Why merge?

Recently I announced that our church might be involved in a merger. In one of the comments Peter Kirk asked a series of good questions. His question was essentially ‘why?’ with the following queries. Is it because one of the churches is nearly dying and has become unviable? Is it because the two churches are located right on top of one another and so working with the same target group? Is it because Shrewsbury already has too many good live churches? Is it because of some doctrine that big churches…

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BBC responds to my badger!

I waste copious amounts of time on Facebook, but some of it is put to good use by using Tearfund’s Superbadger application to email the powers that be to do good in the world. I recently used it to email the BBC about their insistence that George Alagiah step down as patron of the Fairtrade Foundation. Here is their response and the original email. Original email: “Regarding the forced resignation of George Alagiah as Patron of the Fairtrade Foundation, the BBC is concerned that Fairtrade causes a ‘potential conflict of…

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Living with open hands

The latest update from Breathe is available Tim Creber from Journey Beyond writes, “Because life is a gift… we live with open hands. Imagine in your mind tightly clenched fists – what does it make you think of? I think of control. It is absurd to think that we are ever really in control. Life happens – young people get cancer, the poor die unjustly, good people suffer, banks fail, hard workers lose their jobs… When we face these realities, chasing control is futile, unrewarding and, I would argue, in…

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What you've been reading (27/08/09)

Mark Heath has read The Unquenchable Flame by Mike Reeves Jeremy has reviewed The Hungry Spirit by Charles Handy Terry Virgo has reviewed Voice from the Hills by Philip Greenslade Challies has reviewed Glory Road edited by Anthony Carter Sean Green has listed his holiday reading Tim Chester has reviewed Tomato a recent Nooma DVD from Rob Bell and also Corner

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How to get rid of your stuff *updated*

We suffer from having too much stuff. Sometimes I think we have too little space but mostly I think we have too much stuff. The question then is ‘how do you get rid of it?’Here are my top places for getting rid in (mostly useful) ways of the surplus in my life. For books (of which we have plenty) we use BookMooch. It allows us to pass on books that we’ve read but aren’t sure we want to keep and request books we might like to read one day. Just…

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Piper on: Money & Giving

I really appreciated this quote from John Piper: “The more sacrificially generous you are on earth, the greater will be your enjoyment of heaven. Therefore, since Jesus loves us and summons us to maximize our eternal joy in heaven, he demands radical freedom from the love of money and radical generosity, especially toward the poor . . . The reason money is so crucial for Jesus is that across all cultures and all ages it represents the alternative to God as the treasure of our hearts, and therefore the object…

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