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…


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?


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…

Weekly Round Up: The Beer at Church edition

Here’s this weeks round up:

  • Jon Butler wonders why we crave certain objects and positions.
  • Nick Welford at CVMen looks at Selective Thinking
  • Randy Elrod looks at one way to gain self confidence.
  • Vic The Vicar and The Vernacular Curate declares today to be “Mrs Vicarage Sunday”
  • The eChurch Blog looks at a survey which basically asks “Do you think it legitmate for the media to report clergy adultery?”
  • And finally… Tony Campolo looks at a great outreach idea – I want to check out this church in question!!!

Where Have You Experienced Awe?

I think, if asked I would be able to sum our our recent trip to Italy nice and easily:

Pizza, wine, and (free to enter) churches.

The Pizza was almost always beautiful. In Italy if you want beautiful pizza, just go anywhere thats half decent… its amazing how little you need to pay for decent red wine… and those churches… I cant think of one Church that we wondered in that didn’t slow down the soul, and made the heart go wow.

There was this one Church near where we were staying in Venice (which didn’t make it into The Lonely Planet), which just seemed to blow me away with it grand architecture. walking

around there, I found myself pondering the love and motivation of the people that built the place. There was a definite feeling  that hit as you walked in. Was I walking onto Holy Ground?

Richard Littledale has started collecting a map of locations around the world showing where people have experienced awe. Give his blog a read to find the story behind the map, or indeed click on the map and add your own “awe location”.