Taking the Traditional Somewhere Fresh

A friend of mine from when I used to live in Newcastle sent me a link to a clip from Look North.  I think this is what it means to rethink our church in a modern context to engage with the people where they are.

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Suicide

Kim asked me what my views were about suicide and I had to hold my hand up and say that I didn’t know.  Jon at ASBOJesus has very kindly offered to do a cartoon about it as a starter for 10.

“Emergence” by Margaret J. Wheatley

People keep looking for how to define emergent church, emerging communities or emergence.  Only yesterday that one of my twitter contacts tweeted “@whoeveritwas how are you defining emerging church?  Keep it under 140 characters plz”.  I just came across an article that defines current emergent culture and the need to operate within it well.

In spite of current ads and slogans, the world doesn’t change one person at a time.  It changes as networks of relationships form among people who discover they share a common cause and vision of what’s possible.  This is good news for those of us intent on changing the world and creating a positive futureRather than worry about critical mass, our work is to foster critical connections.  We don’t need to convince large numbers of people to change; instead, we need to connect with kindred spirits.  Through these relationships, we will develop the new knowledge, practices, courage, and commitment that lead to broad-based change. 

Read the whole article here.  I can’t recommend it highly enough!

Fake Australian Pope

This is good for a laugh!!

I Am A Christian

What do people think of this?

The War Against Christmas

The War Against Christmas

Originally uploaded by alan_sailer

Santa can’t take it anymore!!

Theatre of Shadows

theatre of shadows

Check out this amazing image from jonnybaker!