Christmas Day

So its Christmas Day, the day we remember the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ. This one is the biggie of the year for us. My wife is making raspberry turnovers and sausage souffle for breakfast as her family has done since she can remember. Last night we did a Polish tradition for Christmas Eve.…

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Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Thanks for reading my blog and being involved in my journey this year. On behalf of my wife and I, we wish you a great and happy and peaceful and blessed Christmas celebration!!! “God bless us, everyone!” Heres a nice pic of the kids. And thanks for all the Christmas cards. I love them all.…

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Christianity in Britain

I write this from London on Christmas Eve. The Christmas spirit of Dickens is strong here and there is no shortage of Christmas events. We attended a Christmas Carol service at Trafalgar Square (I would not have chosen ‘Shine Jesus Shine’ to kick off the singing) and we might attend St Paul’s Cathedral this evening.…

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Americans in London for Christmas

Things are heating up here in London. More people are flying in and driving up for our Christmas gathering. Apart from the Carter family from Chichester and the Mark and Hannah Stoney family, originally from Sheffield, everyone else here is American. Most of my family, as you know, are Americans. Teresa Kwon arrived from Kansas…

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Postcards

End of the year is upon us and Steve Taylor way down in Godzone country of New Zealand is requesting emerging church postcards for 2007. This will be the third year of collecting images, events and ‘postcards’ from around the world of what has been happening in our communities. HT: Paul Roberts and an email…

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Stoke on Trent today

Travelled down yesterday with 8 in the little van, including Jessica Stricker from Austin Texas. We are in Stoke-on-Trent today and will be in London tomorrow.

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Darrin Patrick and Journey

Remember that Baptist church called Journey that i blogged about in a post entitled “We Baptists Do Not Drink . . . (in front of each other)”? Well, they just lost their funding and I think their stance on taking communion seriously got them in trouble. It is also connected with their relationship with Acts…

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Our Christmas Goose

We bought a goose for Christmas from a farmer on one of the islands. A LIVE one, that is. The farmer told us we wouldn’t need to clip her wings because she never flew. We named her “Christmas Dinner” and she lived outside with our chickens. Unfortunately, she refused to eat the weight-enhancing pellets i…

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Rob Bell, Bullhorn Guy and Time Magazine

Nice to see Time Mag honoring Rob Bell. [HT: Eugene Cho who i got to meet recently in Seattle]. Rob has gotten a lot of criticism recently, much of it from churches that want to have the same genre of success that Mars Hill enjoys. But in my opinion, Rob Bell has done really well.…

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Sam Jones: He’s Big in Orkney

Our 16 year old son Sam gave a “show-stopping” performance in last weeks production of ‘Chicago’, here in our town of Stromness, Orkney. “Added comedy came in the form of young Sam Jones as top reporter ‘Mary Sunshine’, whose falsetto singing of ‘There’s a Little Bit of Good in Everyone’ brought a broad smile to…

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Colorado shootings – more details.

Apparently, the gunman at both Colorado shootings, Matthew Murray, was once enrolled in a DTS at YWAM but was let go for “health” reasons. ChristianPost has the skinny and Benediction is looking at it also.

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New Baptist Covenant, Atlanta

There is talk of 20,000 people coming to the New Baptist Covenant celebration [see BLOG] next January but i don’t know if that is hopeful dreaming or Baptist big talk. It has been suspected of having a strong political agenda but there are some fine upstanding Baptist groups who are supporting it for other reasons.…

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Danger and The Emerging Church

Excuse the title. I just wanted to attract the attention of EC critics and wish them a very happy Christmas! Hey we LOVE you people and we thank you for proof-reading everything we write without compensation. God bless you all! Congratulations, in particular, to Roger Oakland for making number one in a YouTube search for…

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More Emerging Philanthropy

I have been amazed to see the changes in philanthropy over the past year due to emergent thinking and web 2.0 technology. Some of this was highlighted yesterday in the Financial Times in an article entitled Charity No Longer Belongs at Home. Websites mentioned are Kiva.org (small loans for third world entrepreneurs) and Innocentive.com (matching…

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Baptist Top 1000 and Christian Top 1000

I am curious about the discrepancy between Baptist Top 1000 and Christian Top 1000. Can anyone tell me why the uber-cheesy yet HUGELY SUCCESSFUL Jerry’s Haven and Tell, the leading blog for both sites ever since i saw them, got 80,000 hits yesterday on the Baptist Top 1000 but only 10,000 hits for the Christian…

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YWAM Shooting

Absolutely awful to hear of the shooting at the YWAM base in Denver. 9News says two dead (pictured), one critical, another inured and the 80 other missionaries moved to Golden for the time being. Youth With a Mission is a great mission organization and I have had the priviledge of teaching on many of their…

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Our New Media Book Wins a Prize!

First of all, I am now allowed to tell you that our new media book won a coveted award a few days ago from the Society for New Communications Research. My chapter is on the dark side of blogging, a haunting confessional piece called “The Ugly Blogger”. The other chapters, although not nearly as metaphysically…

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Mitt Romney on Faith in America

American Gov. Mitt Romney tops the list of the most search tags today in the blogosphere, all because of his speech “Faith in America” Why is it I ask you that politicians get mega blog attention when they speak about religion and religious leaders get mega blog attention when they speak about politics? Technorati Tags:…

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