At St Luke’s we’ve been looking at what makes a healthy church. Last week, we heard how a steady diet of expositional preaching is great for the church. This week, we looked at how theology based on the Bible is essential for a healthy church.
There have been some truly great cartoon musical acts over the years. Josie and the Pussycats. The Groovy Ghoulies. Jem and the Holograms. MC Skat Kat. Dethklok. Animated musicians are nothing new. But my all time favourite cartoon act would have to be The Gorillaz.
I love the Gorillaz. Partly because of the artwork of Jamie Hewlett, who is responsible for Tank Girl, an incredibly insane and vibrant comic. Partly because of Damon Albarn who is pushing the boundaries of musical exploration and collaboration. And partly because The Gorillaz are not just a music group, but a multimedia experience. These characters are made real through not only the albums, but through the film clips, the concerts, the website, the games, the toys. The Gorillaz are like nothing else out there.
Their latest album? Plastic Beach? I believe it’s their best effort yet.
Starring Russel Crow and Cate Blanchett
There are certain things you expect in a Robin Hood movie. A gang of outlaws hiding in the forest. Stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. A false king abusing his power while the real king is away. Stacks of archery tricks.
This is not a Robin Hood movie.
At college, every 4th year bloke gets the opportunity to preach at chapel. It’s a great experience. There you are, standing in front of a bunch of guys who are very likely smatter and more knowledgeable than you (at least that’s the case if you’re me) and you get to share the Bible with them.
We get to choose what we preach on, as long as it’s an expositional sermon from a Biblical passage. Rather than recylcing an old sermon, I wrote a new sermon based on the Bible passage for the day, Luke 13.
The passage deals with Jesus healing a woman who has been crippled by Satan’s forces. My question for the audience – Do you really believe in Satan?
Growing up, my family was mum, dad, me and my three younger brothers. Everyone’s family is different. There are a massive number of combinations. One parent. Two parents. Step parents. You might live with your grandparents. You might be adopted or live with foster parents. What makes the modern family? My experience is going to be different from your experience. But almost every family has one thing in common: they’re a goldmine for humour.
And that’s why Modern Family is a very funny show.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Samuel L. Jackson
Tony Stark has it all. Money, women, fast cars, and popularity. He’s on the front cover of every magazine and the lead story of every news program. Crowds of people swarm together just to get a chance to see him. On top of all that, his new invention has everyone excited. So excited that it looks like he may have brought about world peace. Tony Stark is Iron Man, the armored avenger. So what could possibly go wrong?
Can you be a Christian and not go to church? Have you ever been asked this question? Have you ever asked this question yourself?
There’s a tension between church attendance and the gospel of grace. We know that we’re saved by grace alone. So technically no, you don’t have to go to church.
So what priority should you place on church attendance?
I preached this sermon at St Luke’s last Sunday. I received a lot of positive feedback and would be keen to hear more comments.