Oh, let this be true!

The human heart and mind are fickle, and prone to wander. To fix one’s sight upon Jesus should be more than enough; I pray that I may do so, and give up on all that which is in the bitter process of fading into oblivion, rather than glorying in it. Idolatry ever beckons, but God has called…

The words here are great.


shift your doubts

“I do not wish to reduce the sceptical element in your minds. I am only suggesting that it need not be reserved exclusively for the New Testament and the creeds. Try doubting something else.” CS Lewis

HT: Thinking Christian

Dear Hipster Christian

Here’s a poem I composed. I might work on it more at a later date.

Dear Hipster Christian

I’m wondering what drives your progress
What makes you who you are
I know you’re on the road to success
And your small-talk is to die for;

You’ve got the right technology
And a postmodern theology
Your church is a tight community
And Jesus is your buddy

But you don’t identify
As Christian; all those misconceptions!
Nor do you aim to personify
This Jesus, in daily interaction

Would you die for this man?
Responding to his lacerations?
Are diamonds the rock on which you’ll stand
Or will you take true emancipation?

He seeks folk who will re-present

His scarred body in broken places

I’m wondering how you’ll act

Speak for him? Answer his many critics?
Mitigate the damage that accumulates
Or participate in & celebrate it?

“Evangelism is so passé,

Important people don’t want to hear
It’s medieval and pre – patently!”
(Old-school chronological snobbery.)

There’s nothing new about disdain

The way of the cross need not be fun
If Jesus existed: he lied, was insane
Or is Lord of all and everyone

You see, I’m sorta wondering

Why we have so many ghost Christians
Playing to win – not a lost nation 
But living the dream of a false vision

Oh, if only apathy were as sinful

As it is to be really uncool.

Cells – an introduction

Here’s a great introduction to the world and evolutionary history of biological cells [link]. It’s from a fantastic podcast called “In Our Time”, from the BBC. It gives introductions to a wide range of topics in history, philosophy, science, and religion. I hope to listen to more of these as I drive places.

The interviewer is constantly astounded at the complexity of what is being described – and this is just a very very simple overview of what’s happening in cells!