The Church’s Kodak Moment

Great blog post contrasting Kodak and the Church, well worth a read. I especially liked this paragraph:
“A misunderstanding of mission. Kodak’s leaders thought they were in the film business-instead of the imaging business. Their clutching of the traditional methodology clouded their ability to think about the real objective and outcome of their work. The same is happening in churches that confuse their methodologies and legacies with the real mission. Many church leaders believe they’re in the traditional preaching business, the teaching business, the Sunday morning formula business. Clinging to the ways these things have been done diverts the focus from the real mission of helping people today develop an authentic and growing relationship with the real Jesus”
Full piece by Tom Schultz here

New comedy material

I have a slot at the Cavendish in London tonight, and I think (Friend is sorting it out) another in London on Thursday. I want to do some new material tonight but it is very interesting to feel how strong the pull of the ‘tried and tested’ is.
Anyway, I will try the new! I will. What’s the worst that can happen?*
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* Oh yes I remember. A silence of incomprehension descends on the audience as time slows down and I slowly die on stage burned by the indifferent stares of 120 people, before someone helpfully lets me know that I’m ………… (well you get the idea).
Thursday night gig never worked out … postponed until April
Tuesday gig was REALLY tough …. ouch.
The page I used has been ‘upgraded’ removing quite a few useful features, doh

Community: What the Church can learn from the Slum

“From the outside, the group seems happy, but individuality, intimacy, and honesty have been sacrificed for a veneer of respectability and pretend peace. “
Great article on how Church can easily settle into pseudo Community, but what can help and transform. Much wisdom therein

Back in the day

This is one of my favourite places on the planet. It’s a picture of the farm where I used to work one afternoon a week when Jo and I were at Bible school in Austria. Although we were only out there for a term, the family who ran the farm made such a lasting impression on me with their immensely generous welcome, their Christian joy and their hard work.
I remember fondly an afternoon chopping wood in the Spring sunshine with the Dachstein Mountain in view, before heading inside for strong coffee, cake and laughter around the kitchen table over ‘Jausen’ (afternoon snack).

Loving this

Ok, this is officially brilliant. Furniture for Soul Survivor*, Greenbelt ….and mellow summer moments. Hammock for one or sofa for two. Genius
I so WANT to get one of these
About £50 and available from May 2nd. Details

ht Rev Dr Sarah Brush
* For those with memories of ‘Week C’ 2015, added bonus is that it will float 🙂