Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Some interesting thoughts about the emergent church

Eddy Gibbs's view of "emerging church" and his list of emerging church characteristics...
  • Their churches are worship inspired with everyone playing an active role in creating the worship experience.
  • They are mission focused, committed to responding to the needs of their community and especially in serving the poor.
  • They are shaped by context, i.e. seeking an indigenous expression of church that is culturally appropriate.
  • They seek to contextualize discerningly, ensuring the integrity of the message and refusing to soften its radical impact.
  • They disciple intentionally, which means that they are more concerned to challenge people to live as Christ-followers rather than gathering a crowd.
  • Their churches are structured relationally rather than hierarchically. This means that everyone has their place to belong and ministry to which they can contribute.
  • Their churches grow organically, which means that they are reproducible, much like a strawberry plant sending out runners that set down new roots and produce more strawberries.
  • They network extensively, usually by means of regular contact with the internet, with chatrooms and blogs.
  • They gather together periodically the smaller cell churches for times of celebration and re-tooling for mission.
  • Lastly, they serve compassionately, in that they are committed to holistic spirituality, rejecting any separation of the spiritual from the secular, which occurred under modernity.

A cool email...

I received an email from one of the men in our church, saying he felt it important I read the following scripture - Ephesians 3 : 14 to 21.

Here it is quoted from MacSword, "For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen."


Friday, September 16, 2005

Life is an Adventure?

Really liked this cartoon....

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

A woohoo for the VHs

I received this text message (SMS) from the VHs in SA this morning...

"We have a gorgeous baby boy, 4.39kg. Thrilled to bits G, K, T & M"

Well done, K and hope all is well. We can't wait to see you guys in December!

Living with Aids

An awesome presentation from the National Geographic website (check it out).

"Across sub-Saharan Africa the HIV/AIDS statistics are terrifying: more than 26 million people living with the virus, 2.3 million deaths a year from AIDS-related illnesses."

The South Africans telling their stories in these pages are from Lusikisiki, a rural region in the Eastern Cape Province, where huts cradle in the creases of green hills. Poverty has always plagued the area, and now the pandemic has further complicated survival. Yet in some ways the sufferers here are more fortunate than most Africans grappling with the disease. In the past two years nearly 800 people in Lusikisiki have been treated with antiretroviral (ARV) drugs. The drugs are administered by Siyaphila La, "we are living here," a joint project of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) South Africa, and the local health department. "

Our local church, in Eastbourne, is in partnership with a church in Mtyu, Transkei.
What does this mean? We send money? We pray? We send wealthy UK citizens to visit these poor Africans? Really all we are trying to do is build relationships. Once we know someone we will be able to really meet their needs, without either friend feeling guilty or embarrassed. The AIDS awareness programme seems to be working, but a mere drop in the ocean. Check out the work being done here!

End of an Era

from the official website...

"Petra Retires
Christian Rock Pioneers Say Goodbye After 33 Strong Years

Nashville, TN - After 33 years of music and ministry, Christian rock pioneer PETRA will come to a close. December 2005 will mark the end to a ministry that has boldly and consistently proclaimed the gospel in the United States and abroad. The decision to retire the band was mutual by all members."

Thanks for all the encouragement and good times!

The world from different view!

I came across this site (http://worldprocessor.com), thanks to Chris Curtis. Really a cool way to view the world. Below is a look at the world from Refugee Currents. Check out the site!
Pollution is a worrying image...

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

First day

Well Ben starts at his new school this morning (it is still only nursery). He is super excited and was out of bed at 06:40 this morning, which is very unusual. Breakfast is being consumed as I type and then we need to get dressed and go, go, go. Wish him all the best!

Monday, September 05, 2005

What is happening to Australian sport?

from the Telegraph, "If Australia's cricketers are in a tight spot, spare a thought for the country's rugby team, who are due an overhaul following their worst losing streak in 36 years."

I think the comment is swings and roundabouts. Change must happen and I suppose it is all happening in 2005 for their national teams.

Back to the grind stone

Well, a nine week holiday comes to an end today as I return to work. It has been a good nine weeks. Term kicks off with a bang this morning and I am sure by lunch time I will feel like I have never been away.

Set my alarm for 7am, but that proved redundant as Ben awoke at 6:22am (probably the earliest wake up time for him in the last 3 years!). Cbeebies is a Godsend at this time of the morning as the rest of the family is still asleep.

Hope you all have a great day!

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Thinking of the people of New Orleans

The situation in New Orleans has allowed me to think about how lucky we, as a family, have been over the last couple of months. Michael Moore has taken another interesting approach to the situation by writing the following letter...

"Dear Mr Bush,

Any idea where all our helicopters are? It's Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina and thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted. Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a drag.

Also, any idea where all our National Guard soldiers are? We could really use them right now for the type of thing they signed up to do like helping with national disasters. How come they weren't there to begin with? Last Thursday I was in south Florida and sat outside while the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed over my head. It was only a Category 1 then but it was pretty nasty. Eleven people died and, as of today, there were still homes without power. That night the weatherman said this storm was on its way to New Orleans. That was Thursday! Did anybody tell you? I know you didn't want to interrupt your vacation and I know how you don't like to get bad news. Plus, you had fundraisers to go to and mothers of dead soldiers to ignore and smear. You sure showed her!

I especially like how, the day after the hurricane, instead of flying to Louisiana, you flew to San Diego to party with your business peeps. Don't let people criticize you for this - after all, the hurricane was over and what the heck could you do, put your finger in the dike?
And don't listen to those who, in the coming days, will reveal how you specifically reduced the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for New Orleans this summer for the third year in a row. You just tell them that even if you hadn't cut the money to fix those levees, there weren't going to be any Army engineers to fix them anyway because you had a much more important construction job for them - BUILDING DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ!

On Day 3, when you finally left your vacation home, I have to say I was moved by how you had your Air Force One pilot descend from the clouds as you flew over New Orleans so you could catch a quick look of the disaster. Hey, I know you couldn't stop and grab a bullhorn and stand on some rubble and act like a commander in chief. Been there done that.
There will be those who will try to politicize this tragedy and try to use it against you. Just have your people keep pointing that out.

Respond to nothing. Even those pesky scientists who predicted this would happen because the water in the Gulf of Mexico is getting hotter and hotter making a storm like this inevitable. Ignore them and all their global warming Chicken Littles. There is nothing unusual about a hurricane that was so wide it would be like having one F-4 tornado that stretched from New York to Cleveland.
No, Mr Bush, you just stay the course.

It's not your fault that 30 per cent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had no transportation to get out of town. C'mon, they're black! I mean, it's not like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days? Don't make me laugh! Race has nothing - NOTHING - to do with this!
You hang in there, Mr Bush. Just try to find a few of our Army helicopters and send them there. Pretend the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are near Tikrit.

Yours, Michael Moore MMFlint@aol.com; www.MichaelMoore.com

P.S. That annoying mother, Cindy Sheehan, is no longer at your ranch. She and dozens of other relatives of the Iraqi War dead are now driving across the country, stopping in many cities along the way. Maybe you can catch up with them before they get to DC on September 21st.

I wonder if it will have any type of impact?

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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