Saturday, February 14, 2009


My sister Michelle has amazing gifts as a craft designer. She is involved with a craft club and designs cards and stuff which can be seen here

I have no doubt that her gifts are God given!

I sometimes pop into a school breakfast club where again (mainly mums) there is regularly some fantastic crafting going on. It was here that I put my hand to designing this fish, painted on wood. My wife liked it so much that she put it up on the wall in our lounge and I felt really encouraged! No I am not a natural but enjoyed making it never the less.

Craft has very much been on my mind just recently. I need a craft designer for a Christian after school drama club that I am launching next week. I have my first craft in place. We are thinking about Jesus calming of the storm and so I have designed a boat. On the sails of the boat is written 'Be still and know that I am God' (Psalm 46:10). This 'being still' talks about that peace of God that passes all understanding! - even when we are going through the storm!

Any way I am needing someone to design a stick of sweet rock with 'Jesus' written all the way through (as opposed to 'Blackpool'), a lighthouse, a picnic basket, etc etc. The catch is that they need to be simple enough (a) for me to do! (b) for a child to complete within 15 minutes.

Any offers?

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Freedom of Speech

"In highbrow circles, ridiculing Jews is Nazism, ridiculing blacks is racism, ridiculing feminists is sexism, but ridiculing Christians is freedom of speech."

(William Reel writing in the The Times - taken from my good friend Peter Graystone's book: Ready Salted)

[Ironic smile]

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Be careful who you offer to pray for!

Are you a person who is prepared to witness in your work place? As a retail manager a few years ago I had to go into Leeds to close down a shop. One of the girls was very distraught at the thought of her loosing her job and nonchalantly as anything I offered to pray for her (I meant that I would go home and lift her up to the Lord in prayer) and to my amazement - there and then on the shop floor she closed her eyes expecting me to pray. (Gulp!) I had no choice but to pray. A couple of days later she came running into the shop shouting at the top of her voice - "Neil I've got a new job - your prayer has been answered!"

I mention the above having learned today that a Christian nurse in Somerset has been suspended from duty after offering to pray for an elderly patient in her care (see Ekklesia).

Caroline Petrie who is a Baptist said "I'm not angry and I do understand if people don't believe in the way that I do. But I am upset because I do like this job and this is a very valuable part of the care I give. I saw my patients suffering and I do believe in the power of prayer, I began asking them if they wanted me to pray for them. They are absolutely delighted."

I am convinced if Caroline had offered some off the wall - new age/pagan alternative remedy - she would not have been suspended and would be working today.

All this of course has serious implications for those who wish to witness in their workplace. But witness we must if we want to win people for Christ!

Of course Jesus did warn us about facing oppression - so we should not be surprised.

It wasn't me!

I woke up this morning to find that the more elegant snowman that I referred to yesterday has had its head chopped off. You guys need to know - IT WASN'T ME!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Global warming?

Not the economy - but the biggest nation wide snow fall for 18 years (I'm talking inches not feet) in England has brought the nation and particularly London to a stand still. Why?

I am told (correct me if I'm wrong) that in New York it can snow for days and life carries on as normal.

Anyway it gave me and my daughter opportunity to build this rather elegant looking snowman. Well I thought he looked rather elegant anyway - until that is I looked outside my front door window and saw one twice as big donned with a hat and scarf.

All this leaves me with 2 questions: (1) Is coveting the neighbour's snowman really a sin? (2) What has happened to global warming?

Answers on a post card please.