Current Top Bible Verse: He won't brush aside the bruised and the hurt and he won't disregard the small and insignificant, but he'll steadily and firmly set things right. (Isaiah 42:3, The Message)
This section of the site was formerly called "Jesus Freak". While I've changed the naming scheme, it's still a description I don't mind. What is a 'Jesus Freak'? Someone who is 'souled out' on the idea that Jesus of Nazareth is God's chosen Messiah; someone who, in the words of Keith Green, is 'Bananas for Jesus'. I came across the 'Jesus Freak' tag on the album of the same name by DC Talk. Although I sometimes don't feel radical enough in my faith to deserve it, I'm going to hang onto it because it reminds just what I have committed myself to.
By the way, if you're interested in this section, you might also like to take a look at the Christian section of my blog.
While living in London, I attended Hither Green Baptist Church (HGBC), Lewisham, London). I played bass in the group and led worship about once month. If you thought church music was just old hymns with organ accompaniment you'd better take a look at my bassist page!
I created various pages giving information about the songs we used:
- Songs sung in 2008-09 (interactive)
- Songs sung in 2007 (interactive)
- Songs sung in 2006 (interactive)
- Songs sung in 2005 (interactive)
- Songs sung in 2004 (interactive)
- Songs sung in 2003 (interactive)
- Songs sung in 2002 (interactive)
- Songs sung in 2001 (interactive)
- Songs sung in 2000 (static)
- Song keys in 2000 (static)
You could also visit Worship Released, which is an excellent online resource for discussion about worship.
During my time at HGBC, I had some opportunities to preach. The most recent sermon I delivered, in August 2000, was on the subject of transformation - "Can we really be changed?". I've also published a message that I posted to the Churchbass mailing list, that turned into a somewhat longer essay than I'd originally planned, entitled "Is The Sermon What It's All About?".
I also have the text of my first sermon at HGBC, in January 1997, available online: "The God Who is My Strength".
The key feature in the life of HGBC has been various forms of small groups. From 1999 to 2006 the church ran cell groups. I was very involved in this and wrote several pages about cells as well as borrowing the "Four W's" structure used for the subheadings on this page!
I will just mention one link before closing this page - the World Wide Bible Gateway. Now you've no longer got the excuse that you never had access to a Bible (unless the gospelcom server is down!) because the gateway has several complete translations online... and if you are a Christian, you will probably find the search facilities invaluable for tracking down that passage which is stuck on the tip of your tongue.