Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Here are five characteristics or “rules of order” for a missional community taken from Frost’s Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture.
- Bless. We will bless at least one other member of our community every day.
- Eat. We will eat with other members of our community at least three times a week.
- Listen. We will commit ourselves weekly to listening to the promptings of God in our lives.
- Learn. We will read from the Gospels each week and remain diligent in learning more about Jesus.
- Sent. We will see our daily life as an expression of our sent-ness by God into this world.
Here are the Four Practices we developed for our church, which are grounded in Four Gospel Principles. These principles and practices shape all our City Groups (what we call missional communities).
SHARE life and truth through stories and Scripture
PRAY for one another and the city
ENGAGE people and culture of your community with the gospel
LOVE one another by eating and exercising hospitality
There are elements of real challenge here... eating with others at least three time a week, but that's no reason to pass over the basic principles.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
There is no us and them, only us
ISTP - The Mechanics
The independent and problem-solving type. They are especially attuned to the demands of the moment are masters of responding to challenges that arise spontaneously. They generally prefer to think things out for themselves and often avoid inter-personal conflicts.
The Mechanics enjoy working together with other independent and highly skilled people and often like seek fun and action both in their work and personal life. They enjoy adventure and risk such as in driving race cars or working as policemen and firefighters.
And apparently this is a picture of what bits of my brain are engaged when I write.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Unfortunately the code doesn't work to embed the video in this blog post, so you'll have to follow the link and watch the video there. Just click on Maria Ruiz. All the people nominated are great adverts for selfless commitment to others, the kind of thing you'd expect more of the church to know for.
Maria has been nominated as a CNN hero and you can vote for her if you want to via the CNN website.
Okay, so I may be jumping the gun here, but I received an email today from someone called Eddie with an offer that looks very interesting and I wanted to pass it on. If, like, me you tend not to open unsolicited emails, then you may have had the email but rejected it. I don't blame you, I normally do the same, but this time I took a chance and read it.
He has shown you O man what is good, and what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with the Lord your God.
Monday, November 17, 2008
NT giving principles are: freewill, sacrificial, generous, joyful, not by commandment or percentage and motivated by love for God and lost souls.
1. You shall not put your blog before your integrity.
2. You shall not make an idol of your blog.
3. You shall not misuse your screen name by using your anonymity to sin.
4. Remember the Sabbath day by taking one day off a week from your blog.
5. Honour your fellow-bloggers above yourselves and do not give undue significance to their mistakes.
6. You shall not murder someone else’s honour, reputation or feelings.
7. You shall not use the web to commit or permit adultery in your mind.
8. You shall not steal another person’s content.
9. You shall not give false testimony against your fellow-blogger.
10. You shall not covet your neighbour's blog ranking. Be content with your own content.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Fancy setting sail in this submarine? This is a replica of a very early submersible vessel.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Here are a few of the photographs I took on our recent trip to Barcelona. It's a city of architectural contrasts and bold planning decisions. There are old alongside new, renovated and rebuilt across the street and sculptures on almost every corner.
Iron work is all over the place too, and not just in the streetlights but intrinsic to the architecture. Cast carvings decorate everything.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
The tolerance which is a hallmark of liberalism does not rest upon a visionless and lifeless political creed, but on a passion to serve humanity without enslaving it.Is it me, or does that not sound a little like the kind of thing you'd expect to hear from Christians who are grace-filled and who share God's heart to love others. With vision and passion we seek to serve humanity in order to demonstrate God's love and earn the right to share the message of the cross.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Lord, may we be a place to which anyone can turn at any time. Let no one go unnoticed in our community. May we be a place where hope, faith and love are lived out and open for discovery.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
From Experiencing God Day-by-DayHave you done what you know to do?When we encounter God and he gives us a direction, it is not enough to write down the date in our spiritual journal, or even to tell our friends and church of our "decision". God's call is not to "make a decision" but to obey! Deciding to obey is not equal to obeying... Making commitments, even publicly, is not the same as obeying our Lord.