Archive for the ‘Faith’ Category

The Strange Good News

Posted: November 10, 2016 in Faith, Movies

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[SOME SPOILERS AHEAD!]

It’s three days since I saw Doctor Strange with Amy and many scenes and quotes and threads are still swirling around my head like some psychedelic mind melt. We loved it – both in terms of artistic endeavour and also how it spoke to us.

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Movie Metaview: The Witch

Posted: March 17, 2016 in Faith, Movies

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(NO SPOILERS,  I PROMISE)

Living upon the precipice of what constitutes both a natural and supernatural darkness, banished from society for unnamed transgression(s), a surname-less/everyman Puritan family fight hunger and winter in the face of something far more malevolent. Is it truly in the woods, or actually within their midst? (more…)

Movie Metaview: Wild

Posted: February 29, 2016 in Faith, Movies

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The solo journey as a story device is one that delivers rites of passage, transcendent experiences and impressive man-against-nature victories. This opportunity to immerse us the audience in an otherworldly environment – be it ocean (All Is Lost), desert (Tracks) or 370 miles of road on a lawn mower (The Straight Story) – can lift us from mere travelogue to pointed metaphor with the smoothest of segues. When real people with real foibles are thrust into alien landscapes, they are presented with their real selves… and we too. (more…)

I watched Everest last night with some mates, while staying in Ipswich for one of our (Relational Mission’s) regular Prayer & Equipping events. A stunningly shot and impressively staged film, Everest relates the tragic tale of a joint expedition to scale the planet’s highest point in 1996. Not knowing going in how many of the party survived to tell the tale, I was gripped by the tragedy and the elation. It is a great example of both human bravery and fragility, a hair’s breadth between the two. And it was in that that I was struck by a line which spoke to me as we were praying some big prayers together this morning. (more…)

A Vision For Life

Posted: July 1, 2013 in Faith

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I was asked recently by another church leader in town what my “Life Vision” was. I don’t strictly have one, but I do have specific dreams/prayers for myself, my family and my church, all based on Psalms 27 and 128 – these verses I pray over on a regular basis, and make priorities and choices in light of them. It just amounts to a couple of points in each of three aspects of my life. Simples. In sharing it with my friend, I figured that for what it’s worth I’d share it in a wider context in case it helps anyone else:
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Movie Metaview: The Tree Of Life

Posted: February 25, 2013 in Faith, Movies
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“Unless you love, your life will flash by.”

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Terence Malick’s elegant work of art (this is so much more than a “film”) leads us through young Jack O’Brien’s grasping of life and all it entails. LOSS (the death of a brother, missed opportunities afforded by his father’s failings), LOVE (his father still loves him hugely, his mother is the Grace to his father’s Law), and LEGACY (how this has shaped Jack as an older man).

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I’ve just been pleasantly surprised by “This Means War” – the Witherspoon/Hardy/Pine rom-com-spy-fest that garnered some rather average reviews on release.
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Stevie’s top reads and music of 2012

Posted: January 1, 2013 in Etc., Faith

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Yes, I’ve been known to bemoan a lack of inspiration in the majority of current Christian music (nothing personal but I do find much of it pretty boring, MUSICALLY-speaking), but here I am writing a cheesy song for our Family Zones! This one began as a poem written by our Hellen at Beacon Church, and I developed it by alternating with cheeky shout-outs and adding a chorus and an extra tweak or two. It seems to be a hit with the kids, and others have been asking for it so here you go: a song about justification in a form that kids and adults can all take home! (more…)

God’s Loaded Rifle

Posted: May 26, 2011 in Faith

The Bible is a collection of 66 books, written by 40 different authors, across 3 continents, in 3 languages, spanning a period of nearly 1500 years. And yet it constitutes a remarkable whole that cannot be explained or ignored as simply as “Man conspired to make it up.” Allow me to explain…
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