The Author Dare!

In a moment of rare genius the Finch came up with the following idea…

The author dare:

Regular authors and “commentors” can request specific authors to pen articles on a specified topic.

If you think this can be fun and insightful please comment on this post. If significant interest exists, this could be incorporated into the blog layout…

With much excitement,

The Finch – 28 June 2012

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Up and out!

My mom is a marvelous lady. She gave me a lot of great advice while I was growing up. One of her regular sayings to my sister and I was, “Look up! Look out!” (This would always be accompanied by a hand flourish directed skywards and a big smile). The reason for the consistent repetition of this little saying: introspection often means that we rest our metaphorical heads on our metaphorical chests. This causes one’s gaze to drift down and eventually inwards but to connect with others, one needs to lift one’s gaze up and look out so that one can see others and their needs. Being aware is the first step towards change. This little reminder still rings in my head at the most unexpected times and reminds me to be other-focused, which is something I think we all need to be reminded of often. I am grateful to my mom for this!

Posting on a blog will be a new endeavour for me – another opportunity to look up and out.

Isn’t he cute!

The sacred folly

It’s been several years since I was a wide eyed- and admiring- teenager who sat watching peers make wonderful music in stuffy dorm rooms. In the bipolar world of teenagerdom I was mesmerized by the wonderful freedom of singing live worship songs, and being disappointed by the similar live performance of many trendy (and relatively dodgy) secular tunes.

It was not long before I picked up my own guitar, and unconsciously swore a solemn oath that my own music would be pure and sacred; I would not allow my voice and fingers to play both divine and dirty songs. Nine years later, I have kept my secret vow, and largely refused to learn any song which was not in some obvious way related to worship; I have even refrained from writing love songs to my enduring wife! Continue reading

The Gospel (Part 2): Which one?

I want to eventually write some posts on what I believe the gospel message is (any time now :-)). But I thought it might be good to talk about a few related things first to warm us up a bit to the topic. In this post I would like to hear your thoughts on whether or not you think there is only one gospel for all churches in all ages to preach and believe and defend, or whether you think that the gospel needs to be adapted by the church for different times and places. So for a start, I have to two questions for those that are interested in commenting:

  • In one sentence, how would you describe the gospel message that you first heard and believed when you became a Christian, and in another sentence how would you best describe the gospel as you understand it (differently?) now?
  • What are some of the other brands/emphases/types of the gospel message that you have observed or come into contact with in your life that you disagree with in some way?

I look forward to hearing all your different stories and experiences!