Well, Sat am - my slot. Kids watch CBBC with their Cheerios and I get a bit of time to e-church it.
So I googled my name, yes, it's a bit vain but you have to do it every now and then or you miss out on stuff.
So I discovered that I have been tagged by David Ker at Lingamish, that righteous technorati big shot adventurer who gave my site its first award. He has included me in the Bad Boy Bible Study Bald Elisha challenge:
"From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some youths came out of the town and jeered at him. "Go on up, you baldhead!" they said. "Go on up, you baldhead!" He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths." (2 Kings 2:23-24, in context)
Dave's challenge is below:
Here are the rules:
* You’ve been asked to teach or preach on this passage.
* What would you say?
So, I'll start working on this, should be interesting but only once my Deut essay is in (role on Wed 19th).
The second thing I discovered was that I had been given an award by Peter Kirk at Gentle Wisdom, thanks Peter.
So I’m supposed to tell you 10 HONEST things about myself and then nominate 7 other blogs that I think deserve to receive the Honest Scrap Award. I'll model my answers on Peter Kirk's who modelled his on the blogger, Kevin Sam who awarded him.
1. I drive a 2007 BMW touring 3 series, pictured here.
I have wondered whether I need to replace it but it would now cost me more money to replace it with something more modest, it's depreciated such a lot. It is automatic which means I can blast out my worship music and take my hands off the wheel to praise God when the Spirit moves me, well, my gears hand anyway, since it's redundant. It also has those parking sensor thingies at the back which makes it the only car I've never crashed when trying to park. I don't know how many miles I've done - too technical for me - stuff like that - my brain doesn't register that sort of info. But it is fun to drive. I can overtake easily to show off my Christian fish badge to the rest of the traffic!
My husband drives the scrap. He is so good at doing that whole 'laying down your life for your wife' thing - giving me the BM. His is a smelly, green Alpha with a very strange gear box - I can't drive it and it has a very dodgy interior.
2. I very rarely watch TV too apart from 'Eastenders' occasionally which I treat as a break, I'm usually scouring the web at the same time but it means I move from the study to our lounge and I have a cup of tea, which my husband usually makes and I do not speak or answer the phone for that half hour, four times a week, which gives everybody else a break as well as me!! I admire Dot Cotton for her ability to quote the Bible chapter and verse and sometimes you'll hear me responding to the angst of a character's troubles with 'Oh, heck, they just need Jesus (and more acting lessons!)'. As regards scrap, not TVs in our house but laptops and bits of IT kit and wires etc. We have draws full of this sort of techno scrap because my husband is a computer nerd, a trendy one I hasten to add, and can build the things.
3. Last on the list for my “honest scrap” – I own jewellery boxes full of it. Beads, homemade things, plastic, beaded crosses, bangles, rings etc. Every bit of Jewellery I own costs less than a tenner apart from my wedding ring which cost about £200 - I'm not into stuff like that so there's no point anyone robbing my house.
4. Personality: I think - I'm a deep thinker. I'm quite manic/hyper/lots of energy. I'm a bit of a kid - I get very excited about things. I am a talker - I say it, I don't worry about revealing things. I think I'm pretty honest and self-aware and loyal. I get easily hurt but I hide it - I'm working on that one! I'm an activist and I want to learn, learn, learn. I'm getting a lot better at admitting that there is such a lot that I do not know.
5. I will be ordained in 2011 if it is God's will and I successfully complete a Masters (or a diploma if I don't finish the dissertation bit) and if I satisfy those Bishops. I will then be a stipendiary curate and will move off to somewhere in Derbyshire with my family, it might go country-wide, it all depends where God sends me.
6. Like Peter, what really turns me on in a Christian setting is worship and I too struggle with hymns accompanied on the organ. I like a band. But I am also turned on by preaching like Kevin Sam, not the shouty kind but the rejoicing kind, the Jesus came to give you life in abundance kind, the kind that calls on the Holy Spirit to be present, the kind that really exalts Jesus, that focuses less on us and more on him and what he has done and is doing. I am unafraid of the manifestations of the Holy Spirit and can't believe that we get to ask for more and God is so generous and gives more! Wow! I love God so much for this and thank the pastors and preachers who helped me to understand this. I like to walk very closely with the Holy Spirit - I'm pretty charismatic.
7. Again like Peter, I kind of believe in the whole Calvinist thing but I could never really use it as a description of myself because for me it doesn't express these things in the right words. It is the 'total depravity' thing that doesn't work for me and actually Peter has helped me here so I'll just quote him 'Total depravity does not mean, however, that people are as evil as possible. Rather, it means that even the good which a person may intend is faulty …' Wow - thanks for that Peter - I've never been able to articulate my dis-ease until now about that one.
8. I really do not know what my politics is - it's Kingdom politics but it is taking me the whole of my life to work out which party is closest to having a Kingdom vision. I voted Christian Alliance in the latest locals.
9. I have lived in Cheshire: Cheadle Hulme; Worcestershire: Hagley; and Derbyshire - Duffield, followed by Allestree, followed by Little Eaton and yes, I am aware that so far I have only ever really lived in rather posh villages but that might change soon.
10. I like the buzz of a city, not sure I would want to live there but I am very attracted to the way that cities and student cities, university cities, that is, worship Jesus because the problem with rural worship is it can all be a bit staid and overly-polite.
So there you go - I get this for that - cool - another cheap, home-made trinket for the box