Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Sob sob. Wahoo.

Watched 'The Passion of the Christ' yesterday with a group of R.E students. I always said I'd only ever watch that film once, cos I thought it might loose it's impact. But that was now the third time I'd seen it. And I have to say it's still as hard to watch as it was the first time.
Then yesterday night was Homerton's infamous xmas bop, so I was able to dance the night away. (I'll try and get hold of some pics for you.)
Every day this week some crazy prayer warriors have been getting together at midnight for a prayer walk round Homerton. Yesterday was a record attendance of 9. After the walk I was feeling so refreshed and full of energy that I decided to return to the bop for some more nodding of my head and moving of my arms and legs.
oh, the crazy life of a student, eh?
That decision did make my 9 o'clock lecture this morning quite hard. And in 5 minutes I'm off to my final lecture of the term. Only 3 days til I go home.
sob sob. wahoo.

Monday, November 28, 2005

A thought that could change the world


I seem to be being bombarded by this incredible concept of grace today. The talk this morning was about it, and then I've just been on Rich (from Herne Bay)'s blog and found the following link to an interview with Bono.

Is Bono, the lead singer and songwriter for the rock group U2, a Christian? He says he is and writes about Christianity in his lyrics. Yet many people question whether Bono is "really" a Christian, due to his notoriously bad language, liberal politics, and rock star antics (though he has been faithfully married for 23 years) .... (Click here to keep reading)

What follows is one of the best and simplest explanations of grace I've probably ever read. It's a thought that could change the world.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

The Cambridge Experience

Went to a Fusion training day today for leading small groups. It was held in King's college, which is a really, really old, impressive looking college right in the middle of town. Very popular with the tourists. Recently, I've found myself venturing into more and more of the colleges, and I guess that means I'm broadening my Cambridge experience. Popped into Gonville and Keis (not correct spelling) for lunch. That was right next to Kings. As Homerton is out of the centre on it's own, it was a weird experience to leave one college and 2 minutes later enter another one.
But I do like Homerton being away from the centre because
a) there are no tourists
b) greater sense of community within the college

It was a long but good day, which included an hours walking, so I'm very tired now. zzzzzz.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Love Actually


After cell last night where we spent some quality time in prayer, I trotted back to my corridor to find some friends watching Love Actually. Now I'm not a big fan of girly romantic comedies but Love Actually I can cope with. I love the way the film looks at how love is viewed in society from nearly every angle. Whilst sitting there I realised I was wearing my black 'love' t-shirt shown above, which I thought was really appropriate. And when the girl in the film has to give up her relationship to look after her mentally ill brother, a debate started about whether that was a happy or a sad end to that story line. I don't know about happy or sad, but it did give a little chance to talk about sacrificial love.
Someone once asked me why my t-shirt just doesn't have a heart on it. The love the t-shirt talks about is so much more than just a luvvy-duvvy heart.

Which brings us to this morning, and I'm sitting here typing this cos my lecturer is away today so I've got a completely blank day. We've now got a week left and only 4 hours of lectures left. Which is silly, but I'm not complaining. Just got to think of something productive to do today though ... or go back to bed.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Warning - contains overthinking

I'm afraid the need for thinking continues today because I've just had a lecture on the Enlightenment. I guess that period of time can be summed up by 'overthinking.' It was kinda breaking from tradition and all past beliefs and starting from scratch with theories which we have evidence for. This has many lasting effects in our culture today, such as encouraging children to think for themselves and not just accept the old ways of doing things.
It was really interesting to look at the lecture from a point of view of believing in God, cos once the scientists had worked out all the rules for nature there was kinda no room for God anymore. But then humans just become like any other animal - just part of a system. But where do our own personal decisions fit in?
I guess I often have this problem of over thinking everything and sometimes I just have to accept that there are some things that I don't need to know. Even in Maths, we don't know what happens when you divide by zero.
Off to Sainsbury's now to give my brain a rest.

Breakthrough

Made a breakthrough on a Maths problem today which I've been stuck on for about a week. Went back to the beginning and started afresh, logically putting down everything I knew already. There's a moral in there somewhere.

Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is out soon. Isn't it funny how as a kid they're just fun stories and then as you get older the parallels and meanings are really obvious. I've just finished reading 'The Screwtape letters' by C.S.Lewis himself. (Yep, my first trip to Homerton libreary wasn't for a Maths book) It's a collection of letters written from the point of view of evil as they go about tempting humans. The truth is bent SO much! It's 60 or so years old now and yet as close to home today as it probably was when it was written. Not an easy read and I found I needed to take my time with it, or else I'd have got totally depressed. But I learnt a lot and would recommend it.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

A weekend of adventures

Fun weekend with serious worship and serious prayer. Inspiring stuff which reignited some passions which had been bubbling under the surface for a while.
It was great to travel up to Sheffield for the National Fusion weekend with the others from Cambridge. It was my first experience of answering the question, 'Where are you from?' and having to say, 'I'm from Cambridge.' What goes through people's heads when you say that? I think I really react against being considered posh. A basketballer from Manchester was fascinated by the poshness of many from Cambridge - So much so, that I tried to be cool and show off my basketball skills. I can't play basketball.
A proper adventure, with possibly the coldest night ever whilst sleeping on the floor. The radiators switched off half way through the night! The next night we changed to a church with underfloor heating. Yes!
Serious note to finish - a big theme of the weekend was justice and it reminded me of a recent blog entry (17th Nov) by Paul Windo. He looked at our attitudes to Make Poverty History now that all the hype has died down...and I agree that my personal excitement had been placed on the back burner, and my daily routines haven't really changed much. But the need for change hasn't gone away and I'd like to finish with a quote that was quoted during a talk from the weekend.
During live8 Andrew Marr made the following statement; 'People today want to be part of a moment rather than a movement.' (probably a paraphrase) Let's be excited by long term visions.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Expect the Unexpected

I'm learning to expect the unexpected at City Life Church. On a Sunday morning it's been SO different every week. Take this morning for example. For worship we had no words!! unbelievable. yep, we just had a band playing and strumming for about 15-20 minutes. Quite a studenty thing to do I hear you say? Well, then it was time for the talk. And infront of a room full of 95% 20somethings, up stepped a 78 year old man to talk about his passion for the Bible. Absolutely superb and inspiring! And, you just wouldn't have seen it coming.
In other news, I went to an absolutley awesome firsworks display last night. Apparently there were 25000 people there and it was mind blowing. It's also one of the few times the students and the town get together which is nice.
I've also just signed up for what feels like a school trip cos we're going up by coach and will be sleeping on floors. I'm going to Sheffield for the National Fusion weekend. Perhaps you should come too? Let me know if you are.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Making a difference

Phew, these weeks are flying by. It's Friday already and we're more than halfway through term!!
Went to cell last night and then out to pub. Cell was quality, honest and real. We got into some hard core prayer and afterwards I felt so fresh, and felt like a difference had been made. After pub I returned to my corridor to find a hard core 'debate' going on about the rights and wrongs of going to war. It made me sad really that they just went round and round in circles. But it also made me more excited about prayer and what a priveledge it is. And that we can actually pray for peace and believe that a difference has been made.
Fireworks display tonight at Homerton. Looking forward to that.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

The World According To Pythagorean Triples

Yep, I've been set the task to find 10 primitive Pythagorean triples. You remember, like 3,4,5 triangles. But 6,8,10 doesn't count cos it's the same as 3,4,5. Why don't you have a go yourself. Here's a couple to get you started 5,12,13 or 65,72,97. Prize of a pat on the back for whoever can find the biggest. It's something to contemplate with your mates down the pub during half time. Don't cheat by searching on google! ....don't!

Past - Went out to a bar last night and did a bit of moving my arms and legs (dancing).
Present - Got some washing in a tumble dryer.
Future -Will watch Liverpool v. Anderlecht tonight. Come on you Reds.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

I'VE DONE IT!!!
This one's for all the DNAers and Herne Bayers out there. I have completed God's Story, in under 13 months. I'm pretty happy with that.

Hmm, what shall I read now just before I go to bed? I'll have to wait for them to bring out the BibleII ........Joke.