The red coat debarkle

Within the space of 36 hours two visitors had, on seperate occassions, not just visited our house but left again without their coats.
This was further complicated by the fact that they were both red coats, and that my lovely wife only knew about one of them.
When she was asked to return ‘The’ red coat she duly grabbed ‘a’ red coat and put it on a peg at that persons place of work … but forgot to tell them. Meantime person 2 (we’ll call him Pete) has asked for his coat back and whilst I still have ‘a’ red coat I’m not sure whether it is his red coat and obviously have not got the other one to compare it to.
I am now trying to get into person 1’s place of work to check that coat and see if it might look more like a coat that person 2 would sport. I am also awaiting some details from person 2 that may make this avenue of investigation a bit of a red herring. No details have been forthcoming from person 1.
I am looking forward to happier times when I am no longer responsible for, chasing after, or attempting to return red jackets!

A number of questions

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I have an e-mail that is from ‘Christian Bits’ and I’m guessing that it is one of those computer generated ones based on previous purchases and a whizzy (or in this case, not so) algorythmn. It targets me (although spelling my name with a capital D, grrr) with the tantalising prospect of:
1. New Spurgeon
2. Inflatable Elephants
3. Vinyard UK

What!!!! Some questions arise?
Slightly mistified how an inflatable elephant is a product that comes within the genre of Christian Bits, more amused though as to what I have done to trigger the suggestion that this is the sort of things that I am in the market for?
‘New Spurgeon’ might be of interest but as he has been dead since 1892 I’m not sure that it will be as new as all that.
Nothing against Vinyard (UK, or anywhere) but I’m not sure it’s what I listen to?
Thank you to Christian Bits for making me smile though. Dissapointingly though when I tried to purchase a Christian Inflatable Elephant it turned out to be a book and the ‘Inflatable Elephant’ was just a trunkated (pun intended) title.

Wisdom

“If a Christian “becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith.”
Pope Francis. Full text here
“The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller and becomes ideology. And ideology does not beckon [people]. In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid. And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought… For this reason Jesus said to them: ‘You have taken away the key of knowledge.’ The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these close the door with many requirements.”
Captain’s Log suplemental: Put me in mind of the lyrics from a hard hitting Bruce Cockburn track, “Gospel of Bondage:
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” …. you read the bible in your special ways
you’re fond of quoting certain things it says
mouth full of righteousness and wrath from above
but when do we hear about forgiveness and love.
Sometimes you can hear the Spirit whispering to you
but if God stays silent what else can you do
except listen to the silence?
if you ever did you’d surely see
that God won’t be reduced to an ideology
such as the gospel of bondage”

A to Z Youth Work ‘H’

H: Honesty
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Honesty, or what it is in practice, ‘integrity,’ is key. Youth Work is a relational discipline, the worker and the practice cannot be seperate entities.

Young people may still be deveoping their empathy skills but they are extremely adept spotters of hypocrisy. Honesty pays,
“The problem with young people is not in fact that they don’t listen … but that they don’t miss anything”

helping young people remove explicit images

ChildLine and the Internet Watch Foundation form new partnership to help young people remove explicit images online. More details
“ChildLine and the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) are joining forces to ensure young people of 17 years and under know where to turn to get sexually explicit images removed from online. The partnership comes as a result of a ChildLine survey of 13-18 year olds which revealed that young people are frequently taking huge risks by making and sending sexual images of themselves.
Shockingly, 60 per cent of the young people questioned said they had been asked for a sexual image or video of themselves, demonstrating a concerning prevalence and an immense pressure on young people to participate. 40 per cent said they had created an image or video of themselves, with around a quarter of all those questioned saying they had sent the image or video to someone else”

New Years House Party

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Urban Saints (nee Crusaders) have been involved in running a New Years House Party for … a long time. (I even spoke on one back in the day!) I thought I’d flag it up though as it is such a great time to be exploring faith, and creating memories; well worth pointing teens to. Info is here

Re cycling

Well the end of an era (ok, only a decade) as I am selling my Brompton bike, oh and the skiiny tyred speed-freak machine.
I’ve decided what I really want is an Audax bike! A steel framed mile-eater which will still do quick, but will also do comfortable … and mudguards. The state of the roads is making my aluminum roadie darn right uncomfortable … with every shock and jolt transmitted accurately to the rider. A Reynolds frame with it’s ability to take some of the buzz out of the road allied with some fast rolling but more compliant 28mm tyres is the way I’m heading once I’ve released some funds via the Brompton.
This decision was in part triggered by a friend doing a 100 mile charity ride and me realising that I was envious. I also realised that I use the Brompton (folding bike) so much less these days, walking where I would have previously Bromptened.
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I’m going to be haunting Gumtree, Pre-loved and E-bay for a while trying to track down anyone peddling a pre-pedalled Clubman bike. (Still going to be pro-lycra though, but will let you know if I start hankering after Tweed *laughing*)

Belief in post-religious Britain

Useful report on the belief landscape. The Spirit of Things Unseen: belief in post-religious Britain by Theos
“Yet, for all that formalised religious belief and institutionalised religious belonging has declined over recent decades, the British have not become a nation of atheists or
materialists. On the contrary, a spiritual current runs as, if not more, powerfully through the nation than it once did. For example, over three-quarters of all adults (77%) and three fifths (61%) of non-religious people believe that “there are things in life that we simply cannot explain through science or any other means.”