Discipling Young People

I’m speaking at a day conference in High Wycombe on Nov 26th looking at discipleship and young people. It’s been in the diary for months but it was kind of off my radar until a Tweet cropped up yesterday with the booking details.
I’m looking forward to the day enormously.
Hope to see some familiar faces (although It turns out it’s more expensive to hear me talk on theology than it is to see me perform comedy)
Supplemental: In my head now is, “Hi, I’m Ian … I’m a Stand Up Theologian!”

Christian Album covers

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Thank you Relevant magazine for this fantastic collection of cringe, this anthology of awfulness …. this compendium of cheese. Have a look, have a laugh. Wonderful.
You’ll find them here. Have to say that the one below is my favourite as it brings ‘stand up comedy’ into play.
So a hatted beluga whale, a deaf drag artist and a pig walk into a comedy show …..
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Ego religion

Religion will either feed and enbolden the ego or it will be the means to an increasing honest vulnerability that is the way of humility. This is why CS Lewis noted that religion produced the worst of people or the best of people. The former creates an unaware false self, the later the more self-aware real self.
The ego cannot spot the narrower path as it is wrapped up in the need to defend and control. The narrower path though once hesitatingly walked upon begins to afford a frightening view of the hold the ego exerted.
The gospels are alive with this. Jesus confronted and challenged ego religion, but was clear that the ‘poor in spirit’ were blessed. Jesus rounded on those whose religion was about appearance and conformity, blessed those who knew their need.
What a tragedy when our theological framework, our denominational allegiance, and our moral judgement is the fuel for, and the product of, ego.

Gig schedule

Need to find one more gig for the diary to hit my target of 24 for this year. Here’s the plan as it looks at the moment.
6th Nov ACE SPACE Newbury
11th Nov ‘Jester Jester’ (no guarantee of a gig but I’ll get there early and hope)
9th Nov Candle Club Southampton
1st Dec Showcase gig London (Graduation from Comedy course)
4th Dec ACE SPACE

Preachski

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Preachski is probably not the Russian for sermon but the idea amused me (and it’s better that the German, ‘Predigt’) but I digress. I’m musing about my talks for the ski trip (hence Preachski) and wanted to throw out the question to the collective wisdom.
The trip is over the New Year so it suggests something around change and what we might embrace. I guess I want to look at Spiritual growth … from a wisdom/experience dialogue not a exposition of ‘oughts’ and ‘shoulds’
Any Thoughtskis?