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Saturday, 29 December 2007

Under Construction...

I'm trying to tidy up/organise/rearrange my sidebars so if you see anything funny then that's probably why.

Friday, 28 December 2007

First tooth!

Baby Girl got her first tooth yesterday! It's such a suprise as hubby and I both got teeth later than this (Baby Girl is eight months and we were nine and twelve months). She's so funny - if you open her mouth she sticks her tongue out so the only way we can see the tooth is by putting a spoon in her mouth so she licks it. :o)

Saturday, 22 December 2007

My view of Christmas

I know there are a lot of different views of Christmas floating around so I thought I'd add mine into the mix. I don't want to misrepresent other's views so I am going to provide links to articles to hopefully avoid this.

Some people view Christmas as a Pagan festival in which Christians should take no part:

Others celebrate it as if it is a Christian festival:

Personally, I celebrate it as a cultural festival.

Yes Christmas has Pagan roots but the meanings have been lost and the mode of celebration has evolved over the centuries and I imagine bears little resemblance to it's Pagan origins. We have many traditions and words which come from Pagan religion/culture. When I was getting married, a friend lent me a wedding planning book. Every so often it had a little fact box telling you about the origins/meanings of many wedding traditions. For example, both the wedding cake and the throwing of grains over the couple (which has evolved into confetti) originate from ideas that grains would bring fertility and make the marriage fruitful. In the same way that most Christians would not have an issue with these wedding traditions, I do not have an issue with traditional Christmas celebrations.

The incarnation is an important subject which we should think upon all year round and not just at Christmas. Having said this, the world considers Christmas to be a Christian festival and it can provide a useful opportunity for witnessing. We always send blatantly Christian Christmas cards containing lots of Scripture. Although I do talk about Christianity with my atheist and agnostic friends, I doubt I would get away with sending them portions of Scripture like that at any other time of year. However, there is nothing in the Bible instructing us to celebrate Christ's birth at a specific time of year or in a specific way. The only day we are commanded as Christians to keep is the Sabbath. On the Sabbath we celebrate Christ's birth, death and resurrection. There is a danger that by focusing on the incarnation on this one day, we can forget about it at other times or detract from the Sabbath. I am not saying that there is anything wrong with bringing Christianity into Christmas but just that we must be careful if we do so. Given the common knowledge that it has Pagan origins (and based on feedback from an atheist/agnostic friend who I agree with on this point) trying to talk about "the true meaning of Christmas" as if Christianity is the origin is of little benefit as is not true anyway. Personally, if I wanted to have a "Christian Festival" I would probably celebrate something like the Passover or the Feast of Tabernacles as at least these have a Biblical basis (although they are not commanded to Christians).

If we consider Christmas to be neither Pagan nor Christian should we celebrate it? We are not supposed to the like the world. I celebrate New Year and Guy Fawkes Night, the US has Independence Day and France has Bastille Day. These are cultural festivals too and I personally do not see anything wrong in celebrating them unless to do so would involve sinful practice.

So there you have it. I celebrate it as a cultural festival and acknowledge it as such whilst recognising that many people associate it with the birth of Christ.

What is your view?

I'm back :o)

After a full week of broken and short nights, we've had a week of better nights and Baby Girl has slept through again for the last three. Apart from a slight runny nose still she's pretty much better. I caught her cold but not as bad as her and thankfully it didn't turn into a cough .

Friday, 14 December 2007

Poor Baby

I haven't been blogging this last week because Baby Girl has been ill. She started off with a cold which got worse and turned into a cough. Having slept through since 2 months old, she's been waking once or twice every nigth for the last week and sometimes she just can't get back to sleep afterwards so we've all ended up pretty tired. She's starting to improve now and has passed her cold on to me which should help her as she'll get antibodies through the milk. Hopefully I'll get back to normal sometime next week.

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Vaccines use cells from aborted babies

I recently found out that some viral vaccines are made using cells from aborted babies. I've done a bit of research and this is some of the information I have found:

If you are in the UK then you can find information on which vaccines are currently used here:

It seems that currently the polio vaccine used in the UK uses monkey cells so it is only the MMR which is an issue. I was very relieved to find this out as Baby Girl had already had the polio vaccination before I found out. Obviously I can't help having not known but apart from the fact that we wouldn't have wanted to use it if it had been made using aborted baby's cells but it would have made our objections to the MMR a bit more difficult if we'd already had one.

If you have any more information about this issue, please do post in the comments.

Monday, 3 December 2007

My Theological world view

What's your theological worldview?
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You scored as Reformed Evangelical

You are a Reformed Evangelical. You take the Bible very seriously because it is God's Word. You most likely hold to TULIP and are sceptical about the possibilities of universal atonement or resistible grace. The most important thing the Church can do is make sure people hear how they can go to heaven when they die.

Reformed Evangelical




Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan


Neo orthodox


Roman Catholic




Classical Liberal


Modern Liberal




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