Les Fils de Shamgar

Swinging the Ox Goad in Birmingham, Southgate, Chessington, Sevenoaks, Boston and Brighton.

Thursday, March 30, 2006


I remember a Tata posting a "What does the parable of the shrewd manager mean?" question. This was met with much puzzlement. I heard it preached on a couple of weeks ago. The explanation given was that a Jewish master couldn't charge interest on accounts and therefore would get a manager to 'up the original invoice' (If there are any questions about this, the master denies all knowledge and the manager gets it). The manager in the parable then chops the ammounts back to real ammount, without interest - the master has no comeback as it was illegal to overcharge. Any thoughts, never heard this explanation?

Listen to the Sermon by Martin

Moth of God/parts 11-15 completed.

So then, I thought you should know that parts 11-15 have just gone up on the archive after my brain did a few more loops round the boiled sweet motif. I promise to do something different after this. It just had to have a bit more development before moving on. Enjoy. PS Revelation to follow when the guessing has got a bit more stoked-up.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Batman graphics

This site has some memorable moments from when I was a kid.

Monday, March 27, 2006

The Pod has landed

The Nano has made it's home with the Frog's. Mrs Frog is delighted with her new walk-to-work accompaniment. But why does iTunes take about 3 weeks to rip from my 56x dvd drive?

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Baby got Book

A Christian friend planning to go on the mission field sent me this link this week. I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I like the KJV medallion though - I'd love to see some of the guys who get hot under the collar about "which version" settling the matter in a rap competition - maybe an additon to this years Men's convention? (it also made me smile thinking about the little pocket sized NIV that was a bit of a Navigators thing in Nottingham). Be warned you may find this offensive (sorry for polluting the blog if that is the case - it can be swiftly deleted). http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4138367087196865501&q=baby+got+book

Inside Man I saw this on Friday and quite liked it. Although Jodie was a bit ridiculous in the part given to her. And, apparently, I missed some of the director's more subtle statements of political concern. The other five paying customers seemed fairly quiet.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Planet Earth: neat version

For your inspection. Thanks for the comments in the earlier posting. Unpainted: please notice that you get a tiny mention in picto form for your recent advice with the problem I had trying to work out how to make babies.

Where is Toon?

I am guessing that this contentious subject may now be broached...?

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Good Night and Good Luck

"To a very considerable extent the media of mass communications in a given country reflect the political, economic and social climate in which they flourish. We are currently wealthy, fat, comfortable and complacent. We have currently a built-in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information. Our mass media reflect this. But unless we get up off our fat surpluses and recognize that television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it and those who work at it, may see a totally different picture too late. I do not advocate that we turn television into a 27-inch wailing wall, where longhairs constantly moan about the state of our culture and our defense. But I would just like to see it reflect occasionally the hard, unyielding realities of the world in which we live. This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box." EDWARD R. MURROW RTNDA Convention Chicago October 15, 1958


Is one of those guys I both like stylistically and feel uncomfortable with morally. Here is a nice snapshot of his work.

Curiouser and Curiouser

OK. So I'm opening my post at work and I find this postcard. Odd I think....

... then I look at the back.


Monday, March 20, 2006

Boiled sweet saga begins

Page2 6 I think that you'll find I have updated the march 06 part of the cartoon archive with part 6 through to 10 (just in case you wanted to read ahead of it being posted at the top of this page)... I wrote these on the train home from Nottingham at the weekend. Everything is inspired by true blog-events.

King: iPhoto troubles may be over

Use this free bit of kit for browsing your stored images for now...?

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Early EN draft... Planet Earth - did they plan it?

I had this one firmly in my brain as I woke at 7am this morning. I post it here for your comments. Do you get it? Have you seen any of the stuff in the series - it is pretty special and the making of stuff is a real insight into what we often take for granted. I wanted to make the most of it.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Hudson Manga

Lets start again... OMF in HongKong published a Manga version of the life of Hudson Taylor. This cover is what our UK publishers have come up with. Any thoughts? See my posting last june for more info. Click to get a bigger image. I don't think this is in Genre. Thanks.

Conscience Films

I can't remember if this film has been mentioned on the blog before so forgive my memory loss if it has. Having just watched it last night I wanted to ask a general question about this sort of film. Like 'City of God' this film deals with some serious issues i.e. corruption of the rich and powerful / exploitation of the poor and vulnerable. However, while I greatly enjoyed watching this film - evocative photography and music, great acting, gripping dialogue/story, thoughtful subject - I was left at the end feeling slightly confused. The film/story raises some serious issues but does it make any demands of me? Did J Le Carre write the story to try and stimulate some change in society or, to put it crassly - did he just use a sad aspect of modern life to write a good novel to make some cash? Is it fine to watch films like this purely for entertainment? If we think "being informed" is important, then my question is how do we USE this information? Do we respond to the issues raised in any way or do we simply forget about them as soon as we switch the TV off? I am beginning to wonder whether people are in danger of simply living out their consciences through the characters of a movie. In that way the middle-classes can carry on worshipping their iPod etc. whilst appeasing their sense of greed and guilt by admiring the portrayal of the heros in "serious-thoughtful" films? Am I talking a load of nonsense boys? Should I just shut up and enjoy the film?

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Great Images

Guardian bloke Dan Chung.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Listen with Frog

Try some of the rare remixes. Bjork and Thom York, Coldplay: Talk by JXL, R'head by Sneaker Pimps. And some Green day:Oasis:Travis comedy blending v.good.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006


It's about time he saw sense. Shame it came so late.

We are nearly 1

Do we need to celebrate this momentous event with a little something. I guess a virtual party, a little port and maybe some online games would be in order? An online treasure hunt? Pass the e-mail? A celebratory podcast? A collaborative piece of art? Any thoughts? By the way - Does the fact that I knew that the Bloc Party font was Gill Sans in caps instantly mean that I have serious issues and need to get out more? The Frog is back (but still a little squished) love the top 'toon ^

Monday, March 13, 2006

New UCCF Website

Haven't had chance to explore this yet but thought I'd stick it on the blog for review. What do you guys think? www.bethinking.org


But are they any good?

Sunday, March 12, 2006

'Nuff Said
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Where is Frog?

Excuse me for the fiddling about boys. I have two points to make: 1. Where is Frog? (and is the Doctor to blame in some way?) 2. The Blog is one year old on 2 April (King made the first posting).

Friday, March 10, 2006

iPod-altry comes a step closer for Bane.

That's right. Lets see how individual he can stay.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Rod Liddle/fundamentalists program

Apologies for starting another posting but in reference to Kings last comments: 1. Look carefully before you have a go at this - one of the main problems that Liddle has with Christians is that they don't listen. Be careful not to do too much ranting before you have some solid ground - especially in view of the fact that people read this blog beyond our own shores. 2. This is where you can hear Liddle talk about the show in a helpful and concise way (I caught it live because I was stuck in a bad tail back on Monday morning). You should skip to the last 15 minutes when he speaks. It presents a better picture. If you want a link to an audio version of the whole show then I can sort it for you. I taped it but haven't had a great chance to think on it yet.

Objective Journalism?

"Channel 4's award-winning Dispatches team continue to bring you hard-hitting undercover documentaries from around the world." Yeah right. Did any of you guys catch the latest program shown on Monday night? My non-Christian nephew at university did and phoned me to catch up and ask what I thought and to ask what excatly is an Evangelical. A good opportunity came from this but once again it seems that a liberal jounalist has tried to rubbish true Christianity. Boys I am still a novice when it comes to understanding the media but I am getting sick and tired of the way jounalists abuse their position to grind their generally atheistic axes. From the description I've heard it sounds like the presenter in this program had a massive bias and presented a very one-sided and distorted viewpoint. Thankfully my nephew was able to stand back from some of the rhetoric and see the obvious bias. Having been a Christian since I was 16 I have got used to the way biased journalists present a caricatured version of Christianity in the media. It's very rare that you see a genuinely balanced and objective portrayal or discussion of these sorts of issues because TV and newspapers sadly seem to thrive on sensationalising everything. The day after Hamas gained political power in Palestine the front page of the Guardian was taken up with the latest escapades on Celebrity Big Brother! What are your thoughts on the issue in this progam - schools backed by Evangelicals teaching creationist views alongside evolution? And what do you think about the objectivity of the mdeia in thsi country? Is there such a thing as Objective journalism in Britain anymore? Has there ever been? Are specific newspapers, radio and tv channels presenting things from a particularly liberal/atheistic bias?

Simpsons version

This is definitely worth a viewing. The last few frames spoil it for me, but you can find out yourself.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006


The latest edition of my newsletter from Hastings has just gone live. Feel free to check it out boys.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Nano returns and last minute cartoon approval...

If you boys can check this one for approval - I have to post it to EN tonight/in the morning and wondered if you could comment just in case it is unclear/weird...? Thanks. And - I got a brand new Nano. Very happy but wise to the Moth of God.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Early Sunday Morning

Elijah was wide awake at 5.45am this morning so we went downstairs to play. At 6.45am he was fast asleep (obviously bored by his father) so I decided to pop out with the camera while the light layer of snow was still on the ground. The sun was just creeping up over the roof tops and it was beautifully quiet with just the occasional local out walking their pet dog, eyeing suspiciously at the scruffy looking bloke with a camera. Not great shots by any stretch but they give a little glimpse of the new housing estate built around the church. (except the one of the water that I took in a local park nearby before I headed back home to hot tea and toast - Mrs King requested this one to be included!). p.s. totally unrelated but a question that came up last night at church.....we took three Italian student friends to an evangelistic quiz night (as an aside I don't generally like these events as the after quiz gospel talk is soooo hard to pitch right without either feeling totally cringeworthy or being so watered down it's like a very watery thing)...anyway, the talk was actually pretty good this time. As we were about to leave, one of the students asked why we didn't have an altar at the front of the church. Slightly flustered I tried to give a sensible answer to a question I haven't thought about answering before (yes I am a pathetic evangelist). Posing the question to you boys who are probably sat in a comfortable study with bulging bookshelves - what would your straight forward answer be?

Saturday, March 04, 2006

A Creative 'Bog' offering and an idea to 'Float'...

Here is the latest thing in my cartoon exploits. This time for school - serving the attendance regime which is currently a genuine focus among the senior staff. Even as impressive as 90% attendance sounds, did you know that this means missing an entire year of school from a person's normal school life? Lots of our kids are at that sort of level if not below. This strip will be going out in the school newsletter in a few weeks. I was handed the concept: six boxes where the picture is gradually filled in. It's probably my best school cartoon of the lot. Here are the rest. Here is the idea floater. I am probably on the verge of doing a strip for EN based on the whole 'freedom of speech' thing that has been going on recently. I thought to myself that rather than say something about Jerry Springer or Islam (or even the SIkhs in Birmingham a few months back with the theatre protest...) how about taking things in a slightly different way: one of the 'parties' behind this sort of thing is the militant secularist for whom the sacred is something to be ridiculed and poked at in the name of freedom. I was thinking to myself - what if it was secularists being offended and not Christians/Muslims/Sikhs? What would the offending thing be? At the moment the main ideas I have are the concept that there is Truth (capital T) regardless of what they say/think. Any other ideas on what offends them? UPDATED: I think I just got it. A bunch of secularists (journalists?) are protesting at the reintroduction of keyboards with a CAPS LOCK key because they spell truth without a capital T. PS Nano News: what does this mean? There is still no certainty that my Nano is coming back repaired even though it looks like it is.

In the shopping centre

Saw this guy in the shopping precint in Oxford, thought the look on his face contrasted nicely with his mate.  Posted by Picasa

Friday, March 03, 2006

A winter walk

Took these babies earlier today walking besides a canal near our home. Any of you boys been snapping recently? Gird up those creative loins I know you all have and get them on the bog!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Monyhull Church from another angle

I took this shot about 18 months ago when property developers started building a brand new housing estate around the church building! An exciting opportunity boys but how we need God's Spirit to be at work in these days of indifference.

Church of the Old King

I was prompted the other day to look up the website of Old King's church in Birmingham, partly because I used to go there when I was a student in the early 90's. Back in my day there were about 80 of us meeting in a hired room in a hospital. Now there are about 200 people in their own building and planning to put an extension on and run it as a community centre during the week (a bit like CEC). It was a great encouragement to see how the church is growing in a city that was pretty barren back then and probably is still.