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How to Explain Porn to a 5-year old: at a Feminist protest with my Daughter.

The afternoon was an interesting cocktail of chivalry, feminism and biblical patriarchy.  I had planed to my daughter out on a special tea date which we do from time to time.  That morning I got an email announcing a protest that was being organised against page 3 of The Sun (soft-core pornography in a widely distributed newspaper to those of you outside the UK).

We had a lovely date.  I had an Earl Grey while Naomi had a small hot chocolate with whipped cream.  It was lovely and she got her fill of love and attention.

Then it was off to the protest.  Turn out was smaller than your average Mormon family.  Less than 8 people with signs...not very good ones either, but ones with a clear message.  Naomi (5 years old) was by far the youngest and me...well, I was the only one there with a penis.

“What are we doing papa?” asked Naomi

"We're holding a sign that says 'Boobs aren't News!' sweetie."  I say holding back a chuckle.

"Why are we here?"

“We’re…

Prayer University

It was after watching Jesus pray that his disciples approached and requested, “Lord, please teach us to pray.” (Luke 11.1)


He did so.  A lot.  With many, many parables.
There are not many parables (any?) that were aimed at helping the disciples preach better. They did not ask Jesus how to do miracles or how to cast out demons. They didn't ask him to lay out his systematic theology. They wanted to know how to pray. What do we want from God?
Jesus did not spend a lot of time teaching his gang how to be persuasive with men.  He spent time teaching them how to be powerful with God.  To speak to people about God is good.  To speak to God about people is greater.  There are many Bible colleges that will teach you homiletics (the art of preaching) and there are many theology departments which will teach you hermeneutics (interpreting a text).  Where, however, can one go to learn about the power for ministry which Jesus spent so much time time trying to impart to his followers?  Who wants to…

The Failure of Accountability Groups among Student Dudes

A As a student pastor I sometimes cringe when a guy tells me he's in an accountability group.  Often this is in relation to issues such as prayerlessness, immorality, porn or drunkenness.  I cringe when they tell me not because I believe that accountability is bad for Christian guys, but on the whole I have found it unhelpful because it is usually done in a way that is not transformational.  Let me describe three ways of doing "accountability" in order of effectiveness.  I have found it unhelpful because it is usually done in a way that is not transformational.  Let me describe three ways of doing "accountability" in order of effectiveness. 


1.  Cop Accountability: "So, did you get drunk/ look at porn/ feel up your girlfriend this week?" These are typically the questions guys ask each other when they are operating in the realm of "cop accountability".  I do not think this is bad, but it is woefully insufficient.  It can help with minor things …

Film review: Fracture with Anthony Hopkins

This is a film review of a crime thriller called "Fracture" with Anthony Hopkins.  My wife and I have watched this three times now and love it.  The dialogue between Hopkins and Gosling both in and out of the court are amazing and worth the price of the film.  The plot is simple: Hopkins shoots his wife and the Gosling (the prosecuting attorney) seeks to prove that he did it.  Hopkins chooses to represent himself and the courtroom scenes are intense.  The plot has a twist at the end that is well worth the wait. The only negative thing would be that there is a romance in the film which seems to drag the main plot along a bit.  An unusual case of over character development in a way. Theological message: your sin will find you out.  No one gets away with anything.