Living in a Field of Hats

some ramblings and reflections on working with students in Herts and Beds.

Hakuna Matata Theology January 15, 2011

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First things first, I have indeed now failed on my mission to blog daily thanks to some rather epic rail replacement buses that got me home at 1.30am!

However, even with the buses and getting to know Potters Bar stations really well, last night was still amazing! It was my housemates birthday and to celebrate we went to see the Lion King in the West End … and it was awesome! I really enjoyed it and was so much fun to be in the West End on a Friday night (especially when we ended up the evening in a cocktail bar).

But one thing really struck me about the Lion King apart from how amazing it is (and seriously, book tickets and go and then marvel at how dancers manage to really look like and act like animals and just how many holes are there in the stage floor?!) and that was the whole thing about “Hankuna Matata”. For those of you not familiar with the show (or Disney DVD) it means “no worries” and the way in which it was described last night, and what I don’t remember from the film (although it has been a long time since I saw it!) is when Simba is headed back to his homeland – the “Pride Lands” and meets Rafiki. Simba tries to tell her that the past is behind him and therefore things that happened before don’t matter anymore and can’t hurt … until Rafiki hits Simba over the head with a stick and Simba complains that it hurts. Rafiki responds “Hakuna Matata, it’s in the past so it doesn’t matter”! This reminded me of something Ellis Potter was talking about at Staff Conference, that people only tend to hold their world view until it hurts. So in his example he was saying that when people tell him that the world is lovely and there is no pain, causing them pain shows automatically that they are wrong. It’s similar with this as well. Simba’s worldview is “it’s in the past therefore it doesn’t matter” . . . err no! Our past is important and need to be dealt with!I’m not sure how much sense this is making to anyone but me . . . But, another thing I picked up last night was Simba was repeatedly told to find the strength of his father that is inside of him. Now, in someways this is like the gospel – but the gospel totally trumps it becausre the Christians strength isn’t that of a dead guy, but of the living God of the universe! Woop!

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Coming Home January 8, 2011

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Here’s a confession, on getting home from staff conference the most exciting thing was getting in to my own bed with its new (sale bargain and Cath Kidston look-a-like) throw and electric blanket!

I love going away and seeing people and the last 3 weeks have been great for visiting the North and Essex and having the chance to go to staff conference and not only meet more colleagues but to have some great teaching as well. I thoroughly enjoyed John Lennox speaking on Revelation in a really clear way and seeing again and again just how awesome and amazing and beautiful Jesus really is.

But, all of that aside, nothing beats coming home to your own after 3 weeks of different beds (as lovely as they all were!). So today, I’m just rejoicing in having somewhere to call home.

 

Welcome Back! January 7, 2011

So, it’s been a while . . . 6 months in fact! And whilst I still love the Jesus Storybook Bible, lots of other things have in fact changed. The name and theme of this blog, where I live, what I do for a living, who I live with . . . the changes are endless (nearly!).

So,now I am living in Hatfield, Hertfordshire (hence the new name!) working with Christian students in Herts and Beds supporting and resourcing them to give their campuses the opportunity to hear about Jesus and the amazingly good news that He is.

Whilst away at staff conference this week two of my lovely roommates (and fellow late night chatters and bloggers extraordinaire Ellie and Cat) convinced me to start blogging again – I wasn’t too hard to persuade! And so, here starts a month of daily blogging! Let’s see how it goes (hopefully not too boring!)