You love to paint but Christian meetings fill up all your free time. You could cut it as a professional sportsperson but think missionary work might be a better use of your life. You’re interested in party politics but worry that it’s not much of a spiritual pastime.bethinking.org will undoubtedly be a vital resource as we work out how to live in such glory days.
Many believers subconsciously divide their lives into Christian activities (church, prayer, Bible study and evangelism) and everything else – the glory bits and the rest. Julian Hardyman shows that God is just as interested in our work and family, our hobbies and skills, our politics and sporting prowess, as the things we think of as spiritual.
Living the whole of our lives for Jesus doesn’t mean denying our God-given human interests. By rediscovering the liberating teaching of Genesis we can see how God intends every part of our personality to be lived for his glory. Glory Days will sharpen our senses, awaken our dormant creativity and help us reclaim vast areas of our life for Jesus. Ultimately it will show us that even the most ordinary days can be glory days.
On the first night of the conference we were joined by Nathan and Lou Fellingham and Jos Wintermeyer who performed songs from the new Phatfish CD Trinity and Lou's outstanding solo album Treasure. In between their sets our Creative Evangelism Trainer Clive Parnell (formerly of IndigoEcho) interviewed them.
The first observation I noted was how ordinary and humble these guys are. They're normal Christian people - we err when we think of them as celebrities. Secondly, they're concerned to put the wonderful doctrines of the gospel to music... their songs are high-quality music packed with truth. Praise God for the guys at Christ the King Brighton who have nurtured their passion and talent.
Our on site art exhibition further developed this. A highlight for me was spending some time with Becci Brown who explained her work on isolation and community to me one afternoon.
It's great now to have an ever growing Arts team, both in London and Scotland. Ally and Cully stretch our thinking and enhance our work. During the open-mic night I was particularly struck by performances by two of our Relay, Dan Hames and Drew Hunt... though the performance of night must have been the post-punk lyrical performance of new Scotland Team member Dan Peterson.
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