Book Review: Conspiracy of the Insignificant

Young people don’t always get good PR and sometimes for good reasons. Gang violence, teenage pregnancies, anti-social behaviour, lack of education, employment and general delinquency can all add up to ruining lives young. These issues can be especially entrenched in some of the poorer estates of our nation. What is often less reported or remembered are the reasons for the issues – neglect, abuse, lack of role models, poverty, addiction, drug related crime and violence in their homes and communities, racism & prejudice which leads to chronic lack of self-esteem,…

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Why secularists hate Christian youth festivals

For a few years I’ve been proud to have played a small part in Newday a growing Christian youth festival. It’s nowhere near the size and scale of Soul Survivor but we share a similar passion to bring the Gospel to young people. It was no surprise to read something like this in the Guardian online (I share many of the Guardian’s views on the environment, economics, development, politics but definitely not faith). While this idea is probably in the realms of fantasy, it doesn’t hurt us to know what…

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Yancey on blogging

I read the latest issue of Youthwork and there’s an interview with author Philip Yancey and he is asked about blogging. I can’t link the article because the magazine don’t make that content available online. Here’s the Question and Yancey’s answer: Christians seem quite fond of blogging – writing thoughts in an online diary that everyone can read. What do you think of that phenomenon? I am pretty removed from that whole block of culture. I don’t read single blog; I don’t think I’ve ever read a blog actually, unless…

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An amazing Newday!

I’ve just spent the last week at Uttoxter Racecourse with 6000 teenagers. The weather was good, the young people were mostly well behaved and we survived the Newday plague (at one point 7 of the 9 young people were throwing up – nice!). It’s always good to take young people to massive gatherings of other Christian young people, it gives confidence and encouragement and reminds them, they are not alone. It’s also a great opportunity for them to deal with issues in their lives and open themselves to God’s leading…

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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.

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More on Newday

Well I slept for about 12 hours and followed that up with a whole load of nothing just recharginf the batteries. Still last night we had a church prayer meeting (you should try prayer if you haven’t done recently) and it was quite a night. The highlight was the following story: One of our young people, a 15 year old young man, recommitted his life to following Jesus while at Newday, during that process he was freed from back pain which he had been having for several months. We didn’t…

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What are we working so hard for again?

Last weekend I was speaking on the challenge of consumerism at Cornerstone City Church (you can listen to the talk here if you want to). Thanks to Clive Miller who followed it up by sending me the following…  “Here’s a famous story that you might have heard before but makes an interesting point…  the businessman and the fisherman story (ambition, wealth creation, change for change’s sake, purpose of life, work and fulfilment – also featured on a ‘Kit-Kat’ snack-bar TV advert) A management consultant, on holiday in a African fishing village,…

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