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Worship Idea – Rock Eucharist

Well it turns out that I am not the first person to play heavy metal at an Anglican Eucharist.  The Reign are a worship band from Hull and they have been going for some years now.  They have started to run “Rock Eucharist” services as a fresh expression in and around the York Diocese.  I have been to one of their Rock Eucharists at Greenbelt and it was good fun!  If you are interested in more information about running a Rock Eucharist, they are holding a showcase event at St Aidan’s Church on May 7th.


Worship Idea – Online Community

OK, technically this isn’t a worship idea but rather a resource that I can see huge potential in.  WordPress have just announced a new theme which turns a blog into a much more interactive forum.  It is effectively an enclosed twitter.

I see all sorts of potential uses for communities to express themselves.

Postmodern Worship

I’m on holiday which means I have had chance to get on with some reading.  I am just about finished with Adventures in Missing the Point and McLaren has said something about the phrase “postmodern church services” that amuses me greatly.

Traditional worship means uncool (ie suitable for the over-50 crowd), contemporary worship means used to be cool (suitable for the over-35 crowd), and postmodern means really cool (suitable for the under-35 crowd).


There is an interesting article in the newspapers today about an athiest who wants to be de-baptised.

I have too many questions about this.  What do you all think?

New Header

For two months I have been wanting to have a revamp of the old blog.  The problem is that all of the designs I like I have used for other projects or when setting up other people’s blogs.  I also quite like the familiar feeling of the layout with everything within easy reach.  Also, other layouts mean that all of the images I have previously posted would need resizing. 

Anyway, I have decided after months of umming and ahhhing to change the header as the last one was hastily fashioned when I first moved from myspace.  Hope you like it.


Just been reading something Tony Campolo said about learning theology. He was concerned that theological learning is only useful if you have the cultural awareness to communicate into the current context.

Karl Barth said a good preacher should be able to develop a sermon with a bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other.

[Note to self: A good scholar would have dug out Karl Barth from the shelf and had a look for the original quotation!]


I have just been to Jonny Bakers blog and he mentions twittergies by Gerard Kelly.  Gerard aims to offer “a tweet for the soul: personal liturgies in 140 characters or less”.

This reminded me of something I have been meaning to blog for some time and haven’t got around to.  What can I say, life is busy.

Fr. Simon Rundell does many alt. worship type things from a catholic perspective.  One of them this year has been to offer a twitter based lenten discipline.  If you are interested check it out here at BlessedAtlW.

Fresh Expressions and the Inherited Church

Some food for thought from Brian McLaren as found in the pages of Mixed Economy the journal of Fresh Expressions.

An eco-tone… is the meeting place, the overlapping point, the boundary, between different cultures… It faces inward to the institution and outward to the emerging culture… [Brian describes himself as] an evangelist for Fresh Expressions in the USA… Our goal was to create a new embodiment of church within the traditional structures and liturgical sensibilities of the Episcopal Church.