So, as a finalist for the Christian New Media Awards, I was asked to do an online interview for the Big Bible Project, and Dr. Bex Lewis from CODEC was the one who interviewed me. In fact, I think she interviewed all the finalists, so I do encourage you to read their interviews.
Really feel honoured and humbled that I’ve been asked what my opinion is on media being used in the Church. It’s made me even more excited to be a part of the Christian New Media Awards. If you want to read my interview, then you may do so by following this link. The full URL of the post is:
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Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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In your interview, you say “If he (god) tells me to stop, then I must stop, but otherwise I’m excited to see where God takes me on my blogging journey.”
Does this you believe that you have no free will whatsoever? That you can’t make any decisions of your own and that ‘god’ makes them all for you?
Good question, AgentCormac. No, it doesn’t mean that. It’s just that as Christians we believe that certain things have ‘seasons’ you often hear the passage about that in Remembrance Memorial services.
Sometimes God will let something flourish for a while then he may want you to do something else. It’s not about him being a taskmaster, just that as Christians you would want to be living to serve God in the freedom that he’s given to you through Christ 🙂
You honestly don’t have to be a christian to recognise that virtually everything in life has a beginning, middle and end – or ‘seasons’, as you put it, Dean. But while I agree with you that everything has a lifecycle all of its own, what I can’t understand is how you can attribute this natural ebb and flow of events, interests and relationships to anything other than attention span, involvement in and excitement about a certain topic or project, and one’s own changing circumstances. Of course, if you come at life with preconceptions and want to see the meddling hand of a supernatural being in just about everything, then I’m sure it’s easy to ascribe all of your actions, decisions and motivations to that being. But to me that’s delusion, plain and simple. Not to mention abdication of responsibility.
Well equally there are times where you desperately want to do somethings, but Christians would refrain from doing them because they may feel that God wants them to do something else.
I understand where you’re coming from though!
“…there are times where you desperately want to do somethings, but Christians would refrain from doing them because they may feel that God wants them to do something else”
Sorry, Dean – I just don’t understand. Are you suggesting that only christians get to change their minds or re-evaluate their course of action – and that they are uniquely able to do so as a direct result of their belief? Or are you implying that we non-bleievers have no free will or self-restraint?
No, not at all! We, of course, have free will. But in certain things, you can just sense God telling you to do something else. It all goes back to hearing God like you commented about in a different post. 🙂
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