Thursday, 29 September 2016

Gods can't die

In Stargate, they spend a lot of time fighting against false 'gods', and trying to persuade the people they have enslaved that they are not gods at all. Rightly so.

One of the things that sometimes convinces them is that a god can't be tortured, and a god can't die.

Big problem with that argument - the real God was, and the real God did!

Of course, there were two huge differences. As he said, 'I lay down my life - only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again.'

I'm glad my God chose to die. I'm glad 'it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him'.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Words

If I'd said to you thirty years ago that there was a troll sending me spam on the web and I was going to change my browser, you would have had me committed to an insane asylum.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Poetry

Finally Free, Rend Collective

Arwen

Sorting out heaps of paper :-(

Found this sketch I did based on my mum mishearing me referring to Arwen* as half-elven :-)



*From the Lord of the Rings, in case you have no idea what I'm on about.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Fantasy

I believe that fantastic literature has a unique ability to slide past our set opinions and prejudices, and encourage us to consider moral and spiritual truths in a new way. The classic fairy tales and fantasy stories are about the struggle between a simple, humble good and a powerful evil, and they constantly remind the reader that human effort is not enough — that supernatural intervention is required before good can triumph.What could be more Biblical?
~RJ Anderson in this interview

Friday, 23 September 2016

A thought on stories

It's nice in a story when things go well for your favourite characters.

But actually those aren't the most satisfying stories.
It's when the plot throws all kinds of bad stuff at the characters that you really get to see what they're made of. They can't show courage or integrity or perseverance or morality if they're not in situations that need them.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Autumn Equinox

Really cute doodle on Google today.


Echoes the one they had in spring (for some reason you sometimes need to click this one to see the animation):

If you click on them to view them large, and then use the arrow keys to flick back and forward between the two, you can see clearly how it's the same picture, but different colours.