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March 2009 – Tall Skinny Kiwi

Its FRESH and EMERGING but is it PROPER Church?

Some of the questions raised on Share The Guide Can pioneers water down the gospel? What would you do differently 20 years ago? Are Fresh Expressions PROPER church? If this is new to you, the fresh expressions movement is one of those remarkable corners of the emerging church that has received widespread support from the…

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WWF Earth Hour and we are not turning off any lights.

Its almost 8:30pm and I know its “Earth Hour 2009” and everyone is turning off their lights and power etc. But here in Chichester, England, where my family and two other families are enjoying a meal of pheasant casserole and roast duck, we are 16 people in ONE HOUSE and we are not turning off…

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4×4 Overlander: What We Still Need

People have been asking what we still need to equip our overlander truck for our mission journeys. Thanks for asking. We still need: – A really good 24 volt fridge so we can keep Abigail’s insulin cold. We were given an old one but the doctors told us it was too risky for our 12…

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Cyberchurch: When I went head to head with the Bishop of London

As preparation for our Cyberchurch Symposium this month, I posted a screencapture video of the opening day at the Church of Fools (2004) when I approached the holy of holies and went head to head with the Bishop of London. I knew the Bishop and I would always see eye to eye on this kind…

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Stuff Online worth reading

– Time Mag last week had a piece on the new Calvinism. I read it on paper but you can read it online here. I get it. I was a new Calvinist in the 1980’s and had more Banner of Truth books on my shelf than anyone I knew. I see the attraction but I…

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London: Hanging with Social Entrepreneur Shannon Hopkins

We are spending the day with Shannon Hopkins, a Texan who lives in London and has been part of our extended family for a really long time. Big news for Shannon is the launch of her new website YESTERDAY. Shannon is involved in launching all kinds of social enterprises, justice projects and art thingys. She…

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Oxford: Curry with Church Mission Society

We hit Oxford yesterday. After spending the night in a caravan park (for only £14) we rocked up at the Church Mission Society building and spent the morning there. After a little talk, they came out to check out the truck. Then we had some curry for lunch and took off. Jonny Baker has more…

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Tom Wright – Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision

Its a ripper of a book and the best theological read I have had for a while. Tom Wright’s latest book is, for me, his most enjoyable yet. Its called Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision and its a well written answer to John Piper’s “The Future of Justification: A Response to N.T. Wright”, which…

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Fallen Angel Movie Opens with Randy Stonehill and others.

My geeky friend Jon Reid tells me that the movie Fallen Angel just premiered in California. Randy Stonehill (who I almost interviewed once) and Larry Norman’s first wife were there. Jon has an extenstive blogpost on his experience. Anyone else? Original Post: Frisbee Filmmaker David Di Sabatino responds to Pheonix Preacher regarding the controversy over…

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The State of Faith-Based Online Communities

I am meandering through English countryside on a wifi-equipped train, hoping to arrive in Edinburgh where the rest of my family waits at a caravan park. The Cyberchurch Symposium went really well yesterday but it might have been a bit grueling for the Americans who had flown in that morning or the night before. Especially…

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Is the Virtual Church a REAL Church?

Douglas Estes, one of the participants of yesterday’s Cyberchurch Symposium, and who managed to get lost in London twice during our walk [must be a curious fellow] is releasing a book on the Cyberchurch in a few months. He interviewed me for the book and a few questions I just dug up from an old…

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Cyberchurch Symposium Today in London

Ok – Here I am in London for the Cyberchurch and Online Community Symposium. This is an intimate and somewhat casual meeting (the word “symposium” means literally “to drink together”) for some really interesting and qualified people, divided up somewhat equally among thinkers, practitioners and supporters. Here’s the group: – Douglas Estes (PhD) is flying…

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How To Gate-crash a Cyberchurch Service and Take Over the Pulpit.

This Saturday, leaders of online faith communities come together for a Symposium in London. I am hosting the event, actually, In preparation, I thought I would upload a video of my time at Church of Fools, a cyberchurch experience which would later would lead to St Pixels Church. It was 2004, opening day, and I…

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Deepening Recession…Ready or Not!

Well the recession is still kicking and while the church, by and large, is still ignoring it and hoping things will bounce back to their regular unsustainable pre-recession condition, Tom and Christine Sine are challenging the church to get their act together. This Saturday, the 14th of March, they are hosting a meeting in Seattle…

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3 days before we hit the road.

Really hectic here right now. We leave in 3 days and the truck still doesnt have any beds. We are cleaning out the apartment and throwing away junk. So much to do . . . The Stromness Baptist Church threw a lunch in our honour today. They prayed for us, showed pictures of our time…

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Update on our family and truck

Really really busy here. We leave in a week’s time and are clearing out our house as well as fixing the truck that will be our new home as we travel the world. Here’s some images from last week. Me grinding the floor of the truck. We laid more plywood yesterday. Don’t I look like…

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Stuff

Stuff I should say more about but will just blog it quickly and let it go for now. – Recession, they say, has caused church attendance to rise in UK but apparently not in USA. – Church of England giving out Tweets for Lent – IAmSecond.com is a brand new site from E3 in Dallas.…

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