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August 2008 – Tall Skinny Kiwi

New Atheism – Reposted

UPDATE: I am reposting this because the old one got messed up and didn’t come up properly. Also, there are some new articles worth reading like Madeleine Bunting, and ZMag. There are also some books including a critical response to New Atheism by John Haught and a more cynical response by my friend Becky Garrison…

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Family stuff

Abigail turned 13 yesterday. We restored a bike for her. Almost finished it. She has a paper round and is the third of our kids to get a part time job – Sam and Elizabeth are both working at local restaurants. Debbie and I are away for the weekend. Good friends of ours, Caroline Agius…

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Berry on Bentley

Mark Berry has thoughts on the latest from Florida and the Todd Bentley scandal. He quotes Peter Wagner. Worth a read.

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How Should We Then Blog?

In a few minutes I teach a session at Greenbelt Festival on new media, blogging and the 10/24 wwwindow. I just came across an old poem I wrote in 2005 that has got buried and forgotten. Here it is again, as it comes out today. how should we then blog? with smile we publish glad…

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Greenbelt Festival 2008: Best Bets

Greenbelt is upon us again. 20,000 people all dressed for summer, shivering under unexpected showers and looking for shelter in the tents and stalls scattered around the Cheltenham Racecourse. Thats how I usually remember it. Although last year was really scorching. HELP? I have my sleeping bag but not a tent this year. Got room…

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Belgium

Things going really well in Belgium. I am spending 4 days with American missionaries from mainly Baptist churches. Nice people – about 50 or so. I taught a few sessions and am leading some informal discussions as well. We went off to a cave this afternoon. My session this morning was on the shape of…

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World Youth Day

World Youth Day for Catholic Youth – 400,000 at the final mass in Sydney and half of them staying overnight. Thats a big event. Not all were Catholics – some of my friends from the charismatic world were there also.

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Should Evangelicals “Unload the Slackers”?

I was in London this morning and I stopped in for an 11:30am service at All Souls Church, spiritual home of John Stott and a pilgrimage spot for evangelicals. Speaking of evangelicals, check out this article from the Star-Telegram. “Evangelicals need to hew even more closely to the most conservative and literalist standards of the…

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On the sleeper train to London

I finally get to do the overnight Caledonian sleeper train, a famous Scotland to London route that has been in existence for over 130 years. I am leaving in an hour or two for Inverness where i catch the train. Should be good. And it should be good for the environment also. I might start…

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Emerging Church: A Ridiculously Subjective Account

Heres the poster for my session at Greenbelt Festival this month. Click to enlarge. Hear me talk at 4:30pm in the CMS Small Tent, Sunday 24th August. For those unfamiliar with Greenbelt Festival and lacking in a sense of humor, let me assure you this is a very tongue-in-cheek account and should not be tried…

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About Lakeland [and some more]

“Todd Bentley’s announcement that his marriage is ending has thrown our movement into a tailspin—and questions need to be answered. . . It was not supposed to end like this.” Charisma editor J. Lee Grady comments on Lakeland revival’s Todd Bentley marriage crisis and asks prayer for the family. HT: John Piper at Desiring God.…

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Interview for GodblogCon

I got interviewed by 5 bloggers from the GodBlogCon conference as a primer for the big event coming up in Las Vegas in September. The Interview is here at the Scriptorium Daily Questions include: Where are the WOMEN on the blogosphere? What is the future of Christian blogging? Why is your blog so LAME? [not…

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John Calvin Unraveled: Reformed Napkin Wisdom for the Male Spiritual journey

I know men go through transitions in middle age but, like most men, I am not going to buy a psycho-babble-newagey-self-help book. But I might read a novel I don’t know of many Reformed ministers writing novels these days but I know at least one. Dr. Bob Beltz is a rare breed of artist/minister/filmmaker/novelist/cyberabbot who…

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A Little Book on Poverty and Glory

The future of writing, as I suggested on a blogging interview a few days ago, has to do with both freely accessible content online for the masses and at the same time with fine, long-lasting bespoke books for the few. Amy McDonald Chapman’s A Little Book on Poverty and Glory is one of those such…

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Jenna and Juli in da house.

Juli and Jenna are in da house as part of a training trail. Thats Juli standing and Jenna running on the cliffs of Yesnaby earlier today. Click on the photos to enlarge them and read on for more.

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Missional – cover story at Next Wave

I have some thoughts on Next-Wave about being “missional”. Looking back, I should have made mention to the excellent blog post by Ed Stetzer here. Enjoy the read. Technorati Tags: missional

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GloboChrist: The Book to Read

This is for the missional entrepreneurs working in continental Europe that I will be teaching in Belgium next week. You know who you are and you may have been notified of my book recommendation. If not, here it is: The most important book you can read in preparation for my presentations, the one and only…

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UpFest starts this week in Ukraine

UPFEST is a really cool and relatively new Christian-based festival that starts this week in Ukraine. They meet at Lubart’s Castle in Lutsk. Entrance fee for this 3 day festival of music and art is 7 Euros. Shouldn’t be a problem there for foreigners. Cheap, isnt it? Slot Festival in Poland is like 30 Euros…

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Baby or Bathwater and Low Maintenance Churches

” . . .Can we begin to think seriously about ‘low-maintenance’ churches? Also, is this possibly one of the things that ‘emerging church’ is about? We are simply being crushed by the weight of the structures we have created in order to maintain our church life. People find they cannot take the weight and are…

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