Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Check Out Some Old-Time Rock 'n' Roll



I get emails from Holy Trinity Brompton, birthplace of Alpha. They often include, just for fun I suppose, You Tube links to various videos.

Long story short, one of these was to a live performance by Little Richard. It was not that impressive, but through it, following other links, I came to this video, originally recorded in 1969 on Tom Jones' TV show. The fact that it included Jones, whom I have always considered a crooner to middle-aged women (no insult to anyone intended, just what I believe was a true reflection of  the major demographic of his audience) , made me check it out, just for curiosity's sake. but, surprise, surprise, it's pretty good. Little Richard's first album was one of the first ones I owned, back in the day.

If you like rock 'n' roll you'll love this.

Take Care



Monday, 21 March 2016

Front Page News

This story rated a, "front page" position on Yahoo.
Interesting what we take as news these days. Interesting what we think is important. I'm not saying the chef was right (he wasn't), but I think it's interesting today what kind of story goes "viral." We are a people of bandwagons, and this seems to be one of the current ones.
I'm now not even talking about the Yahoo story, but there seems to be an attitude of "over tolerance," where it is cool to be gay, or transgendered, or in fact anything opposed to what we might call, "traditional sexual morality," and cool to be tolerant of them. But it is totally uncool to be against these new progressive ideals. It's not just tolerance of the new, it's affirmation, and those who hold traditional views are in fact, not tolerated at all.

How quickly have we seen it become a good idea for boys to be allowed into girl's change rooms, or to be introducing children to explicit, "sex education" way before they are ready for it?

Those who disagree with the current, "cool" narrative are quickly referred to as, "haters." It seems odd to me that those who are most in favour of tolerance are so quick to use the term, "hater" for others who merely disagree with them.

To try to give some of what I'm trying to say, I'd say it shows some kind of deep flaw in our cultural consciousness. We're doomed, people.

Just sayin'

Take Care

Are You Ready For What's To come?


Creed - Are You Ready
Hey, Mr. Seeker hold on to this advice
If you keep seeking you will find
Don't want to follow
Down roads been walked before
It's so hard to find unopened doors
Are you Ready?...For what's to come
Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one
Count down to the change in life that's soon to come
 Your life has just begun
Life has just begun
(Lyrics slightly edited


 
I'm sure this is not everyone's taste in music, but this song could be the theme song at the first night of every Alpha. I have been involved in Alpha courses since the early nineties. The first Alpha evening, the Alpha supper, is always the beginning of a new adventure. Guests arrive, perhaps not knowing what to expect. To us, the Alpha team, we know that each guest will become a new friend. But we start off not knowing them at all, not knowing where they are in their spiritual walk, not knowing where they will be by the end of the course.
 
But we always look forward to what God has in store, for us and for them.
 
I like Creed. Their music has many Scripture-like references. Listen to, "Faceless Man," (especially from the 1:44 and the 4:15 marks), and  "Higher," (especially the chorus, for example)for examples. 
 
Are you ready for what's to come. Do you want to find out? #TryAlpha.
 
Blessings,
 
John

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Signs of the End of the Age?

Or, "Things That Make You Go, 'What?'"

Sometimes we look around at what is happening in our world and think, "Surely Jesus must be coming soon!"

I'm not at that point. Empires and civilizations have risen and fallen throughout history, even in the past two millennia, and the author of the play hasn't yet walked back on the stage. But I believe there are certain indications that indicate we are surely seeing the decline of our own Western society.

Here are a few items from just the last couple of days' news:
  • The Supreme Court of Canada has mandated that to satisfy the, "security of the person" in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the government must pass a law permitting assisted suicide. In other words, anyone wanting to end their life must not only be allowed to do so, they must be able to have someone assist them to do so. In other news, the City of Edmonton is spending over a million dollars to erect barriers on its High Level Bridge (above) to prevent people from committing suicide... WHAT??? 
  • Someone scrawled something insulting to gays on a Valentine's Day card. Apparently a post about it went viral. So the Prime Minister of Canada and several Members of Parliament sent messages to the recipient, a police investigation was considered and a complaint against the recipient's employer to the Human Rights Commission is apparently proceeding. All over an insult on a Valentine's card... WHAT???
  • A guy in Toronto attacked a Canadian Forces recruiting office with a knife, wounding two members of the military, and shouting that Allah had told him to do it. The latter fact was not mentioned by CBC News because, of course this probably has nothing to do with Islam. The Toronto Police Chief says it is an 'isolated incident'... Yeah, so was 9/11 and every ISIS beheading in the Middle East, I suppose.
  • And then there is the continuing move to allow boys to use girls' change rooms and washrooms for no other reason than they feel like a girl (or say so), and seemingly otherwise intelligent people are thinking this is a good idea. WOW! 
Society seems to be more and more rapidly losing its mind. We are dying of terminal stupidity. Bit by bit we are giving away the treasure of what we once had. The Supreme Court has mandated individual assisted suicide. I'm afraid we are seeing societal suicide as well, and it's unassisted - completely voluntary.

I don't particularly fight against any of these things. I just mention them and shake my head in wonder. My mission, as I see it, is to communicate to anyone who will listen, the hope that can be found in a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. That is the only permanent thing. The world may pass away, including empires, societies and civilizations, but God and His Word, and only God and His Word, will stand forever.

Take Care