Thursday, February 22, 2007

Trust in the Lord with all your heart! But how to do it?

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make your paths straight.
(OR 'will direct your paths')"
Proverbs 3:5-6

I have been pondering these verses this week after giving them in a Worship Team practice last week. What does it mean to trust God with all your heart and how do you get away from leaning on your own understanding of the world.

As yet I am still pondering that question and will post some sort of longer response when I have the time which, even with a week off work, I don't seem to have. Suffice to say that it is the key to moving in Gods desire for your life.

Is your immediate response in a crisis or problem to trust God with all your heart or is it to go and seek an earthly answer or take action off your own back to solve the issue?

I would like my answer to be the first but more often than not it is the second. Oh Jesus the great Carpenter, shape me more and more into the person you want me to be. A few less rough edges please!

I'll post more on this subject regarding trusting God soon!

(Edit 04/07/07 Click Here for Detailed Article)

Monday, February 19, 2007

Hot Fuzz review!

Warning - some Spoilers in this Review!

I Saw the film Hot Fuzz on Saturday and was not disappointed. It was one of those films that had been hyped a bit and I was really hoping it lived up to potential. This film is made by the same people who did 'Shaun of the Dead', which I mostly enjoyed, apart from the rather depressing ending. Simon Pegg co wrote and stars in it as Nicholas Angel, a Met police constable who is so good at his job that he is making all the other Police in London look bad. So his superiors played in cameos successively by Martin Freeman, Steve Coogan and finally Bill Nighy reassign him to Sandford, the 'safest village' in the country.

He is teamed up with Nick Frosts PC Danny Butterman who's dad, played by Jim Broadbent, is the chief Inspector. Without giving too much away it gradually becomes clear to Sergeant Angel that all is not as it appears in this sleepy country village. Gradually people start to have 'tragic accidents' which are quite clearly murder but none of the local constabulary want to see the truth. Eventually all is uncovered and it ends in a big running gun fight around the village culminating in a shootout at the village Somerfield Store. The final showdown between Skinner (Timothy Dalton) and Chief Inspector Butterman in the Sandford model village is utterly ludicrous stuff and truly inspired.

Once the action gets going the film references and site gags come thick and fast. This is a very British film that anyone not from these parts may not get. Yes it is a little slow in the middle but it is all worth sticking with. So 'By the Power of Greyskull', you'll get it if you see it, go and see this film and be very entertained.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Review of 'The God Delusion'

Click the link here for a very detailed review of 'The God Delusion'. It is a long read but shows the books and Dawkins' ignorance, fallacies inconsistencies and much more!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

How far have Gender Roles come, really?

I can't remember when I first came across this poem below. I used it in a talk I gave on Sexuality to a youth group of a church I was a member of. I recently uncovered that talk when going through some old documents on my PC and this poem jumped out at me. Written in 1973 when the the state of 'equality' was different than today it still rings so true in 2007. Obviously I relate the the man side of the statements much more but I can see both sides.

It almost goes back to the gender stereotyping I talked about in a previous article. Have we really moved on in 24 years? Of course in some attitudes and equality laws yes we have come a very long way and quite right too. But underlying it all I think society still pressures us into roles that we must live up to. As I said in the aforementioned article men and women are different and do have different complimentary roles but that does not mean we are to be bound to or limited by them.

I am still shocked and amazed when I come across friends or acquaintances who still follow the traditional pattern of women doing the housework, cleaning, cooking etc..., children and men claim the 'I am at work earning the money thing', I do DIY and men things. For goodness sake, do your share of the household chores, learn to cook. So what if you are the sole bread winner, why is that an excuse to not help out at home?

A lot of the time it is simple laziness and lack of a good role model. Settling into culturally defined gender norms that have nothing to do with real gender roles or differences.

Step away from the soap box!!

Anyway here is the poem, enjoy!

'For every Woman'

For every woman who is tired of acting weak when she knows she is strong, there is a man who is tired of appearing strong when he feels vulnerable.
For every woman who is tired of acting dumb, there is a man who is burdened with the constant expectation of "knowing everything."
For every woman who is tired of being called "an emotional female," there is a man who is denied the right to weep and to be gentle.
For every woman who is called unfeminine when she competes, there is a man for whom competition is the only way to prove his masculinity.
For every woman who is tired of being a sex object, there is a man who must worry about his potency.
For every woman who feels "tied down" by her children, there is a man who is denied the full pleasures of shared parenthood.
For every woman who is denied meaningful employment or equal pay, there is a man who must bear full financial responsibility for another human being.
For every woman who was not taught the intricacies of an automobile, there is a man who was not taught the satisfactions of cooking.
For every woman who takes a step toward her own liberation, there is a man who finds the way to freedom has been made a little easier.

Copyright © 1973 Nancy R. Smith 154C Shore Drive Peabody, MA 01960

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Life on Mars Trailer

Thanks to Nick from Nicks Sanctuary Blog for finding this link on YouTube. One of my favorite TV shows from last year and its back next week. Yippee!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Rocky Balboa review!

Went to see Rocky Balboa at the cinema today. Really wasn't sure what to expect as there have been lots of reviews saying it was great and others saying it was ridiculous. I have to agree with both actually. Firstly the ridiculous part. A very aged Rocky, almost twice the age of his opponent, managing to get back in shape enough for one last fight. Very far fetched and a little hard to accept but if you can get past that then the other parts of the film have much to say.

Rocky has lost his wife and is living in the past with his memories of her. He has lost his way somewhat, has little contact with his son and doesn't seem to have a purpose any more. Then along comes the computer generated match pitching Rocky against the current Champ and saying 'The Italian Stallion' would win, much to the annoyance of the current Champion. So manipulative promoters put a match together after persuading Rocky to fight him, blah blah etc... you know the drill.

However what I liked about this film was its 'deeper' message. Rocky has always been about heart and attitude more than the actual fighting I think. Always the underdog, it is his determination, courage and heart that sees him through. Even when life has taken everything away he still carries on fighting and 'moving forward' as he would say. He goes with his convictions! I know a lot of what seems to drive the character is pride and a desperate desire to prove himself to the world, a bit like Stallone himself. This is not really something to aspire to be like. But Rocky does have this power to get you rooting for him. He is the everyman on the street, flawed, but is kind, loving, loyal and generous and almost childlike sometimes.

The cynical, hard nosed person will see little in this film of value. But I found it strangely emotional and touching. Open your heart a little and find some hope in the message of the film. Life can be really tough but don't let it stop you from going after any noble heart felt dreams and passions and don't let the world and others dictate who you are.

As a Christian I am finding more and more that God uses us when we pursue our God given passion and talents with a desire to use them for Him. Films like Rocky remind me about and excite my deep heart felt desire to not sit on my backside and watch life go by weighed down by the mundane things and historical baggage but to try and come alive, make a difference and be who God created me to be.