Saturday, October 07, 2006

The last seven days

Seven (+1) highlights from the last seven days...

The Departed

My lovely wife's idea of a date night film. Quality action from Martin Scorsese. Stellar cast. Great one liners. Lots of blood... compelling story.
"When you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?"
Global Blessing (Galatians 3:1-14)

Paul drives the Peter, the Galatians and us back to the Cross... Why? God preached the gospel to Abraham: "In you all peoples (ethnos) will be blessed". The Gospel is blessing from God, made possible by the Cross of Christ, and means we're counted righteous and have the Holy Spirit dwell in us (Christ formed in us!! Union with Christ!!) - and all we do is hear with faith - no works required! What could be better that exulting in the gospel with Ed and Carolina (Relays). Bring on the next sectin of Galatians next week!

Between Two Pancakes
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The Funky Pancake

Freshers Week at Reading

Meeting lots of people called Dan. People passionate about Jesus Christ. Students prepared to risk for God.... Risk is right (part 1). A room full of them at Reading's first meeting. Seeing a CU utterly on vision to be living for Jesus and speaking for Jesus. Catching up with students I've not seen for a while and hearing about what God is doing in their lives! How exciting.

Seeing and Savouring Jesus Christ
""Seeing and Savouring Jesus Christ," by John Piper. It's a fantastic little book. Drenched in Scripture and full of insights into the person of Jesus Christ. A great devotional book that will no doubt fuel you in your worship" -- Tim Hughes
Like rain from heaven

What I really enjoyed on Monday was spending the day with the Reading CU cell leaders at Carey Baptist Church... gorging ourselves on the Word of God together... exploring Mark's gospel (to be blogged eventually)... enjoying the Cross... eating Pizza. And getting very wet as it rained. Rain, a reminder of the effectiveness of God's word. It falls and it produces a harvest.

Sustaining Grace

Sustaining Grace - MP3 is now online - the church version of John Piper's talk at EMA06.I've been enjoying the panel discussions from DG06 and Mark Driscoll's talk, but a version of this talk is the last I heard "live" from Dr Piper in June this year.
Not grace to bar what is not bliss,
Nor flight from all distress, but this:
The grace that orders our trouble and pain,
And then, in the darkness, is there to sustain.
+1, the Naomi Moment which our intrepid evangelism secretary discovered her phone wasn't actually lost after all... an honour to have been there at that decisive moment in human history.

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  1. I want to see The Departed.

    Have you seen Infernal Affairs, the film it's based on? I taped it off Film4 a few weeks ago and haven't got round to watching it yet.

  2. I remember a lot of UK bloggers saying how touched and affected they were by one of Piper's talks at the EMA - was it this one?

  3. Spooh, I think probably his "Risk is Right" talks hit us hardest, but Sustaining Grace was pretty earthshattering too!

    Mikey - I've not seen the original.