Share Four Somethings: November 2020

The end of another month, and an opportunity to Share Four Somethings!

Something Loved

First of all, an update on the craft projects from last month – the scarf is still a work in progress, but the latch hook kit is finished!

My “something loved” this month is a song though – The Hope Of Christmas by Matthew West.

Christmas is undoubtedly going to be different for most of us this year, and difficult for many. I love how this song acknowledges the challenges of 2020 and yet points us beyond them to the true hope of Christmas – a hope that remains no matter what is happening in the world.

“You’re still the hope of Christmas,
You’re still the light when the world looks dark.
You’re still the hope of Christmas
And You’re still the hope of my heart.”

Something Read

This is definitely a contender for one of my top books of 2020!

In it, Alisa Childers shares her story of how, despite being a life-long Christian and member of the Christian band Zoegirl, her faith was challenged on encountering a progressive Christian pastor with very different ideas about God, Jesus and the Bible.

The book describes her journey in wrestling with these questions and how God helped her rebuild her faith. It also explores some of the common ideas of progressive Christianity and looks at how these compare with the Bible.

Some of you might be wondering what progressive Christianity is. It’s very hard to define, so let me direct you to a progressive Christian website which spells out eight points they hold to. Hopefully it will be obvious that it is very different from biblical Christianity, but I agree with Alisa Childers’ assertion that some of these ideas have begun taking hold more widely in the church.

Personally I found this book incredibly helpful. I have had a lot of complicated theological conversations this year and this book helped me understand the context of these a bit better as well as giving me more confidence in my own views on certain topics.

The book covers a lot of complex ideas, but it does so in an easy-to-read and accessible way. Alisa Childers is very open about her own journey of faith, and her passion for truth, and for holding true to the Gospel, shines through in every page. I have struggled to focus a lot on books over the last couple of months, and this was the first time in a long time, I have found a book that compelled me to keep reading!

Alisa Childers also has a blog and a podcast. You can find out more at her website here, and you can find her book on Amazon at these links: UK, US.

Something Treasured

Continuing my “something treasured” theme of moments I would have taken for granted in the past, a highlight this month was playing music with others for the first time since March! Normally I’d get to do that at least once or twice a week, so it was amazing to have the opportunity after eight months!

We were recording Christmas music for one of our church services. I’m just quite proud of the fact that I managed to hold it together for O Holy Night, which stirs emotions at the best of times but seems particularly poignant this year.

“A thrill of hope; the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks that new and glorious morn.”

Music is definitely going to be one of the things I miss this Christmas. Normally I’d spend every weekend in December playing – there would be Santa parades, Christmas concerts, carol services and busking in shopping centres. This year, it looks like this was my one opportunity, but it definitely makes it something to treasure.

Something Ahead

“Something ahead” continues to be uncertain, but with the talk of vaccines, something seems to be shifting in people’s thinking and tentative plans for the future are beginning to form.

For me, the focus has been on the Journey To Heal ministry I began in my church in January. After a promising start, it was halted by lockdown, and it is still uncertain exactly when it will be able to resume, but over the last few weeks I have begun to have some conversations and make some plans.

I was very encouraged to discover that the months since March have not been entirely wasted, but that God has been working behind the scenes, which gives me confidence that something good lies ahead even if I can’t see exactly how it will work out.

What about you? How has November been for you? Feel free to share a highlight or a prayer request in the comments.

I’m grateful to Tyndale House and Netgalley for access to a complementary digital copy of her Another Gospel.  As always, I only share books here that I genuinely think will be beneficial to my readers, and Amazon links are no affiliate links but simply included for your convenience.

 

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26 thoughts on “Share Four Somethings: November 2020

  1. Enjoyed the song that you shared – music is obviously important to you, so it was good to hear that you have managed to play with others! I will miss community worship this Christmas – I will still listen to all the familiar songs, but it is not the same on your own. The book recommendation looks very interesting – I have not come across progressive Christianity, so have just had a quick look at their website now!

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  2. Nice job on the latch hook! I had not heard the song in the video you shared. Very nice!

    I didn’t realize progressive Christianity went that far off the path. That sounds like a good book.

    Glad you had the opportunity to participate in some Christmas music! And it’s so neat that the ministry opportunity is still on the horizon.

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  3. I am familiar with “Another Gospel” and was happy to see your review of it here. I’m so glad you were able to play music for the first time in eight months and good job holding it together for “Oh Holy Night!” (Not sure I could have done that.) 🙂

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  4. Happy December, friend! I was so happy to hear that you could share music with your friends again … and that you remain hopeful about the ministry God has put on your heart. What an encouraging way to enter this Advent season.

    Off to check out the book …

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  5. Huh, I’d never heard of ‘Progressive Christianity’ before. Interesting stuff. Satan is good at using truths wrapped with lies (or is it lies wrapped with truth) to take our attention off what really matters–Jesus.

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    1. Yes, it is interesting. The truth and lies can get so intertwined that it can be hard to separate them out at times. Focusing on Jesus is a good way to come back to what is most important.

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  6. What is it about Christmas music that so deeply touches our hearts? Whether it’s beloved classics (O Holy Night is a perfect example–one of my favorites!) or a contemporary song (The Hope of Christmas is lovely!), there’s just something about the carols. Maybe it’s the Advent of the Light of Jesus, in stark contrast to the darkness of our world. Maybe it’s because of Him, the weary world can rejoice in exuberant song–Hallelujah!

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  7. Loved that something treasured! What a gift:) Thanks for the book suggestion. Definitely a deeper subject and I tend to steer away from those books…but I really find myself (too often) needing to be better prepared for conversations, etc.

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  8. Hi Lesley. I love that song by Matthew West! This is the first time I’ve heard it. Your elephant is so cheerful. 🙂 I’m so glad you got to play music and record. I know music is special to you. Thank you for all your encouragement! Love and blessings to you!

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  9. Going to go listen to the song! The book about another gospel sounds very intriguing and helpful- so much has shifted and snuck in, sometimes I’m surprised by how much there is to disentangle as I think about the messages I hear. I’m so glad you got to play and treasured that time! And all the gladder to hear you’re encouraged about Journey to Heal going forward! Continuing to pray for you my friend. Happy December!

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