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)