I used to believe in God. The Christian one that is.
I loved Jesus. He was my hero. More than pop stars. More than footballers. More than God. God was by definition omnipotent and perfect. Jesus was a man. He had to work at it. He had temptation but defeated sin. He had integrity and courage. But He was my hero because He was kind. And He was kind to everyone. He didn’t bow to peer pressure or tyranny or cruelty. He didn’t care who you were. He loved you. What a guy. I wanted to be just like Him.
– Ricky Gervais –
Found this pretty interesting blog post over at supersimbo. In it Ricky Gervais admits he is now an atheist but opens up about his past and how he was brought up by his mother to believe in God thinking that it would keep him out of trouble.
Check out the full ‘Holiday Message’ here.
H/T Ragamuffin Soul & supersimbo
So a few weeks ago I joined this group on Facebook which aimed to get the Delirious song “History Maker” into the top 40 for the week running up to Easter. I hadn’t really been keeping an eye on how the group was growing, but now it has just over 54,000 members and I was absolutely amazed to hear it being played at number 6 in the mid-week chart on BBC Radio 1 this afternoon.
The band will donate their proceeds from the singles to the CompassionArt charity, to be shared among projects working around the world. For more information visit www.compassionart.tv.
If you’ve not done it, sign up to www.facebook.com/invadetheairwaves – invite your friends to join and use your status to tell others all about it.
Something huge is happening and it’s spreading a powerful message via the airwaves … click here to download the song from iTunes >>
There are many events that I would consider the best of my life … one for example … Wednesday September 7th 2005 when plucky little Northern Ireland took the scalp of the multi-million pound earning English at Windsor Park with one swing of David Healy’s right foot … a night that will stick with me for many years to come … but hopefully the best days of my life are still to come; marriage, the birth of my first child etc etc.
In terms of the greatest day though, as a Christian it’s a fairly close call between Christmas Day and Easter Sunday … Christmas for Jesus birth and Easter for his Resurrection. For me personally Easter always seems to really ram home the epically powerful story of Jesus death and ultimately resurrection no matter how many times I’ve heard it through church in the past.
This year I was asked to speak at our Dawn Service which I was more than happy to do and also edited together a few clips into the video below to show during the normal morning service.
With all the transfer talk currently surrounding the collapsed move of Brazilian play-maker Kaka to Man City, I was surprised to read an article in one of today’s national newspapers, not concerning the insane amount of money involved or the war of words between the club’s owners … but about religion.
Kaka is world-reknowned for his Christian faith and the fact that he donates 10% of his AC Milan wage to his home church in Sao Paulo, but despite the vast wealth his career has afforded him, Kaka has always been wary of the power of money. He once said
“Money can change everything. If you put your money before everything else, you ruin it.”
A humbling thought in times of a credit crunch and recession …