Mar 09

No remission of truth

sqr250-silenceI think there is something particularly tough about talking to old friends about Jesus.

It is difficult to talk about God to someone who has known you for a long time. To talk about something that is so personal, so important but so profound and radical, so… different.

I have a few very close friends that I have known for the majority of my 44 years. They are, I think, agnostic or atheist to varying degrees. I say, “I think”, because I do not really know where they stand beneath the surface. It is to my shame that I rarely, if ever, attempt to speak to them about Jesus or about my faith. It is too hard – too awkward and dangerous. Continue reading

May 16

Spring Harvest Grumbles No. 2: When Worship isn’t

Bodhran - Be Thou My VisionI failed to get to church this Sunday as the Mrs was stewarding at the Moon Walk in London  So, no James this week but I think it’s time to get my second #SH2012 grumble off my chest…

I enjoy sung worship, sometimes too much! My daughter accuses me of singing too loudly in church – but I am convinced that’s only really true for Be Thou My Vision. (Be Thou My Vision kills me every time. With a Bodhran accompaniment, I leave the floor.)

Anyway, I enjoy a good sing and I like it when I can give it my all. Unfortunately, this has become a problem for me at Spring Harvest in the last couple of years.

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May 06

Do the right thing

Referee - Howard WebbYou need to consider the big picture. You have to break eggs to make an omelette. You must consider the greater good. The end justifies the means.

This consequentialist morality is in evidence all over the place: in books and movies, in business and politics and even in sport. I don’t like it. It makes me cross!

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Apr 29

Spring Harvest Grumbles No. 1: Copyright or wrong?

Home Taping

I had a great time at Spring Harvest again this year, it is a wonderful event and I would recommend it without reservation. (We went to Minehead instead of Skeggy due to the scheduling, but enjoyed it so much we will probably do the same next year.)

However…

Of course there’s a “However”, I am cross, after all!
However, there is one aspect of the event that makes me rather uncomfortable and it has done each year we have been. Is the increasing promotion of new material and merchandise detracting from Spring Harvest?

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