By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and Third, by experience, which is the bitterest.
It’s interesting that in the area of ‘discipleship’ on of the questions I often hear is “What do we need to teach?” ….. It’s a well meaning question but is too rooted in a culture of modernity, with the assumption that having the correct information/understanding (or in this case, Doctrine) is the key to developing as a disciple of Jesus.
I don’t feel I’ve the right question defined yet but I guess it’s around, “What do we (leaders and young people) need to explore, do, wrestle with, experience and question in order to be growing as disciples?”
This is me musing out loud about the enormous danger in the ‘teach’ approach that may unwittingly forget that young people remember little of what was taught, but enormous amounts of what they experienced, observed and encountered.
In musing about this one of the scenarios that comes to mind is a residential centre that I am connected with. When groups have left one can often find evidence of solid and heavy Bible Study along a discipleship line. The oddity being that the place is often left in the sort of state that suggests the clearing-up model applied was “what, if at all, is the absolute minimum of tidying/cleaning that we can get away with?” (in my mind, at odds with notions of a discipled life)
What did we teach verses what did they learn? mused Pooh
Of all the stuff I’ve weeted* on the blog, it’s the story of my sons battle to become a Go kart pilot that has attracted the most delight and conversation when I’ve actually bumped into online blog friends. (You’ll find the back story here, here and here).
Given the reaction to the driving saga, I thought I’d post a photo of H chucking the kart into a corner. The picture doesn’t convey the speed but it certainly conveys his enjoyment!
* I figure if tweet is the verb when you twitter, the act of wittering (my normal blog mode) must be weeting!
“What I believe is so magnificent, so glorious, that it is beyond finite comprehension. To believe that the universe was created by a purposeful, benign Creator is one thing. To believe that this Creator took on human vesture, accepted death and mortality, was tempted, betrayed, broken, and all for love of us, defies reason. It is so wild that it terrifies some Christians who try to dogmatize their fear by lashing out at other Christians, because tidy Christianity with all answers given is easier than one which reaches out to the wild wonder of God’s love, a love we don’t even have to earn”
Madeleine L’Engle (November 29, 1918 – September 6, 2007 )
Lack of blogging …… let me tell you why?
I managed to fall over while carrying my laptop, doh! My leg REALLY hurts but worst of all are the very real signs of the impact that the laptop is (quite literally) displaying.
I was away on a residential so was rendered incommunicado. I’m now back though and thankfully have found the gubbins part of the unit still functions fine, so with the aid of an external monitor I am back in business.
Did you miss me? (actually, don’t answer that)
Captains Log Supplemental: I’m fully back in line and online after our wonderful IT department set up a spare laptop with all my programmes and files on. The prognosis for my old one is not good but I am awaiting a final decision from Dr Dell about its future.
I would like to thank everyone who expressed sympathy with; me, my leg and my laptop via the mediums of blog, phone and Facebook. As a token of that gratitude you’ll see I elected to post a photo of the laptop rather than my leg
The big news over the pond is that Youthworks has acquired Youth Specialities from Zondervan. Brief details are on the Youth works site here detailing that Zondervan retain publishing while Youthworks will take events and training.
(BTW Marko is back to blogging and he has a whole load of stuff that will make sense of the goodbye Zondervan, hello Youthworks)
Talking of publishing though, The UK’s IBS-STL (book supplier) is up for sale due to financial problems caused by the recession (and I guess the changing landscape of publishing). Only time will tell what that means for Christian books/youth ministry resources in the UK and beyond.
Funding I think will be the major conversation for next year, with posts, resources and organisations struggling. By way of (painful) example, three of my colleagues in different Dioceses are facing redundancy.
A while back someone commented on the blog (I can’t find where) about this Howie T Shirt, “Shed Envy!” I’m delighted now to be the proud owner of the T shirt
Other than than this there is nothing to report on the shed front other than:
1. The small Garden store shed took quite a battering in a storm last night and may need to be rebuilt.
2. The ‘Boat House’ or Kayak Store is an impending project which will be a radically different approach to the art of shed in that I’m hoping it’ll be a triangle ….. and thus entirely roof (kind of)