Nativity 2

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Got to see Nativity 2 (Danger in the Manger) last night and thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful piece of Christmassy fun. Part Pantomine, part Ealing Comedy and very much a Christmas film it was built successfully around the character of Mr Poppy, allowing fully reign for his glorious childlike capacity for wonder, fun …… and all that therefore ensues. The film was in part ad-libbed and the resultant interplay between the Children, David Tennant and Marc Wootton is so much fun.
The sets for the choirs and competition were fantastic and must have absorbed all the budget as the special effects were on a level with a 1950 Godzilla film. Not that this detracted from what was a laugh-out-loud, sentimental, glorious and very British piece of Christmas cinematography. Loved it!

EPIC and other useful stuff for Discipleship

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I’ve just been dipping into Leonard Sweets book “The Gospel According to Starbucks” and wanted to make a note of his dimensions of meaningful faith communication with his EPIC acronym, ‘EPIC:’
Experiential
Participative
Images (that give sense and meaning)
Connection
I’m recording it here so I can find it again, especially as I seem to be speaking often on Discipleship next year at all sorts of gigs. I guess I’m collecting tools to help unpack what a lived out faith that sees a person growing, looks like; and the points of connection. I’m adding ‘EPIC’ to Kenda’s
Community
Creed
Call
Hope
(here) and to the interesting list of dimensions of a great brand from a Marketing Book ….. I love this list and use it in youth ministry training to help people unpack dimensions of the gospel that connect with young people:
Fear
Fantasy
Mastery
Humour
Love
Stability
A lots of thinking, praying going on but it’s a great journey to be on exploring my own life as a Disciple of Jesus AND what might be helpful to others. This is forming some of the stuff for the DEPTH retreat and for the Ski Trip I am Minister to (might even be the first trip EVER where the input is in a use-able shape before the trip starts).

Free School Meals

Here’s a link to the ‘Fair and Square: Free school meals for all children in poverty’ campaign from the Children’s Society. Getting a good meal at lunchtime can make such a difference to a child’s health, learning and well being …. all the more so if food at home is less forthcoming or reliable.
By way of illustration, an article from the Guardian about a school in Essex

Theologically adrift

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Shopping for Christmas Cards at the weekend and spent much of the time in a state of Incredulity about what constituted legitimate visual meaning for the season.
Grateful to Doug Savage for making me laugh, and the YMCA for having some great cards!
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Plans for 2013 on the blog

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What does it mean to do a blog when everyone (nearly) blogs ….. given that this is what Facebook is? Musing about this and trying to think about what youthblog might look like next year. I’m trying to set myself some things to write about that will involve a series of posts to try and make the content more useful and systematic.
If you have ideas for a series of posts then I’d love to have them.
(Otherwise I end up writing about mint packets!!)
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A change of Tac Tics

tac tical redisgn.jpgDriving to work this morning I found myself musing about Tic Tac packets. They have been the exact shape and size they are for as long as I can remember (a long time), all very well if they were the perfect design (like a VW Van or suchlike) but for the whole period they have had a significant and recurring problem … namely:
The best way to determine if you still have available minty content is to rattle the plastic box, however the box is the exact depth of two Tic Tacs wedged together between the front and back (and this happens surprisingly often). Should you become aware that you still have mints left because you do not trust the auditory (or lack thereof) information, then a smart flick will normally free the confectionery, but you have to realise the need to double check.
What I wondered though was how many Tic Tacs I have inadvertently thrown away over the years because I relied on the shake without a visual second check!
Hardly important in the grand scheme of things but I thought I’d mention it. (I thought about petitioning for change but decided this might not be a huge public concern, plus of course the danger of the problem being resolved by reducing the size of the mints).