Saturday, February 26, 2005

Incarnation Benediction

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was God
….and the Word became flesh and dwelt
pitched the tent,
moved into the neighbourhood,
hit the street,
among us.

God became a body!

As we prepare to leave, I want you to be aware of your body
Your butt sitting on the seat,
Your dinner sitting at the bottom of your gut,
Your mind full of the many thoughts of this day.

You too are a body!

But you are more than just body.
More than “consumer.”
More than your appetites and your urges.

May your body be charged, fired, infused with by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Like the saints of old may you blessed with the knowledge of the profound connection between flesh and spirit.
May you feel it in your body.

May you feel this connection when you eat.
May it be impossible for you to read the gospels without getting hungry.
May you know what your food cost, not just what you paid for it.
May it taste good!

May you feel this connection with the earth and all creation,
May your hands and feet get dirty.
May you grow some good fruit.

May you feel this connection with others.
May you love your neighbour, not the ones you wish you had but the ones you have; human and creature!
May you be connected to community built on good sex and intimate friendships.
May you know peace and reconciliation in the war zones of relationship, family, household, church and culture.

You are the body of Christ!

Christ has no body here on earth but yours!
Christ has no hands but yours.
Christ has no feet but yours.
Christ has no butt but yours!

So get it up off your seat.
Dwelt it, tabernacle it, pitch it, move it into the neighbourhood, hit the street with it.

And may God the Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer of all bodies go with you.

From Marcus Curnow

A Great Security Glass Ad

3M puts its money where its mouth is.

That’s great advertising (yes, that’s real money in there).

Thursday, February 24, 2005

WARNING - a new virus!

You need to keep an eye open for signs of this e-mail virus. Even the most 'advanced' programs from Norton or McAfee cannot take care of this one.

It appears to affect those who were born prior to 1965.

1. Causes you to send the same e-mail twice.
2. Causes you to send a blank e-mail.
3. Causes you to send e-mail to the wrong person.
4. Causes you to send it back to the person who sent it to you.
5. Causes you to forget to attach the attachment.
6. Causes you to hit "SEND" before you've finished.
7. Causes you to hit "DELETE" instead of "SEND."
8. Causes you to hit "SEND" when you should "DELETE."

It is called the "C-NILE" Virus

Is this real?


And no, this is not someone I know!

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

A classic complaint!

A letter received by the B+Q customer services department...

Dear Sir/Madam
My congratulations to you on getting a yacht to leave the UK on 28th November 2004, sail 27,354 miles around the world and arrive back 72 days later.

Could you please let me know when the kitchen I ordered 96 days ago will be arriving from your warehouse 13 miles away?

Yours Sincerely
(name withheld)

Sunday, February 20, 2005

What are your favourite tools for ministry?

From the Tall Skinny Kiwi

"..., I got an excellent question from a German magazine last month.
Mag: What are your favourite tools for ministry?

1. Computer - for storytelling, connecting, storing, collecting
2. Oven - for cooking, hosting, pizza parties. I couldn't minister without it.
3. Van and tents/caravan - so that i can take the whole family with me on pilgrimage.

I wonder what Jesus would have answered . . .
1. Peter's boat - to get away from the crowds . . and to get to the right people."

Food for thought!

God and the sea!

The sea reminds me of God.
It is vast and unending.
I only see the surface
Yet I can go deeper and experience more
Often the only thing that stops me
going deeper
is my own fear
of what I might find

Yet you cannot understand
by just watching the sea
you need to experience it
you need to take a risk
for any contact
is a risk
a risk that can change us
a risk that could kill us?

to start to understand God
we need to experience
not to talk about
not to read about
not even to shout about
to understand
we need to experience
we need to allow that contact
that might take us
out of our comfort zone

I love the sea
but i am wary
I love the sea
but sometimes it scares me
I love the sea
and sometimes it will consume me

is like the sea

Thanks Rob!

Saturday, February 19, 2005

The great white shark song

Eleven Trends of the 21st Century Church

Friday, February 18, 2005

Fast Food Communion?



How do you feel about regularly receiving Holy Communion together in this form?

Thanks to the DesertPastor

Big win for Sharks

The Sharks played a brand of running rugby that thrilled the 10 000 Woodburn crowd as they amassed 10 scintillating tries on their way to a 70-17 drubbing of the Leopards in their final pre-season match ahead of the Vodacom Super 12 which kicks off with a match against the Stormers next week.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Another cool quote!

This is actually from an 18th-century inscription from a church in Sussex, England:

"A vision without a task is but a dream,
a task without a vision is drudgery,
a vision and a task is the hope of the world."

Have fun with it!

A Church Worth Staying In

Thanks to Richard Sudworth

Here is a list of characteristics that would keep people in the church:

  • churches that provide space for spiritual development rather than spoon-feeding their members
  • churches that focus on God rather than the minister or the programmes
  • churches that offer authentic community and friendship rather than institutional forms of belonging insipid forms of fellowship
  • churches that engage creatively and senisitively with contemporary culture and social and ethical issues
  • churches that equip their members for the world of work
  • churches that treat adults as adults
  • churches that allow room for dialogue as well as monologue
  • churches that allow doubts, anger and lament as well as joyful certainty
  • churches that are realistic about the rythms and pressures of modern life
  • churches that have a holistic vision rather than a privatised spirituality
This is some great food for thought as I consider the path to take over the next couple of months. Prayer is appreciated!

Building websites for the small screen

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

A cool QUOTE!

"Computer games don't affect kids, I mean if Pac Man affected us as kids,
we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive music."
Kristian Wilson

A cool site with free images

Found this while surfing the web today, check it out!

interview with bono

Thanks to Derek Spencer

"not long back i came across an old edition of the christianity today magazine in a cafe. out of bordem more than anything else i started to browse through it and actually came across this interesting interview with bono from U2. i was that impressed by the peice i decided to see if there was a copy of it somewhere on the internet to post up here - and to my utter amazement i found it! no doubt you're all regular paid up members of the christianty today magazine...but maybe, just maybe you missed this edition...enjoy!"

A really cool pic!

Martin Luther on Education

"If I could leave the preaching office and my other duties, or had to do so, there is no other office I would rather have than that of schoolmaster or teacher ... for I know that next to that of preaching, this is the best, greatest, and most useful office there is ... It surely has to be one of the supreme virtues on earth faithfully to train other people's children...." ~ From Martin Luther on Education

Something new for the new year

I will try to keep this blog updated as much as possible from now on. Random thoughts and links are the way forward. Will keep you posted!

About me

I am an African living in Scotland. A son, a father, an ex-husband, a boyfriend, a teacher and friend trying to piece together the stories that my God, my parents, my ex-wife, my girlfriend, my pupils and my friends are telling me, so that I can tell my own story. Thanks to all for your support and advice. I still love good coffee and popcorn.



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