Merry Christmas 2011

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Merry Christmas to my readers, and all the rest of the world! Tomorrow we shall look back as the Light broke into the world to dispel the darkness. When He came into the world, the world did not know Him, and still does not. But He knows the world, for the world was made through Him.

We shall remember how the Word became flesh, so that the wisdom of the world could be made foolish, and the foolish things of the world could put to shame those who are wise.

We remember that on a starry night was born, in the city of David, a Saviour, the promised Messiah. He came to show why we are not righteous before God, and then He suffered, bled, died, and rose again so that we are able to stand in a right relationship with our Creator, Father God.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty! To Him be all power, majesty, and glory! [node:read-more:link]

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Sincere Unbelieving Christians?

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This weekend I listened to an episode entitled "What is faith?" from the Say Hello to my Little Friend podcast which is presented by doctor Glenn Peoples and which I have gotten into over the last few months. The episode deals with definitions and requirements for faith, and I thought that it was very good. I also thought that some of the things which it touched upon could be related to my previous post on open-minded non-Christians who can find the idea of embracing Christianity a bit daunting. [node:read-more:link]

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Scary Christianity

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I suppose that there are a couple of ways in which Christianity can be scary for an open-minded non-Christian. One is to go to a church and to watch people around you start making weird noises with quivering lips, and fall to the floor and bark like a dog. One probably has a good reason to be scared in such a situation. But that is not the kind of scary that I want to talk about in this post. The type of scary Christianity which I want to reflect on, is one which is a bit paradoxical. On the one hand, it seems almost incomprehensible to the faithful Christian. On the other hand, and perhaps without realising it, it is very familiar. [node:read-more:link]

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Saul vs David

righteousness, king david, king saul
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In 1 Samuel 13, Saul's dynasty comes to an end when he is judged for making an offering on behalf of the prophet Samuel. With one act, Saul loses favour with God—so much so that Samuel tells Saul that God will replace him with someone "after [God's] own heart". Had Saul obeyed, then today we might have spoken of the house of Saul as we speak of the house of David, for Samuel said that if Saul had obeyed, "the Lord would have established your kingdom on Israel forever". [node:read-more:link]

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Elusive Future

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Just a quick update to let everyone know that I, and this website, are still alive! I missed my 1 September deadline for handing in my thesis, and the pressure is on. I also have a lot going on apart from work and studying. [node:read-more:link]

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"40"

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Today my parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. It was done without pomp1: just going out for family lunch while visiting relatives on the west coast. While I was driving out there yesterday, I thought about the implications and significance of this anniversary. My parents have had a rough time for most of those 40 years and are (in different ways) not where you would expect a couple to be after such a time.

  • 1. Unlike another wedding ceremony which took place yesterday, but congratulations to them.

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Where I am at Present

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I have not been very active on this website for a while now. I am still here, however, so here is an update about where I am in life at the moment, and what my prospects are.

At the beginning of the year I started to work. I thus left my leisurely student days behind, while not actually having finished my studies. With reasonable expectations, this was going to be a challenging year for me. [node:read-more:link]

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Preparing for the Rapture

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I am surprised of how many people have got wind of the 21 May doomsday prediction lately. Over the past few weeks I have come across a few people who recently found out about it, whereas previously it has been something that very few people I know have heard of. I have already written on this subject. But this surge of interest in the lead up to 21 May has prompted me to mention it again. [node:read-more:link]

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Equip 2011

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I returned from Equip 2011 today. As always, it was a wonderful experience and difficult to leave such a peaceful place of fellowship, but we were encouraged to go into the world and fulfill our duty to preach the gospel in it.

Our speaker this year was Andrew Sach from St Helens in Bishop's Gate, London. He took us through the book of Exodus, showing us a bit of who God is and how we are to relate to Him. It was a great study and I got more out of it than I expected I would! [node:read-more:link]

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Christianity at StackExchange: An Interesting Idea

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Today I stumbled across a proposal for a new StackExchange (Q&A) website which focuses specifically on Biblical Hermeneutics. I find this proposal very intriguing.

(Please excuse me if I am overly excited in my writing and completely go off track, but as a Christian who is also a Computer Scientist, I find this topic fascinating!) [node:read-more:link]

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A Christmas Message (2010)

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The world celebrates Christmas because it is a time of goodwill and giving, fun and happiness. But more importantly, at the heart of Christmas is the story of a little helpless baby, born to two common people in adverse conditions. It is a heart-warming story! [node:read-more:link]

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