POV: You're Nicodemus, or another Pharisee or Scribe who is trying to reconcile who you present to the world and how you feel challenged by how Jesus is.
Here's your confession:
Apparently this guy busks on the streets of the town I grew up in.
I am not sure I like the song (a little to catchy for me!), but I do like the message!
There'd have to be something wrong with me not to agree with messages about positivity, perseverance and self belief!
I think if I was still in Sudbury and wandered past him playing, and caught these lyrics I'd stop and listen.
I found this one whilst planning an Act of Worship for a Secondary School... On "Resilience" believe it or not...
Resilience isn’t mentioned in the bible. I tried to find a greek word as to what it means so that I could check in the geeky apps and things I use to make sure.
The word that came back was this one… ελαστικότητα (Elastikótita)
However you pronounce it, that first bit is where we get our word “Elastic” (I could tell that without looking it up)
So what have I learned? Let's think about Elastic vs Plastic…
Every song I've had in this series so far I think I actually like.
This one I don't. I've tried, but it just isn't doing anything for me.
It'll work as a Eurovision entry, but It's not going to be one I'll listen to on repeat personally.
I do like the idea of taking the negative and channeling it into something creative rather than destructive though.
Think there is something to be said for still calling out the things that are wrong but doing so in a way that isn't just cussing people out outside the house, trashing things, etc, nor is it sitting in silence wallowing and pretending it didn't happen.
What do we need to call out, and how can we do it productively?
How do we rise above and challenge things without stooping to their level?
You get the idea... I've listened to it and reflected so you don't have to. But it might be your thing, so listen if you want to.
Anti-heroes are complicated and misunderstood... And I find them fascinating!
Are they heroes?
Don't they kind of look a lot like the villain?
Do the ends really justify the means?
A while ago I did a podcast with a friend of mine thinking about the "Black Adam" film and theology, and I talked a bit about anti-heroes there.
But what about me?
Here's something you probably need to hear:
In case nobody told you today: You're special
In case nobody made you believe: You're special
Well, I will always love you the same: You're special
I'm so glad that you're still with us,
Broken, but damn, you're still perfect
Nothing I need to add.
Doddie Weir was retiring from Rugby when I started paying an interest in it. He's been more on my radar since he retired and since his MND diagnosis than he was before.
The tune of "Doddie's Dream" apparently was written without him in mind, but thinking about hope in 2020, and that we all needed a little hope. Doddie was someone who was bringing people hope through his charity and so it was later given his name.
If you'd rather listen and come to your own conclusions about the eclectic mix of songs I worked through in Lent 2023, here's the Spotify Playlist!