Friday, 25 July 2008

The Dark Knight (now I've seen it)

I went to see the Dark Knight last night and I absolutely loved it! It was everything I look for in a film. I left the cinema feeling SO satisfied with the last 2-3 hours of my life.

Harvey Dent was a character you warmed to and wanted to succeed. You didn't want him to loose everything and spiral into 'Two-Face'. You wanted him to win. Gordon is someone you admire, someone who makes you long to be a better person. Bruce Wayne is someone who you know deep down is a bit like you, dark yet searching for justice. Someone who you know will never be happy, but longs for others to be. The Joker...well what can I say! The performance by Heath Ledger was outstanding and very frightening. You were always on the edge of your seat when he appeared, never sure of what he was going to do. The frightening thing was that he did not care one bit about life, his own or others. The only life he cared about was Batman's ironically, because Batman completed him.

I had a great night! One of my favourite films of all time. Must go see it again soon. So many great moments in it. At times it was so dark you felt trapped. At times it was funny. At times scary. At times moving. Gonna stop going on about it now, must sound like a right geek.

Go see it.

Monday, 21 July 2008

The Dark Knight

I think I might wet myself with excitement over seeing this film on Thursday!  I can't wait!  Me and Tom are going on Thursday to watch it.  we have been waiting for this to come out ever since Batman Begins.  I'm sure it won't disappoint.  
If I was ever an actor, the Joker is the first character I would love to portray on screen.  Not like that is ever gonna happen though.

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Pride, passion and the inner way

We had a church meeting last night about the future of the church and it's vision to the community we are in.  It was a really hard meeting for a variety of reasons.  

At one point one of the Elders stood up and shared his thoughts and feelings about the church and the vision that we have been called to fulfil under God.  He went on to say that he believes that I am at the heart of the vision God has for the church, at which many voices said, 'Amen' and 'Yes!' It was hard hearing those words come out of his mouth...

Part of me felt humbled  when he said it because he sees something in me that makes him believe that God will use me to fulfil part of His vision for the church.  Part of me felt proud, with my ego beginning to swell the more people said 'Yes' and Amen!'.  And part of me felt ashamed because I am not the man of God that I want to be.  I am not the evangelist that I pray to God that I would be.  I do not seek God with all that I am.  I do not pray without ceasing.  I am not a living sacrifice.  How I desire to be all of these.  How I wish I did love God with all that I am.  Yet the truth is I don't.  

I was praying the other day about a baptism we are having on Sunday.  I was praying about the preach I will share and I asked God if He would please not treat me as my apathy, lukewarmness and sin deserve.  I asked Him to have mercy on me and, despite my failings and my weakness, please speak to people Sunday night.  I know God doesn't need me to change other people's lives.  My ego tells me He does, but I know He doesn't.  Yet I desire that He would WANT to use me.  That His DESIRE would be to speak through me, if only I was willing to surrender to His will.

Oh, how I wish I didn't always feel so down on myself.  I wish there were times when I would see myself the way God sees me.  Sometimes when Sarah looks at me, I see the way God sees me.  When Grace laughs at me, I see the way God sees me.  When I sit on my own in my study and mediate, I see the way the devil sees me, and that's when it gets tough.  when I sit and meditate I also see the darkness and long for the Light to shine through it.  

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Quiz Night

Another Causeway quiz night at the Victory on the 3rd August.  Last two have been really good.  A lot of new relationships being built and positive conversations happening about Causeway as a result. Have to see where God leads Causeway next as a result.  Looking forward to it!