The tale of Uriah Tweep

You remember the story- I’m sure? You’ll remember King David – the villain of the piece. You’ll remember Bathsheba – a victim of the king. You’ll remember her husband, too – poor loyal Uriah. Do you remember Joab, though? Joab was the commander of King David’s army – and charged with the unpleasant task of clearing up David’s mess. In order to keep his hands clean, he was to send Uriah to the thickest part of the battle, and then withdraw all the support troops from around him – so that he could die by the hands of the enemy. In this way, Uriah was gone, and David’s problem was no more.

At different times during my life I have felt as if I am wearing Joab’s clothing. On those occasions when I have commissioned personnel for mission service overseas and promised to pray for them, I occasionally slip into Joab-mode as the months roll by. In other words, I have willingly sent them into battle, but allowed myself to get distracted by other things – and I leave them to fight on alone without the support of concerted prayer.

Later today I shall meet with a group of energetic, creative, motivated people who are serving the Church of Jesus Christ in digital space. They are visiting places and contacting people across the virtual map who are far from any church. They are intersecting with culture in myriad ways which have not hitherto been possible. This is cause for celebration.

My question, however, is whether they occasionally turn into Uriah and the rest of the church occasionally slips into Joab’s role? Do we dispatch them into these digital spaces and then simply leave them to get on with it? Any missionary who was contacting over 1000 people in a week would probably feature in some sort of church prayer letter – but do these ‘digital disciples’ get that kind of support?

Of course, the people reading this are probably the wrong ones to ask. The chances are that if you are on this page then you also share some degree of conviction about the value of an online Christian presence. Could you spread it further, though? Could you get this article, or a version of it, into some printed medium in your church?

Could we do something to gather the troops around all those Uriah Tweeps out there, I wonder?

Hat tip to Richard Littledale

An Insight into Exeter YMCA

Here’s an insight into the Exeter YMCA, and specifically the Sleepeasy event that took place in January:

So! Out of interest – If “This Andy” was to do the 2012 Sleepeasy… Would any of you be able to sponsor him?*

*Not saying he will do… just wondering if he did… would anyone be interested in helping him out?

The Sixty Minute Marriage

Just a quick note.

And I think I’m talking to husbands / guys in any relationship here.

Do your relationship a favour and read this book.

Granted it took me some 7oish mins, but I’m not a fast reader.

I’m not saying it will transform your relationship, but it may help to spend some time focusing on it for a while.

Now I’m going to disappear and try and work out why I didn’t read this years ago…

Amazon

Weekly RoundUp: The Doomsday Edition

A rather random collection of stuff this week:

  • Last Saturday evening, I watched the work of art that was Barcelona playing football. Sam Gibb looks at what the Church could learn from Barcelona.
  • The Church Mouse looks at Paranoia about the role of religion in the Big Society.
  • Paul Adrian Raymond looks at falling down
  • Richard Littledale looks at the results of his Collaborative awe map.
  • Phil Cooke wonders if we should disconnect to reconnect.
  • Quick Plug. Are you a Doctor Who fan? You may like Room515.
  • …and finally.. Someone posted this on Facebook… I was tempted to include here… but “ThisAndy” would kill me. Are you ready for Doomsday?

“Everything I’ve ever learned about marketing, I learned in church”

The above is a quote from a Guardian article called “Get them while they’re young“.

Marketing? Church?

Nah.

The C of E can do own goals very well – as seen in the Ben Sheward saga. Not really good marketing…

Maybe its the church websites?

Maybe this is the marketing that she has in mind?

 

Yes we do marketing.. probably best not to learn from it…

 

(thanks to Christian Nightmares for the pic)

Conduct Your Own Church Pews v Seats Research

Imagine it. Its early Sunday afternoon, and you get back home from church. You sit down and think to yourself that you’re missing something.

Is it the feel of warm fellowship with other Christians? No.

Is the musical complexities of the worship band? No.

Maybe its your pew that your missing?

Or maybe your just wanting to help us out with our Church Pew or Seat Research?

Either way, with thanks to eBay, now is your chance to buy your very own Church Pew – Available for pick up in the Exeter / Devon Area!

(For what its worth, we also have a dust extractor, and a window for sale)

 

We now end the cheap plug…