Thursday, 28 August 2014

Why I'm Not Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge has swept across social media and the world it seems but has always not sat quite right with me. Whether it was the cold water on my head part or the part where I put the video online for all to see, I wasn't sure. But a recent blog post from The Good Book Company has helped me ground where my unfeeling comes from.

As the article says; I don't think it is wrong to take part. Indeed giving to charity and raising awareness of horrific diseases is important. Plus, I have enjoyed watching some of the videos. We're free to do what we like with our charitable giving - ice buckets or not - I just feel that this isn't the best way to do it.

I've copied the article below to show my agreement with it and because it puts things much clearer than I could.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Why I'm ن

A phenomenon has spread across the social sphere in recent weeks with profile pictures being replaced by an arabic symbol. For me, profile pictures are for pictures of you but I have added the sign to the end of my name on social. This is why.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Rebekah May - the Story So Far

The following is taken from my testimony at Rebekah's dedication service at TCM Baptist Church, Lincoln on Sunday 16th March 2014.

Like a Christening but without the splashing, the dedication service was a chance for me and Hannah to publicly show our intentions to bring Rebekah up as a Christian, to dedicate her life to God.  This is why we have those intentions.

Six years ago Hannah and I both chose the University of Lincoln to study and we both left home for the first time to live in Lincoln. Although neither of us really thought it at the time, God had huge plans for both of us and bringing us together to Lincoln was just the start...

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Amazing Grace

In Amazing Grace (2006) William Wilberforce (friend
of John Newton) used the song for the abolition of
Written almost 250 years ago, Amazing Grace has been recorded by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart, Elvis Presley, Leann Rhymes, Dolly Parton and many more. It's maybe one of the most famous songs in the English language and is regularly sang at church services today.
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but ow am found,
Was blind but now I see.
But it's not often that we sit back and think about what songs are actually saying, what they mean to us.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Meeting My X-Men Fix

Those of you who know me will know I'm quite a Marvel fan.  I love the stories behind the superheroes and how they affect their behaviours and relationships with each other.  Especially when multiple characters cross-over as a team.  Avengers Assemble (2012) comes straight to mind in this case as does, of course, the X-Men (2000) and its following films.  So when The Wolverine (2013), Hugh Jackman's sixth (he had a cameo in First Class (2011)) appearance as Logan (Wolverine), was announced, it got me excited.

I didn't think I could see it due to the impending arrival of my first child but since it is currently 10 days overdue, I was able to catch it at my local ODEON, hoping to be wowed by CGI, entertained by the light humour Marvel films bring and to get my X-Men fix.