Why I won’t be organising hustings

I will not be organising hustings for the General or Local Elections in 2015 through any of the groups I’m involved with. This doesn’t mean that they won’t happen, just that I won’t be putting any effort in to organising them. Here’s why: (more…)

Monday, 8th December 2014 at 21:40 UTC 3 comments

Where have all the 20-something’s gone?

Former colleague Dave Magill has written up some thoughts on the question of 20 and 30 something’s leaving the church, which you can find here. He makes great points about the adjustments, and lack of preparation, for moving between youth group and the rest of church life. Here’s my thoughts as extended comment: (more…)

Monday, 24th November 2014 at 19:37 UTC 2 comments

The Rise and Fall of Mark Driscoll

Mark Driscoll was, until very recently, the head of a very large church in Seattle, called Mars Hill. Priding itself on reaching out to Men (with a capital M), the church has been in a very public catastrophe for over a year, and is now headed for closure. But when did that disintegration begin? (more…)

Saturday, 22nd November 2014 at 16:52 UTC Leave a comment

The Prayer Book Conundrum

The 1662 Book of Common Prayer was not the original English-language prayer book, but it is certainly the most recognisable. At the time, it provided services in a language that the people of England could understand. That may no longer be universally true – today’s detractors cite the dated language top of the list for reasons to ‘move on’.

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Saturday, 15th November 2014 at 16:09 UTC Leave a comment

Ice Bucket: some very sore losers?

I have not, as yet, taken the Ice Bucket challenge. I say “as yet” because, subject to my forthcoming travels, I’m happy to give it a go (48 hours notice, please!). Meanwhile, there’s a rather predictable patter of grumbling amidst some surprising reimagining of the idea. Meme-driven fundraising has truly come of age. (more…)

Friday, 29th August 2014 at 13:21 UTC Leave a comment

Familiarity lost: coping with new people

It was six months since the new vicar had arrived and an elderly gentleman from the congregation had asked for ‘a word’. He told the new vicar in quite honest terms that, having wished for many years that new people would join the church, he couldn’t cope with the new influx of strange and unfamiliar people. When he died a few years later, he still left the church £20,000. (more…)

Tuesday, 24th June 2014 at 7:00 UTC Leave a comment

Space for divergence?

I wonder what sort of response you would get if you surveyed the general attendance of British churches on the following two questions: Have you heard of the Christian Industrial Complex? What does the term mean to you? Yet I know that I’m not the only one who’s starting to feel we need new space to deal with its smothering of new ideas in today’s church.

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Monday, 23rd June 2014 at 6:00 UTC Leave a comment

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