Archive for September, 2014

Nerd’s-Eye Review – Gotham

Posted: September 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

One long morning with sunshine…

Posted: September 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hello all, are you good? Are you awake and looking for a good day ahead?

I woke up far too early for a Sunday today. Watched a bit of television sci-fi, went back to bed, trundled back down an hour or so later. Not doing church this morning, as then I felt just really drained of energy. I get this sometimes due to some medication.

But this is a good morning now. Watched some debate show which I often try to catch, it keeps my brain tight, thoughts sharp on current cultural issues and topics going on nationally and globally.

Bit of Christian tv after that. It was Daystar tv channel, MXTV-have you seen it? I kind of like it, I can relate, as they guy who presents it, Tim, is a good relaxed and friendly fella, a former raver/rocker/student dude and the show usually has a mix of christian rock music vids throughout it.

So shall I look back on the week and consider my life, the news and other things going on in a christian way?

I probably had that regular thing of going ahead of myself, and ahead of God-I think you probably know what I mean there. Getting just a bit too confident and eager with my plans, and then later finding your slightly lost or confused. Not too good a place to reach. But no major disaster really.

In serious political terms, we have just come past the extremely important issue of Scotland overall voting NO against leaving the UK and for independence. This means some things will not happen, but it has probably started some things moving on slowly, which may very certainly affect the UK over the future. We will see how this goes on, but I pray for understanding, strong jobs, economy, cultural balance.

After this of course we have now got some kind of support from Cameron against international terror attacks and bombing. Will this be the best way to go? Can we all keep in mind what has happened since 2003 with the idiot son George W Bush and his quest for oil at any cost?

I will not go now with this topic here, but I am certainly praying seriously for focus and understanding between nations, cultures and faiths and politicians globally.

But hey, this is the weekend, relax a little, enjoy this sudden burst of sunshine around us here, walk outside, look around, thank God for freedom, friends, family and more.

Music Junkie Press

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Flyleaf are set to release their new album, Between the Stars on September 16th through Loud and Proud Records. The album was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Doug Gilmore (Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Bullet For My Valentine, Avril Lavigne). In support of the album, they have announced dates for their fall tour which kicks off  Friday, October 3 in Lubbock, TX.  The trek, with opening acts Ryan White and Lullwater, will hit the Gramercy Theater in New York City on Thursday, October 16 and the House of Blues in Los Angeles on Tuesday, November 4 before wrapping Friday, November 7 in San Diego, CA (see full tour itinerary below). Tickets are set to go on-sale starting Friday, September 5. For more information including on-sale dates and where to purchase tickets, visit: www.flyleafmusic.com/tour.  Check out the great tour video announcement:

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The original and amazing singer of American Christian band Flyleaf has a book out soon…

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I love Lacey and her story. Her voice is just so entrancing and her Music has such meaning. I will totally be buying her book.

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Listening and living…

Posted: September 14, 2014 in Uncategorized
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For a spiritual fix this week, my wife and I went along to the other new church again, after being at our regular one last week.

I often have a bunch of conflicting thoughts before going, and then a bunch of positive or otherwise thoughts after. Well, this week did feel the need to go along, as we are alternating and I was feeling fairly ‘spiritual’ by this point. Hey, we should be feeling spiritual and full of Grace all of the time right, but sometimes things just aren’t always just like that.

This new church is fairly big-not exactly like one of those America ‘Super/mega-churches’ but could aim to get like that. So it sort of felt a little like being at a music event or gig, except I usually go to see very loud rock bands and this was loud but with small children, babies and christian mainstream worship tunes.

Now remember, my thoughts and words here are from my own weird, male mind which also has many other things crowded around in there.

I’ve been ‘Born-again’ (Never sounds great does it?) for a good many years now, but many parts of regular church experience still are not totally amazing for me. Am I being stubborn? Am I holding back too much?

I try to feel real experience of faith and God, and be honest with myself and my own feelings. If a service does not move me, I not really going to pretend or just go along with it.

So today, the service was quite relaxed, started with the usual songs-I think it was Matt Redman or the other guy(…?) some quiet prayer time, more songs. Eventually after some meeting and chatting with others casually, there was a ‘sermon’ looking at Corinthians-the historical context, the geography of the place at the time of the gospels and a few funny parts added in from the speaker. this kind of thing I like and it is usually very interesting.

After this there were a couple more worship tunes of the same usual regular kind. All fine and good enough.

So then, my own thoughts did drift a little-yes, not intentional, I can usually focus and pay good attention-and I was considering how I might like church to be. What would a great, very relevant church be like? There are many churches around, and many have one or two parts which are really great but not always the whole. I think perhaps I would want more social work, social justice, possibly. Jesus would be on the streets, saying hello to all kinds of regular folk. Rich people, poor people, popular folk, unknowns.

I thought about how I support some charities and humanitarian organisations, and what that means to me.

I was thinking about worship-what worship is, what can be worship, what worship should be, or what some people think it should not be. I enjoy some forms of worship but not others-is that totally wrong? Does God prefer some forms of worship over others?

This makes this afternoon a time of contemplation, considering ways of knowing God, living like Christ in 2014, in the UK right now. What ways are right, what ways are best and what ways are my ways to worship? …