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The Next Season: Who’s with us?

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I am very VERY happy to make public that our family has been accepted by a mission organisation and we are returning overseas towards Europe and Africa. The next 3 years will see us work in about 30 countries, many of them the same countries we have been investing in, helping to launch new expressions of  faith communities and sustainable impact …

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Truck revamp

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Its been a lot of work but the truck is now ready for shipping to Africa. Inside and out, our family have been busy. We have chosen a look that is kind of rat-rod, steam-punk and carnival at the same time. Not too posh for Africa but not too rubbish for Europe. Photos of the inside coming soon.

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Hoping the Scottish vote YES for Independence

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UPDATE: I have updated this post because it was graciously brought to my attention that the English people are not the same as the English/British government and my original post was therefore insulting. My sincerest apologies. ORIGINAL: My son posted on Facebook yesterday that he would be voting “YES” on the Scottish Independence referendum coming up next Thursday, if he …

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Funny Accent

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My wife has a funny accent so the kids make fun of her. So do I actually. Debbie’s mum is from Kentucky and her dad was from Oklahoma. So my wife says “BADMINTON” in one syllable and she also says “curtains” without hitting the “t”. More of a swallow than a “t”. Recently the kids and I asked her to …

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51

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I turn 51 today. Its a nice chilled day for me. I dressed up in some vintage clothes – a blue waistcoat and some black Hugo Boss pants. Then I changed my blog by adding an image of mahogany taken from my cabinet and giving it a fresh look. Now I am dressed casual and have already lit the firebath …

Updating the blog for Fathers Day

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Tomorrow is fathers day. It’s also my birthday. Time to update the blog. My goal is to succeed in aligning my actual life with my online identity. Synchronicity. Integrity. And since I have just painted the walls of my truck with blackboard paint, I want to create similar blackboard backgrounds for my text. And speaking of integration, I want my …

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Mark Driscoll’s Announcement at Mars Hill

In Church by Andrew Jones

UPDATE: Mark announced he is stepping down from Mars Hill for six weeks while the charges are investigated, says Christianity Today.  There are a lot of people that care about him and want to see Mars Hill Church be the church they have given their energy towards. Lets hope and pray for a redemption story here. Personally, I feel 6 …

Robin Williams

In Film by Andrew Jones

What a comic genius! I will miss Robin Williams. A few of us Christian bloggers are doing a crash synchroblog on Robin and this is my contribution. I always thought of Robin Williams as a unique artist and enjoyed him best when he was given scope to just be himself and do whatever he does. Like sit on a couch upside …

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Remembering Tony Palmer, the Great Ecumenicist

In Church, Religion by Andrew Jones

Tony Palmer was great Anglican leader and ecumenical ambassador. He was also a friend. So I am sad to announce that Bishop Anthony Palmer passed away on Sunday due to a motorcycle accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with Emily and the kids, as well as the Ark Community. Tony (Anthony) was one of those multi-talented individuals whose impressive abilities …

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Sending Elizabeth to College

In Family by Andrew Jones

Elizabeth, our oldest daughter, turned 21 this year. A few months ago she moved to Portland, Oregon and was accepted into the program at Oregon Culinary Institute. We are very proud of her. And so are many of you, who have followed her journey since the 90’s and have watched her grow up on our blogs or in person. Elizabeth has …

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Global Journey Map

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If you have been following our journey on Joneberries.com for the past few years, you would have seen our family travel map, courtesy of Nomad Travel Map plug in for wordpress. Awesome feature. I have always tried to keep TallSkinnyKiwi separate from Jonesberries [dont be surprised if this sentence disappears shortly] but I do want to put a few maps …

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Calvary the Movie

In Film by Andrew Jones

We don’t go to the movies very often but when we do, we like to see a really good movie. Last night Debbie and I went out on a little date night to a nice theatre where we sat in oversized chairs with a glass of red wine  . .  and we saw the movie “Calvary”. LOVED IT!!!!!!! A deep well …

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What’s so Amazing About Being Anglican?

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pdate: Conference went well yesterday with over 100 people attending. Here are some of the best moments: Original Post: Some thoughts on Being Anglican and my current journey to be even more Anglican, part of which is attending a conference this weekend in Wellington with Bishop Victoria Matthews entitled “Whats So Amazing About Being Anglican?” [PDF] Obviously I am thinking about …

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Reflections on the Agrarian Renaissance

In Family by Andrew Jones

With all the talk about the importance of cities in changing the world, I have been thinking a lot about the shift in focus towards agriculture, feeding the world, permaculture, sustainability, voluntary poverty and the Agrarian Renaissance in general. We are currently staying on a 5 acre property that represents the beginnings of a sustainable Christian community that will impact …

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Emergent Dust Storm

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Yesterday I bought the brand new book, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity, by authors Gerardo Marti and Gladys Ganiel. I hope to review it after having a proper read over a good coffee but first I need to deal with one sentence in the book that bugs me and might affect the tone of my review. It’s that little sentence where …

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Privacy Policy

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Thanks to Jamie Smith of FormSmith, I have a new privacy policy that is available to view here. Its free btw and probably needed in today’s blog world.

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Te Pouhere Sunday

In Church, Religion by Andrew Jones

This coming Sunday in New Zealand is Te Pouhere Sunday, a yearly remembrance of the Anglican Constitution which was revised in 1992 to allow for three “Tikanga” or cultural strands: Tikanga Maori, Tikanga Pasifika, and Tikanga Pakeha (non-Maori and/or European white). Te Pouhere is literally the pole (pou) that Maori tie their canoes (waka) to secure them. Bishop Muru, during …