Thursday, 12 March 2015
If you do do social action but recognise the necessity of evangelism you've wrestled with the sometimes tension between the two.
Explaining that she she worked as part of a social action programme, but that it wasn't always possible or appropriate to talk about her faith with her clients, she asked, "Do I have to talk about Christianity to show the Gospel in action? Does it count?"
Wednesday, 11 March 2015
This looks really neat; a cookbook, starting university book, and evangelistic tract all rolled into one. You can read a sampler here. An easy gift to give young people you know heading off to university.
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
In a lot of my training Fowler's stages of faith development got a lot of lecture space. It's nice to see someone push back against that and challenge it from a biblical perspective.
Saturday, 14 February 2015
In this week's General Synod debates the Bishop of Truro Timothy Thornton stood up in defence of new alternate baptism liturgy that removes reference to the devil by saying this; "Those who work with young people give consistent advice that references to the devil are likely to be misunderstood in today's culture."
It may surprise you to find I agree with the bishop whole-heartedly. Somehow, in today's world, people who come into the church don't understand who the father of lies is. It's almost as if the devil is a great deceiver and people by nature listen to his lies! If only there were some people in place who could spend time with the young people or adults before they got baptised who could teach them the truth about these things! Maybe we could arrange for some trained and licensed church person to meet up with them and teach them the meaning of baptism and the Christian faith before hand? That's a big ask I know, but maybe it would work? I mean, if we did that it might mean we'd have to not baptise some people who didn't actually want to learn what the church believed, but I don't know, that might not be the end of the world?
Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Fascinating —if American— article about the serious problems rich kids have.
Across geographical areas and public and private schools, upper-middle-class youngsters show alarmingly high rates of serious disturbance.
Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Maybe not the most actual useful thing I saw while visiting other projects on Sabbatical but definitely the coolest thing; an entire room painted in whiteboard paint. Unlike blackboard paint, which I have never ever seen work successfully and looks horrible, this just looked like a plain and ordinary white wall except you could write on all of it. File under; for next time I paint the youth room (and have a large budget).
Friday, 6 February 2015
I like this from Miriam Skinner on surprising people with the gospel at the end of an event.
Jesus is the bee's knees, the cat's pyjamas, the most incredible social and political radical the world has ever seen. He's good news to the poor, freedom for the captives. We certainly don't need to employ an awkward quiz at the student union bar to make him more digestible.
Replace "an awkward quiz at the student union bar" with "battle of the bands at the school hall" if you need to.