Archive for October, 2010

…And then Jesus changed my career #2of3: family

Posted in Uncategorized on October 31, 2010 by timwindsorbrown

So last night I wrote about calling, now it’s family.

I say family because te Bible is very clear the family you build and cultivate is important, Jesus was born into a family and the relationships within a local church should look like a family…you get it, God has a thing about them.

So if you’re presently at uni, you probably aren’t planning how to build a family. And neither are my course buddies, in fact when I told them, they clearly thought it was weird.

Legacy changes things

Legacy changes things.

But if you love Jesus, chances are you will eventually have offspring, and all your hopes and dreams will change. forever.

So when you look at a career, are you really thinking ‘How can I be an awesome parent to my children?’ or ‘How can I leave a family legacy of people who honor God?’

Investment Banking has one of the highest divorce-because-your-job-demanded-everything figures. I’m not gonna be that father.

So I’m making some decisions.

…And then Jesus changed my Career. #1of3: Calling

Posted in #lovemanchester with tags , , on October 31, 2010 by timwindsorbrown

Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. – Mt.10:16

What will I spend the next 40 years of my life doing?

I’m wrestling with God over this, and beginning to see how huge it is.

Money,influence,family,skill,experience,heart are a few of the things that make it way confusing, and the world doesn’t help, so I’m writing about  3 wise things I think change everything.

#1: calling

We only worship God because he ‘called us out of darkness’ (1Pt.2:9) so it makes sense for the rest of our lives to be lived towards his calling.

A relationship with God also means pursuing the calling he nails our heart with. Oh and he nails.

For me this means I didn’t enter the army but was drawn towards the city of Manchester.

And how does this change my career? I follow Gods call to Manchester, unless he says otherwise I’m here to stay.

That means I reject London jobs

That means I reject offers from southern Engineering companies.

Stupid? I just trust God, I trust his call.

Atmospheric Rock and the Greeks.

Posted in #theology on October 13, 2010 by timwindsorbrown

For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. (Acts 17:23 ESV)

So by far, my recent favorite musical genera is atmospheric rock.

Check out Explosions in the Sky and God is an Astronaut. Sounds dumb? It’s awesome, shut your mouth. It began for me in Seattle, and makes me very happy.

WARNING: contains 8min long emotional rollercoasters. Depression may follow.

Anyway a bloke I live opposite is in an atmospheric rock band Killington Fall who have a song titled ‘To a God Unknown’ I think taken from the above verse from Acts. Athenians had set up an idol to an ‘unknown God’ because they weren’t sure they were worshipping the right God (they already had around 30)

 

Explosions in the Sky

 

The point is we haven’t changed much.

The unknown is a growing fascination in our culture, so Pauls’ What therefore you worship as unknown, I proclaim to you” is still huge.

People were made with a desire to worship something/someone. This desire is satisfied entirely in Jesus.

This is why I love ccm:city‘s series on Corinthians, finding God in a desire for experience. The Greeks needed Jesus so do we.