At a conference a few weeks back, a friend of mine had generously made some excellent brownies for the staff team. What I should have said was, “thank you Lewis, for generously making these excellent brownies for the staff team.” What I actually said was, “good crumb structure. Crisp on the outside, soft in the middle. That is a good bake.”
A colleague of mine recently posted a quote from John Piper, highlighting the dangers of, amongst other things, watching TV:
The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink in every night. For all the ill Satan can do, when God describes what keeps us from the banquet table of his love, it is a piece of land, a yoke of oxen, and a wife (Luke 14:18-20).
I agree with John Piper, and with Jim – this is a real danger. And (as someone else said, but I can’t remember who) when Jesus comes back, no-one will wish they’d watched more TV. But is this the whole story? I love TV. I don’t just enjoy lounging in front of it and switching my brain off – I love it as an artform, as a medium for communication, and as a tool for education. So here are some of my thoughts on why and how Christians should engage with TV…
Jamie Oliver’s at it again. This time he’s taking on the education system in Jamie’s Dream School. The idea is pretty simple – he gets the very best people possible to teach a bunch of kids about their subject, with the hope that inspiring teacher will inspire their pupils. It’s had mixed reviews. To be … Continue reading Jamie’s Dream Art Teacher (and mine)
This is just a short post to say that I’m very much looking forward to this: Romancing the Stone: The Golden Ages of British Sculpture It starts this Wednesday at 9pm on BBC 4, and then on iPlayer. I really loved Alastair Sooke’s last TV series, Modern Masters, so I’m hoping this is just as … Continue reading Romancing the Stone: The Golden Ages of British Sculpture
Whatever 2011 brings, it promises to be packed with lots of exciting arty treats. I’ve put together a list of just a few things on offer
in the New Year. I’ll be trying to get to as many of them as I can, and, of course, to blog them. You might not think all of them are blogworthy, but that’s the beauty of being the author – I get to choose! But please feel free to leave a comment if you know of something which should be added to my list. (Also, big thanks to a piece in the Observer for kicking this off).
I’m loving The Genius of British Art from Channel 4. Over six episodes, six presenters passionately explain the greatness of British art and how it has shaped British culture and values. The other day I saw, Modern Times, where Janet Street Porters takes us on a journey down her own art-filled memory lane, and I’d really recommend you take a look…