Collection of Webs 2013 Part 2

Now I am going to do a round-up of my favourite blog posts and articles from friends and around the web, most of them appeared in my collection of webs that I do monthly. So here is a year (in no particular order) in Blog Posts:

1. Ellie shares her thoughts on the subject of Purity

2.A great post from Wendy over at ilovedevotionals on God will find you in your dark place

3. My friend Emily writes about Elijah and the Broom Tree.

4. Bish writes about maturity and not being able to Microwave it.

5. David Murray writes about being a Godly administrator. 

6. Ali goes through a series about transition and here is a post about those awkward moments.

7. Tanya writes about the Theology of hair curlers and creativity

8. An article about sexism and online gaming

9. Rachel Held Evans writes about “You don’t hate me, you hate my brand”

10.Jon Marlow writes about headship and love

11. Kath writes about her thoughts on Work

12. An article about whether there will be coffee on the new earth?

Well that’s a round-up from the web!  Now here are my top 5 posts from my blog that seem to be most popular:

1. The Christian’s Vital Breath

2. The Delight of Old books

3. Labels

4. The Hunger Games: Identity and Saviour

5. When the broken walk in

Collection of Webs 2013

I thought as we are coming to the end of 2013 I would do a special Collection of Webs with a round up of films, books, and blogs that I have enjoyed this year. I would love it if you also let me know what your favourites were in 2013!

Lets start with…

Books

Here are my top 3 christian books of the year and then top 3 fiction books of the year.

Top 5 Christian Books:

1. Desiring the Kingdom
PrintThis is a fantastic book about worship and how humans worship. There are so many insights into how people are lovers before they are thinkers. That our heart drives our motives and actions. Every time I read this I had to keep putting it down and spend an hour thinking over what I had just read!

 

2. Serving without Sinking

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This is a book that I would recommend every Christian to read. It’s very challenging and gets to the heart of our motives of why we do or don’t serve. This book brings us back to who Jesus is and how to have our joy in Him.

 

 

3. Of gaming and God

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I read this book because I was doing a seminar at a Christian Conference about Christians playing Video games. This is probably the best book I have read on how to approach video gaming in a godly way rather than a “It’s all a waste of time”. I enjoyed reading this and if you are a gamer and a Christian then this is a book you should certainly read!

 

Top 3 fiction books

1. The Silmarillion

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This is quite a heavy book to read, so if you pick it up thinking you are going to read something like Lord of the Rings then think again. Instead this book gives a back story of Middle Earth and its a wonderful picture of creation, the fall and redemption. Tolkien is a brilliant writer and I love how the story all weaves into one.


2.Life of Pi

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This is a wonderful creative story based around a boy in a shipwreck and his imagination. I thought it was rather clever and an enjoyable read, plus the twist at the end was rather good!

 

3. Cloud Atlas

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I really enjoyed this book, although it was rather strange especially in the middle of the book! But the way the story weaved together and worked itself out was brilliant!! The film is also very good.

 

Here are my top 3 favourite films that I have seen this year:

1. Seeking a friend for the end of the world – This was a film that had a mixture of laughter and tears for us as we watched this. I thought the very idea of this was brilliant. The end of the world is coming and at the very center of this is a story about two people becoming friends and needing each other. I really enjoyed it!

2. Now you see me – A film about illusionists, deception and a bit of magic. With twists, turns and action this film was rather fun to watch. I loved the twist at the end!!

3. Zero Dark Thirty – I think this film was based on a true story? A rather moving film with heart wrenching scenes throughout. I thought the film was well made and would certainly recommend it!

Blogs worth visiting:

There are loads of blogs/websites/articles out there but here are some ones that I have enjoyed this year to put on your list:

1. GameChurch – A Website and blog full or articles and reviews written by Christians about video games.

2. Feminist Frequency – A website of videos and articles about how women are portrayed in video games. A very interesting read!

3.Ted Turnau’s blog and website on how Christians are to engage with pop culture.

4. Claire Bruff’s fantastic website with her own music on there. She is a lady from my church and she has an amazing voice! Certainly worth listening to!

Well that is my list for the year!! I hope you enjoyed it and please do comment or add your list on your blog or comment below!

Happy New Year.

Collection of Webs: October

The time has come for Collection of Webs. Here is a round-up of articles, blogs and fun stuff to read or watch that I noticed in October! Enjoy

Blog Posts worth reading:

What Sin REALLY Is (The Human Propensity to F**k Things Up) by Francis Spufford The result is that when you come across someone trying to use “sin” in its old sense, you may know perfectly well in theory that they must mean something which isn’t principally chocolatey, and yet the modern mood music of the word is so insistent that it’s hard to hear anything except an invocation of a trivially naughty pleasure.

Will we drink coffee on the New Earth?It’s fine if you don’t like coffee, but to suggest that coffee is inherently unspiritual is . . . well, heresy. It directly contradicts the Scriptures just cited. God made the physical and spiritual realms not to oppose each other but to be united in bringing glory to him.

A visit means more than a text “You know, there were lots of people who sent their sympathy via emails and text messages. But you came. You visited. That meant more to me than all of those texts put together.”

The Scientifically Best Time to Drink Your Coffee – Many coffee drinkers roll out of bed and get their daily dose of java as soon as possible. Because of the way coffee affects our bodies, though, there may be more ideal times to drink it

You Might Be a Celebrity Christian Wannabe If. . .In blogdom, writing, and pastoral ministry in general, there is a temptation to pursue being popular; to pursue being a celebrity.

How To Read More — A Lot More – If you want to read more, there’s no real secret. It’s about adjusting your priorities and your perception so that reading becomes an extension of who you are and what you do.

My Friend Is Hurting. What Do I Say?How do you respond to a friend who’s hurting? I have a post-graduate qualification in counseling, I have been a paid Christian minister for over a decade, I have also experienced suffering. But nothing in my experience or training is as useful as this simple verse:…”

October feels like a slow month, probably because the weather is changing, the nights are colder and darker. But soon it will be christmas which I am very excited about!!!

Let me leave with a very cool collection of pictures of street art. Enjoy.

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

 

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?