Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Sketches

When your train is cancelled, it's amazing how much work you can fit on the back of two receipts 😄


 

New project coming soon...

Saturday, 14 August 2021

Maturity

It's a joy to see someone that is young enough to be your daughter (just), having matured to the extent that you are going to them for wisdom in a situation. And you can see where they're ahead of you, and you need to catch up.

Friday, 13 August 2021

Amazon Bible review

 At first I thought - is this an elaborate metaphor?

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 December 2015
Verified Purchase

Ahhhh... I see what's happened :-D 

Oddly, underneath it says "One person found this helpful"

Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Lord, help me to love

Help me to be patient,
Help me to be kind.

Don't let me envy,
Don't let me be boastful,
Don't let me be arrogant,
Don't let me be rude,
Don't let me be self-seeking,
Don't let me be irritable,
Don't let me keep a record of wrongs.

Don't let me find joy in unrighteousness
Help me to rejoice in the truth.

Help me to bear all things
Help me to believe all things
Help me to hope all things,
Help me to endure all things.

Help my love to never fail

Amen

(With apologies to the apostle Paul - 1 Corinthians 13v4-8)

Wow these things are hard!

Thursday, 8 July 2021

A problem with Sunday School materials

I recently had to send this message out to the other leaders in my class, to make them aware of an issue with the Sunday School materials we are currently using (which will remain nameless to protect the guilty). Actually, it's a problem with many different Sunday School materials.

"Hi Explorers' leaders. Just thought I should flag up an issue to look out for with the [Sunday School] materials.

There is often a problem that it assumes the children are believers. We should never assume that!

So instead of saying, for example "the Holy Spirit is with you" - it's much better to say, "If you belong to Jesus/Jesus has forgiven you/you believe in Jesus (or similar) the Holy Spirit is with you."

You don't need to labour the point, but just make sure you're not making statements or false promises that may not be true of the children."

Bearing in mind these are evangelical SS materials, this is quite concerning.

How many times have we heard a testimony from someone who realised at the age of 9, or 15, or 21, that they had just been assuming they were a Christian, and had never believed for themselves? Never mind those we know who were brought up in church but never come to faith?

Of course, for children brought up in a Christian family, this may be a subtle, gradual thing. Not everyone has a crisis conversion. But children need to know that salvation is by faith - not by having Christian parents or being in my Sunday School class.

Sunday, 16 May 2021

Down arrow

I used the down arrow on my keyboard today.

This may not seem particularly unusual, but I have only just replaced the keyboard I spilt Irn Bru on in 2013.

The down arrow hasn't worked since then.

Sometimes I would turn the whole page upside down and use the up arrow instead, though that's often not possible.

Keyboards are not expensive.

I am an idiot. 😆

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Hobbits

Some pictures I did a loooong time ago!

I appear to have misinterpreted the description slightly, and made the soles of their feet hairy instead of the tops 🤦‍♀️. Otoh, I have given them "thick warm brown hair like the stuff on their heads (which is curly)", unlike the film-makers...
 
I think the one in the black suit was meant to be Bilbo, but then I drew a whole family. Not sure if they're meant to be modern-day hobbits, or it's unintentional anachronism.
 
 
 
And here's one I did much more recently!