First of all, i want to apologise for the lack of a post last week. I’d just got home from a mini vacation to the city of Sheffield to visit a good friend, and when i got home, i really didn’t have the energy to write anything, it may not be a good reason, but it’s an honest one. Which leads into the topic of this weeks post perfectly!
There seems to be a running theme of transparency not only in terms of my emotions, but in terms of my faith. I’m terrible at being honest with my feelings. If i’m feeling depressed, i have a tendency to shut myself away, if someone has hurt or upset me, i have a compulsion to shut down rather than resolve the conflict. It’s an issue that i need to confront, maybe even in time, overcome it. But it’s the second part of this that’s got me thinking. Continue reading “Transparent faith.”
So at the time of writing, “The beauty between” (the newest Kings kaleidoscope mixtape) is not even a day old, and though it is different to the previous instalments from my favourite Christian band, it’s still an amazing album in its own right, i’ll leave a link to the whole thing at the end of this post, but there’s one song that i want to focus on today, it’s a song that i have a lot of love for, and a song that i truly feel, is important to the church at large, and that song is “Sticks and Stones”
It seems every time i listen to a Kk album, there’s a song that hits me on a level that no other song can, “becoming who we are” had “light after darkness” a song that inspired the name of this blog. “Beyond control” had “a prayer” a song i still consider a turning point for worship. And “the beauty Between” has “sticks and stones” why do i think so highly of this song? Let’s look through the lyrics, and maybe you’ll understand why. Continue reading “Why “sticks and stones” by Kings Kaleidoscope is an important reminder to the modern church.”
So this wasn’t the first topic i had in mind for this weeks post, but with everything that is going on in the world right now, i think a post like this is needed. Because the state the world is in right now, i think we really need to take pride in the everlasting word of God, in a time where everything seems to be falling apart. Continue reading “Pride in the gospel in a broken world.”
It’s been just over a week since i returned from New wine united 17, and like i said last week, i’d learnt a lot, not just about my faith, but about my self. The time away gave me a lot to think about who i am, my strengths, my weaknesses, my dreams, my nightmares, and everything in between. and honestly, that kind of intense reflection can be pretty scary. It made me realise how bad my insecurities actually were, even the ones i thought i’d conquered long before arriving for that wonderful week away. One such insecurity was giving a definite answer in our first main arena meeting.
Acclaimed author R. T. Kendall was leading the morning meetings, and it honestly was wonderful, and i really did learn a lot from him in the time he spent teaching us, but there’s one thing that really stood out to me, and it’s a real perspective changer. Continue reading “Thank God for unanswered prayer.”
While i’m away at New wine my good friend Ian has written a brilliant piece on the book “the blokes bible” and the struggles of men in the church Continue reading A Bloke’s Struggle.
This week will be the last week on this book, and to say it’s been a journey would be an understatement. i’ve been challenged and i’ve disagreed with Mr Chan, but if his goal was to get me thinking about my relationship with God, then it’s done it’s job. Now i haven’t covered chapter 9 because it’s a chapter about other people’s stories, and honestly i don’t think it’s right for me to critique others testimonies, and because of that i won’t be covering the chapter, still, it’s worth reading if you’re interested!
This chapter isn’t the deepest in the book, but honestly i’m not sure it’s supposed to be. To me at least, this chapter is meant to be a retrospective of all the topics we’ve talked about thus far in this book. And Francis makes a great point that does really sum up the point of this book. Continue reading “Word for word: chapter 10 “the crux of the matter” and conclusion (Crazy love)”
It’s been a while since i wrote something on one of my favourite bands. A band that i can honestly say, has changed my perspective on what Christian music can be. And if you didn’t guess by the title, that band is Kings kaleidoscope.
I’ve written a few pieces on their music, in fact, the most viewed post on this blog was my opinion on their controversial song, “A prayer” a song that was well-known for their use of explicit language, and a song that i still see as a turning point for worship. Because it’s one of the most honest songs of actually struggling through anxiety, and in the man’s own words “That song is about the fear of running from God or that God will turn his back on me and I will end up apart from him in hell” If mentioning that fear and ending it with Jesus answering this most visceral of prayers isn’t a turning point in worship i don’t know what is! However it’s not this song we’re going to be talking about today, instead we’ll be talking about another important song from this amazing album, and why even a year on, it’s still just as important as “a prayer” for a completely different reason. Continue reading “Enchanted: how Kings kaleidoscope tapped into the modern Christian issue.”