Choosing my battles

*Warning- This is not a very well thought out post* Fortunately you can get away with that on blogs from time to time. I’ve just been wondering what is THE battle, THE issue to which I should commit my energy and efforts. Poverty? Climate Change? Consumerism? Simplicity? Evangelism? Politics? Youth? Discipleship? As you can tell from the number of question marks there are few issues that buzz around my head and of course many overlap and are not at all mutually exclusive. It helps to have a clear enemy, consumerism…

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Travel Light

This Saturday sees the first Breathe Conference take place at St Paul’s Hammersmith, London. The theme is ‘Following Jesus in a consumer culture’ and it should be good. Bishop Graham Cray is giving the keynote talk and the discussion groups should be lively. As always with these things, you never know who will turn up, if anyone will turn up at all, but it’s right to step out and try, see what happens and tust God for the rest. We want to encourage the growing conversation that is happening in…

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Time Mis-management

I’ve always been good at mis-managing my time. I have a seemingly inexhaustible supply of reasons to do something else, and an infuriating ability to think I can get everywhere and do everything in ‘just 5 minutes’ meaning I’m often late or rushed. There’s probably some personality test that will tell me the name of this condition and give me a reason to say ‘that’s just the way I’m made’. But I want to learn a new form of what I’m calling ‘time mis-management’. Time management focuses on doing more,…

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Where thieves break in and steal…

We’ve just returned from a week’s break in Tenerife (off-setting due to happen later today) and on the whole it was a good rest and an enjoyable experience visiting such a beautiful mountainous island. However the break also became memorable for negative reasons. The second full day we were there our rental car was broken into and my wallet containing credit cards and the vast majority of our holiday cash was stolen. I spent a while cursing myself for not taking greater precautions, not following my usual practices of splitting…

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Too busy online to really live?

A friend of mine recently chatted to me about the whole idea of being ‘off-line:on-life’ and it’s worked it’s way deep into my soul. I live way too much through my computer screen – the endless emails, the blogs I read and this one I update, the entertaining amusement and occasional connection that is Facebook, news and post online through the BBC. Then there are several websites to update and contribute to, including a shop, a charity, a cause and a church. Talks to listen to, books to review and…

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