Archive for the ‘help’ Category

New Blog – Help Needed

New BlogThanks to Kev, I have a new blog design at christthetruth.net.

I’m going to jump over to the new site just as soon as I can figure out one problem, and for this maybe one of you can help me…

With wordpress.com blogs you embed youtube videos using the code (without the spaces):

[ youtube = url ]

With self-hosted blogs you just write the url. Is there any way I can automatically find and replace all [ youtube = url ] and replace with the video’s url.  Been searching online for a solution for hours. I’m pretty sure the answer will involve using my regex plugin, but don’t quite know the patterns to use.

Any help gratefully received in comments.


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Don’t-Be-a-Slave-to-Writer’s-BlockHello there. Sorry I haven’t been writing very much here recently. I’m trying to write “321” the evangelistic book right now. Please pray for that project if you remember. And perhaps you can help me with something….

At one point in the book I talk about the four fundamental realities you can choose between in the beginning – nothing, chaos, power or love (see here for the seed of the idea). Was wondering if you had any good quotes for each of the options.

If you believe in the beginning there was nothing – life is absurd, meaningless, hopeless.

If you believe in the beginning there was chaos – life is endless struggle and power plays.

If you believe in the beginning there was power – life is a slavery to almighty god or law or fate.

If you believe in the beginning there was love – life is about finding your place in God’s family of love.

Do you have any quotes from nihilists, ultra-Darwinians, determinists, theologians or others that would put flesh on those bones?


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Questions We’re Afraid To Ask

In the autumn a friend of mine is teaching a course on questions Christians are too afraid to ask.  Help him out.  What should he cover?

To get you started, here were the first four off the top of my head:

Hell. Really? Seriously? Eternal torment? For Granny? And I’ll spend forever happy about that?
Can heaven and hell really pivot on my intellectual assent to this system of truth?
Where’s the joy, freedom, life, hope and change?  Why are Christians (am I) so miserable?
Is this really the best news God could come up with?  Maybe it’s true, but it doesn’t sound good news to me.


Over to you…


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Surveying the Scene

Go on and fill out  this survey to improve Christian websites.  It only takes a minute.

And, just so you know, the answer to question 9 is: “Rants against Christ-less theism, legalism and burdensome theologies of glory.”

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We’re holding our Ask Eastbourne events next week.  Do you know of good videos (under 5 mins) on any of the following questions:

27th March: What are you really like?

Do you exist?
How do you fit with science?


28th March: What happens when we die?

Why should I believe?
What’s the meaning of life?


29th March: Why is the world full of suffering?

Can you make things better?
Where do I stand with you?


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I’ve got four sermons at the start of February answering the following questions:

How can a loving God not accept everyone?

Does God even exist?

If there is a God, why does he allow suffering?

Aren’t all religions basically the same?

What should my passages be?

What should I say?

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If you’re up for it, let’s assemble at St Paul’s Tube Station at 2pm.  (The Eastbourne crowd might be slightly late but we’ll be there soon after).

Ideas running through my head:

  • I’ve got loads of Romans to hand out under the banner of… “St Paul’s released a statement!  Free copy of St Paul’s official position paper.  Come and hear/read about St Paul’s comment on the current situation, etc, etc.”
  • I’m thinking of making Mike Milmine dress as Jesus with a massive “Not in my name” placard.  (Mainly to embarass Mike you understand).
  • I’m sick of Jesus being used as a political mascot.  I’m also sick of Him being spoken about (even, and especially by clergy) as some long dead teacher whose teaching should be honoured.
  • Jesus is not left or right but seated at the right hand – “from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead” and the capitalist and the communist and all points in between.
  • Jesus remains above us all as Judge (Law), but there’s good news – He has come down to us as a gift for the world – the bankers, the protestors and even the religious! (Gospel).
  • “Let me ask you a question… I’m going to read something from St Paul and as I read, ask yourself, “What side is Jesus on?”” – then read Philippians 2:5-11
  • “What would Jesus do?” is folk Christianity.  Historic Christianity is what did Jesus do?
  • Let me tell you about two of the 12 disciples.  One was called “Simon the Zealot”.  He was an anti-establishment protestor.  He’d have been on Rome’s list of potential terrorists.  A freedom fighter and a rebel.  The other was called “Matthew.”  He was a tax-collector, getting rich through unfair practices.  A fat cat.  A white collar criminal.  Both of them were loved by Jesus – both of them found a place in His kingdom and in His ministry.
  • When Jesus returns, let’s give communism a really good go.  Let’s try it for a thousand years.  Maybe we can be Bolshevik’s for 500 years and Menshevik’s for 500 years, but let’s give it a proper try.  Before then, our number one need is to be in on Christ’s kingdom…
  • The LOVE of money is the root of all evil.  All the regulation in the world can’t get at the heart.  The Law is like that.  but there’s one thing that can bring lasting change – the gospel of Jesus – that can change the heart.
  • St Paul’s statement on the use of wealth – read out 1 Timothy 5-6
Again, more ideas gratefully received.  And please do pray.


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Anyone up for some open air evangelism?  To the protestors, to the Cathedral staff, to passers-by… Does 2pm sound a stupid time?

And what do you think should be our angle?  How do we make it clear that Jesus aint on either side?  (Who wants to dress up as Jesus by the way – we could make a “Not in my name” placard!)

It seems to me that tax collectors and sinners (white collar criminals and flagrant law-breakers) both flocked to Jesus.  There was actually an alliance of the greedy and the groovy around Jesus.  Meanwhile the religious in their long flowing robes grumbled.  How do we model and proclaim that?

Lines that are running through my mind…

“What St Paul really said”

“The City that really counts”

“Those aren’t the money-changers, and this aint the temple”

“Money is not the root of all evil – love of it is. It’s a heart problem and it starts with me.”

Your thoughts…?


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I’ve been asked to give some talks to teenagers on Christ’s “mission impossible” – that’s the name of the camp they’re on.  They suggested I do it from the OT.

I thought at some point in each talk I’ll address a sneaking suspicion that Christians have deep down that eats away at our faith.  So, something like:

Jesus and Adam (Genesis 3) – “Jesus can’t be that important.”

Christ is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and End, the world’s only hope.


Jesus and Abraham (Genesis 22) – “The bible’s weird and sometimes shocking.”

The bible is not a rule-book, but with Christ at the centre it makes sense.


Jesus and Moses (Exodus 3) – “I can’t believe in God in a suffering world.”

The LORD meets us in suffering to lead us out.


Jesus and David (1 Samuel 17) – “I’m too weak for Jesus.”

The gospel is not, do it for Jesus, it’s: Jesus did it for you.


Jesus and Isaiah (Isaiah 53) – “I’m too sinful for Jesus.”

Jesus’ mission is for sinners – He’s for you!


Anyone have any ideas for good youth-friendly video clips or jazzy stuff.  I’m not the youthiest, jazziest speaker ever!


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Help with Assembly and Talk

Friday morning I’ve got an assembly for high school students on the topic “Anger Management.”  I’m thinking of saying something based on James 4:1-3

1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

We think the problem’s out there, the problem’s in here.  The battles outside come from the battles inside.  What are your desires?  That kind of thing.  But I’m a bit stalled on a) How to teach it engagingly/visually and b) where to go with it.

Sunday evening I’m preaching evangelistically on “Why bother with the bible?”  My text is John 5:36-47.  Thoughts anyone?

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Adobe Editing

Hi there – I need to do a reprint of the King’s English and I’d like to change the fonts of my pdf.  Does anyone have Adobe Acrobat and could spare some time changing the fonts?  I’d really appreciate it.

glenscrivener at gmail dot com




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By the skin of my teeth?

Anyone know what “by the skin of my teeth” actually means?  (Job 19:20)  It’s the next phrase for the King’s English.

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Help with typesetting?

Does anyone feel particularly gifted at typesetting?

I’m writing an evangelistic booklet and about to send it to the printers.  But if someone out there could help me turn my 60 page Word document into a pdf and make sure it didn’t look too stupid it would save me £100 and you’d get a sneak peak at the book.

Let me know:

glenscrivener at gmail dot com

Big thankyous.

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Book Idea – Help Needed

Ok, what about this for a little cheapy evangelistic book.  Piggy-backing on the King James 400th anniversary, why not a short book going through some of the more famous phrases of the King James translation?  A short chapter on each, building up a gospel presentation as we go.

So far I’ve thought of…


Let us make man in our own image

Trinity, creation, us


Adam knew Eve (nudge nudge)

The ‘biblical sense’ of know is very deep.  That’s the kind of sense in which we’re meant to know God


Love thy neighbour

Love God and Love neighbour is the law.  It describes the life of the Son.  But it doesn’t describe your life does it?  What’s wrong with us…


Money is the root of all evil

Slight misquote – the love of money is the problem.  And it’s a root.  Money’s not the only thing that captures our hearts.  But that’s our problem.  What we love is all akimbo.




Explain importance of substitutionary sacrifice


The sufferings of Job

Optional chapter on suffering


The valley of the shadow of death

It starts with “the LORD is my shepherd” but it enters the valley.  This is the way of the LORD.  Maybe stuff on Psalms as prayers of Christ from the depths.  He enters the valley for us.


The wisdom of Solomon

Son of David, portrait of Christ (some Psalm 72 stuff?)


Thus sayeth the LORD

Bible, prophecy, all Christ-focused.


Unto us a child is born



A prophet hath no honour in his own country

They received Him not…


Turn the other cheek

Stuff on Jesus’ teaching as embodying His own life of other-centredness


Do unto others…

So true, and yet, do we?


Ye must be born again

You must be born again.


Let him who is without sin cast the first stone

Just tell the story


Jesus wept

Stuff on Jesus entering into our mess


Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

Christ’s love as ultimate


He gave up the ghost

Jesus death


Our Father in heaven

The essence of prayer is Jesus bringing us to the Father…


Faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these…

Gospel faith leads to gospel love.  Perhaps stuff on importance of church


No rest for the wicked

Biblical portraits of judgement.  Not Dante.  God confirming us in and leaving us in our restlessness.


The wolf shall dwell with the lamb / They will soar on wings like eagles / Hallelujah

New Creation


God so loved the world

Appeal to trust in Jesus


What else?  Any thoughts?


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Blogging emergency, help needed

Have I ever mentioned how ramshackle the whole christthetruth enterprise is?  I’m sure you’ve noticed it’s basicallly held together with bluetac and prayer.  I edit my website in miscrosoft word, I produce my videos in powerpoint and tape my songs on a little dictation recorder.  And, yes, I know that it shows.

So anyway, my technical know-how is zero!  This is where you come in.

For a new little (ramshackle) adventure I have purchased a domain name and I’d like to get a website up and running in the next three days.

It needs to:

  • Be a website with a blog section.  i.e. Not exactly a blog, but a website with a prominent blog section.
  • Be attractive – especially to teenage girls (all will be explained!)
  • Have a fixed homepage
  • Be easy to navigate in order to find informative papers.

So, something like a homepage with a tab at the top for the blog and a sidebar down the side for papers – something like that.

I’ve looked at a lot of wordpress templates but, while they’d be fine as blogs it seems difficult to have more than a few pages displayed on them.

I’m willing to spend a little bit of money.

Any suggestions?



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Good verses for the 5 solas?

I’m preaching through the five solas of the reformation in August.  We’re beginning with Christ alone.

So it’s

Christ alone

Grace alone

Faith alone

Scripture alone

God’s glory alone

So for ten points and control of the next round – can you tell me what Scriptures I should use each week?

And any other things I should say?

Your time starts….



… now


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“I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!”  I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.” (Revelation 6:1-2) 

Is the first horseman Jesus?

  1. He comes at the head of his own judgements
  2. He rides a white horse (Rev 19:11)
  3. He’s given a crown (divine passive?)
  4. He conquers emphatically (overcoming, He overcomes) – cf esp Rev 2:26f; 3:21; 5:5 and 17:14

Or is he a counterfeit Jesus – conquering in a bad way?

  1. The beast also conquers (Rev 13:7)
  2. The beast also is ‘given power’ to do so (Rev 13:7)
  3. The powers of evil often mimic (and distort) the good (the beast speaks like the Lamb – 13:11; the dragon has a seven-fold crown – 12:3)
  4. Christ is not among the four horseman of Zech 1:7-11 – He is the Angel of the LORD to Whom they report (but that’s for another post ;-))

 Or is he something else?

I am truly undecided on this.  So let me ask two questions:

1) Who the heck is the first horseman of the Apocalypse?

2) If I’m still asking this question on Sunday (not unlikely!) what should I say from the pulpit?

One thing I’m not keen on saying is ‘It’s not really important, people can get too hung up on biblical details, especially in Revelation, let me tell you a story about a missionary instead.’ 

Anyway, any help gratefully received!


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