Monday, June 23, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Confusing World of Eagles

One of the most oft repeated anecdotes in modern preaching is the one about the mother Eagle that pushes the young one out of the nest to teach it to fly, this is used to say that God pushes us so we step out in faith.

This post is not about the ridiculous romantic nonsense that this anecdote is, after all some eagle chicks eat the other chicks to ensure survival...what are we saying, that religious people devour each other, perish the thought?

The reason I mention it is for because I think when spiritual awakening occurs within a Christian framework it can be often be seen as the end of the journey, as if salvation is the prize, the goal.

My experience dictates that the time of awakening is the beginning of the journey, not the end.

Too many people are peering over the gates of heaven looking for their mansion, but surely the people of faith should have feet of clay, earth is where we were born, it is where we live, and it is where we will die...heaven can wait.

So do not be an eagle sat at the foot of the cliff, thinking that getting out of the nest was the big achievement, sat there hoping to escape predators whilst crying out like a malnourished babe crying 'feed me'.

Spread your wings and fly my friends, soar to the heights of spiritual maturity and be a restorer of the streets and communities in which you live. Lose your lives for others, for it is in the selfless giving to your fellow man that you will truly find yourself.

Question...do you know all the people who live within five doors of you?

Peace neighbour

Dave

Saturday, March 08, 2008

No Faith?

Little did I realise how much interest there would be in my last post, a post which has, as always, been misunderstood.

Thanks to Peter and Steve who asked me directly what I meant, but for those who have an opinion formed from conjecture and rumour can I make an extra couple of points.

Firstly, I have not abandoned or renounced my faith, I have abandoned and renounced my belief in Christianity. If you cannot see the difference then it may well be that you have faith in Christianity and therefore you may equate any assault on Christianity as an affront to God.

Others have rejected the religion of their day and not rejected their faith in God, some notable people would be Jesus, Paul, Peter and Luther.

Each one of these men reckoned that the religion of their day was a religion of law and not of grace, each one was on the whole rejected by those who were part of that religion. Each one of these people believed that God made the first move towards man (grace), and did not believe that man could do anything to gain favour (salvific) with God (law).

Secondly I have not abandoned or rejected the church, I think it is a perfect way, and that is the crux, church is a way and not an institution, Dingwall has one church, and the church has been part of God's plan always. The reason I do not go to any individual church in Dingwall is simply because most of the preaching is law and not grace, that is not a criticism, it is an observation.

So I still believe all that Jesus said and I still rely that God gives me the strength to live that life...so all I can say to those who are angry at my last post...relax and enjoy life.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Christianity - The End

It is almost 17 years since I first called myself a Christian, since then a lot of water has flowed under the religious bridge. My summation of it all now is this.

I have met some wonderful people, and I have met some people who made me think of Jesus.

I have met a lot of people who are fearful, who follow God because they are scared not to, they are running from hell.

I have met many people who manipulate other people and who love people in the hope that it may put extra fuel in their heaven bound train.

I have met many people who are just simple hypocrites, who have an outward religious appearance, but simply do not bear much resemblance to Jesus.

I am not saying I have it all sorted, but I do know that what I see in Christianity is not the good news that Jesus spoke about, it is a man made pagan religion.

So if you do not mind I am leaving, I am no longer claiming Christianity as my religion or faith, no thanks, I was made free, I intend staying free, see you heaven if you make the list.

Farewell
Dave

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Changes

Today I became a Grandad - nice!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Facebook

It appears that Facebook is taking over, i have been on it for about a year I guess, not long after notifying my lingering withdrawal from this blog. I wonder just how far this whole social networking thing will go and where it will emerge.
I have just created a virtual filmclub on facebook that will have a physical outworking in the town, will it work, a coming together of the virtual and the real...only one way to find out.

You may not find the film club unless you are on facebook as I am not creating a website, so its full steam ahead with the polar express in a few weeks.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Discipleship

I wonder if we ever comprehend what discipleship is, we do courses, have study guides, but in my experience it goes far beyond anything we can simply make as an offshoot of Christianity. Discipleship is not optional, it is the only way...see the quote below...

Discipleship is not limited to what you can understand – it must transcend all comprehension. Plunge into the deep waters beyond your own understanding, and I will help you to comprehend.

Bewilderment is the true comprehension. Not to know where you are going is the true knowledge. In this way Abraham went forth from his father, not knowing where he was going. That is the way of the cross. You cannot find it in yourself, so you must let me lead you as though you were a blind man.

Not the work which you choose, not the suffering you devise, but the road which is contrary to all that you choose or contrive or desire – that is the road you must take. It is to this path that I call you, and in this sense that you must be my disciple.

Source: Martin Luther (1483-1546), quoted in Dietrich Bonhoeffer, "The Cost of Discipleship."

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Eric the Worship Leader

After browsing God Tube (the Christian response to You Tube) I found this, what a great song...nice one Eric

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Weird and then some

Last night whilst working on the taxi I noticed a series of orange lights in the sky above Tulloch, about 5 in all, I thought they were helicopters coming towards me as they were moving very slow. So I stopped the car to listen for noise and heard nothing, by this time a few more had appeared.

I went to the house I was picking up from and the two customers watched with me as a line of about 20-30 orange lights moved slowly, each one seemed to be about a mile away and a 200 yards apart, though distance in the dark is hard to judge.

Each light followed the same path before disappearing from view, the whole episode lasted about 10 minutes and I never saw them after this. The sky was slightly cloudy with little wind, these were unlike anything I have ever seen before.

I thought they could have been some kind of orange helium balloon with lights inside that had been released from a party, and the uniform track they took would be because of wind currents, but at least one of them at one point moved back against the flow.


Any ideas.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Back

Since being ousted from YouTube I have had requests for video's, this one is the most requested, so here it is back for a repeat showing...its Bob and his rulers!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Never say never

I am back on You Tube as Micah780, but i have also joined 'GodTube' so expect some good christian stuff over the coming weeks as well.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Scottish Northern Convention

Just been looking at posts I never posted - this person never responded to my emails...so here is the post one year on from when it should have been posted.
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Flicking through SKY TV tonight and specifically the GOD channels, and there on UCB I find some guy preaching from the Church of Scotland, Dingwall in 2006. It was weird because I could see lots of people I know.


The preacher was speaking about the fool, and saying that basically many non-Christians are fools, and are full of arrogance, he illustrated this by suggesting that if you shine a torch in Wayne Rooneys ear his eyes light up...in other words, Rooney is brainless.

I managed to find out that this man is the Rev David Earnshaw from a church in Swindon, I have emailed him to find out how well he knows Wayne Rooney.

I will let you know his response.

By the way if you want a more detailed look at his sermon you can find it on his website here, he had preached it before (30Oct2005 am).

Looking

Some people are looking for a city with visible foundations, a spiritual refuge that has a physical place on earth. Those people believe that their security is in the physical and temporal things of this world.

The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or 'There!' for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Story

In the film Apocalypto one of the tribal elders tells a story (see below). Where are the story telling elders in our society...

And a Man sat alone, drenched deep in sadness.
And all the animals drew near to him and said,
"We do not like to see you so sad.
Ask us for whatever you wish and you shall have it.
"

The Man said, "I want to have good sight."
The vulture replied, "You shall have mine."
The Man said, "I want to be strong."
The jaguar said, "You shall be strong like me."
Then the Man said, "I long to know the secrets of the earth."
The serpent replied, "I will show them to you."
And so it went with all the animals.
And when the Man had all the gifts that they could give, he left.

Then the owl said to the other animals, "Now the Man knows much,
he'll be able to do many things. Suddenly I am afraid.
"
The deer said, "The Man has all that he needs.
Now his sadness will stop.
"

But the owl replied,
"No. I saw a hole in the Man, deep like a hunger he will never fill.
It is what makes him sad and what makes him want.
He will go on taking and taking, until one day the World will say,
'I am no more and I have nothing left to give.'
"
 

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