Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Why Elephants are not God

'I am the One who forgives all your sins,
for my sake,
I will not remember your sins.' (Isaiah 43:25)

I will not remember, eh? What a statement! So no matter how often I say to God, 'oops I did it again,' the big boss of the universe will dig deep into his memory bank ... and find no recolection of any past slip-ups.

Forgiven AND forgotten. It's dealt with. Love keeps no record of wrongs. End of. Kapow.

Now that's a fresh start. A proper releasing fresh start. And that enables me to smile today.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Mum's Graduation

A few weeks ago my mum graduated from her MA course. The big presentation moment was made even more special as it happened so soon after her operation. So well done Mum!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Possibly my greatest ever footballing moment

'Brilliant. 3-2 victory over Downing III(from two goals down).
Goals:Eduardo (rebound off Pete A's crossbar shot)
Pete C (in box volley)
Greg S(long distance acute angle winner in last 5 mins)'

Above is an extract from the captains match report of the newly formed Homerton 4th team's first ever victory!

And I can hear you demanding, 'Pete, tell me more about your crossbar shot,' ... so if you insist it'd be rude not to really: I picked the ball up outside the box. Took a touch out of the feet. The defence backed off. Swung my right foot like I swing a golf club and off the ball went. It hovered in the air for a while before dipping onto the crossbar. With the keeper left helpless on the ground, the ball fell to Ed a yard out to tap into the empty goal. 2-1. Back in the game. Cue loud roars of c'mon!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Thinking Cap Time - How can you be loving and just?

'If any nation comes to fight you, it is not because I sent
them. Whoever attacks you will go down in defeat.' (Isaiah 54:15)

The above text is included in a prophecy written before Jesus, about a time of paradise after him where unconditional love is experienced. It caught my eye cos I'm often puzzled by how much pain in the Old Testament is actually caused by God. Think Moses and the plagues. He seems to be in control so much that he even sends countries in to battle. This doesn't match-up with the promise above. Hmmm.

Yep, OK God is 100% just but in my head all this punishment seems a far cry from the 100% loving God I encounter in the New Testament and find promised in the verses above. There it says God won't cause harm. How does that fit together???

The verses in Isaiah seem to signify a shift. To be 100% love requires 100% justice. Whilst this nature of God never changes, the nature of how justice is satisfied does. It changes with Jesus on the cross, making the amazing promises of peace and forgiveness in Isaiah possible.