Sunday, June 28, 2009

I must read the Blue Parakeet

I’ve been doing a lot more reading again since I got my glasses. I just want to mention a book that has just gone on to my must read list. It’s called Blue Parakeet and is about how to study the Bible. You can buy it in paperback from here and you can read David Matthew’s recommendation of the book here.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Day Out for the Drop In

Yesterday, our church’s Drop In went on a trip to Stratford. I’m a bit of a nervous driver but I decided to take a risk and offer a few places in my car.

We had a picnic by the river Avon and then half of us went on some boats. There was plenty of time to explore and some of us ended the day hanging out at Starbucks.

I think this was such a treat for the guys especially as a few of them are homeless.

I am glad that I went.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I'm excited about our new homegroups

This week as a church we are launching our new home groups. As a church we tend to meet in four groups midweek and all together on Sunday morning in a community centre. We have had several months meeting in life stage groups. It was good to be able to discuss some parenting issues in ours and for singles, young couples and the older ones to talk about their life issues. But now it’s time for something new.

There is a feeling that as we reorganise this is an opportunity to deepen our encouragement of each other as disciples of Jesus. I feel that it’s time to get real with each other and to grow in our understanding. It’s time for us to allow each other to all get on board, take initiatives and to play our part. It’s time for us to do more interesting and creative activities together, to discuss the Bible over meals together, and to break bread together as well as a time to be outward looking.

I’m excited about the new groups. So this week I have been reading Houses that Change the World by Wolfgang Simson. And I've ordered The Rabbit and the Elephant by Tony & Felicity Dale from Amazon. These are two good books about church in the home. Though these books are more about small churches that meet in homes there is a lot that can be applied to our groups.

Our group is meeting for dinner this Sunday.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Web 2.0 declared to be the millionth English word

So says the Global Language Monitor - according to the BBC News. If your're not sure what Web 2.0 means check it out in Wikipedia. In the meantime let us get on with Church 2.0 as we continue to communicate and work together pro-actively.

Monday, June 08, 2009

The Two Halligans

I just got back from a gig by the Two Halligans. A great pairing of two excellent Christian musicians Rob Halligan and Bob Halligan playing guitars and keyboard to twenty or thirty of us squashed into a living room in a house just down the road.

Many thanks to Mike Rimmer for setting this up.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Trinity Prayer

God for us, we call You Father,
God along side us, we call You Jesus,
God within us, we call You Holy Spirit.
You are the Eternal Mystery that enables, enfolds, and enlivens all things, even us, and even me.
Every name falls short of your Goodness and Greatness.
We can only see who You are in what is. We ask for such perfect seeing.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. Amen.

by Richard Rohr.

Thanks to Mike Morrel for the link.