Do we know who we really are?

I came across this comment by Gerald Hinson on VickyBeeching.com, thought worth while sharing (hope he doesn’t mind)

“A friend of mine who is now a follower of Jesus once lead a very different life. At his lowest he dabbled in Satanism and the occult. During that time he was mentored by another person much farther along in the occult world than he. One day the mentor shared with my friend that he was able to “see” a very powerful force emanating from within followers of Jesus. “However” he said, “the curious thing is that most of them have no idea they possess this power. Not really…. at least not enough that they are a danger to us. If they knew who they really were and the power that lives inside them, they would be a formidable force to reckon with.”

I was first told this story 23 years ago and have never forgotten it.”

The Weekly RoundUp: The Looking From Above Edition

A quick punchy approach to it this week:

And finally, the BBC have shared a number of stories from people who have all experienced some amazing “Good Samaritan” moments. From angels on the road side to being near death, its worth checking out!

How to make Church more exciting

Well this evening we took a quick survey of the people we could find, and asked them “How would you make church more exciting?”. These are the top ten answers we got:

  1. In door fireworks… At any given moment
  2. Britain’s got talent style buzzers used during the sermon
  3. If the preacher goes over the allocated time slot… Paint ball guns…
  4. Mute button on the worship leader for when he / she goes off on one.
  5. An interesting way of presenting the Bible reading
  6. A gunge tank… Because they’re not used enough these days…
  7. When someone finds a name thats complete unpronouncable a competition to be the first to say it the most ridiculusly should follow
  8. Drop subtle word changes into the song lyrics and see how many people around you  actually sing them.
  9. After the service ends – organise fort building challenges using the pews / chairs / leadership team – to help build community.
  10. Employ a clown to welcome people in.

A New Years Benediction

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness.
I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful,
and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can.
And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.

With Thanks to Neil Gaiman and Pete Greig

The Church Sofa Awards 2010

For some odd reason people seem to like celebrating the passing of time… and who are we to ignore a band wagon?

Here are the Church Sofa Awards – results based on what we see from our sofa:

Twitter Hero: Dave Walker – For a combination of his fairly funny tweets and  for bringing the Steelroots saga to everyones attention.

Best Web Project: The Natwivity – Really really close run thing… But… the website… Facebook… Twitter… Loved it!
Honourable Mention: The Big Bible Project

Biggest Challenge: Phil Cooke asks do you show up?

Best Christian-Blogger-Who-Is-Kinda-Well-Known-In-Christian-Circles: Vicky Beeching – Great blog for a combination of worship stuff, church comment, tech comment, and Beechingness.

The Best Bad Idea: Why you don’t celebrate Christmas in Church with a Camel.

Best Alien: Elvis – because the Daleks haven’t yet wrote a blog post…

Villain of the year: Steelroots  – The American TV Station – not the youthgroup… We would hate anyone to be confused….. (Find more info here )

What was Tony Jordans: “The Nativity” about?

Well. Its been and gone, but what was Tony Jordans: “The Nativity” all about?

Easy Answer. The Birth of Jesus

Was it really?

You have the Magi, Herod, Elizabeth and the whole cast but the script seemed to really draw out two characters; Thomas and Joseph. Two guys struggling with faith. Thomas  has a simple job as a shepherd. He believes in God, but struggles with money, work, health, and finding his place in the world.

While Joseph, in my opinion has the biggest story of them all. A little shy and perhaps a little unsure of himself we see him fall in love with the girl he’s been dreaming for, we see how much he misses her when she was gone, and we see his heart break. We see him question, we see him run, and we see him return.

A few days ago I commented to @iccleanne, that the Church almost seems less human around Christmas time. Worship becomes about predictable carols, sermons almost become guessable, the whole Church thing at Christmas… I cant help but sometimes feel its scripted…

The Nativity reminds us of the humanity at the centre of Gods heart.

Even if Mary is wrapped in Blue by the end…

Watch on iPlayer.