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December 2004 – Tall Skinny Kiwi

Reflecting and Resoluting

Its the best week of the year for me – between Christmas and New Years – a time of reflection and planning, repenting and dreaming, finishing off and deciding which projects to commit to. Its the week before the New Years Day of Resolutions, and i usually take a week to think through which resolutions…

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Prayer from India

Victor Choudrie from India gives the skinny on the post-flood situation and what how we can pray. Thanks Reinhold.

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More on Tsunami (updated)

– Justin Baeder has set up a wiki on reconstruction called Recotourism. – A virtual prayer space is set up on Messy Christian’s blog. – Jason Clark is asking the theological question “Where is God?” – Joel Vestal of Servlife would be a good person to talk to about getting money or help out to…

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Tsunami

Devastating news to bump us all out of Christmas mode and back to reality. Messy Christian is blogging from Malaysia and will be posting updates.

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Our Christmases

Merry Christmas everyone. We are having 3 Christmas celebrations up here. We celebrated Christmas with Cindy and Julie Blick from our old church in Australia (when i was a youth pastor 12 years ago). they were here for 4 days and have left now. They hope to be back here in Orkney next summer. Christmas…

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Ragstone27 – the video

UPDATE: Here is the video i promised – 3.9MGs I had the privilege of witnessing a great band at their first appearance ever. Ragstone27 performed at Orkney’s Fusion club in Kirkwall on Thursday night. And they did really well. Click on the image to see it – or continue for a small video file .…

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Proverbs 11:24

Further thoughts on giveness, and the gift economy.

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Measuring Emergentness by Smilies

Smilies, of course, were one of the most familiar symbols of the "happy" 1980’s rave culture, which gave birth to the British alt. worship movement.  But the Americans want to know . . . . Are the British really so far ahead in Emerging Church? I have been getting comments from Americans that show they…

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I-Tablet

We’re not worthy! Joseph DeRuvo Jr has transformed an iBook into an iTablet. On MacMod.

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Emergent Wisdom For Churches #1

(Click to enlarge). A network with many weak links is stronger than a network with a few strong links. Multiple nodes enable greater communication which enables faster emergence. Predicting which will new projects will survive or succeed is almost impossible in our present chaotic world, but planting many seeds and allowing multiple projects is a…

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Slain in the Spirit

I never know when Marc Van der Woude is joking or not (must be the Dutch sense of humor) but i will link to this anyway. A newspaper reports, [and Marc repeats it in a post entitled “More Lord,fill him up “that a heart attack victim went unnoticed in the midst of a ‘Holy Spirit…

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Favourite Entries

What are your 5 top blog entries this year? Bob Carlton suggests we make a single post of them, send the link to bobcarlton at speakeasy dot net, and he will post them at thecorner.typepad.com/top5/ Here are my personal favourites, although they are different than the posts that people wanted to comment on. 1. Postmodern…

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Is our worship “cool” ?

I have to admit . . . the question has stumped me and i dont know how to answer. Are the worship experiences of my life cool? Who calls them cool? Do they need to be cool? Was the wedding feast that Jesus attended cool? Did he make it cool by producing wine? Was Matthew’s…

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The Skinny on Emergent Criticism

Emergent Criticism:  7 Years of Spanking Emergent Village has had a long and glorious history of criticism spanning over 7 years to its early days as Young Leaders. Critics have come and gone, but there will always be Kevin Miller of Christianity Today, who I vote as THE BEST Emergent Critic ever. Read on to…

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Abigail fine after seizure

AAAAAAhhhhhhhhhhhhh yyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Very scary morning for us. Abigail had a diabetic seizure and is now recovering in hospital. She will be fine, but it was very scary for us.

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Generation Text

The church was worried about the age of post-literacy, when young people stopped reading books and stared mindlessly into the TV screen. It is probable that we have moved on from that stage to the age of post-post-literacy – where TV watching is replaced by reading, writing, blogging, messaging, phone-texting, sms’ing, journalling, selfpublishing, etc. My…

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The Skinny on Powerpoint

I did it. I finally used Powerpoint, that program-with-horns from the pit of Microsoft. And I didn’t feel dirty afterwards. Some friends were there to see me fall into sin and threatened to spill the beans, so i figured i would fess up before you hear it from them. Please dont leave flaming comments or…

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Parable Paintings online

My friend Jim Janknegt in Texas has a new series of paintings being shown here at an on-line gallery. These paintings are all based on the parables of Jesus, and the one above is called ‘The Party’. You may remember Jim’s style from the Christmas paintings i used 2 years ago on this blog. Good…

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