As a musician, I used to think that poetry was just a waste of good song lyrics. Perhaps I’ve learned now to appreciate more creative diversity, but my feeble attempts at writing poetically show I might yet have some way to before I master this art. If rhyming qualifies, though, then I just might be able to pull out the thesaurus and begin. So here goes. A few reflections on how technology has changed us.
When a driver was a golf club and hardware meant some nails,
Forgetting important dates were our only memory fails. Continue reading
This past weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. The ‘why’ of Armstrong’s famous “giant leap” became comparable to an Everest climb. He was first, and it was there. Of course, we haven’t yet colonised or mined the moon and the initial visit did little other than afford galactic bragging rights over the Russians. Was it really so important and how does it matter now? Continue reading
The 700 club is a US Christian Broadcasting Network program featured by ‘Pat’ Robertson. The show is a blend of personal stories, news, guest appearances and songs. The original 700 were financial supporters banding together to save the show soon after its 1960 debut. Its content, though regular, remains random and unpredictable … a little like my blog. I’ve now joined a 700 club, too, having 700 posts on this site. Here’s some of what I’ve learned from writing regularly. Continue reading
“Commentaries too often replace our need to hear from God,” an older minister once told me. He was right in the sense that our devotional reading of the Bible is never out of vogue. On the other hand, for background insights and a richer perspective of context, the learning provided by experts can be extremely helpful. Most of their work is very readable and affordable. So, here’s my take on some of the best commentaries available for the books of the New Testament. Continue reading
The Atheist Delusion is a fast-moving, confrontational collection of interviews that pulls no punches in exploring faith with atheists. In around an hour, Christian evangelist, Ray Comfort, uses his own variation on some well-known arguments against atheism that bypass jargon and helpfully appeal to logical reasoning. It is simple without being simplistic and offers great tips to Christians for explaining their beliefs to others. Continue reading
Pecha Kucha is a concept devised by an architect in Japan fed up with boring presentations. It has forced a rethink on approaches to public speaking that transcend the delivery of content-rich seminars and has become a global phenomenon. Though not directly transferable to every scenario, it does help force greater engagement and emotional connection. Its beauty is the focus it offers, even to those less naturally gifted at addressing an audience. I still use video playback with preachers learning to be comfortable with their use of body language and intonation, but Pecha Kucha drives style on the fly. Continue reading
Some of my greatest joy in years of playing piano and keyboards in live church worship has been in creating responsive atmospheres that are allowed some room to breathe. This skill transcends the scripted singing of songs and excessive musical arrangement to offer expressive space, simplicity and sensitivity. Well-crafted music can facilitate authentic God-experiences. Here are some simple chord progressions that I have utilised over the past few decades to promote felt participation in preference to forced presentation.