The Dreamer awakesOf course, sometimes it doesn't. Which is why you need discernment. But you need that for non-fiction too.
The shadow goes by
The tale I have told you,
That tale is a lie.
But listen to me,
Bright maiden, proud youth
The tale is a lie;
What it tells is the truth.
~ Traditional folktale ending
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Friday, 13 October 2017
Lots of fun songs for kids, but I liked this one for myself. When tempted to focus on failure, it's good to remember that his mercies are new every morning.
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* technically, since the world was made into a sphere, it is no longer on the surface of the globe. Still, you sail west to get there, should you have a boat capable of escaping the 'circles of the world'
Thursday, 12 October 2017
Ideal stocking fillers!
The 'Christmas' set has 12 stickers focussing on who Jesus is and why he came. It would be most suitable for older children or children who are familiar with the Bible.
Saturday, 7 October 2017
Judas betrayed Jesusfor 30 pieces of silver - that's £1,800
Parable of the talentsHe gave them 5, 2 and 1 talents - £30,000, £12,000, and £6,000 respectively. Not just a few pounds!
Parable of the two debtorsOne was forgiven a debt of 500 denarii, the other a debt of 50 - that's £30,000 compared to £3,000
Parable of the unmerciful servantThe servant was forgiven a debt of 10,000 talents, yet threw his fellow servant in jail for a debt of 100 denarii. The first debt was £600 million(!), the second was £6,000.
So it's important not to imply that the smaller debt was insignificant. It was a real debt - other people do us real wrongs (for some people - horrendous wrongs. And Jesus is not saying these don't matter). We should forgive, not because it doesn't matter, but because we realise how impossibly large is the debt God has forgiven us (do we?)
Widow's miteShe put in two small copper coins - that's 62p.
It was not 2p, as we sometimes imply. 2p is worthless, so you might as well put it in. 62p could buy something to eat, yet she gave it.
Friday, 6 October 2017
So here's how I do it. It's not foolproof, but it's helpful
Denarius(aka silver coin/drachma*)
So take this to be minimum wage.
In the UK the minimum wage is currently £7.50 per hour.
Assuming an average 8 hour workday, that's £60 a day.
So 1 denarius = £60.
TalentA talent was 100 denarii.
That's £60 x 100
So 1 talent = £6,000
Mite(aka copper coin*)
This was the smallest coin at the time.
192 in a denarius (what a weird number!)
So 1 mite = 31p
Of course, different things had different value in those days - clothes were incredibly expensive; rent was cheap. Some food was dearer than for us; I think some was cheaper. Still, it's a help.
Come back for part 2 of this enthralling story tomorrow...
*Same thing, different translations
Sunday, 1 October 2017
When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.1 Corinthians 2v1-5
Tuesday, 26 September 2017
Monday, 25 September 2017
I looked at my RJ Anderson books. A row of 7 books.
|(ignore the shelf labels. They are left over from a youthful attempt to label all my books like they were in a library.)|
Since the row is longer than the books are tall, I could save space by rotating them and stacking them vertically.
So I did.
This is a scientific fact, proven by experimentation.
I still don't believe it.
Sunday, 24 September 2017
Saturday, 16 September 2017
|I really need to remove my childhood sticker collection from my chest of drawers. Other things are a bit more of a priority, though.|
|If only I can keep it this way...|
Took almost 3 albums worth of time.
Unfortunately, this was one of the easier bits...
Sunday, 10 September 2017
Reading the Lord of the Rings. Hadn't realised how eschatological bits of the Return of the King are. Probably noticed it because I've been reading Revelation and the prophets recently.
"ancient of days he seemed and yet in the flower of manhood; and wisdom sat upon his brow, and strength and healing were in his hands, and a light was about him."
"Sing now ye people of Minas Anor
for the realm of Sauron is ended for ever
and the Dark Tower is thrown down.
Sing and rejoice, ye people of the Tower of Guard
for your watch hath not been in vain,
and the Black Gate is broken,
and your King hath passed through,
and he is victorious.
Sing and be glad, all ye children of the West
for your King shall come again,
and he shall dwell among you,
all the days of your life.
And the Tree that was withered shall be renewed,
and he shall plant it in the high places,
and the City shall be blessed.
Sing all ye people!"
But of course, it falls short. Sauron was the enemy - but not the ultimate Enemy.
"These are a shadow of what was to come; the substance is Christ."
Friday, 1 September 2017
Thursday, 31 August 2017
And when the world is new again
And the children of the King
Are ancient in their youth again
Maybe it's a better thing
To be more than merely innocent
But to be broken, then redeemed by love
Monday, 28 August 2017
Monday, 14 August 2017
|That hideous cover|
I first read his Cosmic Trilogy when I was a teenager, and have read the first two (Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra) many times since. But I thought That Hideous Strength was weird. Will be interesting to see what I think this time round.
- Happened on earth, in an English college, not another planet (less interesting, didn't fit with series).
- Ransom, the main character from the first books, who was a realistic, ordinary man, became this unrealistic, almost symbolic, character with a golden beard (not an improvement).
- Merlin came alive again and put everything right. There was some stuff about King Arthur coming back to rule England and how that was a good thing (silly and out of place)
- Although the two main characters were married to each other, it was wrong for them to have sex because they weren't Christians yet (this seemed completely nonsensical - I assume I had misunderstood, because if not I agree with my teenage opinion.)
- I thought of the books as an 'adult Narnia', and therefore expected to series to finish with the end of the world. Was rather disappointed that the very mild apocalyptic events near the end simply resulted in a return to the status quo.
- These included a tower of Babel-like incident when all the evil conspirators, who thought they were so wise, lost the power of speech and began to make animal noises. That bit was good).
- Evil scientists. Was there a head in a jar?
- One of the good guys was tortured by being put in a room with a pattern of dots on the ceiling, and a pattern of dots on the table which almost, but not quite matched (I really appreciated this - I would say it is my main memory of the book.)
Wednesday, 9 August 2017
OK, that's a bit of a stretch, since none of them are Christians. But in an alternate universe... Actually, there are a lot of similarities - travelling to other places, rescuing people and telling them the 'gods' they worship are not real. So we know how their characters react in those kinds of situations.
The following is based on what I know of them in most of the first seven seasons.
I can see him also being involved in apologetics. He would be a peacemaker like Mary Slessor - though possibly not knitting while he did so :-)
He would have no problem with the 'all things to all men' thing. He would fit into the new culture in no time, trying their food, adopting their dress and customs. He'd end up marrying a local girl (hopefully on purpose this time!)
He would be fascinated by their culture and beliefs, and not assume 'different' always meant 'wrong'. He would see the best in everyone, even if they were attacking him. I can see him getting on well with Elisabeth Elliot.
However, a certain naivete and lack of discernment could lead to him accepting cultural practices without understanding them, and could even lead to syncretism.
He would be a more in your face proclamation kind of guy. No subtlety or tact - he would call a spade a spade.
|Jack on his soapbox while Daniel looks on in exasperation (Red Sky 5:5)|
She would be particularly concerned with oppressed people. Maybe she'd work with young women? She would find it hard to fit into a culture where women were not treated as equals.
If persecution or martyrdom was on the agenda, he'd face it without flinching.
I don't know if he'd remarry, but if he did, he would find the 'leaving wife & children for the sake of the gospel' thing too easy.
Oh - and wouldn't it be cool if he could somehow replace his forehead tattoo with a cross?
Like Daniel, he would be fascinated by the new culture. His friendliness would be helpful, though could lead their opponents to thinking he could be easily manipulated. They would be wrong - no matter how many beautiful women they tried throwing at him.
As his current job is an ambassador, his new role as an ambassador for Christ would be very apt.
So, there you are. I don't know if you're interested, but at least getting this on paper has got it out of my head :-) Because I have nothing else to do with my time... though I have been writing this for quite a while, now, in bits.
Monday, 7 August 2017
6 different general worksheets
PLUS 4 communion worksheets
Print as many as you want
Black & white photocopiable versions included
|(I've altered this one now, to say "Who read the Bible to us? Draw them." |
So can be used even if kids aren't in for the sermon, or if their church uses other terminology like 'preacher')
Friday, 4 August 2017
Friday, 14 July 2017
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
This was fun!
The Judean clothes are based on the seige of Lachish reliefs that are in the British Museum.
In that the younger boys wear simpler clothes, and the older boys are dressed like adults. I've gone for the adult version, but omitted the turbans as a) I think it makes them look younger and more vulnerable and b) they're difficult to draw!
I have no idea how their tunic/kilt thing is constructed. That's the good thing about simple pics like this - just draw it as they drew it; no need to understand.
Also, although they're all barefoot in this picture, I've drawn the leggings and boots from this other relief which looks to me like Judeans too.
Here's a Babylonian picture (not a great one - there are better ones). I'm pretty certain what they're wearing is essentially an ankle length Scottish style kilt.
Sunday, 25 June 2017
Learned about Jesus' return and the New Heavens & Earth.
When Jesus comes back to Earth, he will get rid of all the bad stuff and make everything new.
Had a gold box and a black binbag, and put things in them depending whether they will be in "Jesus' new world" or not (idea from here):
- Photo of tombstones (no more death)
- Box of tissues (no more crying)
- Calpol (no more pain)
- Card that said 'sin'
- Gold bracelet (city made of gold!)
- Blue voile scarf (river so clean you can drink it)
- Lamp (won't need them; God will give light)
- Apple (fruit trees with fruit that can make you live forever)
- Picture of people (Jesus' friends, from every country: those who have had their sins washed away and love & follow him)
- Picture of Jesus as king - his friends will see him, be with him forever, and work for him.
Then we enjoyed a 'wedding party (aka the Marriage Supper of the Lamb). Hopefully the real catering will be a bit more substantial :-)
Glad no-one asked whose wedding the party would be for - that might have been a bit hard to explain!
Friday, 23 June 2017
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
My willing models are helping me out for my next illustrations. Reclining at the table first-century style. (I don't have enough, so will have to copy two)
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Thursday, 18 May 2017
And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.
Friday, 12 May 2017
Tuesday, 9 May 2017
Friday, 5 May 2017
Took rather more time than I'd budgetted, and there's so much more that I could do, but I needed to stop and call them finished.
I don't usually do shading, but I felt that with dark scenes inside tents, sunrises etc, it would really help. Probably bit off a bit more than I could chew, but I do feel it's heading in the direction I was aiming at, though it didn't quite get there!
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Wednesday, 3 May 2017
Monday, 24 April 2017
"Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?’ And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself."Only I didn't word it quite like that :-)
Here's our craft.
I stole/adapted the tagline from The Bible Project - simplified for wee ones.
I got the popout idea from Pinterest.
They could draw any Bible stories they liked inside, or copy out memory verses.
Shameless sticker plug: buy them here. I was pleased that one of the kids said, "I love those stickers" - because he didn't know I drew them!
Sunday, 23 April 2017
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
It's very annoying, that the same Hebrew word can be used for 'boy' or 'servant'. (Same with 'girl'). Annoying, because when drawing a picture it's helpful to know roughly how old someone is. At least are they an adult or a child.
I suppose it's the same as in American slavery, where a slave would be called 'boy' no matter his age. Or, indeed, a stable lad, who can be a 'lad' till the day he retires.