Mission Statement

In classical sacrifices, the people get the good bits, and the gods get the refuse, the bits that would get thrown out otherwise.

Not our God. Leviticus (particularly Leviticus 3) describes the sacrifices that our LORD demanded from His people of Israel. God gets the kidneys, the tail, and all the fat. He gets the prime steak, He gets the best.

Today we do not literally give sacrifices of animals. For us the ultimate sacrifice has been made through our Lord, Christ Jesus. But should always be our ambition to do the same thing - to offer God the best of what we have, to offer Him the fat, and not the smoke and bones.

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Luke 14:13-14

But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Goals for 2013

• Fitness
o To complete 3x 5Ks
o To complete 2x 10ks
o To complete 1x half marathon
o To complete the Tough Mudder
o To complete 2x 20k bike rides
o To regularly run or ride my bike to work

• Spiritual
o Consistent quiet time
o One mission trip to Uganda

• Writing
o To write 1 novel
o To write & illustrate one PSB
o To write Christian Living book
o To write Death of a Machine

• Blogging
o To blog HWM every 3 days
o To blog SIM every 3 days
o To blog NS+B every 3 days

• Musical
o To practise the harp daily
o To record 2 CDs (Christmas and Hymns)

• Financial
o To pay back all of my uni loan
o To have $3500 in savings

• Other
o To learn Luganda

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Sermons in 2012

January = 14
- Jane Austen & Vampires (Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin)
- Quadrivocational Mission: Training Young Men For Life (Geoffrey Botkin)
- Father to Son: Worship (Geoffrey Botkin)
- Father to Son: Warfare (Geoffrey Botkin)
- Father to Son: Dominion (Geoffrey Botkin)
- Sunday Worship at Juno Beach (Doug Phillips, Joe Moecraft, William Potter)
- WWII: How We Got Here (Doug Phillips, William Potter)
- WWII in France (Doug Phillips, William Potter, Foucachon, Vets)
- The Ardeatine Cave Massacre (Doug Phillips)
- The Nazis and Charlemagne (Doug Phillips, William Potter)
- Q & A I (Doug Phillips, William Potter)
- Q & A II (Doug Phillips, William Potter)
- What Is Beauty? (Doug Phillips)
- The Role of Women in the Local Church (Doug Phillips)

May = 12
- Revealing the Unknown God (Ken Ham)
- Seven Habits of Highly Suppressive People (Bill Jack)
- Recovering the Biblical Doctrine of the Family (Scott Brown)
- The Life and Times of Walt Disney - Understanding Walt's 1899 Ethical Default Position (Geoffrey Botkin)
- The Rise and Fall of the Disney Studio (Isaac Botkin)
- Does Biology Make Sense Without Darwin (David Menton)
- Opening the Lost Book (Doug Phillips)
- Back to Patriarchy (Phil Lancaster)
- The Patriarchal Vision (Doug Phillips)
- Shepherding Your Child's Heart (John Thompson)
- The Busy Father as Family Shepherd (John Thompson)
- Preparing Sons for Marriage and Life Purpose (Doug Phillips)

June = 8
- Family Worship: A Father's Highest Duty (Phil Lancaster)
- Panel Discussion on Building a Family that Will Stand (Doug Phillips, Phil Lancaster, John Thompson)
- Biblical Manhood: Revival or Revivalism? (Doug Phillips)
- The Puritan Doctrine of Marriage and Family (Jeff Pollard)
- The Priority of Family Worship Among the Puritans (Jeff Pollard)
- Reforming Marriage (Scott Brown)
- The Puritan Influence on our Nation (Dan Ford)
- Critical Books that Defined Family Reformation (Dan Ford)

July = 5
- Raising Godly Children in an Ungodly World (Ken Ham)
- Quadrivocational Mission: Training Young Men for Life (Geoff Botkin)
- Jane Austen & Vampires (Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin)
- An Introduction to Historical Theology (Joe Morecraft)
- How the Early Church Battled Heresy (Joe Morecraft)

August = 27
- Athanasius and the Incarnation (Joe Morecraft)
- Augustine, part 1 (Joe Morecraft)
- Augustine, part 2 (Joe Morecraft)
- Augustine, part 3 and Anslem and the Atonement (Joe Morecraft)
- Iona and the Waldensians (Joe Morecraft)
- Solas of the Reformation (Joe Morecraft)
- Medieval Scholasticism (Joe Morecraft)
- Luther and Calvin (Joe Morecraft)
- Calvin on Justification (Joe Morecraft)
- Calvin on Worship (Joe Morecraft)
- Calvin on Biblical Law (Joe Morecraft)
- Calvin and Servetus (Joe Morecraft)
- Calvin's Doctrine of the Church (Joe Morecraft)
- Calvin and Zwingli (Joe Morecraft)
- Calvin and Bullinger (Joe Morecraft)
- Calvin and Vermigli (Joe Morecraft)
- Calvin and Viret (Joe Morecraft)
- Calvin and Bucer (Joe Morecraft)
- Calvin and Beza and Reformed Scholasticism (Joe Morecraft)
- Calvin and Levefre (Joe Morecraft)
- Calvin, Evangelism and World Missions (Joe Morecraft)
- Knox and Rutherford (Joe Morecraft)
- The Holy Spirit in the Westminster Standards (Joe Morecraft)
- The Synod of Dort (Joe Morecraft)
- Natural Law or Biblical Law (Joe Morecraft)
- The History of the Reformed Doctrine of Children in the Covenant (Joe Morecraft)
- Rushdoony and Systematic Theology (Joe Morecraft)

- Generations Broadcast: Reclaiming Beauty (Kevin Swanston with Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin)

- Reclaiming Beauty: Episode 1 (Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin)
- Stay Focused (John Cairns)
- The Huguenots: Admiral de Coligny / Henry of Navarre part 1 (William Potter)

- The Huguenots: Admiral de Coligny / Henry of Navarre part 2 (William Potter)
- The New Model Army and General Oliver Cromwell part 1 (William Potter)
- The New Model Army and General Oliver Cromwell part 2 (William Potter)
- The Scots-Irish Defenders of Derry (William Potter)
- The Voortrekkers (William Potter)

- War, Warriors, and Weapons of Bible Times (William Potter)
- Agincourt: Longbows, Swords and the End of an Era (William Potter)
- Waterloo: The Gunpowder Revolution's Great Harvest (William Potter)
- The Somme: Mechanical Massacre in the Twentieth Century (William Potter)

Monday, 21 January 2013

Favourite Movies in 2012

Kids Films:- Bubble Trouble
- Up
- True Grit (2010)
- Sucker Punch

- Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton version)

- Chocolate (Thai Action film)

- Pan's Labyrinth
- The Black Balloon

- Live and Become

- Anonymous

- The Eagle

Inspired By a True Story:- Soul Surfer
- Mozart & the Whale
- Martian Child

Friday, 18 January 2013

Movies in 2012

January = 5
- Heartstrings
- Bubble Trouble
- Black Swan
- Up
- Treasure Blind

February = 6
- The Proposal
- Emma (Kate Beckinsale version)
- Emma (Gweneth Paltrow version)
- Clueless
- Glee: The Concert
- Jump In! (Freestyle Edition)
March = 7
- Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
- True Grit (2010)
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid
- Soul Surfer
- Fall of Eagles, episodes 1-4
- Mozart & the Whale
- Sucker Punch

April = 5
- Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton version)
- Martian Child
- Marie Antoinette
- Shakespeare Retold: Much Ado About Nothing
- The Widow's Might

May = 5
- Laputa: Castle in the Sky
- Life as We Know It
- Sense and Sensibility (BBC 2009)
- Conviction
- Serenity

June = 6
- Hugo
- We Bought A Zoo
- Glee S3 ep 1-6
- Man on Fire
- Journey 2: the Mysterious Island
- An American in Paris

July = 7
- The Hunger Games
- Wall-E
- The Nutcracker (Elle Fanning version)
- The Jane Austen Book Club
- Moolaade
- Pan's Labyrinth
- Enchanted April

August = 7
- Jane Eyre (2010 version)
- The Virgin Suicides
- Puss in Boots
- The Black Balloon
- Live and Become
- Anonymous
- Fame (1980)

September = 13
- Bandslam
- My Sister's Keeper
- Chocolate (Thai Action film)
- Dear John
- Bring It On Again
- Bring It On: All or Nothing
- Bring It On: Fight to the Finish
- Hanna
- Bring It On: In It to Win It
- Red Riding Hood
- Made of Honour
- Ong Bak 2
- Romancing the Stone

October = 7
- Footloose
- Bring It On
- Somewhere
- The Eagle
- Fireproof
- The Secret Life of Bees
- Ong Bak

November = 5
- LOL (Laughing Out Loud) (French version)
- Dance Academy Season 2: Raising the Barre
- Life, Above All
- Downton Abbey, Season 1
- Streetdance

December = 5
- Fired Up!
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
- The Avengers
- Zombieland
- Sucker Punch

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Documentaries in 2012

- D-Day and the Providence of God (4 DVD set)
- Shaky Town
- Agenda: Grinding America Down
- God's Generals: Amy Semple McPherson
- Changing Lives... Forever (Christian Blind Mission International)
- The Music in Me: The Ispiring Story of the Merry Makers
- Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
- Stephen Fry Live at the Sydney Opera House

- Children are a Blessing
- The New Inventors Save Water

- Power of the Meek (Gospel for Asia)
- Rescued: The Heart of Adoption and Caring for Orphans
- Time Team: Llygadwy, Wales
- Time Team: Ancaster
- Time Team: Wierre Effroy
- Time Team: Turkdean
- Time Team: Braemore
- Time Team: High Worsall
- Time Team: Nevis West Indies Part One
- Time Team: Cirencester
- Time Team: Nevis West Indies Part Two
- Time Team: Turkdean Revisted
- A History of Scotland: Last of the Free
- A History of Scotland: Hammers of the Scots
- A History of Scotland: Bishop Makes King
- A History of Scotland: Language is Power
- A History of Scotland: Project Britain
- A History of Scotland: God's Chosen People
- A History of Scotland: Let's Pretend
- A History of Scotland: The Price of Progress
- A History of Scotland: This Land is Our Land
- A History of Scotland: Project Scotland
- How the Celts Saved Britain: A New Civilisation
- How the Celts Saved Britain: Salvation
- Uganda Man
- Two Hats
- The Civil War (Ken Burns)

- Shaky Town
- It Is Your Life: The Moss Family
- Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

- African Voices: Ladysmith Black Mambazo
- Agenda: Grinding America Down

- Shaky Town
- Go Back to Where You Came From (first series)

- Shake Hands With the Devil

- 2011: What a Year! (GFA)
- Return of the Daughters

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Favourite Books in 2012

Kids Books
- Guns of Thunder (Douglas Bond)
- Guns of the Lion (Douglas Bond)
- Guns of Providence (Douglas Bond)
- Hostage Lands (Douglas Bond)

- Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins)

- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)
- The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Catherynne M Valente)
- Brotherband: The Invaders (John Flanagan) - Brotherband: The Hunters (John Flanagan)

- The Forsaken (Lisa M Stasse)
- The Blue Castle (L.M. Montgomery)
- Emily of Deep Valley (Maud Hart Lovelace)

Biographies- The House of Hope (Elizabeth Gifford)
- Green Leaf in Drought (Isobel Kuhn)
- The Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney (audio book - Victoria Botkin)

- The Price of Stones (Twesigye Jackson Kaguri)

- Another Hand on Mine (William J Petersen)

- An Imperfect Offering: Dispatches From the Medical Frontline (James Orbinski)
- Reckless Abandon (David Sitton)
- Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness (Scott Jurek)
Christian Living - A Passion for the Fatherless: Developing a God-Centred Ministry to Orphans (Daniel J Bennett)

- The Woman Who Changed Her Brain (Barbara Arrowsmith-Young)

- Lifeblood: How to Change the World One Dead Mosquito at a Time (Alex Perry)

- Free: Adventures on the Margins of a Wasteful Society (Katharine Hibbert)
- Run Fat B!tch Run (Ruth Fields)

Poetry - Christina Rossetti (Everyman's Poetry)

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Books in 2012

January = 22 in total

- The Crucified Life (AW Tozer)

- Hitting the Holy Road (Stuart Coulton)

- Guns of Thunder (Douglas Bond)

- King's Cross (Timothy Keller)

- The Ever-Loving Truth (Voddie Baucham)

- Guns of the Lion (Douglas Bond)

- Why Pro-Life (Randy Alcorn)

- Evolution: The Lie (Ken Ham)

- Guns of Providence (Douglas Bond)

- The House of Hope (Elizabeth Gifford)

- God's Artic Adventurer (Constance Savery)

- Learning of God: Readings From Amy Carmichael (edited Stuart & Brenda Blanch)

- Green Leaf in Drought (Isobel Kuhn)

- The Radical Disciple (John Stott)

- A Christian's Pocket Guide to Isalm (Patrick Sookhdeo)

- In the Gap (David Bryant)

- A Passion for the Fatherless: Developing a God-Centred Ministry to Orphans (Daniel J Bennett)

- Good Friends are Hard to Find (Fred Frankel)

- Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and its Fashionable Enemies (David Bentley Hart)

- The Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney (audio book - Victoria Botkin)

- An American Plague (Jim Murphy)

- The English Civil War: A People's History (Diane Purkiss)

February = 21 in total

- Adventures in Prayer (Catherine Marshall)

- Through Russian Snows (G.A. Henty)

- Miranda the Explorer (James Mayhew)

- Total Money Makeover (Dave Ramsey)

- The 50 Greatest Love Letters of All Time (edited David H Lowenherz)

- Christina Rossetti (Everyman's Poetry)

- Blessing or Curse: You Can Choose (Derek Prince)

- Uncompromising (Hannah Farver)

- Did I Kiss Marriage Goodbye (Carolyn McCulley)

- Back To Jerusalem (Three Chinese Church Leaders with Paul Hattaway)

- Back-Stage (Lorna Hill)

- Family-Integrated Church (J Mark Fox)

- Surprised by Joy (C.S. Lewis)

- Intellectual Schizophrenia: Culture, Crisis and Education (R.J. Rushdoony)

- Crimes Against Logic (Jamie Whyte)

- Your People Shall Be My People (Don Finto)

- Draw Real Hands (Lee Hammond)

- Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret (Dr and Mrs Howard Taylor)

- Hollywood Be Thy Name (Ray Comfort)

- Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother (Carolyn Mahaney)

- Father of Nobody's Children (Norman Wymer)

March = 7 in total

- Stones of Fire (Isobel Kuhn)

- Another Hand on Mine (William J Petersen)

- When Love is Not Enough (Nancy L Thomas)

- Hostage Lands (Douglas Bond)

- Five Women of the English Reformation (Paul F M Zahl)

- Thanks a Million (Ray Comfort, Kirk Cameron)

- The Penderwicks on Gardam Street (Jeanne Birdsall)

April = 14 in total

- Young Children and Picture Books (Mary Renck Jalongo)

- Ten P's in a Pod (Arnold Pent III)

- The Bible (read over Lent)

- Montesorri Today (Paula Polk Lillard)

- Te Whariki: Early Childhood Curriculum

- The Price of Stones (Twesigye Jackson Kaguri)

- Experiencing Reggio Emilia: Implications for Pre-school provision (Lesley Abbot and Cathy Nutbrown)

- In Freedom's Cause (G.A. Henty)

- Effective Soul-Winning and Evangelism (Reinhard Bonnke)

- The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place (E.L. Konigsburg)

- The Dragon and the Raven (G.A. Henty)

- Carney's House Party (Maud Hart Lovelace)

- Winona's Pony Cart (Maud Hart Lovelace)

- Iggie's House (Judy Blume)

May = 18 in total

- Thinking Spiritually (John Owen)

- Jonathan Park: The Adventure Begins (Audio book - Vision Forum)

- Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus: Volume Five (Michael L Brown)

- With Lee in Virginia (G.A. Henty)

- Bound for Oregon (Jean Van Leeuwen)

- Ballet Shoes (Noel Streatfeild)

- Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill (Maud Hart Lovelace)

- Heaven to Betsy (Maud Hart Lovelace)

- Besty in Spite of Herself (Maud Hart Lovelace)

- Betsy was a Junior (Maud Hart Lovelace)

- Betsy and Joe (Maud Hart Lovelace)

- The Outlaws of Sherwood (Robin McKinley)

- We Are One Village (Nikki Lovell)

- Mary Bunyan: A Tale of Religious Persecution and Heroic Faith (Sallie R Ford)

- The Princess and the Goblin (George MacDonald)

- The Woman Who Changed Her Brain (Barbara Arrowsmith-Young)

- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler (E.L. Konigsburg)

- Paul Brand: Helping Hands (Janet and Geoff Benge)

June = 19

- D.L. Moody: Bringing Souls to Christ (Janet and Geoff Benge)

- Hand in Hand: Crafting with Kids (Jenny Doh)

- Time Sweep (Valerie Weldrick)

- A Tangled Web (LM Montgomery)

- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carrol)

- Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)

- Brotherband: The Invaders (John Flanagan)

- Sister Freaks (Rebecca St James)

- The Wounded Spirit (Frank Peretti)

- Fifty Famous Stories Retold (James Baldwin)

- The Little Quaker (Susan Moodie)

- Exposing the Dark Work of Abortion (John Piper)

- The Secret School (Avi)

- Praying the New Testament (Elmer Towns)

- Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)

- Good Wives (Louisa May Alcott)

- Sketches of the Covenanters (C.J. McFeeters)

- A Little Princess (Frances Hodgson Burnett)

- The Pursuit of God (A.W. Tozer)

July = 14

- God's Missionary (Amy Carmichael)

- The Beauty of Modesty (David Vaughan and Diane Vaughan)

- Castle Diary: The Medieval Journal of Tobias Burgess (Richard Platt)

- David Brainerd: The Apostle to the North American Indians (Jesse Page)

- Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother (Amy Chua)

- Run Fat B!tch Run (Ruth Fields)

- Little Men (Louisa May Alcott)

- The Gabriel Method (Jon Gabriel)

- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins)

- At the Altar (L.M. Montgomery)

- Christ-Centered Worship (Bryan Chapell)

- The Enchanted April (Elizabeth Von Arnim)

- How to Train (Hal Higdon)

- Dancing in the Glory of Monsters (Jason K Stearns)

August = 10

- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)

- The Explict Gospel (Matt Chandler)

- Betsy and the Great World (Maud Hart Lovelace)

- Spent? End Exhaustion and Feel Well Again (Frank Lipman)

- Betsy's Wedding (Maud Hart Lovelace)

- The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Catherynne M Valente)

- Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters (Courtney E Martin)

- G-Force: The Ultimate Guide to Your Best Body Ever (Gunnar Peterson)

- Working in the Reggio Way (Julianne P Wurm)

- Runner's World Best Competative Running (ed Adam Bean)

September = 26

- Dare Me (Megan Abbott)

- The Longevity Project (Howard S Friedman, Leslie R Martin)

- Running Within (Jerry Lynch, Warren Scott)

- Fitness Running (Richard L Brown and Joe Henderson)

- The 4-Hour Body (Timothy Ferriss)

- Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions (Paul Mason)

- Run Your Butt Off! (editors of Runners World)

- 3 Months to Your First 5K (Dave Kuehls)

- The Running Times Guide to Breakthrough Running (editors of Running Times)

- How To Run (Paula Radcliffe)

- Marathon Running From Beginner to Elite (Richard Nerurkar)

- The Forsaken (Lisa M Stasse)

- Brain Rules (John Medina)

- 4 months to a 4-Hour Marathon (David Kuehls)

- The Complete Guide to Cheerleading (Christine Farina & Courtney A Clark)

- The Hunger Games Companion (Lois H Gresh)

- Valiant (Holly Black)

- Prairie School (Lois Lenski)

- Calico Captive (Elizabeth George Speare)

- We Make Dolls! (Jenny Doh)

- Yonie Wondernose (Marguerite de Angeli)

- The Prairie Thief (Melissa Wiley)

- Lifeblood: How to Change the World One Dead Mosquito at a Time (Alex Perry)

- Including the Gifted and Talented (ed Chris M M Smith)

- Handbook of Gifted Education (Nicholas Colangelo, Gary A Davis)

- Gifted Young Children (Louise Porter)

October = 20

- The Blue Castle (L.M. Montgomery)

- An Imperfect Offering: Dispatches From the Medical Frontline (James Orbinski)

- Katharina Von Bora: A Reformation Life (Rudolf K Markwald, Marilynn Morris Markwald)

- The Penderwicks at Point Mouette (Jeanne Birdsall)

- The Sweet Poison Quit Plan (David Gillespie)

- Ballet Beautiful (Mary Helen Bowers)

- How to Create Your Ultimate Body and Keep It (Tiffany Hall)

- 59 seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot (Richard Wiseman)

- Emily of Deep Valley (Maud Hart Lovelace)

- David Copperfield (Audiobook) (Charles Dickens)

- Jane of Lantern Hill (L.M. Montgomery)

- Meet the Austins (Madeleine L'Engle)

- Time of the Eagle (Sherryl Jordan)

- Women, Gender and Radical Religion in Early Modern Europe (ed Andrew Colin Gow)

- First Among Sequels (Jasper Fforde)

- One of Our Thursdays is Missing (Jasper Fforde)

- Silhouette (Thalia Kalkipsakis)

- The Exceptional Brian and How it Changed the World (Robert M Kaplan)

- The Moon By Night (Madeleine L'Engle)

- Brotherband: The Hunters (John Flanagan)

November = 16

- The Hunt (Andrew Fukuda)

- A Life in Frocks (Kelly Doust)

- How I Live Now (Meg Rosoff)

- The Woman Who Died a Lot (Jasper Fforde)

- Free: Adventures on the Margins of a Wasteful Society (Katharine Hibbert)

- Spindlers (Lauren Oliver)

- Just Listen (Sarah Dessen)

- Apple Bough (Noel Streatfeild)

- Notes From the Teenage Underground (Simmone Howell)

- The Painted Garden (Noel Streatfeild)

- Movements that change the World (Steve Addison)

- Promise Song (Linda Holeman)

- Reckless Abandon (David Sitton)

- Pilipinto's Happiness (Valerie Elliot Shepard)

- Ministries of Mercy (Timothy J Keller)

- The Moondene Prince (Christopher Gray)

December = 9

- The View From Saturday (E.L. Konigsburg)

- In the Wake of the Plague

- How To Look Expensive (Andrea Pomerantz Lustig)

- Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement (Kathryn Joyce)

- Return of the Black Death (Susan Scott and Christopher Duncan)

- The Diamond Age (Neal Stephenson)

- Blasphemy: The True, Heart-Breaking Story of the Woman Sentenced to Death Over A Cup of Water (Asia Bibi)

- Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness (Scott Jurek)

- The Paelo Answer (Loren Cordain)