Archive for January, 2007

Encyclopedia of Arda

Posted: 27 January, 2007 in Recommendations

Hey All you Lord of the Rings fans:

You might wanna check out the Encyclopedia of Arda when you have nothing to do. It is an encyclopedia of Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit and all the rest of Tolkien’s works related to The Lord of the Rings. It’s really amazingly detailed. You may not be aware of the extent to which Tolkien planned his books. He wrote many, many papers etc preparing for LOTR. These contained a whole history of Middle Earth, Geneologies etc. One of the most famous of these “histories” is The Simarilion. A lot of the rest of Tolkien’s papers were published by his son after his death, despite Tolkien never intending them to be. Encyclopedia of Arda have combined all the known knowledge of Middle Earth and LOTR in general and put it into one very cool resource.

Hope you enjoy this as much as I have!



Quote of the Week

Posted: 15 January, 2007 in Quote of the Week


The Bible is the greatest gift God gave to man; apart from it, we would not know right from wrong.


When Abraham Lincoln made that simple, yet profound statement, he proved that he had truly found wisdom. Romans 7:7-10 says: “What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. Apart from the law, sin lies dead. I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me.


Without the law, there would be no sin – there would be no right and wrong and we would be left to our own devices. (A perfect post-modern world 🙂 ) Can you imagine the chaos??? A world without morals and definate “right and wrong”??? Earth would be a scary place to live!



Mr Nice Guy

Posted: 6 January, 2007 in Literature, Recommendations

I picked up a book that my dad recommended to me today and read it called She said Yes. It is reviewed for your perusal below this post


In this book, the author, who is a mother of one of the victims of the Columbine High School shootings makes this point:


Christ wants those who are most oppressed and desolate to turn to his light… They are the very ones he took to himself: the evil-doers, the tax collectors, the prostitutes, the despised of men, He did not criticize those who were possessed; he freed them, But in their freeing was judgement, for darkness was revealed and driven out.

It is important for us to decide whether we want only a nice church or the way of the cross. This must be very clear to us: Jesus’ way is the way of the cross…

Isn’t that just spot-on?! I think that it is for this reason that people feel intimidated by the church. Following Christ isn’t easy, no matter what anyone says or tries to say. Making the descision to follow Him is a huge one! It changes your life, and there are certain very poinient things in your life that you WILL have to change or even do away with sooner or later. New birth is not where the story ends… it is just the beginning. You cannot come to the cross and expect it to be painless. Man cannot serve two masters. It is so easy to take offence when an older, wiser person such as a parent, family member or even friend points out a fault of ours. When a pastor addresses a sin, or when the Bible shows us up once again. We say that the church is too “rules orientated” or they are judgemental and unfriendly. What would you rather have? Friends who overlook all your faults and allow you to go over the cliff you are heading for. Churches which are just so nice and friendly and non-judgemental, or ones which actually care about your spiritual state enough to gently tell you when you are heading off the track, however “mean” that may seem at the time. Lets appreciate “a word in time” when it comes and not be so critical of correction when it comes especially those from our parents.

Christ demands all or nothing!