Saturday, May 06, 2006
I Spy ...
It seems blog-protocol to every now and then note what one has been reading or has found. Now the natural rebel in me doesn't like conforming to protocol but there has been some exciting things around so here goes:
Hugh wrote an article on "Ern Baxter - Further Links and Information". He mentioned the extremely exciting comment left by Charles Simpson's son that I mentioned a couple of blogs entries back inviting fans over to the Ern Baxter library and mentioning the CSM Leadership Conference (that so upset both Sheila and myself) with Charles Simpson, Bob Mumford and Terry Virgo as key speakers.
I am ever so grateful that Hugh mentioned my manuscript on "The Priestly Clothing" as well. It remains my passion that Ern Baxter gets the widest readership that is possible. Thank you again to Mark for being willing to post these manuscripts for me.
Thank goodness that there is someone else out there who isn't bothered by the forthcoming "Da Vinci Code" film. Dave B says quite rightly that this is "just another person" offering the world a cost-free Jesus. He's still getting free books to review though ... lucky. ;)
Interesting to compare two friends of mine as to "What type of Christian am I?". Luke Wood is a 'Reformed Evangelical' whereas Jul is seems to vascillate between being a 'Fundamentalist' and being a 'Charismatic/Pentecostal'. I took the test and was told that I had broken the programme ... does that mean I'm an unchartable Christian??! Or just clumsy?
Bryn Jones' son Ger has started what looks like it could be a fascinating discussion. He asks: "Is there such a thing as a 'charismatic' way to read the Bible? ... is there a charismatic hermeneutic?". Mark Heath, in typical wisdom and wit, commented and came up with a picture of the possible divide: "Charismatic favourite OT prophecies are those speaking of revival. Conservative evangelical favourite OT prophecies are those speaking of the cross".
All credit to Scotty boy for being consistent. His trend seems to be to be to blog once a month somewhere in the "20's". He weighed in on the "Draw Me Close debate" with a fervent defence of my favourite song. His conclusion? ""Draw Me Close to You" is biblical, all throughout Psalms David's heart yearned for the nearness of God". Take that Charles Colson ... ;)
Castle Sands mirrored the cries of my heart today exactly with a post on: "The Pit of Prayerlessness". This quote particularly moved me: "It is a tragedy of massive proportions when we keep ourselves away from His presence simply because we have struggled, not only with temptations, but with sin as well".
SGM boss C J Mahaney came out with an excellent warning to carry to all conferences: “This conference can be a means of progressive self-deception if we think hearing these messages insures present and future growth". Yes he may have been speaking of T4G but it is wisdom that transcends all conferences and is a warning I shall definately be carrying with me to Brighton. Conferences - especially where the power of God and the Word of God are strongly manifest - can be heady wine. We can feel so close to heaven! Yet we must remember the conferences and the gifts from God of the anointed speakers are meant to galvinise us into aggressively pursuing and putting into practice what we have heard. (HT: Bob Kauflin).
A good roundup of blogs dealing with the TG4 statement and women.
And finally ... Many will have noticed a wise and eloquent commentator who appears from time to time when I have written something - called Don. I am so grateful to God for my growing friendship with this man. We share similar and powerful parts of history and he has had more of an impact in the few months we have been emailing, than many have in years. He writes and runs a fascinating blog called: "Zap* Germs". I read this daily through a professional interest as an Intensive Care nurse and have learnt a lot! There's more to this guy than meets the eye ... my only wish is that he starts writing something regularly on a theological level.