…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.


Fallen People, Grace and Drawings

Posted in Uncategorized on September 2, 2010 by timwindsorbrown

“forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” Matt.6:12

So working at Starbucks sometimes sucks.

It’s also a place where God shows me a lot of grace (undeserved good things). Pride is generally  as stubborn as genital warts. Not fun, and means God has a lot of work left to do in me.

Pride is:

“a high opinion of ones own dignity, importance, merit or superiority” (Dictionary.com)

It says I’m the King of everything. It’s very bad, very irritating and before God, false.

So God kindly shows me how irritating my pride is by exposing me to other proud people. And it sucks.

To demonstrate how God asks me to be gracious to others, (just as he is patient with me), I drew a picture. You’re welcome.

Being a Grace Cannon to irritating people.

This is a lifelong painful process. But totally worth it, because humility (archnemesis of pride) is brilliant.

And following God is better than drugs. FACT.

reason #1 to #lovemanchester

Posted in #lovemanchester with tags , , on June 28, 2010 by timwindsorbrown
‘And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city…’
Jonah 4:11

People don’t love cities, they love what they can consume from cities. A good time, a good buy.
God, however, loves cities even though the city has done JACK to deserve such attention:
‘what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?’
Ps.8:4
Ninevah was undeserving and God was hooked on loving them. In the same way, Manchester is undeserving and God is hooked on loving them and bringing them into a real relationship with him.
Because of this, God has given Christians his heart, to #lovemanchester, to serve Manchester, not consume it, to bleed for Manchester, as Jesus bled for us.
If  as I do, you are into Jesus and live  in Manchester, do you honestly #lovemanchester?
If not, pray for your heart.

So what’s with the street preachers?

Posted in Uncategorized on June 17, 2010 by timwindsorbrown

Saturday  was roasting.

In the middle of town the lamb-chop clad Presbyterian street preacher was as per usual, surrounded by 100+ scallies, exercising their freedom to spit at him, whilst he persistently told them Jesus is awesome.

It broke me because my life was in no-way that blunt with the gospel: everyone needs Jesus, and I was avoiding God’s call to ‘make disciples’. That said, is this what Jesus meant by ‘make disciples of all people?’ Because open preaching doesn’t work like it did in Acts….

Here’s the problem: Culture.

People communicate values and truth through their culture. In ancient Ephesus  and Jerusalem they had public speaking and debate, in 2010 Manchester we have TV, film, and newspapers broadcasting opinions which we take seriously.

How often do you see ‘everyone is lost and needs Jesus’ in mainstream media? I thought not.

God made our world this way and to transform culture, let’s transform media first.

People of Manchester unsure how to respond.