Glorious Undead Church

INRI – No fear, no death – Glorious Undead Church

The Official Glorious Undead Church website.

We are a Christian church based in London UK doing our best to live in a Christ like way (see Mark 12:30-31).

A lot of us are involved in our local alternative music scenes (rock, industrial, punk, hardcore, metal, goth, rockabilly, acoustic etc.) but there are no prerequisites ! Everyone is welcome at GU.

We do not follow religion but follow Jesus and his example with a true faith and bible based theology, we are overseen by the Elim network and run by volunteers.

A Place For Those Who Love Punk, Metal, Hardcore, Emo, Goth, etc..

We meet every Sunday 6pm @ The Hawley Arms Pub, Camden Town, London.
Directions: Turn right out of the ticket barrier, walk up Camden High Street toward the Stable market, turn right onto Castlehaven Road. The pub is on the right-hand side. We are upstairs!!

Who We Are

We are a church based in London made up of people who are into alternative music. What draws us together is our love for alternative music such as metal, punk, hardcore, goth, and emo.. Music and faith plays a big part of our lives and makes us who we are.

Our vision is to break down barriers between God and man, to break down barriers between Christians and non Christians, and to break down anything that stops us from knowing Jesus. We are actively involved in the local scene and supporting it. Like others in the scene, we have something to share as well. Some people like to talk about social issues of the day or whatever is on their mind and we are no different. We want to express Jesus in music and the arts about what he has done; not to push it down people’ throats but respecting people and their views and where they are coming from.

We are affiliated with London City Church, part of Elim Pentecostal Church.

The Story So Far

Glorious Undead Church began its story in 1998. A community of young people who were into punk, goth, hardcore, and metal met together every week for Bible Studies. The desire of the community was to reach out to the London underground scene with a message of hope while supporting the local underground music scene. The Bible Study grew so much, that a church was born. In January 2000, Asylum Church was born as young people gathered every Sunday afternoon in a pub called the Intrepid Fox in Soho for alternative worship. It would be a place where people who would not feel comfortable in a normal church, could feel welcome and be themselves regardless of who they are and what music they are into.

In 2002, the Church went in a new direction as Asylum Church is now known as Glorious Undead Church. To meet the growing demands of the church, Glorious Undead moved its Sunday afternoon meetings from the Intrepid Fox in Soho to the present location at The Spot in Covent Garden. This move allowed the church to expand as it was getting crowded in the Intrepid Fox with so many people coming.

The story continues……

Our Core Values

  • We believe in remaining relevant and moving with the culture we are a part of while remaining doctrinally pure.
  • We believe that people both inside and outside the church matter to God.
  • We believe in keeping it real between ourselves, others, and God.
  • We believe in encouraging and enabling people to be as creative and innovative as possible in their worship of God.
  • We believe that life change happens in small groups and one to one mentoring accountability.
  • We believe in freedom to praise God using all kinds of music.
  • We believe the church should be a place of safety, respect, and inclusion.
  • We believe the church should be a committed 24/7 community.

What We Believe

  • THE BIBLE
    We believe the Bible, as originally given, is without error, and is the inspired Word of God and the supreme and final authority in every area of life.
  • THE TRINITY
    We believe that God exists co-equally and co-eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit and that these three are one God, sovereign in creation, providence and redemption.
  • THE SAVIOUR
    We believe Jesus is the son of God, who was a human being who entered this world through a virgin birth, that he lived a sinless life, teaching people how to live, that he took our place on the cross and shed his blood for our sins and resserected from the dead for all to see, and is now sitting at the right hand of God the Father where he is interceding for his church and is waiting to come back to receive his church.
  • THE HOLY SPIRIT
    We believe in the divinity of the Holy Spirit who comes from Father and the Son and the necessity of His work in convicting mankind of sin, leading mankind to repentance, and in the renewal of our life to live a life pleasing to God, and that the believer is also promised an empowering of the Holy Spirit as the gift of Christ through the baptism in the Holy Spirit with signs following. Through this, the believer is empowered for fuller participation in the ministry of the Church, its worship, evangelism and service.
  • MANKIND
    We believe that man was created in the image of God, but by voluntary disobedience man fell from perfection. As a result, mankind is sinful and is separated from God.
  • SALVATION
    We believe salvation is necessary to enter Heaven and to be reunited with God. Salvation comes by repentance towards God and believing in Jesus by which the sinner is forgiven and declared not guilty in God’s sight. There is nothing we can do to earn salvation or God’s love as it is a free gift from God. We are declared not guilty by the grace of God because of the atoning work of Jesus on the cross, is received by faith and is evidenced by the Fruit of the Spirit such as love and a lifestyle that is pleasing to God.
  • THE CHURCH
    We believe in the spiritual unity and the priesthood of all believers in Christ and these comprise the universal Church, the Body of Christ.
  • THE MINISTRY
    We believe in the ministries that Christ has set in His Church, namely, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, and in the present operation of the various Gifts of the Holy Spirit according to the New Testament.
  • BAPTISM/COMMUNION
    We believe in the baptism of believers by immersed in water in obedience to the command of Christ and in the commemoration of Christ’s death by the observance of Communion until His return.
  • THE COMMISSION
    We believe that the gospel embraces the needs of the whole man and that the Church is therefore commissioned to preach the gospel to the world and to fulfil a ministry of healing and deliverance to the spiritual and physical needs of mankind.
  • THE COMING KING
    We believe in the personal, physical and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to reign in power and glory.
  • THE FUTURE
    We believe in the resurrection of the dead and in the final judgement of the world, the eternal conscious bliss of those who made Jesus their saviour and the eternal conscious punishment of those who deny Jesus as their saviour.
  • ROCK MUSIC
    We believe God the Creator created everything and this includes rock music. The devil did not create rock music because all things come from God and the devil can only perverse God’s creation including rock music.

Devotions

Being A Friend

By Rob Schellert

I thank God for the friends I have in my life. My friends make life a good experience. In fact, I do not know if I would still be around today if it wasn’t for friends in my life. They helped me get by in life especially in some of the darkest hours of my life. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 talks about the value of a friend. It tells us,

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

So what is this talking about?? First of all, it tells us that with a friend, we can get more things done than by ourselves. And if we fall, a friend will be there to help us get on our feet again. Then it says that if friends lie down together, they will keep warm. I’m not going to say that we all should lie down with our friends. But sometimes life is cold and lonely when we feel confused. It’s like trying to find our way around in the dark. But when that friend comes into our life, no longer do we feel cold or lonely. That friend brings warmth and hope into our life that we don’t have to go through life alone. It goes on to talk about how tow friends can defend themselves. When we go through life alone, especially in hard times, we become vulnerable to our feelings and are overwhelmed by the circumstances we are in. But with friends, we can build each other up and watch out for each other. It finishes by saying that a cord of three strands is not easily broken. The three strands in our lives are us, our friends, and God. With these three strands in our life, we are set to face life and all that comes with it.

Friendships are a key part of God’s plan for helping us through the trials and temptations of life. When we isolate ourselves from one another, we miss out on the love of God that comes through the touch of a friend. Our own past hurts can give us understanding and insight that may provide hope to friends who are hurting. Friends help us get by in life and help us get a proper perspective in life, because when we are in a mess, we can’t always see things clearly.

Jesus was often described as the sinner’s friend. He hung out and cared for those who were broken hearted and those who did not have much going for them. When Jesus saw these people, he was often moved with compassion. As followers of Jesus, we are called to be like Christ. This means we are called to be a friend to those around us. We need to see the world, see our friends, the way Jesus sees them. Our actions speak louder than the words we say. What kind of a friend are we? A shallow friend or a true friend? How committed are we to our friendships? Jesus is the best friend I could ever have. He walks with me through good and bad times. He is always there when I need Him most. Because of that, I want others to know this friend. But it starts with me being a true friend to those around me.

My Flatmate Jesus

By Rob Schellert

Everyday I get out of my bed and brush my teeth before I start my day. It is just something that I do everyday without thinking twice about. You might be saying, “Hello duh! We all brush our teeth everyday, no questions asked!” It is so part of our life that we just don’t go out the door without brushing our teeth or go to bed without doing it.

In a far away land, across many waters, there are tribes of people who liveasimple lifestyle. They may or may not have all the conviences of 21st century. They get up early every morning to pray, not just once a day, not even twice a day, no not just three or four times a day, but five times a day to a God they can never know according to their religion. These people who are muslims, make it a lifestyle of praying everyday, like we brush our teeth everyday without thinking twice about. It is something to admire.

Luke 19:45-46

“Then Jesus entered the temple area and began driving ut those who were selling. “It is written”, He said to them, “My house will be a house of prayer but you have made it a den of robbers. Everyday Jesus was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on to Jesus’ words.

Jesus went to the temple and found that the people were making the temple into everything but a house of prayer. They were making it into what ever they want. Jesus said that His house will be known as a house of prayer. Jesus never said His house of worship, house of fellowship, or anything like that. We make church into everything we want, and what is convienent to us, but we forget that it was meant to be a house of prayer.

Prayer is about having a conversation with God. We communicate with the living God who desires to have a relationship with us. We all know that church is not about buildings but about people. About us having a relationship with God. Our hearts, according to God, are a temple of the Holy Spirit, where God lives in us, His presence living in us. Do we have a heart to pray? God wants us to communicate and talk to him from our hearts.

In Matthew 6:5-7, Jesus was teaching people how to pray.

“And when you pray, do not be like he hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what’s done in the secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.

Jesus says here that we pray not to be seen by people but to meet with God.. We need to make that time to be alone with God.

There’s a huge difference hanging out with a friend with people all around you and just you hanging out with your friend with no one else around. When we hang with our friend alone, we have undivided attention and no distractions.

In Mark 1:35-37 we read that Jesus spent time alone with God and pray.

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed. Simon and his companions went out to look for him, and when they have found him, they exclaimed, “Everyone is looking for you!”

We often make excuses why it is hard for us to pray. We have to go to work, band practices, hanging out with friends, too tired, etc. The list goes on and on. Jesus had a hard time as well. He was the man of the day. He was in the spotlight. Throngs of people came to him. People always wanted to be around him. But no matter what or how tired he was, Jesus found time and a way to be alone with God.

Jesus had a consistent pattern of being alone with God. The Bible often tells us that “he withdrew”, stepping away from the limelight.

Even though Jesus was the son of God, He still needed to be in touch with the Father. We can only do God’s will for our life by staying in touch with Him. If Jesus spent time alone with God on a regular basis, how much more do we need to spend time alone with God.

We need to make prayer,staying in touch with God a priority in our life. Discipline is not a bad word. Without discipline, we would not stay fit and healthy, we would not be able to play the guitar or perform any other skill really well. A disciplined life of prayer will see much growth in the life of any believer. For that reason, the enemy will try anything to distract us from having a close relationship with God.

How To Organise your quiet time:

-Find a place where you will not be interrupted. A quiet time means a time with out distractions.

-Set aside a certain time of day which is best for you. Keep in mind God deserves our best, not our leftovers, Not when we are too tired or half drunk.

-Keep a balance in reading the Word and praying. God’s Word is alive and He is always speaking to us in His Word, it is His letter to us.

-Seek opportunities to use what you have learned or prayed about. For example, If we are praying for a new job, we should seek to put that into action by going out looking for a job.

Benefits of Regular quiet time:

-We get to know God, His nature, His character, and His ways. We find out what He is like, what pleases Him, what doesn’t pleases Him, and so on.

-We grow in the understanding of His perfect love for us. The more we get to know God, the more amazing His love becomes.

-When alone, we can hear more clearly the voice of God. In a crowded room, its hard to hear what someone is saying, but when we are alone, it is so much easier to hear what they are saying.

Everyone of us has the ability to hear God. If we have the ability to talk to God, why not hear from God?

-We are empowered to overcome sin and any weaknesses we may have. It is only by His strength we can over come sin and temptation in life. We cannot do it in our own strength because of our sinful nature.

-We can receive specific guidance and direction when we spend time alone with God.

At the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus went alone to be with God and talk about what he was feeling. He realised he was about to face the cross and did not like it one bit. He told God , “No! I don’t want it! I don’t want to do it! Take it away from me!” But while alone with God, Jesus found the strength to face the cross.

We find friendship, strength, wisdom, and love when we take the time to be alone with God.

The time we spend alone with Jesus is the best investment we can make to our spiritual health just like brushing our teeth everyday is the best thing we can do for our teeth.

Some people are drawn to pray. They only pray when they feel led to, or by a desire to pray, Other people are driven to prayer such as a pressing need that needs immediate attention and that;s the only time they pray.

We need to learn to cultivate a life of prayer in us. We need to make prayer a part of who we are, a part of our culture. To cultivate means to grow, tend, develop, and promote. We need to grow, tend, develop, and promote a life of prayer in our daily life.

Prayer is something we do. Its an expression of who we are, a house of prayer, a people of prayer, a people in communion with a living God. Praying for ourselves, our friends, our church, things going on in the world, and simply hanging out with God.

We need to commit ourselves to knowing Him and cultivating a life of prayer in our hearts. Now, how well do we know our flatmate Jesus?

How lovely is your dwelling place Lord, My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Psalm 84:1-2

Coming Clean

By Rob Schellert

When I go into the supermarket to buy orange juice, I see so many different kinds of orange juice. So many different choices we have. I see one orange juice and it says pure orange juice on it. Another orange juice like Sunny D says orange juice on it as well. So what is the difference between the two orange juice? They both say it is orange juice on the label. However if we look at the label and read the ingredients, we will find that Sunny D is toxic! It is not pure orange juice! It is made up of various chemicals and artificial ingredients. When we drink Sunny D, we are filling ourselves with junk. Pure orange juice is something that is real, not tainted, and not corrupted.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are those pure in heart for they shall see God.”

We may wear the label of being a Christian on the outside, but what is inside of us? Is our heart pure like pure orange juice? Or is our hearts corrupted like Sunny-D?

What does it mean to be pure in heart? To see God, we need to be pure in heart. Sin stops us from seeing God. It sucks when something gets in the way of our friendships with people.

1 John 1:5-9 tells us, “This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

All of us are born into a world of sin. There’s is nothing we can do about it. It is a part of who we are. We can not get away from it. Just look at the weaknesses we may have. God is pure, someone without sin. God is not corrupted or contaminated by sin. God hates sin so much that He cannot stand it. God desires to have a relationship with us but sin gets in the way. Sin becomes a major roadblock! We need to deal with sin in our lives. But there is nothing we can do to make things right with God because of our sinful nature. We can’t do anything about it. No matter how hard we try, the problem is still there. It’s a no win situation! It’s like we lost the game before it even started.

Sin is like a pair of sunglasses. Sunglasses blocks out the sun. Sin like these pair of shades distorts our vision. We don not always see clearly. Sin distorts our vision, we can’t always see God in our life, and sometimes we feel far from him, sin stops us from having a relationship with God.

Romans 3:10-26
“As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away; they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of God before their eyes’.

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.

But now righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known to which the law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through being redeemed that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in His forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished – he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”

No one is righteous, -the quality or state of being morally sound – good, not guilty. God saw this problem, so he sent his son Jesus someone who is without sin, someone who is pure to die for our sins and come back to life so that we can be pure in heart and be able to see God for ourselves.

God finds our sins repulsive and disgusting. It’s like when a baby takes a dump in his diaper. If we were to look at the mess he made, we would find it disgusting! This is what sin looks like if we get down to the bottom of it. It looks like crap! Do we find the sins in our life repulsive? If we do not find the sin in our lives repulsive, disgusting then there is something wrong. The Bible tells us that sin for a moment feels good, but when it is all said and done, it is crap! Sin at the end of the day makes us feel like crap. It holds us down, and we become slaves to sin.

But God made us holy, changed our diaper and set us apart and made us clean the moment we made Jesus our friend by believing in Him. We are made holy, clean, righteous by our relationship with Jesus It is for freedom that Christ sets us free! Jesus cleans us up, and gives us a fresh start. We are no longer slaves to sin. But for some reason, we still have to fight this sinful nature in us because we are not perfect, and we do not live in a perfect world.

How do we fight this disease called sin in us? Romans 12:1- tells us, “Therefore, I urge you, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Everyday we need to be transformed; we need to renew our mind. We need to ask Jesus everyday to give us a right mind, a right heart, a will that wants to please God. God hates sin. So what is pleasing to God? For Jesus to live in me, I must decrease. It is about more of Him in my life, and less of me and my sinful nature. It is about having a daily relationship with Jesus. The more that we spend time with Jesus, the more we become like Jesus. It comes out of having a real living daily relationship with Jesus everyday. spending time alone with Jesus everyday is the best thing we could ever do for ourselves.

Psalm 51:10 tells us, “Create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence or take your Holy Spirit away from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”

We need to ask God to clean our hearts. We need to ask God to create a clean heart in us, a fresh start, and ask God to renew a right spirit in us, a right attitude, a right perspective. A right spirit, a right heart that wants to do the right thing!

We live in this world, its no use denying it. It is so easy to fall into sin. It is all around us. Everywhere we go, it’s in our face. All of this stuff affects us in one way or another.

We all have sin and fell short of the mark. The only way out of it is only by having a personal relationship with Jesus. Spending time with Jesus everyday. It is about Jesus, who gave up His rights as a divine being to walk the earth as a man for us and who died on a cross to make us holy and blameless in His eyes.

We need to seek to have a relationship with Him! We need to seek his presence in our life everyday. Jesus is our life line. It is by his strength that we overcome sin in life. It is because of Jesus we are able to see God with a pure heart.

What we reap is what we sow. a farmer plant seeds he will reap a harvest.

If one spends all of their time drinking, they will become an alcoholic and have no time for the important things in life (friends, family, life ambitions…).

A musician practices playing his guitar everyday, he will reap the benefits – he will become a skilled musician.

If we sow time to be alone with Jesus everyday, we will reap the presence of God in our life! We will reap the benefits of being friends with Jesus. We will become stronger. It is no longer us who live but Christ that lives in us.

So many of us feel so far away from God. We wonder why and how. We feel trapped in sin. The question is, am I making room for Jesus in my everyday life??

It is not about what we do or do not do but about having a real, personal, one on one, daily relationship with Jesus. A Christian is someone who makes Jesus their friend. And yet a lot of Christians don’t make the effort to be alone with Jesus every day or even care to become good friends with Jesus. They become hypocritical Christians that we all love to hate. They go to church and then go home and put God back on the shelf until the next Sunday. Some of us may consider ourselves to be Christians, but we don’t bother to make time to be alone with Jesus every day. Today is the day to make things right with God. Today is the day to commit ourselves to knowing God and making room for Jesus in our everyday life.

Baby I’m All Yours

When a guy discovers a girl and he really likes her, he wants to see something happen. They become friends and they start hanging out a lot and the next thing we know they are going out. The guy asked her out thinking she’s the girl for him. That there is no one else in the world he rather be with than her. Then the day comes he laid all his cards on the table and popped the question to her. She said yes and the next thing they exchanged the vows and tied the knots. When they exchanged the vows, they made a declaration to each other, that there’s no other person in my life but you. I’m all yours baby! He set his life apart for her and she set her life apart for him. The only way marriage will work if we set ourselves apart for that special someone. Call it sanctification! To be sanctified means to be set apart. Guess we could say that marriage is a sanctified thing. Today, so many marriages are falling apart; people are compromising their marriage they are not setting themselves apart totally for that special someone. As a result their marriages are not going anywhere and nothing comes out of the relationship.

Ok sanctification means to be set apart. To be holy. To be different from the rest.

In Leviticus 11:45, God tells us to be holy because He is holy.

Our God is holy. There is no other God like our God, Our God is beyond comparison. He is different, He is out of this world, and He is heads and shoulders above the crowd. There is no one like our God, Take love for an example. God is love, and no one else can love like our God because He is love. He is holy.

This amazing holy God wants to live in our hearts and have a relationship with us. Because He wants to live in our hearts, God asks us to set our lives apart for Him.

God is incompatible with sin. God and sin does not work together. It is like Microsoft and Apple computers. Microsoft is like the Devil or the antichrist and God is like Mac computers. We cannot use Microsoft programs with another operating program. And we cannot use Mac with a Windows program. It just does not work! We are going to go nowhere if we try to mix it up!

Sin is like a nasty computer virus seeking to shut us down to destroy us to kill us off. The only way to keep ourselves from being infected with this sin virus is to watch ourselves, to guard ourselves, to protect ourselves and to keep ourselves pure in everything that we say, do, and think.

Sure we are saved by grace, meaning that we are saved by what Jesus done for us on the cross by believing in Him and not by anything we do because anything we do will never be good enough because of our sinful nature. We will always be saved no matter what when we believe in Jesus and take the gift of life that he has to offer, we can never lose our salvation because salvation is a free gift. A gift ceases to be a gift the moment we have to work for it.

So we will always be saved, but we can still be infected by sin. After all we still live in a fallen world. Sin like any computer virus will seek to slow down our walk with God and shut us down and kill us off, and make us unfruitful for God.

Nobody that I know really wants to live a boring life. I know that I do not want to live a boring mediocre life; I want to make my life count. We all want to live radical lives, be a radical church and see God move in us and through us as individuals and as a church. But it all starts with a commitment to holiness, a commitment to be set apart! Being radical is about being different, set apart from the rest.

In Genesis 17:1-2, God gives us a command to live by and a promise if we live the command God has given us. God tells us, ‘…I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.’

No doubt, every one of us wants to grow, and experience fruitfulness and productiveness in every area of our lives and in our personal walk with Jesus. But it starts with us walking before God blameless. If we choose to walk with purity before God, He will multiply us and bring fruit and productiveness into our lives. Being set apart opens the door for us to experience intimacy with Jesus and all the good things he has for us. Sin will slow everything down. Fruitfulness follows holiness.

Check out Matthew 5:13-16.
Jesus tells us, ‘You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavour, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.’

Jesus tells us that we are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses flavour, it is useless. Salt can’t do much if it has no flavour.

We can buy 100% concentrated juice in the store. When we buy it, it has no water in it. If we dare to drink it as it is, we will find it very strong! If we drink it, it causes a reaction that we cannot miss. But if we dilute it with water, it will become water down. The flavour will lose its intensity. The juice is not as strong as when we bought it. We lose flavour in our lives when we allow sin to come into our lives. We dilute ourselves and water down our life when we compromise ourselves.

When we choose to walk in holiness, to be set apart, God will make us salt of the earth. It will open the door for God to use you. God will bless us and multiply us because we are walking with purity before Him… We will be different… Heads and shoulders above the crowd.

Being holy does not mean removing yourself from the world we live in. Far from it. It is about being set apart, it is about pleasing the one we love. When two people get married, they set themselves apart for each other. But they still have good friends whom they hangout with. However, their marriage remains the most important thing in their lives.

Earlier I talked about marriage, how when people exchange vows, they are saying, ‘I’m setting myself apart for you there’s no one else in my life.’ The Bible often talks about how the church is the bride of Christ, and we are His church. If we want to grow in our relationship with Jesus and go somewhere with it, we need to set ourselves apart, sanctify ourselves and choose to walk in Holiness which is pleasing to the Lord.

It is about crossing the line!

There is no middle ground here. Its either we go all the way or we go nowhere as individuals, and as a church… Jesus is calling us to live a life of holiness.

Standards of holiness needs to be understood in a context of a love relationship with Jesus. Standards of holiness are the values that we honour because they are God’s values and we are in a love relationship with Jesus.

Some of us need to cross the line today. We need to tell Jesus, ‘I’m all yours. This heart is living for you and no one else. I’m living to please the one I love, Have your way in my life.’

Heart Transplant

By Rob Schellert

Guess what! Being a Christian is about a radical change of heart!

From loving self to loving others. From being selfish to being selfless. Jesus himself laid it down when he told us the two greatest commandments we could live by. Jesus told us, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.'” (Matthew 22:37-39)

True love is unconditional, meaning no strings attached. The moment when we do something for someone like a favour, thinking what is in it for us, then it is not true love. True love thinks what is best for the other person. There are no selfish motives behind true love.

In the Bible, there were a group of guys Jesus was not too fond of. Jesus didn’t like what these guys were up to. Basically they were up to no good. These guys were living for themselves. These guys were known as Pharisees. They looked good on the outside, but yet on the inside, their hearts were not in the right place.

Pharisees often prayed in public to be seen by men and to show off. They observed all the law and kept the Sabbath to show how spiritual they were. They were doing all this for themselves. They were not doing it for out of love for God.

A definition of a Pharisee is someone who claims to know God, but their heart is far from Him.

Today we face the same problem. The real danger is there. People who claim to have a relationship with God, but yet their hearts are far from Him. These people go to church every week and go home and put God back on the shelf until the next time to go to Church. These people get caught up in their own world and put on a spiritual fashion show. People, whose motivation is to be seen, to make themselves look good. They are living for their own gain, self-seeking.

If going to church every Sunday, acting really spiritual is not religion, then what is it about?

James 1:22-27 tells us, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in hat he does. If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless religion is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

True religion is about serving and looking after one another. Not like what the Pharisees were up to. The Pharisees were serving themselves, their own purpose.

In Mark 10:35-45, Jesus talks about what it means to serve. “Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus, saying, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for s whatever we ask.’ And Jesus said to them, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ they said to Jesus, ‘Grant us that we may sit, one on your right hand and the other on your left, in your glory.’ But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am being baptized with?’ They said to Jesus, ‘We are able.’ So Jesus said to them, @You will indeed drink the cup that I drink and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; but to sit on my right hand and on my left is not mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared.’ And when the other disciples heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them to himself and said to them, ‘You know those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles rule over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

The world’s idea of success means to be on top ruling over people, telling people what to do and so on. Success is about being at the top of the charts. However, success in God’s eyes is about putting others first and not ruling over people. Putting aside selfishness and having a servant’s heart. Jesus’ life here on earth would have never been a success if he chose to come to be served and lived at the top of the world. Because Jesus became a servant, God has exalted Him to the highest place in Heaven and on earth.

Pharisees thought they were better than others, they thought they were better than sinners because they were more spiritual.

Why do we serve? Do we serve to make ourselves look good like the Pharisees did? Do we serve to show off, to make ourselves look spiritual? To feel good? Do we serve in our church because we think we go to the coolest church?

These thoughts come from the flesh.

We serve out of love, love for God, and love for our neighbour as we love ourselves.

When I think of serving, I think of love. In 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, it talks about what love is. It tells us, ‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.’

Let’s read it again, but this time, every time we read the word love, replace it with servant and we will get a definition of what a true servant is.

‘A servant is patient, a servant is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.’

Being a Christian, as we know it, is about a lifestyle. It is a way of life. It is not just about going to church on Sunday. What is our motivation in everything we do?

If we have a career in computers, is our motivation to make it to the top and rule over people? Or is our motivation to provide a service so people’s needs can be met?

Or if we are in a band, are we in the band to become well known and make lots of money? Or are we in the band to because we want to make good music because we love music?

There is nothing wrong in being successful, making lots of money, and becoming well known. But it is about where our hearts are, what’s our motivation in life?

It is all about our motivation, is our motivation to serve Jesus and serve others, or serve our own best interests?

I need to think about my own motivations as well. Am I writing this to become well known, or is my motivation is to build people up, to help people in their walk with God?

What stops us from walking with humility, a servant’s heart? The number one killer is pride!

The Pharisees were too proud to admit they were wrong at times, they were too proud to hang out with sinners, too proud to go where the sinners were. They were really prideful in how spiritual they were.

Do we find ourselves like the Pharisees? Full of pride and putting on a spiritual fashion show? Paying lip service to Jesus?

We need a reformation of the heart. We need to ask Jesus to rip out this selfish heart and receive the heart of Jesus. It comes out of having a daily relationship with Jesus. The more I spend time with Jesus, the more of Him in my life, and less of me and my flesh.

Out of our relationship with Jesus, we will begin to see the world through his eyes, and begin to take on the heart of Jesus, and be a model of His love by taking on a servant’s heart.

Jesus’ heart calls me to go and serve the least. When I give, it is unto the Lord and no one else, not even me!

We need to commit ourselves to knowing Him and receiving the heart of Jesus. We need to serve Him, with all of our heart, every part of our life. Being a Christian is about a lifestyle, it is who we are.

At the end of the day, all I want to hear is, ‘Well done good and faithful servant’.

Do we have a heart like Jesus, or do we have a heart like the Pharisees?

To Know and Believe

By Karoline Schneider

A few years ago, when an atheist friend of mine found out about my religious orientation, she gave me a poster that said, “I know and believe” on it for my birthday. Being an atheist, it was her way to show that she respected my views.

The two terms, ‘know’ and ‘believe’ seem quite paradox, especially in regard to religion. In our society, every statement undergoes a scientific process of verification. We do not just believe in something, we want absolute certitude. But I am definitely not the first person to claim that the idea of ‘absolute certitude’ is rather paradox as well.

Scientists have often claimed to have found the ultimate answer, the absolute truth, just to be proven wrong by another scientist a few years later. The questions remains, which one we should prefer: ‘Absolute (scientific) certitude’ or to ‘know and believe’?

I believe there is a God. Furthermore, I believe that this God is the God of the Jews and the Christians. Of course, there is no scientific evidence for this statement. If there was, everyone would agree there is a God. But even though nobody ever convinced me with scientific evidence to believe that God exists, I would even go so far as to say that I know that there is a God.

As far as my reasons for this are concerned, I can only say that my point of view developed through learning by experience. We all know gravity exists, because we experience it and can observe its effects. For the same reason, I know that God exists. I have experienced and seen His work in my own life and the lives of others.

Now I know that my personal experiences are not likely to have enough impact to make anyone else believe in God. But the reason for this lies in the fact that the categorization of evidence and arguments is so arbitrary. There is nothing that dictates us to value scientific proof higher than personal experience. Still we do. But what is this we call scientific evidence after all? It is nothing but the confirmation of a prediction, a hypothesis through a phenomenon that is merely being described. The difference to any personal experience only lies in outer circumstances.

But because of this arbitrariness, I could even claim to be certain that God exists because I have observations to back my hypothesis. However, a scientist who has not seen a hypothesis proven through an event will naturally consider it void. In the same way, a person who has not experienced God in his or her life will not believe He exists.

The lack of something like an ultimate proof makes the idea of absolute certitude invalid. In the end, every conviction is nothing but that: A firm belief. And it is our own decision to regard it as truth or not.

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Just Being Goth

By GraveGrrl

I just surfed again…I almost wish I didn’t. After reading a particularly horrid article on Goth in Spanq! I almost wanted to call the poor girl in Canada who wrote it, just to explain some solid fundamentals. Or smack her for furthering the media stereotype in such an extreme and ridiculous fashion!

Why can’t anyone get it right anymore? Am I the only one left that is willing and able to speak up for this most heinously misrepresented and misunderstood culture? It is truly depressing when I regularly get the urge to stand up and bellow NO! NO!! NO!!! Shut up if you can’t get the picture! So here we go again. It is time for Suzi to jump up onto her monolithic soap box and batter you all with her view of life. Since my last few efforts may have been too flowery or even maybe too cerebral, I will use the abridged vocabulary and a very large hammer…Ready? Here we go.

Goth With A Sledgehammer

What is Goth?

Looking past historical references to European barbarian tribes, and architectural, literal and art styles, Goth is a subculture. Gothic Rock started in the late 1970’s both in Europe AND the United States OUTSIDE of the club/music scene. The culture was comprised of INDIVIDUALS with artistic drive, insatiable curiosity, extreme intellectualism, and the socially unacceptable need to be and express themselves. In a nutshell, Goth is very much like Punk with a brain and good manners.

How do I become Goth?

I hate to break it to you, but Goth is not something you can just learn. Gothic people grew up that way. Most people do not have the genuine sense of wonder, creativity, talent, open-mindedness, and appreciation of the duality of existence, nor of themselves and their abilities that makes a person genuinely Goth. While some of these things can be learned over the course of years, most of it can only be emulated. To emulate something strongly implies that the action is neither original nor genuine. That is just not Goth.

How do I know if I’m Goth?

This is a VASTLY more reasonable question. It’s sort of odd and sad at the same time that a lot of actual Goths don’t know that they are. This is unfortunately the work of massive media stereotyping and misinformation from ignorant but rather noisy wanna-bees. It seems that the bulk of available information on Goth comes from those two sources. Never mind that. If most (10 or more) of the following statements are true, it is VERY likely that you are Goth. If the first statement is false, you aren’t Goth. No, not even if all 16 of the rest are true.

You feel the need to spend a lot of time creating things (music, art, poetry, stories and the like)
Your creative efforts are often described as dark, shocking, scary, morbid or strange
You like museums and cultural centres
You understand and even enjoy Shakespeare, Shelley, Browning or some other similar work without having to read the Cliff Notes
You know the difference between nihilism and existentialism, even if you don’t really live by either
You really, truly enjoy music of many kinds
You are a very sensual person (aware of colour, texture, sound, taste and scent)
You don’t understand why the people around you spend so much time watching TV
You don’t feel comfortable looking just like everyone else you know
You do feel comfortable just being yourself, even if no one else around is anything like you
You wonder “why” a lot, and come up with some interesting answers
You wonder “how” a lot, and often figure it out on your own
You don’t just reject something because you don’t understand it
You base your opinions of people on who they are and what they do rather than what they look like
You are not afraid of the unknown
You are not afraid of the dark
You are afraid of mediocrity
Laura Lemay says that to be Goth I have to be angsty and wear a lot of black. Is this true?
NO. Black and angst are not necessary to be Goth. True Goth defies stereotyping and does not adhere to dress codes. Too much angst or other negative emotion stifles a person’s ability to learn, think, and create. Most actual Goths are psychologically pretty well-adjusted people. They just have a different set of cultural and social blueprints than your average person. Ms. Lemay knows a lot more about web authoring than she does about Goth, even if she refuses to practice good web design on her own personal site. But she DID get one thing right when she said,”Try not to take yourselves so seriously.” Granted, that’s a little out of context, but it’s good advice just the same.

So, this brings up a whole new can of worms…the most common tidbits of juicy misinformation about Goth. In almost two decades of watching people’s perceptions of Goth, I have found that never has there been so much inaccurate information as there is now. It’s time to break out the hammer and start banging. Let’s take a look at the most commonly distributed misinformation about Goth, shall we?

Ten Gothic Stereotypes We All Love To Repeat

All Goths must wear black. Colour is not Goth.
Goth is a subculture based on a musical style.
All Goths listen to the same music.
All Goths are fixated on death.
All Goths drink a lot/do drugs.
Goth came from the hippie movement.
Goths don’t laugh exept to mock others.
Goths all have tattoos and piercings.
Goths always wear a lot of makeup.
Goth and Freak are interchangable terms for the same culture.

I know that a lot of so-called “Goth” people accept these things to be facts. I see it on the Web and I see it on what passes for a scene. I also know that this list of statements and quite a few others like them are just so much bullshit. So what is the truth? Here, let’s go back through that list and correct things, eh? You might be surprised, or you might be another Old Schooler, in which case, you’ll be greatly amused.

All Goths must wear black. Colour is not Goth.

I can see where this one might have some heavy support, since the scene is filled with cookie-cutter, black clad people who generally avoid the few daring individuals who might wear white, or gods forbid gasp! include colour in their wardrobe. This lack of individualism strongly suggests to someone who doesn’t really understand Goth that we have a uniform look. What people fail to grasp is that most people on the Goth scene are either skin-Goths (poseurs), demi-Goths (people who might make fine Goths if they could just get over what other people thought of them) or second and third generation Goths who just honestly never had any contact with other Goths who knew what the movement is all about. This is one of the things that created the paradox of a culture that was based on individualism and creativity but just the same had a rigid conformist dress code. Truth is, Goth is rabidly individualistic and we wear whatever we damn well please. Colour is not an exception. You just don’t recognise us when you see us outside of the stereotype. Goth is a subculture based on a musical style.

I’m not sure who started this, but I find it disgusting that so many people feel the need to perpetuate this myth. This is crappy media stereotyping at its most effective. Some sources even go so far as to say that the actual cultural origins of Goth were a later fable added after the supposedly music-based trend happened. This is absolutely false. Before there was a so-called Goth sound, we had dropped the title of New Romantics and firmly settled on calling ourselves Gothic. The culture pre-dates the musical genre by a good two years. I should know. I was there. Honest.

All Goths listen to the same music.

Yah. Sure they do. Actually that’s not highly likely. Even the skin-Goths have a semi-diverse musical taste. This is one of those ridiculous stereotypes that is glued onto every single culture that exists. It is true of none of them, and is just as untrue for Goths. I won’t waste any more breath on this one.

All Goths are fixated on death.

Okay people. Repeat after me: Goth is not about death. Good. Now go to your local institution of higher learning and enrol in art history and English lit classes. Learn about symbolism and metaphor. Maybe take a few philosophy classes. This stereotype is caused by being uneducated and ignorant. If you have a decent education, an ounce of perceptiveness and know the difference between a real Goth and a skin-Goth, you know that Goth, while often dark and eerie, is NOT obsessed with death. Regular American culture is.

All Goths drink a lot/do drugs.

I realise that this is a pretty deeply ingrained idea about Gothic culture, but it’s wrong. Goths are not all completely clean-cut, squeaky-clean sober types, but we aren’t all into drugs. Granted, most young people go through an experimental stage with sex and drugs, and the bulk of Goth is made up of young people, but let’s face it, Goths don’t do any more drugs than your average person. Drugs aren’t a requirement in being Goth.

Goth came from the hippie movement.

This is pure media stereotyping. It is also completely false. Goth has nothing to do with the hippie movement. There are no similarities either. Alt.culture has a really interesting but completely inaccurate write-up on Goth that mentions this, and people are entirely too fond of repeating this rancid little tidbit of misinformation. I’d like to say STOP IT right now. Just cut it out. Goth came from neither Hippie nor Punk. If it came from anything at all, it was a new outlook on Beat.

Goths don’t laugh except to mock others.

This is just too pretentious. I’ve been a Goth for two decades and I spend a lot of time laughing at a lot of things that have nothing to do with the misfortunes or lack of taste of others. I am not the exception. Most Goths have a well-developed sense of humour that is really quite healthy. Certainly we don’t all laugh at the same things or make the same kinds of jokes, but that is a given, isn’t it? It seems that a number of people that claim to be Goth also claim that we don’t share in the common human arena of emotion, but common sense alone should tell you that this is, like so many other things, a posturing load of unmitigated bull. Sure, we have a different view of things socially, but then again, so do the Japanese, and no one accuses them of not ever laughing non-maliciously. Do they?

Goths all have tattoos and piercings.

More stereotyping. Tattoos and piercings have become very trendy these days. Stereotypical Goth has also become very trendy. So you are going to see a lot of skin-Goths running around with a lot of very obvious tattoos and piercings. You will also see a lot of Ravers, Rednecks, Indie Kids and other people who have nothing to do with Goth running around with tattoos and piercings a-go-go. You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to deduce that one. Just remember, Goths are individuals. We will do what we think looks right on us, and if having no ink or metal embedded in our skin feels right, we will do without and still be indisputably Goth.

Goths always wear a lot of makeup.

No, not at all. This, again, goes back to the central idea that Goths are individuals and all exercise their own judgement on how they feel like looking. Sure, makeup is pretty cool, and its application can be a fun pre-outing ritual, but again, it is far from necessary. Goth and Freak are interchangeable terms for the same culture.

This is ridiculous. It is almost as silly as saying that grunge kids and rednecks are the same cultural group. Sure, there may be some similarities in the stereotypical outward appearance to the grossly unobservant, but it is still radically untrue. Anyone who would ever mistake one for the other is either blind, high, or frighteningly unperceptive. I am thinking that if we are going to continue to live in a society that needs to categorise and label, that perhaps we should more carefully analyse the people and things we are labelling before we slap a name on them. Don’t just call someone something because they look a certain way. Most often you will be wrong, and vastly poorer for it.

Hefts the sledgehammer and grins

So, hopefully some of this has made some sort of impact on some of you. Maybe you might even be a little more interested in Goth as a culture and individual Goths as people with something more meaningful and valuable to contribute to both society in general and yourself in particular than bad attitude and drugs. Who knows, you might even realise that you are Goth. Or that the black-wearing scary kids who have been giving you a hard time because you can’t recite every album produced by Christian Death before Valor took over aren’t anything but trendies, bullies or jocks.

Or maybe not. Maybe you ARE one of those T B or Js, trying to impress your loser friends by pretending to be something exotic that you don’t understand. In that case, you are probably gearing up to flame my uppity self. Go right ahead, but be warned: I am not easily embarrassed, frightened, or hurt. And I give as good as I get. So take your best shot and pray that I decide to ignore you.

Either way, I’ve said what I needed to say. It’s time to hop off of the soapbox and pray I land feet-first again. This rant is over. Stay beautiful, stay graceful, and stay you.

GraveGrrl Suzi

Published 1998. Feel free to distribute, mirror, or otherwise reproduce this either in part or in its entirety. I ask nothing but credit for its making.

New Life In Glorious Undead

By Rob Schellert

Glorious Undead is moving in a new direction! For starters, we are now meeting on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month for our meetings while the 2nd and 4th Sundays, we will be having small sessions around London in different groups. These sessions will be a time where we spend time in the word, pray for each other, ask questions, etc. Our meetings on the 1st and 3rd Sundays will be a time where we come together for intense worship, hearing from God, and hanging out with everyone. For those who were wondering, when there’s a 5th Sunday in a month, we will be coming together to have fun whatever it might be.

A few weeks ago, I have been praying a lot about the direction of Glorious Undead and where we are going as a church and as a community.

Recently, I got the new EXTOL album, ‘SYNERGY’ which just came out on Century Media. As I was listening to the CD, God spoke to me loud and clear in a song called ‘THRASH SYNERGY’. I believe this song gives insight as to where we are going as a church and as a community. Sometimes, when we are in a mess or a situation, we cannot always see things clearly or understand everything that is going on because we are right in the middle of it. But through this song, God gave us an insight as to what He is doing among us and what He wants to do through us. Check out the words of the song.

THRASH SYNERGY

Strengthened individuals
Encouraged for unity
We’ve been pushed to the limit
Through an established motivation
Gathered in love to Christ our head

Come on let’s join in synergy
Conspiracy constructed with hope in sight
A rebellious enthusiasm – united by Christ
To vulcanise the spirit filled thrash forever

Revitalization is what we want to see
Of the moving solidarity
By given strength community will be found
Let’s exploit our nerve of optimism

By flash we’ll go separate ways
By spirit we’ll unite
It’s time to make a change of mind
To conquer egocentricity

Together we will conjure up
A zealous wish to sacrifice the singularity
For the growth of this body
For the kingdom’s progress

Now, how cool is that!

The word synergy means two energy forces working together hand in hand.

Glorious Undead is made up of many different people from different backgrounds, from different scenes such as the hardcore kids, punks, goths, and metal heads, and yet we come together because of Jesus and what He has done for us.

God has made the way we are. He made who you are, He knows who you are, and He loves the way you are. We are no mistake in life. God created us just the way He wanted us to be, to express our uniqueness. We are made in the image of God. Each and every one of us reflects who God is.

While we are unique individuals with unique talents, we come together in unity by the love of Jesus. Out of love for Jesus, we will grow stronger and be encouraged for unity. The greatest strength we have is unity. Jesus tells us in John 13:35, that we will be known by our love for each other. When we have unity, it will become a bond that cannot easily be broken.

We are heading into a new direction as Glorious Undead. We will be meeting in different places around London twice a month but we will still be one in Spirit, with one mind, one heart, and one vision. It is the love of Jesus that draws us together.

Everyone, regardless of who we are, has a part to play in the body of Christ. It does not matter who you are, or what music you like. It is about laying down our pride, moving forward together to see God’s kingdom come in the alternative culture. It is not about us, but about Jesus, the head of the body, who laid down his life so that we might live.

God has made you the way you are, because no one else in the world can offer what you have. You are unique.

1 Corinthians 12:12-27 talks about the body and how it works together, ‘The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptised by one Spirit into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free–and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honourable we treat with special honour. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honour to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.’

Are we ready to join the thrash synergy?

Are we willing to come together, to sacrifice the singularity, for the kingdom’s progress, for the growth of this body?

What is our part to play in the body of Christ? At Glorious Undead, we want to see everyone strengthened, having a daily relationship with Jesus, finding their identity in Jesus, and to encourage people to express themselves in creative ways while being you.

For far too long, church has been about a few people in charge, telling people what to do or whatever. Church is about community. Everyone has a place, and everyone has significance. God has called each one of us to be an extension of His life here on earth. It is time to destroy religion!

Come and join the revolution!

Being Straight-edge

Straight-edge refers to a philosophy that’s most basic tenets promote a drug free lifestyle. It developed as an offshoot of the punk rock/hardcore scenes of the early 1980’s when the term itself is believed to have been coined by Ian Mackaye, in the self titled song, while he was the singer of the seminal hardcore band, Minor Threat. Mackaye eschewed the nihilistic tendencies of punk rock, promoting instead the simple (almost simplistic) philosophy of “don’t drink/ don’t smoke/ don’t fuck.”
In the 12 years since the demise of Minor Threat, these simple beliefs have transformed the minds of scores of teens worldwide. Increasingly disenchanted with societal ills, young men and women adopt the straight-edge doctrine as a blueprint to better first themselves, and then the world in which they live. While the original definition of straight-edge only included the rejection of mind altering substances and promiscuous sex, modern interpretations include a vegetarian (or vegan) diet and an increasing involvement and awareness of environmental and political issues.

As noted, straight-edge grew out of the punk rock/hardcore scene and so music plays an important role. The Teen Idles, an early 80’s Washington, DC hardcore band, and something of a precursor to Minor Threat, can arguably be called the first straight-edge band. Since that time there have been hundreds if not thousands of bands who’ve so labelled themselves. Early bands included Minor Threat, SSD and Uniform Choice. In the mid to late 80’s, straight-edge hardcore reached a zenith, especially in the greater Metropolitan area of New York City. This atmosphere led to the creation of Gorilla Biscuits, Bold, Wide Awake and arguably the most prolific band of the era, Youth of Today. While the bands of this period did much to popularise straight-edge, they also contributed to its close-minded and antagonistic aspects. The attitude between straight-edge and the rest of the world often took on adversarial tones during this time, largely becoming “The positive youth crew versus people who drink, smoke and/or do drugs.” Many people dislike straight-edge and its adherents because of such intolerant views.

Straight-edge today, while nothing like the “halcyon” days “back in ’88,” still offers a viable and positive lifestyle. Bands such as Strife, Mouthpiece, Earth Crisis and Snapcase, continue to proliferate and bear the standard. While its detractors often claim that straight-edge(rs) are no more than suburbanite, cliquish, fashion victims, few can argue that the philosophy is still valid. The drug-free lifestyle has left its positive impact on more than one wayward youth. Perhaps the ideals and ideas are more pertinent today than ever as the focus begins to reach beyond affecting merely oneself to altering and improving one’s society and environment.

Why Straight-edge?

What is straight edge? Straight edge is what people who choose not to consume alcohol, use tobacco or any illegal drugs call themselves. A non-promiscuous sex life is also favoured by some straight edge people. Straight edge ethics are a choice made on a personal level, for instance some people choose a vegan life style as well, some choose to not ingest caffeine, some abstain from as many legal medicalised drugs as possible, ie, Asprin. Another choice many straight edge people in turn opt for is that of environmental awareness, which in effect could be, involving yourself in recycling in your neighbourhood, awareness of power usage in their homes, involvement in environmental organisations like Green Peace, primarily any kind of environmental aid. Straight edge is in effect a non-violent movement, usually built on self preservation or self abstinence. It is for some a discipline, and for others a simple choice with no interest from the products in question. This really depends on why you become straight edge.
Why straight edge? The reasons behind people choosing a straight edge lifestyle, can be traced to many different reasons. Because being straight edge is a personal choice it is hard to say why people go straight edge in an over all way, but here are a handful of reasons.

Growing up with alcoholic’s in the family and being scared that the same will occur in your life, also alcohol induced aggression, the two can go hand in hand. Its also possible that people have seen the affects of drugs on family members or friends, and have learnt from others mistakes.
· To further their own personal health, well being and productivity. Basically to accomplish what they wish, to be everything they can and want.
· They want to be an individual, taking the path less travelled down, not wanting to follow peer pressure. More often then not these people never have an interest in self destructive drugs, and have a drug free life. They probably don’t even know about the straight edge movement until later in their lives.
Overall most people choose to go straight edge to promote their own personal health, or that has a percentage of the final reason for their choice. Because of this there are a lot of vegans straight edge people around. In effect the vegan lifestyle doesn’t have a lot to do with being straight edge, there are masses of straight edge people around that have nothing to do with veganism. But because the straight edge of society usually have a lot more thought for their personal and environmental futures, veganism seems an appropriate affiliation to the overall ethic.

THE VEGAN LINK

Usually when a vegan becomes involved in veganism she/he will intern become involved in animal rights issues in some way, to further their beliefs in their principles. In all integrity veganism is in a sense boycotting the use of animal produce to an extent. A lot of this really depends on how far the individual takes the veganism process in their lives. Many vegans will take veganism to a far extent if they intend to take the ethic to a serious level, as most do. This usually involves the abstaination of all animal products and products which are tested on animals, from the vegans life, including clothes, footwear, cosmetics, everything. In effect this is actually a lot easier then it sounds, The main reason vegans will tend to push the boundaries of veganism if they are serious is because it becomes hypocritical to stop eating meat, but still use cosmetics which are tested on animals. This is especially relevant to vegans which turn vegan primarily for animal rights focused principles. The environmental issues of the vegan ethic, lie in the under tones of the overall straight edge ethic. Self preservation; which is the ethical relationship between the two lifestyles in my opinion, and also another of the reasons the two ethics work together.

One of the worst drugs that many straight edge people do not recognise as a drug and therefore don’t abstain from it in their daily lives, is caffeine. You may be thinking whats so bad about coffee or Coke?. It has an addictive affect, it also has a load of other bad side effects; here a just a few ( refer to the whole page on vegan-straight-edge.org.uk ) If your interested in the vegan lifestyle then you can find a great deal of information there, it is a highly resourceful site with a vegan straight edge focus.

· Caffeine helps to aid the loss of sodium, potassium, calcium and other essential vitamin’s from your body including vitamin B, this intern increases your bodies need for vitamins from other sources, such as supplements.
· Caffeine greatly increases your risks of gaining bladder cancer, especially in women.
· There are high risks that large daily consumption of caffeine (7 cups + per day) in pregnant women can increase the risks of miscarriages, still births or fetal deaths.
· These are just a hand full of the unhealthy sides of caffeine. For more information regarding these findings and other on caffeine consumption side affects please refer to vegan-straight-edge.org.uk

The history of were straight edge came from is an interesting one, there are a few different stories as to were the name was derived from but most people believe that it came from a band called minor threat. Or at least that’s what i remember it to be, of the top of my head. But anyway the band had a song called “straight edge”, its also said that the X on peoples hands is signified by the X’s which are drawn on under age kids hands before they go into a show that has alcohol. This technique is still used in American shows. In Australia, people are asked if they are going to drink at the door, then they are given a plastic bracelet which is required to get alcohol from the bar. If you are interested in more straight edge history check out some other straight edge sites such as http://www.straightedge.com or just search for straight edge in your search engine, you’ll find a whole load of different sites. Another part of the straight edge ethic is the music, primarily hardcore … the occasional punk band also gets a bit serious in the lyrical undertone from time to time. That’s not to say that being straight edge has anything to do with being a hardcore fan, although it does have some nice sides to it. Mainly the fact that you are listening to music which is encouraging your life style, this is never really a bad thing. One of the best known vegan straight edge bands around is earth crisis, their songs are among some of the best written as far as ethics are concerned, another band of interest is better then a thousand. But to be honest I am not a really big hardcore fan so i couldn’t tell you a whole lot about hardcore bands. I know a fair few that are vegan or straight edge or both, their are allot around. an interesting band on ethics is blood for blood, a band that base their lyrics around the destruction of modern day society.
There are a lot of abbreviations and other ways of saying straight edge then actually writing straight edge, here is a list of the most common.

· sXe – this is common on the internet, also on straight edge cd compilations, etc.
· XXX – this is a favourite of t-shirts and other clothing.
· X-X – the – becomes what ever word that is desired i.e. XcultureX.
· X – on the back of someone’s hands, usually at a concert to show your straight edgeness.

If you wear straight edge clothes in public chances are you have been given looks from people. When i first wore my straight edge t-shirt in public i was really surprised by the general animosity of people in my hone city, Adelaide. I didn’t realise that the general public awareness of what straight edge is was so wide spread, i certainly didn’t realise there would be so much animosity. Some people will look at you weird, some will look at you happily some will look at you as if they to want hit you. I’ve had people actually yell things at me for wearing an straight edge t-shirt in public.

I think its really cool when people look at you with a happy glance, its really encouraging. That’s not to say that people who look at me with disbelief or anger discourage me; far from it. That kind of attitude just makes me feel as if there is a greater need for a straight edge presence in society to communicate the real meaning of what being straight edge is. Unfortunately there will always be people who wont want to accept straight edge ethics, and find it easier to hate then to learn. But at the growing rate of straight edge people in modern day society, attitudes can only change for the better if the straight edge lifestyle is lived for the right reasons.

People who choose an straight edge lifestyle primarily for what I consider the right reasons, they will eventually opt for for a vegan lifestyle also. This is because I strongly believe that there is a lot more to being straight edge then simply choosing a alcohol, cigarette and drug free path in life. The straight edge lifestyle is based on a strong base of ethical social principles. To some people this is understood before they even realise that they are labelled straight edge, i.e. they have been straight edge for a time, before they actually know that there is a straight edge following. Some people discover straight edge and the ethics which follow some time into their lives, which is the same.

CREWS

Another purpose of the straight edge ethic is aimed at the entire culture as it interacts with the community in which it is based. These interactions are usually based within a group usually known in straight edge terminology as a crew. Crew’s are primarily a base of friends, sometimes all straight edge, but usually more often then not they are based on an impartial group of friends. Some crew’s may consist of primarily straight edge members, or even primarily straight edge vegan members, but due to the fact that a crew is mainly based on friendship, these member bases could be considered rare. This is mainly because there usually are not a lot of straight edge friends in the usual straight edge persons friends base. Unfortunately this is because there are not a great deal of straight edge people around, so straight edge people usually either have un-straight edge friends, or no friends at all.

To combat this crew’s have been born into the straight edge culture. Its obvious that without unity of straight edge people it wouldn’t last very long as an overall movement. That is why straight edge crew’s are essential for the overall life of the scene. This is even more relevant when to comes to straight edge ethics being put into practice, because when you want to socialise its practically impossible, especially in Australia. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that if your not in a crew of some kind your straight edge solidarity will be instantly compromised, but it is to say that a crew makes it easier.

The reason crew’s interact with the surrounding communities comes from a variety of different purposes. This may come down to introducing other straight edge people to the crew, or other straight edge activities within their area. This may be to increase straight edge awareness in their area to people who have no idea on the straight edge movement. This may also include straight edge positive actions, the supporting of human rights or animal rights organisations for instance. In general they try to interact with their surrounding society for its own benefit.

Overall the straight edge movement is based on positive actions towards all involved or surrounding, to an extent this may involve a great deal of differing principals. But in an overall effect it is always for the better of society. If more people were straight edge the world would be an incredibly better place to live or bring up children in. There would be virtually no AIDS in the world, no drug abuse, no worry of stepping on a hypodermic needle because your walking down a beach with no shoes on. There would be no drunk drivers, or alcoholics, no drug addicts at all Of course this is the most ethical approach for the world, yet people view all of the worlds problems as inane to an extent. Problems which will in effect directly interact with the lives of their children, if not in the prime of their children’s lives, then the way their children are forced to make the changes in their lives to save what little environment they have left.

The approach of people who choose the more travelled path of self induced unhealthiness, are simply paving their own destruction in a sense. To ignore the social decay which we are inducing on ourselves in in effect the worst choice you can make with your life. To recognise that we have a problem in any way and choose the straight edge life is a start. At least then you can actually realise that their is a problem, and their is another option. Unfortunately the less travelled option, but that can only change for the better, in the future. Don’t let the overall lack of social support for the straight edge lifestyle at its current stage curve your ethical choices.

Dusty Dirty Challenge Called India

By Elli Steidel

After arriving in Delhi we made our first contact with the not very shy Indian men who quite enjoy looking at western women and try to pull tourists into any tourist trap possible. Being tired and jet-lagged, surrounded by those men and 100,000 street impressions never seen before, we felt a bit overwhelmed for the first few days in India. So many people on one spot, dust, dirt, pollution, cows standing around on the street, beggars constantly touching you to get some rupees, men staring at you, unfamiliar smells, voices shouting, lots of food stalls but you’re never really sure if you can safely eat from them, and the most annoying thing: cars CONSTANTLY beeping into your ear! There’s not really a system on Indian streets, so if you’re in the way of someone, they just let you know! Very noisily! And then you have to quickly jump out of their way!! I was so immune to the car-beeping that one time because a car was directly in front of me beeping away for maybe a minute because I was right in its way. I just did not notice the car! A friend had to pull me out of the way, after a while though, things on the chaotic Indian streets started to make sense and we felt more confident.

In Delhi we visited a home for children whose parents are in jail. Some woman in Germany had given us candy and money for the kids there and we had to bring it to them. As a little thanks, all those 30 little children stood and started to sing Christian hymns for us. Very interesting.

After Delhi, we made our way on a 14 hour train ride to Varanasi, shaken into sleep on our little bunk beds. In Varanasi, we met the rest of our friends who were going to travel with us. Now our group was complete. Varanasi is amazing. It is that holy town right at the river Ganges. We all probably know those famous pictures from Indian pilgrims at those big steps into the Ganges, just washing clothes or themselves, drinking the water, and practising religious rituals.

A little fact on the side; In Europe, tap water is not allowed to be sold if 5 particles of 1,000,000 are bad. In Varanasi, 150,000 of those particles are bad. Just to give you an idea..

Nevertheless, it was well worth going there. We went on a boat ride on the Ganges at 6 ‘o clock in the morning. Just watching the washing rituals on the Ganges in the morning sun and the burning procedures. Varanasi is a preferred place for Indians to die. Many old people wait in a building near the Ganges for their death. They believe if you are burnt there, then it’s easier for your soul to go straight into Nirvana.. Dead bodies are constantly being carried to the burning place. Or they are pushed into the Ganges – wrapped up, on a little boat. So when doing that boat trip on the Ganges, it’s very likely that a corpse is just going to pop up near you in the water.

In Varanasi, we dared taste our first authentic Indian food – diarrhoea included for all of us! (In case you wanted to know, hehe!) Normally it’s fine to eat in Indian restaurants, but I guess we were a bit unlucky. Some of us caught parasites! So our 16 hour train ride to Calcutta was a little influenced by that. In other words – we all felt baaaaaaaaaaad! Also waiting for the train for 4 hours didn’t make things better. Our friend who was travelling with us, slept with a migraine and diarrhoea (and 2 big fat rats!) on the station floor while waiting.

Maybe the mood was a bit down because nobody had given us a good reason to look forward to Calcutta. Everybody had told us that it is a shole, with a high malaria percentage, men trying to grab and rape you, poorest city of the country. And well, some of that is true. It is a shole and people there are reaaally poor but I guess doing volunteering work there gave a lot of meaning to being in this city! Mother Teresa built an amazing network of various homes spread out over the city. We visited the leprosy house where ex-lepers make the robes for the sisters and are completely independent from the outside world because they grow their own food. We worked at the orphanage and at the orphanage for handicapped kids – just playing and cuddling, exercising the handicapped ones.. I never thought that I could handle small children, but I guess it’s an instinct. And for me, it was good to realise!

It was amazing how the sisters work for the poor, not expecting anything in return. I went to Caligat (the sick and dying – home) for a day. EVERY sick person is allowed to go there! They would never say no to anyone asking for their help. Caligat is where Mother Teresa started her work.. Patients get food, medicine, clean beds, clothes, and most of all love from people who care for them. Looking back on it, I think visiting the sick and dying home got to me more than I would have thought; I already had 3 dreams of that home! (Not very nice ones..)

In Caligat, everybody is lying on little beds very close to each other. Young girls with cancer, old women with worms, nasty wounds, dementia, scabies, even tuberculosis. All in one room! I just sat there watching for quite some time – trying to understand. Trying to help a little. It’s not much what the sisters can do there, but they do the best they can.

I’d say the 1st two weeks here were a bit too much. Sooo many impressions – we all felt we were watching a movie. It didn’t seem like every day life to us at all! We walked on the street and saw a woman holding her dead baby, we saw a leper begging on the street, human rickshaws (were generally pulled by a very thin guy – looks quite slave-like), people throwing up or having diarrhoea on the street, heroin or morphine addicts, and very dirty slums. And you just don’t know where to put those impressions, you build a little, protecting wall around you and don’t feel anything while seeing all those things. Just in the night, you start to dream about it.

Well, I also must say India can be completely different as well! A friend said that we first went to the 3 most stressful towns of India and that everything’s going to be much easier after that. Annnnd it’s true! After 10 days in Calcutta, we went on a 40 hour(!!!) train ride to Hampi – a little traveller village on the left side of India. Riding the trains here can be exhausting but we actually had a good time because we were so curious about what we were going to see next. After a little stopover in Hyderabad (that already seemed like heaven after Calcutta), we arrived in Hampi early in the morning.

In the 1400s, Hampi used to be a very rich town with half a million inhabitants. After a war, there are only ruins left – scattered across the fields. Ruins of temples, and the old bazaar, and the palace. It’s an amazing atmosphere. Also we were so happy to finally be able to sit in a traveller restaurant right in the nature under the stars, listen to music, have good food (being able to drink coffee again!!!), a big swing on a tree to swing into the darkness, climbing onto a mountain-top with a breathtaking view over the ruins and jungle-like nature, watching the sunset and monkeys in the trees. Little children always wanting to shake and hold your hand, colourful saris, and friendly people.

After Hampi, we went on another 10 hour train ride (you get so used to it!) to… GOAAAAAAAA! While in Goa, we stayed at Palo Lem beach and it’s wonderful! We arrived in the night and made our way to our guesthouse which is RIGHT on the beach, quite secluded with bamboo huts. We went night-swimming in the warm sea, with glowing plankton in the water, and the stars above. Outdoor cafes with sofas on the ground, lights everywhere, a half moon-shaped beach, clear water, clean sand, lots of palm trees bending in the breeze, drinking cocktails on the beach, good Indian food, and no illnesses anymore. Not many travellers were around at the moment because Palo Lem is supposedly “out of season” right now.

We spent about 10 days in Goa. First, we went to south Goa, then “party party” north Goa. But it’s not so much party at the moment because it’s he end of the season. Season starts end of November and HAS to stop end of April because for all the schoolchildren. It’s exam-tie and so the daily techno-noise that you can hear everywhere is probably too distracting for them. It’s interesting to watch this kind of techno-hippie-scene; it seems like being on a 5 month festival. Some people spend 5 moths of the year or longer (some get stuck here forever!) in Goa, driving their scooters from beach to beach and in the evening from party to party. People know each other here, because it’s small and there are certain bars and parties where everyone hangs out under palm trees, surrounded by holy cows, and Indian people (that are trying to adapt to the travellers and sell neon party whistles and rich cakes for “the munchies after”), they pop their pills and dance a bit zombie-like in front of neon-light pyramids, feeling very free in the Goa breeze. One guy told me that here it’s not about “doing”, but it’s about “being”. OK. Most of the girls try to dress like little techno fairies. Those who stay here the longest and whose bodies have been changed the most through the party drug lifestyle look a bit like aliens with their too skinny, very tanned, wrinkly bodies covered in psychedelic tattoos. It’s strange and very interesting.

It kind of seems like a “dark paradise” because it’s got a paradise – atmosphere with the sea, sand, and palm trees but all those drugs and people being wrecked from them – adds a darkness to the whole thing. Some doctor said that many coffins go back to Europe from Goa. One time I told a guy who looked reeally high on something that he should not dance on the edge of the cliff – he might hurt himself. I felt really stupid doing that, but I imagine that this would have been a bad way for him to go back to Europe in a coffin. Another thing you see quite a lot, is people covered in wounds and scratches from some scooter accident because everyone here drives them and it does not go well together with the drugs. We went to a quiet beach though where there are no parties like that (Arambol beach). Just hippies and rastas jamming at night in little beach-bars. There’s a fresh water lake where you can splat natural mud all over you body. There’s also an old banyan tree, where tree-huggers built a little temple inside, where you can hang out for awhile and listen to some hippies play the guitar.

After our time in Goa, we had to say goodbye to two of the girls from our group as they were going back home. Now it was just the three of us. It was quite a change and took us some time to get used to it. Now every one of us had to put a bit more effort in to make travelling easier for all of us. We decided that one has to be the one meeting other travellers to get good information on where to stay and things like that. The other had the job of trying to get everything cheaper from Indians who always try to rip you off first! My job was to be the one spreading enthusiasm. “What, you think this bathroom is the most disgusting one you’ve seen in your whole life? Ah, come on. I think it’s a veeeery nice bathroom!” Ja, like that.. Of course that “job-sharing” is only theory. It doesn’t really work out like that.

We made our way in a very crowded, bumpy bus to Ooty 200m up in the mountains. It’s the summer retreat for rich, important Indians and that’s definitely because of the cool climate. While we try to go to hot countries in the summer, the Indians crave for some cool mountain-air. You really feel like you’re in Austria in Ooty: hills, lakes with little tread-boats on them, cows standing around on green fields. Most people there are Christians, so everywhere you have kitsch Jesus statues standing around on building-tops and “Jesus saves” written on rickshaws. One annoying thing here (in Ooty it was especially bad); Indian people are as fascinated by westerners as we are fascinated by them. So they always ask you to take your picture with them. So sometimes it happens that we are surrounded by 20 Indian men wanting to take a photo with us – telling their friends at home what good western friends they made in Ooty! In Ooty you also have big, beautiful tea plantations, amazing viewpoints and huge waterfalls. Sometimes, especially in the tea plantation areas, nature looks like it’s taken out of a Jehovah’s Witness brochure; little trees and rivers between bright green hills. Just that there are no black people chatting in harmony with old white ladies, but Indian women plucking tea, making 150 rupees (3 dollars) for a 10 hour day. We took an old steam mini-train back down into the country, looking at the most amazing and peaceful mountain views. Back into the heat again..

We went on a 13 hour overnight train journey to Kerala including a 3 hour wait in Coimbatore where the pre-monsoon rain had flooded the streets. The water floods away all the dirt of 8 dry months and you can do nothing but walk through it with you bare feet, mmm! Watched music videos in an Indian restaurant wondering what Indians (who think that showing your shoulders is sexy) think of Christina Aguilera’s “dirty” video!

We arrived in Kerala and went to Kannya Kummari – the most southern point of India where the Indian and the Arabic ocean meets. Kerala has a high percentage of Muslims and while we were there, the Iraq war started. It was a strange feeling to be there at a time like this, even though people in Kerala seem to be especially friendly.

In Kannya Kummari, there’s a Ghandi memorial where his ashes were spread into the sea and 2 big stone-islands in the middle of the sea. One has a huge statue of some religious-movement founder on it, who once meditated there and on the other one there’s a temple. We took the ferry there. But one thing that makes India so exhausting is that its soooooooooo hot! I have the feeling that I want to see so many different things while I’m here, but it’s not possible because you feel tired, exhausted and dripping with sweat and dirt! So your mind wants you to go and be active, but your body does not agree with that! It’s hard to find a balance. So we decided there’s nothing else to do than hang around on another beach (Kovallam Lighthouse beach in Kerala).

Everyday, at about 5 in the afternoon, a lot of Indian men go out to those beaches just to stroll around and look at western half-naked women. The Indian men like to walk hand in hand, it’s supposed to show girls that they are good men, because they have a good friend like that! They stop right in front of a group of girls tanning themselves and stare at them. Sometimes they dare to take pictures with the bare-breasted ladies and then get a lot of handshakes from their jealous friends for being so brave. We then went to Fort Kochin, also in Kerala. Near there, we did a backwater tour on a little wooden boat on the jungle-like rivers watching strange birds, plants and people making a living from those rivers. For example, turning every little piece of the coconut into something; rope, alcohol, cream, oil for hair, skin, and cooking, etc. In Fort Kochin, we got to see a sort of dance theatre typical for south India called Katakali, where some men, who are being trained for 8 years, learn thousands different face expressions and can roll their eyes in a thousand different ways (that’s what they say!).Looks kind of scary. Every word they express involves body language, so one play can take up to 6 hours!

The heat drove us away from Fort Kochin quite quickly and we decided to be veeeeery lazy for the last two weeks of the trip and dive into the Goa scene once more. So we took another 16 hour train ride (whoever wants to go to India, be prepared for the distances!!) back up to Goa. It was nice to come back to Goa and know the places and where to go and enjoying the last few weeks in India.

India has so many different faces. I’m glad to have seen some of them and not just the easy and relaxing ones. I hope that maybe for at least one person reading this, it might have started the wish to go travelling as well. It’s so rewarding. You learn so much about people and other cultures! GO! GO! GO!

Glorious Undead Leaders:

Name: Hazel Cartledge
From: Wardle near Rochdale – NW England
Role in GU: Leader/Pastor
Hobbies: metalwork, flowerpressing, stamp collecting….haha, not really…..;films, playing guitar, listening to music, reading, anything to do with China, eating, travelling, going to gigs, hanging out with friends…
Current Playlist: Changes regularly but at the moment: Extol, Blondie, David Bowie, Foo Fighters, LHOT……
Best shows: The Prankters – Rochdale (many moons ago), Most of the bands@DPFest 02, LHOT and Brutal Fight@Dest.Fest02, Part Chimp@The Garage, Brutal Deluxe@The Underworld, Ten Benson@The Monarch….and loads more….
What is cool about Glorious Undead: The greatest, most gifted, most beautiful people on planet Earth.
Favourite Bible verse(s): ‘Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me………forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 3:12-14)

Name: Rob Schellert
From: New Jersey, USA but London is home!
Role(s) in the GU: Assistant Pastor
Hobbies: Going to shows, travelling, writing for zine, hardcore/metal/punk rock, hanging out with people..
Current playlist: Norma Jean, The Refused, The Distillers, Extol, Thrice, AFI…
Best shows: Norma Jean/Hopes Fall/ All Out War at CBGB – NYC, Extol/Living Sacrifice/Overcome/NIV… -Cornerstone 2000, most Knuckledust shows, Throwdown/Eighteen Vision, Killswitch Engage/ Posion The Well – The Mean Fiddler
Links:
http://www.hardcorewebsite.net
http://www.destructionfest.com
http://www.hxc.com
What is cool about Glorious Undead: The feeling of being community and belonging, metal worship, place where you can be yourself and express yourself and being creative as you like
Favourite bible verse(s): Psalm 139, Isaiah 53

Name: Sam Chin
From: London, England
Role(s) in GU: part of the Leadership crew
Hobbies: Writing music, Reading, Travelling, playing live, hanging out with friends, beating up Rob haha!
Current playlist: The Distillers, AFI, Underoath, The Hellacopters, The Year Of Our Lord, Saves the Day, Terror, Slechtvalk, The Smith’s, any Rockabilly stuff.
Best shows: Any Knuckledust London shows, Throwdown/Terror/A Death for Every Sin@Paradox/Seattle, The Hellacpoters@Scala 2003, Extol/Norma Jean@DPFest2001/Norway, Skid Row@Docklands Arena 1990, Guns&Roses/Soundgardens@Wembley Stdm 1991, Figure4@DP Fest2002/Norway, Brutal Fight@Hazel Dell/Washington, Sepultura(with Max)@London Brixton Acadamy 1997, Hatebreed@London Astoria 2001.
Links:
http://www.instrife.com
http://www.nwhardcore.com
What’s cool about GU: The youths in the church and having the freedom to do whatever to help the church, the leadership crew for their cool ideas and support! The rad worship!
Favourite bible verse(s): 1 Corinthians 13 “The love chapter” & Psalms 56 “A Prayer of Trust in God”

Name: Michael Bryzak
From: Cockney land, East London, England
Role(s) in the GU: Leadership Team, worship, making other people late, Taxi Driver
Hobbies: Tarantulas, scorpions, metal gigs, eating curry, raving, running Tarantula Promotions, playing guitar, weights
Current playlist: Mental Destruction, Dam, Nuclear Death, Slechtvalk, Aspiration
Best shows: Slayer @ Astoria, Extol @ DP Fest Norway, Mental Destruction @ Maschinenfest, Germany, Candlemass @ Astoria
Links:
http://www.tarantulapromotions.com
http://www.nordicmission.com
What’s cool about GU: People of your own culture to grow together with in Christ, support and love
Favourite bible verse(s): Revelation 21 v 1-4
Metal Forever!!

Name: Alexander Schneider
From: Germany
Role(s) in the GU: Leadership Team, organising worship, wearing oolour
Everyday Ego: Fine art student
Hobbies: I read a lot, I buy Vinyl, I love democratic weirdness
Current playlist: New York Anti Folk (Jeff Lewis, Dufus, Kimya Dawson), Part Chimp, Jonathan Richman the Modern Lovers, Danielson Familie, Stuff from Kranky, Low, Quickspace, Belle & Sebastian, etc.
Best shows: Dufus @ the 12 Bar, The Antifolk European Tour, Brother Danielson, Scout Nibblet & June Panic @ the Arts Cafe, all artChimp Gigs there were, Low @ the Union Chapel
Links:
http://www.resonancefm.com – (London’s only Radiostation Where everyone, even YOU, can make a show, support it!!)
http://www.jesusfreaks.ch – (The only JF website I know that you can get an english version of)
Favourite bible verse(s): The complete, weird and wonderful whole of it!

Name: Tom Cole
From: London, UK
Role(s) in the GU: Leadership Team, Worship leader
Hobbies: Computing (in particular Linux and Open Source), music, coffee, the Celts, beer.
Current playlist: Audioslave, Leftfield, Skindred, Machine Head, Pantera
Best shows: Machine Head @ Manchester Academy, One Minute Silence @ Manchester Hop’n’Grape, Mighty Mighty Bosstones @ London Astoria.
Links:
http://www.skankweb.co.uk
http://www.thesynapse.co.uk
news.zdnet.co.uk
http://www.the-underdogs.org
http://www.abandonwarering.com
http://www.abandongames.com
http://www.linux.org
http://www.linux-mandrake.com
http://www.linuxnewbie.com
http://www.meltdownmusic.co.uk
http://www.mame.net (I spend too much time on the net….)
What’s cool about GU: Creativity, interest in heavy music is accepted, the originality of the church’s vision, the diversity of the people who are there, the simplicity of the services, without tradition and hollow ritual.
Best bible verse(s): “And a certain woman threw a piece of a millstone upon Abimelech’s head and crushed his skull.” Judges ch.9 v. 53 (MKJV)

Name: Bernice Cole
From: London (well actually born in Essex but we won’t go into that…), UK
Role(s) in the GU: Leadership Team, singing in worship occasionally & setting up tea/coffee
Hobbies: Reading about Celtic Christianity & Fairtrade , Yoga, music, drinking coffee with friends & having long baths
Current playlist: Bowling for Soup, Skindred, Audioslave, some classical stuff & world music CD’s
Best shows: Firefly @ Destruction Fest, Flogging Molly @ Deconstruction.
Links:
http://www.fairtradefoundation.co.uk
What’s cool about GU: It’s informality gives lots of scope to be creative and inventive in how we ‘do church’. As it is a small church you get to know everyone really quickly and you can’t just hide at the back with no-one talking to you. Again as it’s small, it enables you to get involved really quickly and it’s cool hanging around with people who like your kind of music.
Best bible verse(s):
Matthew 11:28 Come to me all who are heavy and burndened and I will give you rest (given to me at my Baptism and it couldn’t have been more apt)

Name: Andy White
From: Warrington, England , (based in London though)
Role(s) in GU: part of the Leadership crew, playing worship.
Hobbies: Seeing the world, Playin guitar and writin songs, mountain biking, watchin films.
Current playlist: Texas is the reason, Movielife, Taking back sunday, No Motiv, jimmy eat world, NerfHerder, Early November, Jermiahs Grotto, Saves The Day, Ataris, Avril Lavigne (heck yeah!! hmmm).
Best shows: Movielife in London; MxPx, Slickshoes, Good Charlotte in Atlanta
Links:
http://www.toothandnail.com
http://www.decapolis.com
What’s cool about GU: Great people who act real, just a really chilled out interesting place to be on a sunday afternoon. Have a laugh and definately meet with GOD.
Favourite bible verse(s): John 3:16 innit!

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