Archive for September, 2010

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It’s all in a name

September 28, 2010

Exodus 3:14-15

Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ “

At Breakfast Bible Study this week, we were looking at the fourth commandment, Exodus 20:7;

“You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.”

We discussed how we can challenge our secular colleges on this subject. Someone shared that their colleges often apologised after they had sworn in front of her, as a Christian, but she said how infrequently they would apologise when they used the name of our God in vain. Is that an appropriate conversation starter, to share our faith? Or would it just provoke a person more? especially if the individual was angry to start with – hence they had cursed!

Names are important. In the Old Testament times, the meaning of names played a huge part in a person’s identity. We read of people in the Bible whose names God changed, reflecting their identity and relationship with Him.

I was surprised by how few people knew the meaning of their own names.

I feel honored to know the meaning of my names; Kathleen, the Irish variant of Katherine, meaning ‘pure, virginal.’ And Elizabeth originates from Biblical Hebrew meaning ‘consecrated to God,’ or, ‘God is my oath.’

I love my flat mates name: Mawulolo, meaning ‘God is big.’ And her sister; Mawuse, meaning ‘God hears/God is loud.’ Both originating from Ghana.

If my opinion is worth anything, I think names are still important today.

N.B. Not wanting to keep playing an old record, but I do appreciate it when people take the time and effort to remember that I don’t like being referred to as ‘Liz.’

An Australian chap from church has been calling me Libby since I started. I haven’t corrected him to ‘Lizzie,’ because, well, I like it. Just probably doesn’t sound so cool alongside my family name.

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Facebook Song

September 28, 2010
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Protected: Depression and Anxiety Caused by Hormonal Deficiencies

September 26, 2010

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Cockney Worship

September 26, 2010

A wonderful friend from LST has done some serious, lengthy research into Cockney Worship. Here is their presentation on their findings, enjoy:

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Books

September 19, 2010

Just this evening, on an epic coach journey, I was having a conversation with the wonderful Richard, a music lecturer of mine from LST, about the merits of books, in their physical form. He had explained how he’d been reading The Hobbit this weekend via his iPhone, and how convenient it was for him; that he didn’t have to get out of bed to turn out the light before he turned in for the night, that he could pick up where he left off again on the coach journey, or wherever else he was.

Personally, I prefer having a book in my hand. I like carrying a book in my bag, it may be an inconvenience when the bookmark looses it’s place, but most of the time I am able to find where I had got to with ease.

I like the feeling of holding a book in my hands. I know how much of the book I have read, and how much I have yet to read. The comfort. The smell. The paper. The Ink. The collection of books upon my shelf. All adds that homely, warming feeling to my surroundings.

Maybe I’m not a child of my time?

But I spotted this evening, on my return from Manchester, that Lorraine Sommerfeld has similar thoughts…

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Protected: The reason I hate Facebook

September 19, 2010

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Protected: Manchester, Social Etiquette? and Men are from Mars

September 19, 2010

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