Nancy Pearcy on Christianity and politics

Back in August my blogging friend JOLLYBLOGGER quotes Total Truth as followsThis heightened activism has yielded good results in many areas of public life, yet the impact remains far less than most had hoped. Why? Because evangelicals often put all their eggs in one basket: They leaped into political activism as the quickest, surest way to make a difference in the public arena - failing to realize that politics tend to reflect a culture, not the other way around......Today, battle-weary … [Read more...]

Management course highlights

Just finished a great two day management course. The course came up with the following gems-To lead is to serve (where have I heard that before.....?)The appropriate way to give feedback can be described by the acronym BOOST- Ballance Observed (behaviour nor personality) Ownership (ie what can I do to help?) Specific (factual) Time- (at an approrpriate time)and High performance teams can be defined as those with-Shared vision or goal Results driven Sense of team identity Competent team … [Read more...]

A people divided by a common cause?

Like most British people there are definitely two sides to my perception of Americans. Firstly, I have to confess to a certain degree of admiration, almost envy. Everything about the US is so much bigger and more extreme than the UK. You are the world super power we Brits conquered other nations to be without having colonies. But on the other side I sometimes feel I don't understand you, and that can lead to almost frustration.When we don't understand, it can lead to both confusion and at … [Read more...]

More on the election and US pollitics

Bizzarrely, as my boredom with the US election continues to grow, my interest in the US show "The West Wing" has also increased. Tell me someone who knows about these things, does the West Wing in any way reflect the reallity of the US political system? … [Read more...]

When will the election be over?

OK its time to say it: I am bored of the US presidential election now. It just seems to go on and on- not like our brief and 'civilised' campaigns at all!I know depending on which side of the fence I am on I should be worried that one of the guys will destroy the planet by not cutting down on the pollution that the USA spews out on the world , or that the other guy will destroy the world by being soft on terrorism.I know it should bother me that one of them will probably appoint … [Read more...]

Advice for Americans coming to the UK

Hat tip to A New Kind of Christian"MONEYThe Brits have peculiar words for many things. Money is referred to as 'goolies' in slang, so you should for instance say 'I'd love to come to the pub but I haven't got any goolies.' 'Quid' is the modern word for what was once called a 'shilling' - the equivalent of seventeen cents American.MAKING FRIENDSIf you are fond of someone, you should tell him he is a 'great tosser' - he will be touched. The English are a notoriously tactile, demonstrative … [Read more...]

What would Jesus vote (WWJV) – Denzel 1 Meryl 0

World Magazine Blog reports a showdown on prime time TV which seems to have been about who Jesus would vote for in an election. I think with all the energy that has gone into answering the question What Would Jesus Vote?, we run the risk of forgetting a really crucial point.Jesus has already voted. He knows, in fact he DETERMINED who the next president of the USA will be. Part of a belief in a sovereign God is that he is really in charge of everything. Thus, if Kerry gets in, it will not be as … [Read more...]


Life In The Cultlane responded in my comments section to my post What is an evangelical? I thought I would include the post in its entirety here and comment as we go.Hi! I seem to have sparked quite some discussion.For context - I'm a New Zealander, I consider myself Christian, I grew up from 1971-1989 in a church that I would consider Pentecostal ('Indigenous Pentecostal', ie, NZ homegrown) and inspired directly by Smith Wigglesworth. This church very definitely suffered from 'paranoia and … [Read more...]

Abortion Bush, Kerrry and the Christian

A few days back I asked How Partisan should a pastor be%3F. Some of the comments there have been quite insightful.I showed my ignorance by asking what Bush had done for foetuses. I guess from this side of the pond I am used to a prime minister who can do more or less what he wants. So, the idea of a president not being able to significantly alter abortion legislation if he was genuinely against it is somehow surprising to me.I am educating myself on this by watching West Wing and reading … [Read more...]

How strong a biblical worldview do you have?

According to Worldview I am a "Strong Biblical Worldview Thinker." I scored 145/170 points, or 85%. I have some concerns about this tho....Firstly, just how strong a biblical worldview can I have when I lied in order to even be allowed to take the test? I told them I lived in Peuto Ricco. My understanding from West Wing is that this is a colony of the US, so since the US used to be a colony of ours...... OK, I admit it, thats no excuse I LIED!!! Still parablemania asked us, is it … [Read more...]