Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Photos of our little boy

Hello everyone! Meet little Simeon, He is now 6 1/2 weeks old. He enjoys singing (cooing to music), smiling, feeding, sleeping, grizzling and sicking up.... many many hobbies. Thank you Lord for him!

Monday, March 28, 2011

News talk ZB interview with John Lennox NZ

John Lennox

John Lennox is a christian apologist, philosopher of science and professor of mathematics.

Here is a half hour audio mp3 interview covering quite few topics including God's existence, hope and science. John Lennox had recently taken a tour of New Zealand and this is some of the fruit of it.
Quite an interesting interview. It features comments from Lennox regarding past debates with Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchins as well as some atheists phoning up in NZ, even an "atheistic christian", go figure?

Thanks to Thinking Matters for providing the Interview

I agree with the majority of Lennox's comments but I thought he could have done a more in depth explanation regarding the earthquakes and suffering, although I know you are always limited when it comes to radio time. I hope to do a post sometime concerning the reason and causation behind the disasters that have happened.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Jon Foreman

Photo by susieq3c

If you haven't heard of Switchfoot (a great band :D), they are an alternative rock band who are sincere Christians but I would not call them a "Christian band" since they wanted their music to be universal... fair enough, kind of like Jars of Clay. It makes them less "cliche-ic" and is not as full of Christianese in their lyrics as many other Christian bands.
The lead singer for Switchfoot had taken a little side track and wrote some solo albums while still heading Switchfoot back in 2007-2008.
He took a different angle to switchfoot and went nearly all acoustic and wrote challenging and personal songs in a rather unique way. He used many different types of weird/different instruments which make the listen quite an experience.

I really love his music, if I just chuck on one of his albums and have a listen, it really can be an incredible a time of reflection on life. He likes to tackle quite deep facts of life, some pleasant and some not so pleasant, not hiding behind colourful roses and peaceful gardens. Probably one of my favourite artists these days.

and a more obviously christian one:

Have a listen : )

Friday, March 25, 2011

Reverse Thinking

This video is rather clever I thought, definitely one to check out whether you agree or not : D


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Miracles by our Lord

Church Exterior
Photo by Louis Du Mont

Last Sunday my wife and I decided to visit my old church that I grew up in to show friends our little Simeon who has just entered the big wide world. But what was cool was that there was a testimony time for people to share from the congregation regarding the miracles that God had done for them. So I would like to share some of them!

One young guy who is my brother's friend had broken (or similar) his foot a week or so ago and he was un-able to run on it because of the pain. His foot was swollen and he could see where a bone was sticking out a little. He went to a prayer meeting and people prayed for him to be healed and as they were praying he said he could watch it as the swelling went down and the bone under his skin come back into place! Exciting :D

There was a guy that I did not know who could provide medical verification of his healing. His arm was disconnected from his shoulder in a way that he could not lift it very high at all. He was prayed for and he was able to move his arm freely around like a windmill. He went to the doctor and the doctor told him that what he was able to do was impossible after seeing the scans of what it was before. The doctor told him he would have to send his patients to a prayer meeting in the future lol.

Another guy I know who works with my dad and was my science teacher at school had a couple of tests that showed he had high blood sugars. He was worried it was diabetes and so he was prayed for and he went back for a conclusive test and came back as normal!

Cheers God, for the mercies You perform for us who do not deserve Your mercy!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Logic Primers

Optical illusion
Image by Sha Sha Chu

I have just been through these logic primers by Brian over at his fantastic blog Apologetics 315.
Looking back I really wish I had read these sooner as it would have helped me to clarify myself better and engage in discussion a little more easily.
It is an easy to read and not too long series of articles that take you through a basic understanding of logic. He covers such topics as how to form valid arguments coherently and how to avoid fallacies. You can access it here