Observation

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"There has been a blurring between the chronological adolescence of youth and the psychological adolescence of much adult culture"

Label Japery

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I love a well executed Jape. Kudos to the joker who meticulously recreates shelf labels but as mockingly clever pastiches.

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More examples here

Practical Participation

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My department are organizing a meeting with Practical Participation, I'm looking forward to learning from them.

South West Youth Conference

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Even though I am a Brummie (temporarily exiled to the South East) I am going to the South West Youth Conference. Their guest speaker is Mark Yaconelli.

There is a retreat day on the Friday, and the day conference on the Saturday. (I am just there for the Saturday)

Details here

Decals for the skid lid

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I've ordered some decals for my Ski Helmet!
For the one side, "Preacherman" (a nickname a teenager gave to me on a camp years ago and it made me smile). And for the other side, the ski verse: Hebrews 12:12
This is obviously only a temporary measure until I have time to fully paint it and logo up as Mavericks helmet from TOP GUN!

My ministry is going downhill ...... fast!

Slow Club

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WALKING WITH GRANDMA

I like to walk with grandma,
Her steps are short like mine.
She doesn't say "Now hurry up",
She always takes her time.

I like to walk with grandma,
Her eyes see things like mine do -
Wee pebbles bright, a funny cloud,
Half hidden drops of dew.

Most people have to hurry,
They don't stop and see
I'm glad that God made Grandma.
Unrushed, and young like me.

Thena Smith

Communication

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I'm definitely better at speaking than writing! (I'm not saying I'm great at speaking, merely that I'm not great at writing). I've just finished a period with lots of writing; things like papers, outlines and a HUGE essay, and have now emerged into a phase of lots of speaking. Weird how that works? I've got a Clergy Chapter to speak at, a conference, a presentation at Bishops Council, and a Ski trip, all in the next three weeks.

Not sure where I'm going with this? (But hey, it was a chance to practice my writing)


Job Opportunity

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Easthampstead church in Bracknell are looking for a full time 'Youth and Children's Leader'

You'll find the details here: advert final easthampstead.docx

Questions

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I was chatting to a Children's worker this week who has a wonderful approach to questions that children ask. She asks them what type of question it is, is it .....

a knowing the answer question?


or

a wondering about question?


I really liked this, much wisdom therein me thinks.

Existential fridge philosophy

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Ever since it appeared on the wall of the physics lab at my 6th Form College I've loved this quote:

"Life is strange!" said Jeremy
"Compare to what?"said the Spider

When I'm making coffee I tend to put something up on the fridge relating to the Bible, philosophy, spirituality et al. My daughter tends to re-arrange the letters a little.
I thought I'd put up the Jeremy quote this week, I noticed it has morphed into:

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Not as profound but made me laugh

Depth, height and practical theology

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Off to Douai Abbey today to co-lead the DEPTH retreat. Really looking forward to exploring 'Soul Stuff' with a great bunch of children's. family and youth workers, and for the Soul space I'll enjoy too.

Life has been very full recently but the additional straw (and a big one at that) of the essay is nearly gone. Just some tidying up and then I can submit. I've also started making notes for the next one which is, 'All theology is necessarily practical - Discuss'

After the retreat I'm back into a fairly intense period of work for a couple of weeks, but then - jumping on a bus to the Alps where I am speaking on a Ski trip. I'm incredibly excited about the ministry opportunity, being in the mountains, and the skiing.
Have a look at Kleine Scheidigg station via the webcam On the 8th or later and see if you spot me! (Still space on the EHT15 trip if you fancy coming along)

Shalom

Wisdom

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