involved in church and also as a teenager Christian youth work. I can remember giving my life to Christ at a church concert when the altar call came and I remember my baptismal service when I was teen. The thing is that looking back on my life during those years going to church and being a Christian is just what I did, mostly on Sundays but sometimes in the evenings when there was a church thing going on that I was involved in. It wasn’t so much a choice as it was what I was brought up doing and when I got to the age where if I wanted to stop I could have I carried on because I had friends at church. The thing is that back then I never really had that day to day relationship with God, in truth whilst I have forgotten much of my teenage years I doubt that I prayed daily and certainly wasn’t an ambassador for God in my everyday life. And whilst I could point to this or that as to why I never had that deep rooted faith it comes down to me and is why I ended up dropping out of church. Continue reading
One of my earliest memories is going to church, sitting on the same wooden pew we did every week as if it was reserved purely for my family, having been inhabited by previous generations. I can remember the vicar in his black gown and dog collar up in the pulpit preaching and I remember going to Sunday school in the building next to the main church. And that was the routine pretty much every Sunday, walking with my mum and I think my sister, to the Baptist church across town, about a mile from our home whilst I think my dad and my older brother stayed at home.
That was back in the 70s and then in the 80s we not only moved a little further away from that church but we were invited to go to a Pentecostal church which had recently started up and now was holding Sunday services at a community centre just a 10 minute walk from our home. And trust me what a difference that was, going from a very traditional church service to one which was lively, where the pastor wore a suit instead of robes and he walked too and fro whilst giving the word and boy would he preach with over whelming passion. Even the music was completely Continue reading
Have you ever looked at Matthew 1:1-17, that bit which is titled in the NIV version as “The Genealogy of Jesus”. I have to be honest and say that when I come across these types of Bible genealogies I tend to skip over them having done so with this one in Matthew on more than one occasion when I was younger. That was until I started a Bible study on Matthew and found myself spending getting on for almost 3 hours on just the first chapter of Matthew as the person who had written it had done so on a very deep, theological level, much of which was interesting but also way too heavy for me.