What will transform us? What will make Christians become the sort of people we should be?
The glorious list of rules God gave us won’t do it. The Law of God so shines with God’s glory, that Moses, having received the law had to hide his face behind a veil. Yet the law that came with glory fails to change us into its pattern.
In 2 Corinthians 3 Paul contrasts this with the glory of Jesus. The glory of the law, he argues, fades just as the glory in Moses’ face faded, and brought only death. But the glory of Christ is unfading and transforming, bringing life. Continue reading
Watching The Hunger Games left me deeply disturbed.
The film engages with three communities: the controlling community that satiates its lust in the “amusing” spectacle of teenagers slaughtering each other; the voyeuristic community of virtual slaves that enjoys the horror of participation in self-serving sacrificial offering-up of its youth; and the cinema audience that is not only entertained by this portrayal of unredeemed evil, but champions the heroine’s murderous pursuit of survival.
The film mocks its audience. The heroine and her first boyfriend discuss the inability of their community to stop watching the killings. This is a scornful commentary on the cinema audience that also enjoys watching children killing children. Continue reading
Another school year has just started. How can parents help children gain the most from this year’s schooling?
Schools build into children’s minds a matrix of facts, experience, interpretation and ideology that shapes belief and behaviour. Children with a biblical worldview filter, arrange, and apply what is learnt to begin to think God’s thoughts after him (quoting scientist and Christian, Johann Kepler).
Parents can help children develop such a worldview. That means children not only gain knowledge and skills, but come with a right attitude to learning, laying a foundation for life.
Parents equip children for learning and life when they give God his place in learning and life, helping children to think about and talk about the truth that this is God’s universe. Parents are called by God to help children see that everything they learn about, everything they study, is part of what God has created, sustains and rules. Continue reading