What is going on?

typewriterHello!

I know I haven’t blogged for a long time, my apologies. I have spent the summer thinking up ways to use my blog better and I have decided to upgrade and move my blog to a hosting site. This means I get more control over what I can do with my blog and it moves the blog to a place of more focus and intentional writing.

What focus will that be? My hope is to concentrate more on how Christians can engage with culture through books, films, media and video games. Within that I want to focus and share my thoughts on theology and encourage my readers to seek a deeper understanding and love for Jesus.

Where is this new blog? It is currently being made by me and its very close to completion! When I have finished with it and its ready to go I will post on here and the various social media sites. It will be a new blog address, so keep posted 🙂

I love having you all as my blog readers and would love it if you could follow me over to the new site once its up!

In the meantime please do comment on what you would love to see on the new blog, what films/books/video games/theology  you would like me to talk about from a Christian perspective and generally your thoughts!

Thanks so much for all your support and I will be posting the new site on here soon!

Cat

Recent Book Reviews

Just thought I would flag up some book reviews I have been doing over at the Book Square Blog:

forwomenonly  1. The most recent book I have reviewed is called: For women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn: A book about relationships and the inner thoughts of men. It is a guide to help the wife or partner to understand their husband/boyfriend better. It touches on how to serve him well and what they really think about in certain situations.

 

2013-10-22 12.16.202. Connect – How to double your number of Volunteers: A book I wouldn’t normally have read but it proved to share some good insights about how to recruit and double your volunteer base at Church (and CU). There are lots to think about here and I hope to share some more thoughts on it soon.

 

communicating for a change3. Communicating for a change: How we communicate is important. How we preach or do talks that are communicating what we mean in a way that is interesting is often hard to do. This book is rather helpful in giving ideas on how to communicate better.

Collection of Webs: September

A slightly late post of collection of webs for September, my apologies. The start of term has been slightly manic. But here we are for a round-up of articles, blogs and fun stuff to read or watch that I noticed in September! Enjoy

Blog Posts worth reading:

From the Internet Monk: A Joyful and Vibrant Life: Cultivating Community as Slow Churches “It can seem more practical and convenient to keep to ourselves and minimize the risk that we’ll get entangled in the lives of others. And yet, as much as we are formed by Western individualism, and though we have allowed that individualism to shape the way we read scripture, our calling in Christ is to community…”

The Science of What Makes an Introvert and an Extrovert An interesting article about how Introverts and Extroverts approach situations and how their brains react.

Alison Bolton blogs about her new Role after being a UCCF staff worker. This is a brilliant article about how we view work and where we place our identity.

Also Kath writes her thoughts about work, which is another brilliant and challenging blog post: “It’s hard to maintain this wide picture of work in a world which places so much value on our paid work/job status. I’m so frustrated at the moment that our government can’t see this or express value in a life that doesn’t involve paid employment.”

Dave Bish blogs on 5 ways to do Social Media better – this is very helpful, especially if you love using social media or if you find it tough to know how much and in what ways to use it!

Books:

Just finished reading the Silmarillion by Tolkien. A wonderful book full of the history and stories of middle earth.

Now I am reading Eragon. Which is a fantasy book about a boy and a dragon.

And I am also reading Connect, which is about how to get more people to volunteer in church.

Posts on my blog:

Freshers, Fruit, Flu and Flyering: a post about freshers week

I am From – a I linked up with a Syncroblog post about where I am from.

Also do check out two new book reviews at the Book Square Blog on Communicating for a Change and The Freedom of Self-forgetfulness

 

I Am From…

Footsteps in sanI saw this over at Tanya’s blog and thought it was a brilliant idea. So I wanted to give it a go and link up with SheLoves Magazine in a “Heritage Day” celebration.

I am from the land of HG Wells, the War of the Worlds with Martians, lazer quest and pic-a-mix in Woolworth’s.

I am from a working class line with factory workers and butchers. With armed forces and pressed uniforms. I am from making ends meet and counting the pennies. I am from council houses and second-hand Tellies.

I am from Christmas with loads of presents for an only child. I am from action man and Ghost Busters and no toys for girls.

I am from a place where Santa was real but Jesus was make believe.

I am from books spilling over from the shelves and midnight reading under the covers. I am from Goosebumps, Roald Dahl and The Jolly Postman. Later in my teens I am from Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Discworld, eating books alive and delving into these make-believe worlds.

I am from fish fingers and endless games of football. I am from playdays, Super Ted and Hey Arnold. I am from Live and Kicking on a Saturday morning before going food shopping with mum and dad.

I am from climbing trees and long walks in the fields near our house, and from riding my bike as fast I can and bearing the scars after. I am from football teams and rounders teams but certainly not hockey.

I am from, “just do your best, that’s all we ask“. I am from sea cadets with first crushes and sailing masts, with rifle shooting and marching in shiny shoes.

I am from starting year 7 with Princess Diana dying and starting GCSEs with the Twin Towers falling.

I am from train journeys to london and days spent in the natural history museum. I am from a time where I wanted to be a paleontologist, police woman, Navy officer and a pathologist. I am none of these now.

I am from watching “friends” and crying at the end when it was all over. I am from trying coffee for the first time and enjoying the buzz. I am from walls of DVDs and arguments about immigrants, the government and whether I could go to the party in the park.

I am from a catholic school where communion was boring and confession a chance to skip lessons.

I am from poetry and feeling lost, from Goo Goo Dolls, Papa Roach and B*witched. I am from messed up to healed up. I am from being introduced to Jesus for the first time and feeling like hope was a reality.

Collection of Webs: Summer Edition Pt2

Here is the second part of the Summer Edition of Collection of Webs. Here are some articles and blogs that caught my attention over the summer:

Articles and Blogs:

Courage in the ordinary:
“But I’m starting to learn that, whether in Mongolia or Tennessee, the kind of “giving my life away” that counts starts with how I get up on a gray Tuesday morning. It never sells books. It won’t be remembered. But it’s what makes a life.”

Why the Internet isn’t Magic Land: In their mind, every Christian ministry is expected to have every possible resource available on every possible platform. And they want it now! Not only do they want it now, that want quality, and they want it for free.

Our Unspoken god:
It’s dangerous making too much of anything but Jesus in this life. Fashioning little idols is all too easy. Or just making material things the centre of life rather than God. The problem is not consuming to live, but rather living to consume.

Sexism in Online Gaming Communities:
Most of the female gamers I know or have talked to say they try to avoid mentioning their gender when grouping up with others. And if it gets out (which it sometimes does if voice chat gives them away or they slip up when typing) they feel pressure to not do anything about the inevitable torrent of sexism that comes their way. Retaliating, even if it’s just politely asking to stop, might make things worse. (*There is swearing in this article)

Happy Clappy:
So let’s ask a tough question: Is there anything about evangelicalism (as opposed to other kinds of Christianity) that makes depression even harder? Or even, perhaps, more likely?

A New Suit:
A wonderful story about Billy Graham.

You Don’t Hate me. You hate my Brand:
Perhaps the most radical thing we followers of Jesus can do in the information age is treat each other like humans—not heroes, not villains, not avatars, not statuses, not Republicans, not Democrats, not Calvinists, not Emergents—just humans.

The Church needs to stop telling husbands to lead, and start teaching them how to love.
And I want to suggest that these household codes have nothing to do with maintaining patriarchal society, instead, we see submission and love as the counterpoint to the sinful tendencies pronounced over women and men at the fall.

Collection of Webs: Summer Edition Pt1

For most of the summer holidays I have been away, taking a break from blogging. It has been a fun summer with a mixture of going away on an IFES conference in Poland, holiday times at home and parents visiting. But now I am back & I thought I would do a summer edition of Collection Webs. Hope you enjoy it!

Books Read:

Summer is a great chance to read books, lots of books! Here is a snippet of some of the books I got to read:

Penelope_bookPenelope:

A very gentle and fun read about a girl called Penelope who goes to University. This is a very quirky story and you meet some interesting characters! A nice holiday read.

bravenewworldBrave New World:

A classic and brilliant book. Huxley wasn’t far off the truth when he wrote this about the future.

SilmarillionSilmarillion:

I am still reading Silmarillion and I think it is brilliant! There is so much in this story that is the same to that of the bible. It is a history of the creation of the world and we meet its creator. There

is a fall. There is good and evil. Wonderful stuff.

Creative:

It has been a rather creative summer for us, we have made homemade jam, homemade bread and lots of meals from scratch! Also my husband has done a step by step guide on how to do this DT project! How to make a Roman Catapult

What has also caught our eye:

Creative Bookmarks

How to make a Concrete Camera

Snaps from the summer:

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Collection of Webs: June

Well here is a monthly collection of webs where I share with you what I have been reading on blogs, articles, books and what I have been watching or listening to. If you have missed any collection of webs this year you can find them all on this page.

Blogs Posts from friends:

Ali continues her Transition blog posts and this one in particular is the most hilarious: the one with the bible study and the man with a thong.

My Husband writes a poem about a rainbow fox inspired by a made up story by a little boy: The Rainbow Fox

What does success look like? My church leader blogs on it here.

Tanya blogs on the theology of hair curlers.

Blog Posts Out There:

Don Miller writes about how to avoid a People Hangover.

Ten Reasons Good Christians go Bad… it’s quite an interesting list!

8 Worst ideas for leadership growth

Books:

Check out our new book review website:

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Posts on my blog:

A Fairy Tale Ending – How we all yearn for a happy ending.

The rubber hits the road – Where theology and life go together

Building the Dung Gate – Not everyone will be history makers

What have you been up to this month?