Archive for January, 2009

Prayers
January 28, 2009

My life with God is enriched by prayers that Christians have written through the centuries. Here are a few of these prayers. They call us beyond the shallow dabbling in religion that serves primarily to ensure our own safety and prosperity, to a deep union with God and wholehearted consecration to his purposes.
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London Journal – Friday, January 23, 2009
January 23, 2009

In every section of London (maybe everywhere in England) the main street through town is called the High Road, no matter what other name that street might have. (more…)

London Journal – Thursday, January 22, 2009
January 23, 2009

Some people loom large in the story of the church. We “met” one such person today:
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London Journal – Wednesday, January 21, 2009
January 23, 2009

Objects from any culture give us deep insights into the ideas and values of the people of that time.
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Dark and Disturbing
January 21, 2009

I have just finished reading That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis – a novel about dark powers taking over society.

The book is the last in a space trilogy, but it is not space fiction in the way we usually think about that term. Instead, these absorbing and mind-expanding books are about God and good and evil, and the nature of us humans and of God’s purposes and power.

So this book is filled with confusion, deceit, fear, treachery, science, technology, nature, and a campaign for the abolition not only of religion but also of emotion and the inidvidual.

But it is also about God and his mysterious ways of working in this fallen world. The Director and the other good people in this story do not talk about religion in the vague sense of “some mist steaming upward.” They talk about God, and their picture of him is of “strong, skilful hands thrust down to make, and mend, perhaps even to destroy.”

If you have read this book (or the trilogy), what are your thoughts? Send me a reply.

London Journal – Tuesday, January 20, 2009
January 21, 2009

Signs, ads and art fascinate me.
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London Journal – Monday, January 19, 2009
January 20, 2009

This morning I read the account in the Bible in Acts chapter 13 about how God directed the church in Antioch to send out leaders to take the gospel to new nations and people groups – and the first experiences these “missionaries” had.

“God of all the Earth, teach us how to worship, fast and pray in such a way that we hear your Spirit calling workers to go to new areas. Give us discernment about receptive people and antagonistic people, and courage to confront evil. Send miraculous signs to confirm the preaching of your Word. Bring many people to salvation. Amen.”
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London Journal – Sunday, January 18, 2009
January 20, 2009

Easter in January? Well, not quite.
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Harlesden Homes
January 19, 2009

As we walk the side streets of Harlesden, here are houses we see – similar to most residential areas of London where the ordinary, not the wealthy, live.

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London Journal – Saturday, January 17, 2009
January 19, 2009

Everywhere you go, you meet the most interesting people.
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