Archive for November, 2010

Why students riot.

Posted in #anarchy, #theology on November 10, 2010 by timwindsorbrown

Monday was rubbish. I rolled up to Manchester Uni’s ticket office to find out the 600 coach passes for the wednesday student demo in London was sold out,  Bummer.

If you haven’t seen the news, around 30,000 students demonstrated because of cuts to funding, and tripled fees for UK students. This is history in the making, a massive change in our education system.

However this was clearly more than a protest. The footage shows hundreds of students going nuts.

Students making it clear who they blame.

Missiles, physical abuse, fist fights, bonfires, riot police, vandalism.


A majority agree the violence doesn’t even benefit students.

The bible says:

1. We are made in God’s image, this includes anger (Gen.1:26)

2. The world is fallen, broken, marred by Sin (Gen.3)

People, like God are sensitive to this world. Something has gone wrong. When millions of people are laden with years of crippling debt, they want to point a finger.

But the students got it wrong, the ‘authorities’ are not the cause, sin is. This world will never be equal, however hard we protest.

I love that God isn’t finished with our world.

Rev.21:1 says God is bringing a ‘New Heaven&New Earth’ this is exactly what the students are looking for. Equality, generosity, absolute prosperity and happiness will all exist in this new earth.

God will finish this.


Identity: so then everything went and changed.

Posted in #theology, Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 by timwindsorbrown

<original post: Oct’10>

It’s not been a fantastically fun few weeks.
My course seems determined to kill me. Mainly with work, then tried to explain that an ideal future career designing microprocessors is something wonderful.

Just so you know, it’s not.

I’d rather move to a hemp farm, wear tie-died clothes and try to pretend communism is still awesome.

Apart from that, I’m struggling with my identity a lot. I spent the last year obsessing with my successes and failures, letting them utterly define me. It definitely doesn’t feel right. This isn’t the life I wanted.

So then I watched this video, and something blew up in my head. When it comes down to it, what God says about you wins. Wins against anything else anyone ever said.

In Christ I am Redeemed, and made utterly valuable. My identity is a Christ-Follower before anything else.

So now I live, with the same successes and the same failures, knowing that life is often crap…but because of my identity, everything has changed.

Because God always wins.

Posted in #theology with tags on November 6, 2010 by timwindsorbrown

what shall I say to them? God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM” Ex. 3:13-14

So after a week spent away from technology, one of my first priorities was 3 hours of ‘web catchup’. The same thing happens every time: the reality of advertising drive takes me by surprise.

I mean they’re everywhere. Because of brilliant ideas like spotify, they’re even in my music. However there’s a point. All brilliant advertisers know, something is nothing until it is promoted.

And I was thinking: fortunately this isnt the same with God.

In Ps.90:2 it says:

Before the mountains were brought forth,

or ever you had formed the earth and the world,

from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

He was before the beginning and he is better, faster and stronger than anything else on the market. And he certainly doesn’t need us to rep him. That’s just because we get to, he’s worth sharing.

Poverty & Grace

Posted in #money with tags , on November 5, 2010 by timwindsorbrown
<posted July ’10>
Even as student finances go, its been a tight few weeks. defines poverty as:

The state or condition of having little or no money, goods or means of support…

Compared to the world’s majority, people reading this are minted beyond belief, however we all endure seasons of ‘apparent poverty’. And it hurts.

Paul relates. Speaking of the prosperity and poverty pendulum, he says

In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.

(Phil.4:11-12 ESV)

What is this secret?

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

(Phil.4:19 ESV)

If God provides everything we need, why does he permit our poverty?

I found some reasons:

1. Poverty shows we aren’t in control.

2. Poverty reveals the ‘idols of the heart’…what we worship.

3. Poverty is humbling.

4. Poverty shows satisfaction in God is ‘In any and every circumstance’.

…And then Jesus changed my Career. #3of3: Money

Posted in Uncategorized on November 3, 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

FINISHING a 3 part series on the career.

After hitting calling and family, I lastly want to share where God has led me concerning money wisdom.

Because lets be honest, you career choice will determine whether you’re rich or poor (or wherever inbetween). To sum up a lot of Bible teaching, Jesus doesn’t really care how much you make, more how you steward it. There are godly rich (the centurian) and godly poor (john the baptiser)

Here are some thoughts:

The church is always poor.

Playing the money game for Jesus.

Since when did Jesus say ‘I dont want you earning money‘?

Be a good steward, learn to give joyfully and sacrificially. Its very good for your heart (screw flora).

So in summary, is it so wrong to plan (by Gods grace) to be a godly steward of a lot?

I pray I find a career that earns a mint, so I can give more away. Just sayin.