Social Action Conference

I’ve been a bit busy preparing talks and hit a run of meetings (will they ever end?) but I’ve enjoyed preparing for part of a seminar called ‘how to live a mercy filled life in a difficult world’ at the upcoming Newfrontiers social action conference. If you’re going to be there, come and say ‘Hi’. It’s always a personal challenge to speak at these things, especially on the above topic. After all, when are you ever an expert on that? There are times when I think what I’m doing is…

Read More

Breathing Earth

I’m always impressed by web wizards and I caught this site from John Allan’s latest web round up in Youthwork magazine. Breathing Earth is a simple and clever site that shows you how often countries emit 1000 tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere and also how often someone is born or dies. That’s it. But if you want a graphic illustration of carbon emissions – this is a great site to show people.

Read More

Gleanings from a weekends reading

It’s not often that I get the chance to just read through a weekend’s papers. It’s one of life’s enjoyable pleasures for me that I don’t often get time to do. As always there were a number of articles of interest. They interested me so here are some links… This is the headliner, an article on the global food crisis. That’s right while we worry about our credit, millions are worrying about whether they can eat one meal or two a day. And yes we have lost our sense of…

Read More

Bonhoeffer on: The Prize

“We realize more clearly than formerly that the world lies under the wrath and grace of God. We read in Jeremiah 45, ‘Thus says the Lord: Behold, what I have built I am breaking down, and what I have planted I am plucking up….And do you seek great things for yourself? Seek them not; for behold, I am bringing evil upon all flesh…but I will give your life as a prize of war in all places to which you may go.’ If we can save our souls unscathed out of…

Read More

Book Review: The Disciple-Making Pastor

This book (although with a new cover and updated) by Bill Hull caught my eye at a recent conference. Discipleship not conversion is the biggest challenge of our day, how to produce a church of people that don’t merely give assent to Christ as their Saviour but follow Him as Lord. Across 9 chapters and 300 pages Bill Hull works through the issue of disciple making. The book was first published in 1988 and in this revised and expanded edition we have the original text plus ‘further reflections’ from Bill,…

Read More

Money can't buy happiness…

…according to this report on BBC news. Which is, well, not very surprising actually. Instead it shows that the more technology and stuff we have the greater our anxiety and the more likely we are to be depressed. On that note yesterday I kept my laptop switched off all day, and found it hard to do…I think I’m addicted. Alternative ways of passing the time paled in comparison to either working or wasting time on a computer game. So I’ve decided I must have a computer sabbath each week. It’s…

Read More