Originally my Word of the Year (WotY) was ROMANTIC because I knew I wanted more positive ideals of love, beauty and truth. I’m a romantic at heart, following by natural inclination beliefs and thoughts and philosophies made famous by the Romantic Poets. It’s why I idealised Pocahontas as a child and why I love films like The Breakfast Club. If it speaks into the beauty and/or truth of a situation, I will probably like it.
That may also explain why I love country music quite so much.
The start of a new year always gets me feeling in the “goal-setting / reflection-writing / resolution-making” mood. Normally that carries over to planning the blog for the upcoming year over Christmas, from key events to blog about through to actually drafting some of them! Okay, so I’m not as prepared as those professional bloggers who actually do this as a career. No fully etched out social media schedules or pre-planned sponsored posts. At least I normally have a plan… and yes, I said normally because this year I (you best sit down) don’t!!!!
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus...
One person who really understands that joy, and the clearest demonstration of joy in the Nativity story, is Mary. The Magnificat is an absolutely beautiful exclamation of joy at the blessing that God gave Mary. Yet the joy that she is singing about is not directed towards herself and her good news. Instead, she sings about God, His mercy and His glory. By directing our focus back to God, she shows us who the true source of joy is. In fact, Mary mentions herself in only the first five lines before spending the rest of the song describing everything that God has done for Israel.
I remember being sat in a carol service when I was a student listening to one of those rare sermons that stays with you forever. The passage was Luke 2, about the Shepherds being visited by the Angels. But Mark didn’t focus on the Shepherds. Instead, he talked about how the Shepherds were faced with a HOST of Angels talking about peace.
He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples.They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.Isaiah 2v4 It feels...
This time, Katy is chatting with her sister, Steph. The podcast might be called Tangents because Katy never stays on track but this is even truer when talking with Steph. While the aim is to discuss how three different characters in Lord of the Rings can be a metaphor for Jesus, that doesn’t mean they can’t continue an argument from their childhood. Honestly, it’s worth a listen for the giggles alone.
To a Tommy on Good Friday (2007) On this day, so long agoone man died so you may live.We celebrate his deathwith joy in mourning. How come then, when you diedso many could live free,one day is celebratedthrough mourning in mourning. Surely you deserve a wakedown...
With all these books, films, and TV series, I’ve always had an awareness of what does my life for fictional worlds of fantasy, supernatural and the gothic means for my life as a Christian. When I’m consuming so much about magic and good vs. evil and otherworldly creatures, what will be the impact in my real life?
While all our content will not always discuss the Bible or our faith as Christians, they are very much the foundation to this blog. So whether we are discussing unconditional love in Harry Potter or why second breakfasts are brilliant, everything is built on the truth of the Bible. The Nicene Creed just happens to be a concise but detailed way of explaining what that truth is.