Wednesday, July 27, 2005

I love a constantly changing desktop. Here's what mine looks like aright now. It's a little more messy than usual, but the background is a catchy image from the website of the fervid band - Project86. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, July 17, 2005

To Kinsale and West Cork

I leave in the morning for Kinsale. Co. Cork and what a drive it will be! Seven [7] hours - which is very long by Irish standards - of nothing but me, my music, my God and the open road . . . I love it! I'm heading down to take part in a youth camp one of our diocese is running for 10-13 year olds. I won't be doing much except for offering support and doing some fun mixers/activities with the ankle biters. Should be a great time. I've heard about Kinsale for many years. It seems to be the Shangri-La of Ireland. Lots of tourists there. Apparently, it has been said that you hear more foreign accents there than that of the native Irish! It's expensive too! Good thing my visit's on work time!
After a few days at the camp, Christy and Neve are flying down and we're going to a cottage that a rector in County Cork has offered to us for about four days. I can't wait to explore new territory! The weather should be great too! After our time there, we'll be heading to stay with a friend for a night and to visit our new home which is under construction to assess the next step forward. I may not post again for a while due to travels. I actually have a 'blogging' programme for my Pocket PC, but I haven't figured out how to use it yet. Would be handy for the road! Blessings on you all!

Friday, July 15, 2005

The Draw & Disdain of Emergent-ology

Not much to write on this at the moment but I thought you might enjoy this link to a PBS [Public Broadcasting System] Religion and Ethics Newsweekly mini documentary on the 'Emerging Church'. Brian McLaren [one of it's main proponents] was in London last December at the Inclusive Church conference and will be in the greater Dublin area next May 2006. I'm encouraged by what I hear coming from the ongoing dialogue regarding the 'emerging church' and I'm grateful for the opportunity of involvement in it, even at a smaller level. Dreamers of the Day has been just what emergent is promoting - an experiment in the exploration of the person of Christ through 'unconventional' or popular means. I think Ireland is ready - and has been - for a fresh revelation of Christ. Bring Him on!

'Mini America' on the 4th of July weekend @ Summer Madness Posted by Picasa

Main session @ Summer Madness - around 4,000 young people & leaders Posted by Picasa

'Pimp my Ride' Belfast Style @ Summer Madness Posted by Picasa

Monday, July 11, 2005

Gonna Pump You Up

Recently, I've had to spend a lot of time in the gym to beef up for my Hanz 'n Franz skit at Summer Madness. I've hit it early in the morning and stayed til after dark - such is my commitment to the role of Hanz. It's grueling work, but in the end I think I'm pleased with the outcome. The only thing that bothers me is the difficulty I have scratching that annoying spot in the middle of my back.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

A satisfying day

Today was one of those ordinary days. You know, the ones that happen between the pictures in our photo albums. It was mundane, but wonderfully peppered with little moments of God's grace evident. I got up with Neve while Christy slept in . . she had been up for a few hours in the middle of the night. I finally got to vacuuming the upstairs - I won't even tell you how thick the dust cover was under our dresser! Following that I took a shower then headed to B&Q (our DIY store across the road) to pick up some essentials for one of my many jobs around the house. Had a P, B&J with a little reading on the side. When Neve awoke from her nap we decided to do some shopping for home items - not easy with a two year old and an attitude - finally deciding on some pillows for our new sofas. Over dinner my best friend came by and we chatted for a number of hours be fore he headed away. Today I took initiative and washed the dishes so my heavily pregnant wife could veg on the sofa, then we chatted, prayed together, felt the baby kicking and Christy drifted off to sleep.
I'm sure that run down is just fascinating. If you read through it you're probably a family member, very close friend - or someone who needs a bit of coaching on how best to spend your time! Whomever you may be - thankyou for reading my dribble.
My last meeting with my spiritual director was fulfilling. I think a 'good' meeting (in this type of relationship) consists of celebrating life & victories, sharing thoughts/issues and being challenged to move forward (whatever that may mean at the moment). We caught up a bit with eachothers' hectic lives and as we did there was an overall feeling of our lives being blessed by God. Not because of the busyness we found ourselves in, but inspite of it. God is here. God is gracing us with Himself. He is showering undeserved gifts upon us. He is Yahweh.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Reflections on U2 & Summer Madness

Well, where to start . . U2 was mega. I had difficulty actually taking in everything the band had to offer. I don't mean the content of their offerings from the stage - it was the sheer magnitude of the show and their presence. I had grown so accustomed to watching the guys on DVD and television that it was such a mental jump for me to truly, fully enjoy the concert. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the experience, but think it would take another visit to one of the gigs to be able to enjoy the guys giving it their all. I am very grateful to my super wife for buying me a ticket as a total surprise after two tours of failing to acquire one- what a woman!
As I write this, I'm taking part in Ireland's largest youth festival called Summer Madness. We're running a youth venue called CONNECTION. Each day sees a speaker addressing a particular topic around Identity. Each evening sees us making fools of ourselves for a comedy hour. So far I have been electrocuted and had my forehead snapped with a girls' hair band. All in the name of comedy! You'll see by the pictures attached the fun my comedy cohort, Jimbo, and I had - all for the love of young people! Summer Madness hosted Delirious, the OC Supertones, loads of 'local' speakers and some wonderful offerings from other artists, speakers and leaders world-wide. It's a great opportunity to see God at work in the lives of young people especially! I may post some pictures later.