Monday, 19 January 2009

The Atheist Bus Campaign

"There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."

Whether you agree with the above statement or not it has caused numerous debates over the past couple of months. As a Christian I don't have any problems with the advert; if we can advertise God then the Humanists should be allowed to advertise themselves.

Tomorrow I will be interviewing a man called Ron Heather. He is a Christian bus driver from Southampton and he has refused to drive the buses carrying the advert. Mr. Heather told BBC Radio Solent: "I was just about to board [the bus] and there it was staring me in the face, my first reaction was shock horror.
"I felt that I could not drive that bus, I told my managers and they said they haven't got another one and I thought I better go home, so I did.
"I think it was the starkness of this advert which implied there was no God."

First Bus responded to Mr Heather's actions by saying As a company we understand Mr. Heather's views regarding the atheist bus advert and we are doing what we can to accommodate his request not to drive the buses concerned."
It added: "As an organization we don't endorse any of the products or sentiments advertised on our buses."

I appreciate the fact that he wanted to make a stand and am looking forward to speaking with him. What upsets me though is some of the comments that have appeared on the Internet over the last few days about Mr Heather on Atheist websites. Just type his name into google and have a look.

To me, it seems that these Atheists (not all atheists) are turning into what they are hoping to destroy. Once again we are entitled to freedom of speech but is harassment of an honest working man the way to go about it?

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Football Frustration

It has been a frustrating weekend for Sunderland fans again this week! I shouldn't really have been expecting us to beat Aston Villa, although we did go 1-0 up after 10 minutes thanks to Danny Collins. In the end though we lost 1-2. Villa's first goal by James Milner was a hand ball and goal number 2 was a penalty scored by Gareth Barry when the foul was not even commited in the area!

But that was not the most frustrating thing about the day.

Newcastle also lost and I am once again left wondering why we can't win when Newcastle lose. They got hammered 0-3 by Blackburn and after the game Joe Kinnear launched into a rant against former managers at the club blaming them for the clubs league position. I wonder who he blames for the arguments that broke out amongst his players after the game? Fabio Cappello was at Ewood park too so I wouldn't expect an England recall for Michael Owen at any point in the near future. I would imagine your more likely to see Jeremy Clarkson parading around Wembley against Slovakia in March.

In other matches of note, Manchester United and Chelsea scored late winners with Arsenal beating a Hull City team who are slipping down the table and after there impressive start find themselves only 6 points of the relegation zone.

Tomorrow Liverpool can go above United if they beat Everton at Anfield and during the week the footballing world could be plunged into chaos with the possible transfer of Kaka moving to Manchester City for a reported £100m with wages of half a million pounds a week.

Thursday, 29 May 2008

Lakeland Healing Revival - Florida

April the 2nd 2008, the day Lakeland started seeing a revival.

Or did they?

On one particular night CBN news reported that 8 people left there wheelchairs on one night alone. Todd Bently, one of the leaders of the church where all this started had this to say about his churches impact:

"We're in 214 nations a night. Potential audience of 400 million. And 10 hours a day we're literally around the world, people are seeing what's happening here in Florida," Bentley said.
That's because God TV made the unprecedented -- and extremely expensive -- decision to pre-empt all their primetime programming and broadcast the Lakeland meetings every night. Thousands more are watching on the website for the church where the revival ignited. It's called, appropriately enough, Ignited Church.
"550,000 different computers have logged into the webcast. That's incredible," said Ignited's senior pastor Stephen Strader.

And those watching get to see some pretty special miracles.

Supposedly up to 70,000 people are attending each event and it will be open for another couple of weeks. This seems amazing but is it biblical?

One man is not so sure.

Bob Gomeringer, a Lakeland retiree, works part time parking cars at Lakeland Center events and finds the services unsettling. One night he found a young man lying prostrate on the ground and when he attempted to help his friend claimed that he should be left alone as he is "full of the spirit".

He watches ministry workers carry in buckets "to rake in all the money" during offerings.
What concerns Gomeringer most are the young people, many of whom appear to be in a "trancelike state" when they come out of the arena, he said.
"They just don't look or act right," he said.

Gomeringer has attended Methodist churches for more than 50 years and said what's happening in Lakeland is quite different from the Christian faith he's known throughout his life. "It's not prayerful or private. This is extremism," Gomeringer said.

Lets have a look then!


Does this freak anybody out? Or is it just me?

Is this just a scam to make money or is this for real?

I have had issues with the spirit making you faint for a while, but i had one bad experience and I dont want to be biased but is this biblical?

I want to know what peope think as I don't wantto throw the baby out with the bath water, if this is real then we should be embracing it. But if it is fake then it is surely demonic.

You decide!

The revival closes in a few days and you can donate money through the Ignite church website. I have made up my mind!

Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Lent Challenge

Did you know, 2% of all UK web traffic is on or heading to Facebook?!

I think there is a good chance that 1% of that figure is made up of all the times I check it during the day. I post on someones wall and within seconds I am pressing the refresh button too see if they have replied.

Now I speak to most of my friends on Facebook and I am curious as to how many of them I would still speak to if Facebook was suddenly taken away from me. I also can't help but wonder what I would be able to do with my life when I am not on Facebook.

So I am going to find out... (I can't believe I am about to say this) I am giving up facebook for lent!

More time to reflect, ponder and marvel at all the work I have to do without any worthwile distraction... Lovely.

Whilst I was at uni I was very good at procrastination... I always thought my degree should have been a BA Hons in Media and Sociology and Procrastination. Unfortunatley graduation did not kill that desire.It is for that reason as well that it is not just facebook I am giving up, I will also give up pointless website browsing. There is no point in me giving up Facebook if I will just replace it with other things. The only internet browsing I will do is the research that I need to do for work... No Internet browsing for my leisure, the only website I will visit is this one, so that I can keep a journal of this 'Mission Impossibe'.

Do you want to join me? Have you had enough of speaking to people in two sentences occaisionally on Facebook? I haven't recieved a letter in years that was just simply just a letter, and I am sure in this internet age may of you haven't too. So if I want to find out what my friends are up to then they can expect a phone call or a hand written letter.

I will keep you up to date with how I am doing, and if you have decided to join me then let me know and we can bring the personality back into society.

Have Fun!

Saturday, 7 July 2007

Tennis Fury

I was watching the tennis earlier today - the womens final, and I had to switch it off because I got so frustrated!!!

Why must Venus Williams scream like a possesed baby whenever she hits the ball!?

I used to think this wasn't a problem however I have recently read some articles which suggest that after a shot is hit players listen out for the sound as the ball rebounds off the racket to give them an idea of which way the ball is heading and what type of shot it is your oppenent has played!

Venus won the final today and I cant help but think she has a distinct advantage over her oppenents when she plays this tactic. The best player does not win... it's the player with the loudest scream!!!

It should be banned and players found doing it should receive the following punishment:

Tie them up and let the Roger Federer serve shots aimed at the players mouths. Maybe that will shut them up and we will see decent tennis players win instead of has beens who can scream!

Thursday, 5 July 2007


OK... Maybe i am getting a bit over excited here!! I was going to think of loads of clever stuff to put in this blog... however i believe this announcement is enough....


Monday, 2 July 2007

Anyone for 'Cricket'?

Turned up to the cricket in Campbell Park in MK today and despite my rant yesterday the weather looked ok. It looked so good in fact that I half expected to see the Queen waddling past me on the way to Kula Lumpa!

But then it rained...

No sorry...

Then there was a monsoon...

No sorry...

Then there was what can only be described as some form of Tsunami!
Game Abandoned!

So I had to leave with a free cricket bat and tennis ball courtesy of N Power, which I would have been quite happy about had I not slipped down a muddy bank in front of a rather large crowd of people, so I can assure you I was quite glad to get out of the ground and hide my very red face... Lovely!

The whole experience left me wondering how cricket clubs can afford to cope with the demands of the British weather. This game was due to be live on Sky Sports and the club had hired a big screen and loads of hospitality tents. Now they are gonna have to refund approx 7,000 tickets!!!

Oh and just to rub salt in the wound a really nice man offered me 2 free tickets to the game before hand as he had won two in a competition. I politley turned down the offer however if I had taken the tickets I would now be £24 better off due to a refund!

ohhhhhhhhh :(