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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.



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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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


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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


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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?


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:


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)



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