Tonight I am out with some french folks, speaking some english and helping them in exchange for some french chat after! The English gang (the group’s name) are a cool bunch of people and sharing language learning in this way is lots of fun!
I wanted to share some reflections about our experience of living in France and how that relates to theology and biblical reflection. Recently we have felt so overwhelmed by the hospitality and welcome our friends in France have shown us. They have been so welcoming, inviting us into their lives and their friendships. Its really special to have had such an experience as we try and speak French with them and understand them too. When there should be lots of barriers to building a friendship such as our basic French our experience has been the opposite. In our experience we have been reminded of Jacob’s words to Esau on their reuniting when he says “to see your face is to have seen the face of God” Gen 33:10.
Our experience of the love and hospitality our friends in France have shown us has been for us like looking at the face of God. Despite our differences, cultural and linguistic these friends of ours have opened their lives to us and invited us in. Simple thing like taking us out for walks or skiing (as they have cars) have made us feel welcomed by them.
When we show hospitality like this we are living out a deeply rooted biblical and theological principle of hospitality. Israel a “blessing” for all nations would do this in the way they treated the poor, the orphaned and widowed, the foreigner and priests. Throughout the Bible you can trace this theme of hospitality and invitation. The face of God can be encountered in such hospitality. For us it may have been because we understand something of the welcome of God as Christians. However on another level our experience has been such because we recognise it is a deeply spiritual thing when we engage in relationships sharing life together.
In our hospitality towards others we can share the very heart of God, to welcome all people into a relationship with Himself.
I went on the air on UCB UK, we had a chat and they played some songs you can listen here
Sat 25th Aug I will be doing a “home turf” concert in northern ireland at scrabo hall church, newtownards. See www.adambakermusic.co.uk
CD’s will be available and there will be a chance to hear about our vision for Senegal. This really is a special concert, it will be one of the last for a while (potentially a year). So do come along, bring friends, your family and small pets!
Springsteen meets Frank Turner a blend of folk and pop rock and that still doesn’t describe the greatness that is Scott Nicol
Whether with a band or on his own this guy rocks!
I have enjoyed sharing some stages with him in the past, and watching his music videos (they are great!), following tweets about US Tours and TV appearances, I get really excited about the places Scott’s music takes him to and where it could take him in the future.
The Awaken guys are just brilliant and you will certainly agree when you experience their live sound.
Awaken and I have shared a few stages in Scotland, I’ve teamed up with Marc Bull and ahd him play with me and enjoyed a good friendship with other band members too.
Its all about their live sound for me, its electric!
A new release from this wonderful songwriter and musician takes on a slightly different sound to his previous release. Opening tracks will shed some light on what I mean.
I remember meeting Steph at the Lions Trust Launch Concert, his set was immense, a 3 piece band, huge sound, a gripping voice and stories that were shared made the experience truly inspiring.
See http://www.stephmacleod.com/ for more on Steph
Allan McKinlay is a great songwriter, a gifted worship leader with honesty, sincerity and passion. Allan and I had a joint cd launch in Scotland at the launch of his latest recording “When God Speaks” a brilliant title song but the album has more to offer, “Dry Bones” is my personal favourite.
Worship leader and songwriter Allan McKinlay is one of the best artists I have come across lately. Check out his website and find out more http://www.allanmckinlay.com/
Lifecolour and I first met in Stone when we did a joint event together and some of the guys acted as my band. Recently some of the band members joined me on the Olympic Park stage in the London 2012 games.
Rock on! Sweet riffs, thumping drums and melodies that will have you entangled in a whirlpool of sounds that will drown you in joy.