Skip to main content

The Light is the Life of Men

Brian Cox's Wonders of the Universe finished last weekend but is still on iPlayer for the next few days. You don't need me to say it's worth watching. It is. Phil Moore says Cox is: "Patrick Moore’s brain ..transplanted.. into Vernon Kay’s body".

For the last few years Richard Dawkins has been the bulldog of Science, venomously gnawing away against his Christian heritage... Cox is different.

Brian Cox is a worshipper and, as Phil Moore notes, a worship leader. He knows what he loves and he sings, to a spectacularly orchestrated soundtrack. He's committed to telling a better story than everyone else. He wont just tell you "old boats wont do" or "I can build better boats", like Antoine de Saint-Expury makes us dream of the ocean.

His worship of the gods of the Sun and Moon is compelling and enthusiastic. It's loud and visual. Watching him is a bit like watching Louie Giglio's Indescribable videos. Giglio's answer is to say - yes see the big and amazing world, and look to the God beyond. That angle is good and helpful and has really helped me, crying out in the wilderness: my God is bigger than your God. It an be a bit scary but it makes us say wow....

The cinematography is wondrous, but when the show is over I'm left sitting in the dark - and there I need someone who will chase that away, overcome that and lead us out into the comfort and safety of a new day.

Cox says the light is the life of men. Someone said that before. The sun has a lot to tell us. It's song isn't just "I'm big and you're small". Truly the sun sings of our need of life from outside ourselves, of another who will pour himself out for us, one who will chase away our darkness. This good news is wonderful and wowing, but above all winning and wooing.... but then the God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Cor 4:6)

The light has a face.

Comments

  1. I'm sure he isn't trying to sync up day one to day 4 of Genesis, but I couldn't help but crack a rye smile when he talked about how there was (primordial) light before (visible) light.

    ReplyDelete
  2. And how that "primordial" light still bathes everything we see.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Quite! Nothing wrong with a bit of good science.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Excellent post! I've loved the series and thought similar things to you. But you put them so well.

    He did keep visiting temples as well. We often say that Genesis 1-2 is not about answering the questions of science. But I wonder if it is written exactly to respond to science which when you boil it down looked at lot like Brian Cox's science of the 21st century.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I kept hearing echos of scripture coming through all the way though the series...amazing

    ReplyDelete
  6. Incidentally, Brian Cox is a good example of how we can connect the "wow...this is huge" to the intimate "this is me". Our faith can swap between the two. We stress the intimacy and the personal relationship but cut out the wonder and the awe and get accused of escaping reality. Or in reaction we do the opposite. The best most compelling faith stories (whether false or incomplete like Brian Cox's or true like Christ's) are those the connect the awesome with the personal.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Johnny: Makes me ask if the echoes of Scripture were intentional, or just inevitable.

    ReplyDelete
  8. ...I woulda thought inevitable.

    J

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

"Big eyes full of wonder"

Books. Fiction. Libraries. Second only to churches as are the best gateways in your community to ultimate reality and new possibilities.

Our local library has just re-opened after refurbishment, and I love that our boys have spent several mornings there during the summer holidays, discovering some wonderful new stories.

I realised a few months back that I wasn't reading enough fiction. My work necessitates reading a lot of non-fiction, a mix of historical and contemporary thinking, biblical studies and theology. But fiction is the cinderella. Easily overlooked, and yet able to awaken my imagination and show me the way things are meant to be.

So I've picked up a few more lately - bought and borrowed. Not every book attempted flies, and that's ok. These have been winners though.

Ink. This is Alice Broadway's debut novel. It's young adult fiction and tells the story of Leora who lives in a world where the events of your life are tattooed on your skin. Nothing gets hid…

Uniquely Matthew

Reading gospel accounts in parallel is sometimes used to blur the differences in perspective between the evangelists, seeking to harmonise the texts and find a definitive historical account of what happened. No such thing exists because every account is biased and limited. You simply can't record everything. You have to hold a vantage point. And that's not a problem.

Matthew, Mark and Luke take a very different vantage point to John who was of course an eyewitness himself of the events. Comparing the text of Matthew, Mark and Luke across the death and resurrection of Jesus yields two steps.

Firstly, the common ground. All three accounts tell of...
Simon of Cyrene carrying the cross…. · Jesus labelled as King of the Jews…. · Criminals crucified with Jesus… · Darkness in the daytime… · Jesus' loud final cry… The women who witnessed Jesus death, and Jesus' burial… · The tomb lent to Jesus by Joseph of Arimithea… · The women who went to the tomb on the morning of the…

Songs we're singing in Church

Christians are a singing people, it's part of what we do when we gather.

Our church meets morning an evening on a Sunday - normally using 5 songs in each service. So, over the year that's about 520 song-slots available. The report from the database system we use (http://planningcenteronline.com/) tells us that in the past year we've sung about 150 different songs.

Our current most used song has been sung 11 times in the last year, just under once a month. Our top 10 are used about every 6 weeks. By #30 we're talking about songs used every two months. The tail is long and includes loads of classic hymns from across the centuries, plus other songs from the past 40 years, that we have used around once a term or less.

1. Rejoice - Dustin Kensrue



2. Come Praise & Glorify - Bob Kauflin



3. Man of Sorrows - Hillsong



4. Cornerstone - Hillsong


Rejoice was a song I didn't previously know, along with a couple of others that have quickly become firm favourites for me: Chri…