Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Island names

If you wanted to call your children after Scottish islands, you could have a pretty large family before you ran out of sensible names:
  • Lewis
  • Harris
  • Iona
  • Skye
  • Isla
  • Arran
  • and, if you had twins, Ailsa and Craig!
[General view, Ailsa Craig, Scotland] (LOC)
The Ailsa Craig

Monday, 16 April 2018

Literal & Symbolic

A while back I posted a quote & a few thoughts on how bits of the Bible can be both literal and symbolic at the same time.

Here's a non-Biblical example:
Her majesty was all ablaze
She was burning hot but not consumed
Our shoes removed in that holy place
In the hallowed ground of the living room
~Andrew Peterson (The Queen of Iowa)
This is obviously symbolic. It is likening the woman to the burning bush - expressing the fact that he was aware of the presence of God in the room.*

It is, however, also literal. She was running a high fever, and they had to remove their shoes before entering the room to prevent infection.*

If Andrew Peterson can write something that is poetic and symbolic and literal, I'm willing to bet God can.

Btw here's the song. If it sounds like a song about a woman dying of AIDS would be depressing, it's not!

Also, I love what he does with the rhymes.

*I picked up these facts from various places on the internet but can't be bothered to link :-)

Ignore this post!

Just trying something out - will delete when I've sorted it.


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Sunday, 15 April 2018


Why, my soul, are you so dejected? Why are you in such turmoil? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him, my Savior and my God.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. Jesus has entered there on our behalf as a forerunner...

Thursday, 12 April 2018

How we got the Bible

Planning a 30-40 minute lesson for 6-8 year olds on how we got the Bible is like herding cats!

This video is hugely helpful*.

Obviously most of this will NOT go into the lesson!

But I want to be sure that what I teach - though vastly simplified - is true. 
'Distilled, not watered down'**.

*I'd occassionally disagree with his interpretation of things, but not the gist of what he's saying.
**I got that phrase from Rory Bell at the TnT training days.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Home made fish fingers

Normal bought fish fingers are good, but I thought I'd try making some from scratch. Very easy!

You will need:
  • White fish
  • Flour
  • Egg
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Paprika
  • Butter or oil for shallow frying (I used butter, because I thought that might taste better)
What to do:
  1.  Mix breadcrumbs and paprika together. It's not going to be as orange as bought ones, but it makes them a bit orange.
  2. Cut fish in strips.
  3. Dip in flour.
  4. Dip in egg.
  5. Dip in breadcrumbs.
  6. Fry.
  7. Eat.

Saturday, 7 April 2018


Just realised I never said that I'd - finally - finished my Jonah PowerPoint.

20 pictures! But could be taught over 2 weeks.