Thursday, October 28, 2010

Forgiving the Church (Henri Nouwen)

Had to post this up! Another gem from Henri Nouwen that is so relevant for today! I have highlighted in red what especially resonates with me as it has bothered me for years that there is a fast growing number of Christians who think they can have Christ without the church.

Then back to work. I have finalized my magic routine fro this Sunday - now just need to practice and coordinate with "the Weeman" so our acts flow smoothly from one to the other.

Forgiving the Church
When we have been wounded by the Church, our temptation is to reject it. But when we reject the Church it becomes very hard for us to keep in touch with the living Christ. When we say, "I love Jesus, but I hate the Church," we end up losing not only the Church but Jesus too. The challenge is to forgive the Church. This challenge is especially great because the Church seldom asks us for forgiveness, at least not officially. But the Church as an often fallible human organization needs our forgiveness, while the Church as the living Christ among us continues to offer us forgiveness. 

It is important to think about the Church not as "over there" but as a community of struggling, weak people of whom we are part and in whom we meet our Lord and Redeemer.

My first "official IBM Ring 160" club meeting ramblings

I went to my first IBM Ring 160 meeting last night. Been a member for more than 2 years (or is it 3?) but have never been to a meeting apart from a year end special (where the focus was a comedy club owner taking about the comedy club business - was actually interesting and informative) and lectures co-organized with Magic NZ.  Basic reason was they had bi-monthly meetings that fell on Wednesdays and I used to have Wednesday Home group meetings that always happened to clash with meeting times. Then of course certain free Wednesdays I would have "emergencies" or was just to tired (or at times sick).

Last night I was sick but as my coughing seems to get bad later in the night ... I made the effort to attend ... since I needed a bit of magical inspiration to get my creative juices flowing (31st October Light Party is just round the corner). Was a wonderful meeting.

The President Tony Wilson taught a simple trick that I believe I can modify and use quite easily - one day ... just probably need an hour or so to prepare.Then some club business and lots of lame jokes! :-) Then about six of us took turns to perform (I even performed a trick). What I found interesting was that a few of the items performed were basic variations of effects I now and use. Funny too that the trick I did was followed by a friend Nathan (from the other club I am a member with) which employed a similar concept - but in a different way. Glad I went first as mine was an effect that employed the basic use of this principle and his went one step further. If not, it would have been a bit of an anti-climax. But the way it turned out, it was much cooler - his was almost like a part two - bigger climax! His was based on something taught by a different magician. But bottom line, it employed same principles. Interesting ...

Interestingly, and coincidentally (?) at the end of the performances, the Pres showed us an old effect that he was reworking on - new twist to an old trick. The Pres also explained his effect and broke it down into logical parts with explanations of how he would normally do the effect etc. And the only female member showed us something she was working on and I thought it was great - again a very ancient trick but with I think a modern twist combining two art forms. Speaking with her (more like mostly listening in actually) it was interesting to see the amount of time and work this one trick would require of her. These people are really dedicated to their craft. But then again she does magic for a living so it is to be expected.

And talking about dedication. One of the people who came Steve, was really dedicated - he is a prospective member - first meeting and he drove from Hamilton! And after the meeting was going to drive back!

It was nice too that a South African member Wesley performed a cool effect and asked for our feedback on an aspect of the trick he was not happy with and members gave their feedback and ideas to make it better. I have missed this kind of meeting style so it was especially good for me as it started my rusty old brain moving and the creative juices secreting (sadly not yet flowing).

Meeting was very enjoyable for me - very informative. I knew the basic principles behind all the tricks - except one but that made it all the more enjoyable for me as I could focus on the performances and enjoy each magician's personal touches.

Good conversations after the presentations over refreshments too which was nice. And I borrowed a DVD from their library on the magic of Shaun Yee. Shaun Yee is a Malaysian magician who many years ago moved to Europe and has made a name for himself there. Heard about him but have never seen his style of magic,. That would be good fun to watch on Monday when I am off.

An extra bonus is that the club rents a private library hall - newly renovated - a Jewish memorial library which interests me. Have e-mailed the library about joining. Fee is very reasonable - $20 a year (though the library is pretty far away - other side of Auckland. Looks like a great resource place for me to do specific research and study on stuff related to Judaism, Israel etc.  I am glad I took the time to go.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

Not just an irresponsible PM but a disgraceful one!

This is an appalling news report (see below). How can our PM say such things?! He is destroying Malaysia with his words and attitude. Is this what 1Malaysia is supposed to be? As Nurul Izzah puts it, "Is it Malaysia or Malaysaja?" If this is no racism, what is it? Is this what "Malaysia, truly Asia" means? Is this what "Malaysia, a melting pot of various ethnic groups living in harmony" means? More than 50 years and we still haven't grown up?!! God help us!


I am going to bury my head in the sand for one week and take a fast from Malaysian news! I can actually feel and hear the acid in my stomach churning! For all its flaws and my concerns over a handful of extremist Maori politics, perhaps Malaysia should take a look at tiny NZ and learn from NZers what real multi-cultural society can look like - and see what acceptance and working and honoring "historical social contracts" for the good of the country really is about! 


Last night I had a good time talking, having fun and getting to know a Jehovah's Witness and a Muslim - a refugee Muslim from Baghdad, Iraq no less! Would I be able to have the opportunity to do this freely in Malaysia? I doubt it. 


My neighbours (literally and geographically) are Indian, Fijian Indian, Scottish European, Welsh European, Japanese, Maori, Samoan, Tongan, Filipino, Vietnamese. And NO, these are not my church members. And many are first generation migrants. Their children think of themselves and are Kiwi first!


NZ celebrates the many cultures that make up modern NZ - from Maori, traditional European Kiwi cultures, the myriad of Pacific Island cultures, Chinese, Indian. The list goes on. I sit as a regular participant of a local community trust whose members I love working with. Many are white Kiwis and there are people from the Pacific Islands, Maori, Indian and myself the Chinese Asian guy. But while they celebrate and are proud of their ethnic heritage, their concern is for EVERYONE - especially the disadvantaged irrespective of race. 
No wonder so many give up their Malaysian citizenship! - Including Malays! I even met a young Malay chap who would rather work as a petrol pump cashier here in NZ than go back!




THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2010

Najib warns of 'crushed bodies', 'lost lives', 'ethnic cleansing' if status quo not kept

Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle

UPDATE 6 In a speech that is bound to raise the already high political-temperature in the country and drive investors further away, Prime Minister Najib Razak used violent language in his opening address to his Umno party, vowing to defend their five-decade stranglehold on the federal government even if it meant crushed bodies and lost lives.

“This is the most shocking and irresponsible statement to come from a PM although many of us in the opposition have been warning of a major showdown. But it also brings to the fore the fact that Najib is not as confident as he pretends to be. In fact, he is desperate because the chances are very high that Umno-BN will lose,” PAS central committee member Nizar Jamaluddin told Malaysia Chronicle.

At the 61st Umno annual assembly, Najib – who is the party president – was cheered by members as he led them through reverberating shouts of Hidup Umno (the Malay equivalent of Long Live Umno) three times. Umno pundits had actually been expecting a slightly cooler reaction with many members waiting to grill Najib for his 1Malaysia plan, tepid performance and recent flip-flops over a series of political and economic issues. 

“Even if our bodies are crushed and our lives lost, brothers and sisters, whatever happens, we must defend Putrajaya,” Malaysiakin reported Najib as saying. Putrajaya is Malaysia's administrative capital.

Racial cleansing

In his hour-long speech, Najib even warned of the possibility of 'racial cleansing' such as in Rwanda and Bosnia if unnamed parties continued to challenge and debate the preferential status now enjoyed by the Malays.

Nurul - Umno likely to hound her
Some of the Pakatan Rakyat leaders who recently and openly debunked Umno's claim of special rights include PKR's Nurul Izzah Anwar, who created a mini-tsunami in the country with her Malaysia or Malaysaja series of articles. She has challenged Najib, former premier Mahathir Mohamad and ultra-Malay rights group Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali  to public debates, which all three men have shunned.

Malaysia's federal constitution does not state that Malays have special rights or rights that are above the other ethnic groups. However, there are clear provisions that the Malay community is entitled to special positions in the economic and educational sectors.

Nonetheless, this is not the way Najib or Umno sees it. They insist that any interpretation other than theirs is an affront to Malay supremacy, although many in the community do not agree with such a stance as it smacks of oppression and racism. Nevertheless, racial supremacy has been the traditional tool used by Umno to tie the Malay community to it.

“What I am saying is not surprising. In the 20th century, we have seen cases of punishment without trial in the United States, the holocaust tragedy in Europe, the slaughter of Palestinians in the Middle East and the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and Rwanda. Imagine, what is the outcome, if every generation of Malaysians question the social contract which were agreed upon by their forefathers,” said Najib.

For the full report if you can stomach it, go here

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Disturbing religious video! Be warned

Having my lunch and thought I'd watch some videos. This is DISTURBING!!! But personally, and sadly not surprising as I have lots of first hand experience listening to this back in the early to mid 80s.
God help us! Can't these people see how wrong it is to sow hatred? And to a child too!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ramblings on a deliberate / random? act of kindness received

A few days ago I got an email from someone I first met many years ago (when he was a young man). He is older now and married and we were never close or talked that much except when we first met (in a special / exclusive classroom setting). And mainly on the subject matter we were studying. Back then I had a very positive impression of him - very smart yet very humble but most importantly very passionate about God and ministry. But also there was something about him that stood out to me - though I never could pin it down.

Later on, a few years later I met his father and mother at a conference (on a totally different subject) and had a better understanding in part of why he gave me such a good impression. His parents were the old fashioned godly and down to earth people who held dear traditional values of hard work, thrift, respect for others etc. His father was a school teacher who was dedicated to his job and the very rare handful that refused to give tuition for money (hence he remained poor). But I digress ... as usual :-)

Anyway, I bumped into him a few months when I was back in Malaysia as he had joined my former church. We had a few quick words and I think he was surprised that I remembered his name! Hahaha! Surprised me too as if I don't see someone for a long time I struggle with names and even faces - poor memory Must be due to not being punished in school in a certain way?! LOL! If you didn't get the joke in that last sentence, never mind ....

Anyway he e-mailed me about matter, and I replied and then he replied back and this paragraph that he wrote blew me away!


Paul, even though I was not ministered by you directly, I would like to thank you for every thing you've done at ____ during your time here.
Your labour of love is not in vain as lives have been touched and changed through your ministry.
Thank you for all the effort you've put in.

No wonder he stood out in my mind out of all the hundreds upon hundreds of people I have met! His words touched me very deeply - two pronged kind of poke!

First of course  it is nice to be recognized for my hard work and thanked for it! I have learned never to expect such thanks as if I do, I will not be able to function because it seldom comes. But I am not complaining. For me it us part of the package deal in being a Pastor. A pastor after all, setting aside stuff like the call etc is being paid to do spiritual work! And the call is such, it is also about DUTY.

Luke 17:7-10   7 "Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, 'Come along now and sit down to eat'?  8 Would he not rather say, 'Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink'?  9 Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do?  10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'" 

Secondly and more importantly for me his words were like a like a "word from God". His words are based on what I think has biblical roots though I am not going to point out Bible verses as it would be embarrassing for me.... Anyway ... It was a powerful word from God to me - an example of spirituality and greatness of heart that I need to learn from and emulate. 

I do try my best to thank and appreciate those who have ministered to me directly but it had never really crossed my mind to personally thank those who ministered and blessed the church before my time. Yes, I do recognize and even make mention of those who have ministered before me in general terms BUT NEVER have I made any effort to thank them personally. Of course I comfort myself with the fact that I mostly do not know who these people are but still .... it is a good thing to do!

Anyway ... with up and coming leaders like him, the church is in good hands!

Anyway (not my current favourite word - think I abuse the word "anyway" :-)), I think it is a great thing to do and add to my list of things to incorporate into my life. 

And on a side note, my "policy" of making special effort to try to appreciate those who minister to me is reaping me benefits. I e-mailed a speaker I heard a few weeks ago to thank him (in detail) for his message and the result is an offer from him to have a cup of coffee and conversation (still working on our schedules). I hope he can also come to speak at my church next year.

If you are interested to know why I found this speaker fascinating, check out the links below ... His name is Tim Keel (and he is one of the lesser known founders of the Emergent Village conversation). His message RESONATED (yes, still one of my current favourite words) within me as he says it so much better than what I have struggled for almost 25 years now to explain to people about evangelism and conversion)!

First link is his audio message and the second is his paper (on which his message was based - but it is not the text of his message)

http://www.laidlaw.ac.nz/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=72461

http://www.laidlaw.ac.nz/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=72464

Crystal Cathedral Files for Bankruptcy Protection (ANS)

It has finally happened. Scary isn't it? 


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Monday, October 18, 2010

Crystal Cathedral Files for Bankruptcy Protection

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News ServiceGARDEN GROVE, CA (ANS) -- The famed, all-glass Crystal Cathedral mega-church has filed for bankruptcy protection.

The Crystal Cathedral complex. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)
Faced with mounting debts and decreasing donations, the move came as the Garden Grove church was struggling to pay its bills. It has suffered from financial troubles in the last year, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times newspaper.



Senior Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman said in a statement released by the church: "Budgets could not be cut fast enough to keep up with the unprecedented rapid decline in revenue due to the recession."
The LA Times report says that in January, the Crystal Cathedral announced it was laying off 50 workers and selling surplus property because of a precipitous drop in contributions.

As of January, officials said church's revenue sank 27 percent from roughly $30 million in 2008 to $22 million in 2009, the newspaper reported.

The LA Times also said the 7,000-member church also has canceled its "Glory of Easter" pageant, a popular reenactment of the life and death of Jesus Christ, which sold tens of thousands of tickets each year.

The newspaper reports that the church, founded by the Rev. Robert H. Schuller more than 50 years ago, lost members in the wake of a family feud after he retired. His son, the Rev. Robert A. Schuller, succeeded his father, but stepped down in 2008 after disagreements. His sister is now the church's leader.

In her statement, Sheila Schuller Coleman said services and programs at the church will continue, including various ministries and the "Hour of Power" television program, the newspaper said.

"Challenging situations are nothing new to our 55-year Ministry," Coleman said in the statement.
"Many people said we'd fail when we started our church in a drive-in theater. But look how successful that was! Many said we'd fail in 1970 when we made the commitment to televise our first worship service in Los Angeles and then New York . but look how far we've come!

"In 1977, countless persons predicted that our plans to build a 2,800-seat all-glass church in earthquake-prone Southern California would never get off the ground, but we have made history. We've always believed in a big God . a God Who is greater than any problem or challenge we could ever face."

Coleman said the bankruptcy declaration "is just one more chapter in the book that He is continuing to write -- and we know that God's plans are good -- we have no doubt His chapter will be good!"

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Help for last week’s sermon homework (Pastor's Notes)

Just posted up this Sunday's Pastor's Notes. To read, click HERE

The Perfect husband

Been busy ... hence not blogging much. Headaches of late so not in the mood for serious blogging.
Thought these were funny!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Comic strips have to be PC when it comes to Islam?

*sigh* But it is okay to make fun of Christianity, especially Jesus Christ even to the extent of being vulgar, demeaning and unjustly- in print, on TV, in the movies all in the name of free speech! 



Editors Pass on Comic Strip With ‘Where’s Muhammad?’ Reference


Published: October 04, 2010

NEW YORK

Some editors opted not to run Sunday’s “Non Sequitur” comic strip, which included a “Where’s Muhammad?” reference, according to The Washington Post’s “Comic Riffs” blog.

Wayne Miller’s strip on Sunday depicted a scene in a park with a variety of characters, with the caption, “Picture book title voted least likely to ever find a publisher: ‘Where’s Muhammad?’”

Some 20 papers, including the Portland Press Herald and the Boston Globe — both of which “Non Sequitur” Wiley Miller reads — opted to run a Sunday replacement strip featuring the recurring character Obvious-Man. "Non Sequitur" is syndicated by Universal UClick.

The Washington Post ran the strip online Sunday, but not in its print edition.

Miller told Comic Riffs, "I have absolutely no information on why any of the editors chose not to run it. All I can do is surmise that the irony of their being afraid to run a cartoon that satirizes media's knee-jerk reaction to anything involving Islam bounced right of their foreheads. So what they've actually accomplished is, sadly, [to] validate the point."
"Non Sequitur," which bowed in 1991, has won National Cartoonists Society division awards for Best Comic Strip and Best Comic Panel.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Don't give up on me! Amy Grant

An old Amy Grant song came to my mind today ...


Read

Don’t Give Up On Me Lyrics

here.



Dont give up on me,
Though I know at times its hard to see;
All my many weaknesses
Might blind you,
I must remind you,

Dont give up on me,
Even when I act so selfishly,
All my views are all I see.
Yes, I know theres still so much of me,
But God is working constantly,
To shape me,
Hell remake me.

Dont give up on me.
Im gonna make it.
I know its hard for you to see.
Dont give up on me,
I couldnt take it.
If a part of me should keep you from seeing
The part of me that youd start to believe in,
Im changin so please dont give up on me.

Dont give up on me,
Even when I fail so miserably.
Time and again I know
I stumble,
It makes me humble.

Dont give up on me.
But never let your love to be
Hanging on the things you see,
Counting all the times I fail to be
Everything you want from me;
Im trying.
Hear me crying.

Dont give up on me.
Im gonna make it.
I know its hard for you to see.
Dont give up on me,
I couldnt take it.
If a part of me should keep you from seeing
The part of me that youd start to believe in,
Im changin so please dont give up on me.

I know much more than you
How very weak I am.
But he believes in me,
And so I know you can.

When all my views are all I see,
Then I know theres still so much of me;
But God is working constantly
To shape me,
Hell remake me.

Dont give up on me.
Im gonna make it.
I know its hard for you to see.
Dont give up on me.
I couldnt take it.
If a part of me should keep you from seeing
The part of me that youd start to believe in,
Im changin so please dont give up on me.

Dont give up one me.
Im gonna make it.
I know its hard for you to see.
Dont give up on me.
I couldnt take it.
If a part of me should keep you from seeing
The part of me that youd start to believe in,
Im changin so please dont give up on me.

Jeremiah 5 (part 2): When the leaders of God’s people choose other gods (Pastor's Notes)

Just posted my Pastor's Notes for the 17th October 2010 bulletin.
To read click HERE

Saturday, October 9, 2010

My interview with John Carney

My interview  with John Carney has just been posted up at THE MAGIC ANNEXE website. To read, click HERE.


John is not just a brilliant magician but a great entertainer as well, PLUS a truly down to earth and friendly person. Below is a video clip of his performance on David Letterman's Magic Week 2010.



Thursday, October 7, 2010

Another special Sunday 3rd October 2010

Last Sunday was another special Sunday - the FAITH HOME group took over the service, and we had a special celebration - Lye Chye and Siong Twee's 25th Wedding Anniversary. Photos of course by our church photographer Ken B.

This was an additional nice surprise. Ben who has been coming to our church for many months now bought himself a really nice Bible as part of his journey of faith and wanted to know if I could present it to him and pray for him. So we did this as part of the announcements. It is amazing really how God works. Ben is still seeking Jesus and his decision to make this public and ask for public prayer, and his commitment to invest in a good Bible and read it is such a huge encouragement!

Nice to see GROUP leader Pam agreeing to read Scripture from the pulpit especially since she is most comfortable and gifted as a super behind the scenes servant.

Even my wife was not spared! She had to pray for the offering!

This was a HUGE highlight. Getting Michael to come up and share his testimony. He is a simple, gentle and godly man and a former Pastor from Fji. (Some of us still call him Pastor Michael). He is not very comfortable using English - even in prayer meetings, he will use Hindi but he got up and shared and at the start of his sharing, he broke down in tears as he recounted how Jesus saved him from a life of anger and alcoholism. Hard to imagine this man being an abusive person. Again a wonderful example of God's grace to see someone who still gets so moved when he thinks of God's love. Talk about not forgetting one's first love!

Another inspiration to me! Maureen playing the piano. She is a good piano player but does not play for us regularly as as she has arthritis and a recent stroke left one of her hands very weak. Yet she agreed to play as part of her group's team effort.

This I found funny. The lady on the right helping with the communion looks like a Muslim woman dressed up in a full burqa outfit! Actually it is the angle where her long hair is covering her face's profile :-) But what a wonderful "vision" - enough said! 

The 25th Anniversary cake!

The chefs - Nilesh and Davina with mouth watering Indian cuisine.

After Sam gave his speech honoring (and roasting!) his parents on behalf of his siblings.

The Saw family - Sam, Sarah, Lye Chye, Siong Twee and Matt. One of the great blessings to our church!

Jeremiah 5 (part one): The vain search for an honest man (Pastor's Notes)

Just posted up this Sunday's Pastor's Notes (10 October 2010).  To read click HERE

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Geoffrey Woo Ramblings

It was nice to reconnect with Geoffrey via Facebook (Yes FB has it's positives) earlier this year. I first met him more than 25 years ago! And I got to know him and his heart when we served together in a special SU Camp. That was the year too I first got to know my good friend Allan Yong. Allan Yong became an inspiration for me (a good role model of a man of God on fire for God ... and he still is) especially in the area of youth work (but that is another story)

Anyway Geoff (now may be known as Geo?) made a big impression on me as well. Down to earth and to me a bit of an "eccentric"! A "greenie" before being green was "an in-thing". He would cycle practically everywhere on his bike, often turning up sweaty! :-) But he had a passion for Jesus that was very evident (and I hear that this passion has not waned but has kept growing! Praise God!)

One major thing I picked up from him that still has remained as a huge impression on me was his deep sense of call and the willingness to follow that call no matter what the circumstances. Without a clear sense of calling and a vibrant walk with Christ, it would have been plain foolishness for an Engineering grad from an Australian University to decide not to be an Engineer but a full time Christian musician (this was the 80s and in Malaysia). Especially since his music was not exactly the kind of music that was "popular". When I decided to enter seminary in response to what I believe was God's call, some of his songs were an integral part of what helped kept me going. In fact I went against the trend when in our graduation magazine I did not use as my defining words (what you need to write under your picture) any Bible verse or words of a great theologian or pastor. *Gasp* yes I know, that sounds terrible. Instead I used the chorus from one of his songs "Where He Leads"

Where He Leads I will follow
Where He sends me I am prepared to go
For I know if it's in His will
That's the safest place to be in,  I know.

The reason was simply that these words were biblically sound and the words of the song best expressed my calling and convictions in a way that RESONATED with my soul (one of my current favourite words is "resonate" :-) ) And it still does and this song is what The Holy Spirit often uses to calm my heart in times I face crossroads or challenges.

Here's the lyrics of the whole song ...


where HE leads, i will follow
where HE sends me, i am prepared to go
for as long as it's in HIS will
that's the safest place to be in, i know

the world is a place of suffering and pain
wherever we turn there's no relief at all
but there is someone apart from this world
just open your ears and you'll hear HIS call
for HE has promised us rest in the storm
to always pick us up whenever we fall
HE set us free from the prison of death
when HE entered and broke down the wall
so say...

whoever shall call on the name of the LORD
shall surely be saved and live evermore
but how can they call, how can they believe
when they have not heard of JESUS before?
how can they hear when there's noone to preach
of grace so abundant for them, and much more?
how beautiful are the feet of such people
who bring them glad tidings of what's in store!
won't you say...?

the promise of GOD is there in HIS WORD
and HE will supply whatever i need
i won't be concerned with problems ahead
for this i believe - my prayers HE'll heed
so i will go to tell of HIS love
to preach from HIS WORD, to bury that seed
and with the power of the SPIRIT within
to freedom HIS sheep i will lead
and i'll say...


There are there other songs of course - among them "Just One life", "Make Me a Disciple", "That I May know Him", ".... there are more :-)


Another other thing about Geoff that made an impression on me was how practically every time I was with him, he would have his compact Bible with him and would be reading. As I reflected in later years on the lyrics of his songs that made such a lasting impression on my life, I realized that they grew out of life of committed discipleship which included learning to saturate himself with the teachings of the Bible.



When I was doing my B.Th in seminary, I even convinced the Chapel Master to invite Geoff to sing at the English Department chapel in place of the usual sermon!

Anyway I am blogging on Geoff because yesterday I received from Geoff his 2 music CDs. And I am happily listening to them now as I do my work. Back in the 80s I bought every cassette that Geoff released but all of them had long since have become unplayable! :-(

It's nice to have a chance to listen to my old favourites as well as listen to the newer songs that I have not heard yet.

To get a taste of his songs (some free downloads too!) go HERE