No brainer really!!
Thursday, 30 August 2007
No brainer really!!
Wednesday, 29 August 2007
- We willingly and eagerly prepare for what we truly love;
- We reluctantly prepare for what we deem to be necessary;
- We 'wing it' for what we consider to be without value, but inescapable.
Monday, 27 August 2007
As a complete aside - I was once at a seminar where the speaker described meditating as being like a cow chewing the cud. I like that! And having adopted it my brain is frequently full of half-masticated cud.
So what is it about church? Well, I think that we have a tendency to fall into habits that we struggle to break (usually an unspoken form of 'tradition'). This then presents itself in the following way:
- What did we do last?
- That went well.
- Yes - let's do more of the same.
Granted the thought process is never as strucutred as this, but if we are honest - when did your church last do something totally different? Just as an example, have a look at the nonprofitprophet's idea about guilt free Sundays. Could that ever happen in your church?
As ever, I have an opinion on this - and in a large part, we are unduly restricted by our history/traditions and the type of leadership that emerges as a result. I came across a quotation from a book called "After the Church: Divine Encounter in a Sexual Age by Claire Henderson Davis (I haven't read it yet, but the title makes it irresistible!). Anyway, she says:
"While the west has shifted to democracy, Christian churches still tolerate parent-childlike structures... in order to mature we must reconnect. Not to embrace the Christian cult, but to know where we are in the plot, to take the story forward."
So how do we go about this? Well, that's something that we need to wrestle with and debate - openly, robustly, honestly and lovingly. That Hideous Man has some thoughts on aspects of this - and my limited addition to his current posting is that maybe we need to have more arrows, but of different sizes - representing different emphasis. I suggest that a model worth exploring might be to include the "offering praise and worship" arrow in Marshall's view.
But how we get there is another matter - even if it's where we want to go.
Friday, 24 August 2007
Wednesday, 22 August 2007
Tuesday, 21 August 2007
Monday, 20 August 2007
Saturday, 18 August 2007
Thursday, 16 August 2007
It's only a few years since we were wondering if we should keep the group going when the numers dropped to a handful. But since they were faithful in turning up each week - and growing as individuals - we decided to persevere.
There is hope!
Wednesday, 15 August 2007
"... be careful of distractions and the desire to do too many things at once. Above all things be faithful to the present moment, and you will receive all the grace you need."
Archbishop Francois Fenelon (1651-1715)
Tuesday, 14 August 2007
Monday, 13 August 2007
Sunday, 12 August 2007
Saturday, 11 August 2007
Well, sometimes you just have to live with these things. Slowing down today has definitely been good for me. After a tiring week it's been good to catch up with newspapers, watch more sport than is good for me ... I've also managed a couple of more constructive things - wrote a Bible study for the group of teenagers who meet here every week (I'm back to bad habits of 'just in time'), did a little exercise and cooked dinner (chicken and pasta recipe that I made up as I went along).
Monday, 6 August 2007
Sunday, 5 August 2007
Thursday, 2 August 2007
- John F Kennedy, June 1962
Wednesday, 1 August 2007
Warmer Climate – Snow Patrol
“And so my argument is simple: the greatest of evils that touches the deepest places of conscience demands the greatest of endeavour.
The greatest of challenges now demands the boldest of initiatives.
To address the worst of poverty we urgently need to summon up the best efforts of humanity.
I want to summon into existence the greatest coalition of conscience in pursuit of the greatest of causes.”
To my surprise I found myself uplifted by Gordon Brown’s speech. A politician recalling promises made … remarkable. George Bush described Brown as being principled – so principled that in response he wasn’t drawn in to flattering Bush – interesting.
Of course the words need to be followed up by actions, but credit where it’s due.
The picture I’ve attached is by Kandinsky. It's called “Der rote Platz” (Red Square) and was painted in 1916, during one of his more optimistic moods – his aim was to present a joyful view of the future.
There is hope!