Saturday, March 22, 2008

Fire and the Coming of Christ in Ireland

A little reading for you of a very significant event which supposedly happened 1, 575 years ago on this night:

"Consequently, 432 is the traditional date for Patrick's voyage to Ireland, which ended on the shores of Strangford Lough. He quickly made a convert of a local chief named Dichu, who gave him a barn at Saul, Co. Down, for his first church.

Before long Patrick made his way to the Hill of Tara, Co. Meath, seat of the high king of Ireland. Arriving on the eve of Easter, he lit a paschal fire on the nearby Hill of Slane. At this time of year, it was pagan practice to put out all fires before a new one was lit at Tara. When the druids at Tara saw the light from Slane, they warned King Laoghaire that he must extinguish it or it would burn forever. Patrick was summoned to Tara, and on the way he and his followers chanted the hymn known as 'The Lorica' or 'Saint Patrick's Breastplate'.

Although Laoghaire remained a pagan, he was so impressed by the saint that he gave him permission to make converts throughout his realm. Muirchu's Life of Patrick, written two centuries later, describes a contest of magic in which Laoghaire's druids had to concede victory to the saint. Patrick travelled widely in Ireland, making converts and establishing new churches, though he eventually made his headquarters at Armagh."

story borrowed from here

Here is the well-known Lorica prayer of Patrick (some say he prayed himself):

The beautiful prayer of St. Patrick, popularly known as "St. Patrick's Breast-Plate", is supposed to have been composed by him in preparation for this victory over Paganism. The following is a literal translation from the old Irish text:

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity:
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism,
The virtue of His crucifixion with His burial,
The virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
The virtue of His coming on the Judgement Day.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the love of seraphim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the hope of resurrection unto reward,
In prayers of Patriarchs,
In predictions of Prophets,
In preaching of Apostles,
In faith of Confessors,
In purity of holy Virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I bind to myself today
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendour of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.

I bind to myself today
God's Power to guide me,
God's Might to uphold me,
God's Wisdom to teach me,
God's Eye to watch over me,
God's Ear to hear me,
God's Word to give me speech,
God's Hand to guide me,
God's Way to lie before me,
God's Shield to shelter me,
God's Host to secure me,
Against the snares of demons,
Against the seductions of vices,
Against the lusts of nature,
Against everyone who meditates injury to me,
Whether far or near,
Whether few or with many.

I invoke today all these virtues
Against every hostile merciless power
Which may assail my body and my soul,
Against the incantations of false prophets,
Against the black laws of heathenism,
Against the false laws of heresy,
Against the deceits of idolatry,
Against the spells of women, and smiths, and druids,
Against every knowledge that binds the soul of man.

Christ, protect me today
Against every poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against death-wound,
That I may receive abundant reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort,
Christ in the chariot seat,
Christ in the poop [deck],
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity,
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

prayer borrowed from here

Friday, March 21, 2008

Letter to America

A British friend sent this to me recently. Funny.

'Letter to America'

Dear Citizens of America,

In view of your failure to elect a competent President and thus to
govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your
independence, effective immediately.

Her Sovereign Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, will resume monarchical
duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories (except
Kansas, which she does not fancy), as from Monday next.

Your new prime minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a governor for
America without the need for further elections. Congress and the
Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year
to determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown Dependency, the following
rules are introduced with immediate effect:

1. You should look up 'revocation' in the Oxford English Dictionary.
Then look up 'aluminium,' and check the pronunciation guide. You will
be amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it.

2. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'colour',
'favour' and 'neighbour.' Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut'
without skipping half the letters, and the suffix 'ize' will be
replaced by the suffix 'ise.'

3. You will learn that the suffix 'burgh' is pronounced 'burra'; you
may elect to spell Pittsburgh as 'Pittsberg' if you find you simply
can't cope with correct pronunciation.

4. Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to
acceptable levels (look up 'vocabulary'). Using the same twenty-seven
words interspersed with filler noises such as 'like' and 'you know' is
an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication.

5. There is no such thing as 'US English.' We will let Microsoft know
on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take
account of the reinstated letter 'u' and the elimination of '-ize.'

6. You will relearn your original national anthem, 'God Save The
Queen', but only after fully carrying out Task #1 (see above).

7. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday. November 2nd
will be a new national holiday, but to be celebrated only in England. It
will be called 'Come-Uppance Day.'

8. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns,
lawyers or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and
therapists shows that you're not adult enough to be independent. Guns
should only be handled by adults. If you're not adult enough to sort
things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist then
you're not grown up enough to handle a gun.

9. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything
more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. A permit will be required if
you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

10. All American cars are hereby banned. They are crap and this is for
your own good. When we show you German cars, you will understand what
we mean.

11. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will
start driving on the left with immediate effect. At the same time, you
will go metric immediately and without the benefit of conversion
tables... Both roundabouts and metrification will help you understand
the British sense of humour.

12. The Former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been
calling 'gasoline') - roughly $8/US per gallon. Get used to it.

13. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call french
fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling
potato chips are properly called 'crisps.' Real chips are thick cut,
fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with malt

14. Waiters and waitresses will be trained to be more aggressive with

15. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not
actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be
referred to as 'beer,' and European brews of known and accepted
provenance will be referred to as 'Lager.' American brands will be
referred to as 'Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine,' so that all can be sold
without risk of further confusion.

16. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as
good guys.. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors as
English characters. Watching Andie MacDowell attempt English dialogue
in 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' was an experience akin to having
one's ear removed with a cheese grater.

17. You will cease playing American 'football.' There is only one kind
of proper football; you call it 'soccer'. Those of you brave enough,
in time, will be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to
American 'football', but does not involve stopping for a rest every
twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of Jessies - English slang for 'Big Girls Blouse').

18. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to
host an event called the 'World Series' for a game which is not played
outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware that there is a
world beyond your borders, your error is understandable and forgiven.

19. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.

20. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's
Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all
monies due, backdated to 1776.

Thank you for your co-operation.

John Cleese

I'm laughing . . I'm rolling . .

The Bible According To Google Earth

Parting of the Red Sea

See more for yourselves:

The Crucifixion

Adam & Eve in the Garden

Noah's Ark

by The Glue Society

Know thyself . . Improve thyself

"'Know thyself,' said the old philosopher, 'improve thyself,' saith the new. Our great object in time is not to waste our passions and gifts on the things external that we must leave behind, but that we cultivate within us all that we can carry into the eternal progress beyond."
- Edward Bulwer-Lytton (English dramatist, novelist, & politician; 1803 - 1873)

The Creative Age

Futurist, pragmatist and occasional theologian Leonard Sweet speaks in these two podcasts from Napkin Scribbles about how the future belongs to Creatives or right-brained (contextual, synthetic, simultaneous) people. He makes a case that the era of the left-brained (sequential, textual, analytical) dominance is over, in part, because many of the tasks geared toward these type of people are being outsourced to machines! He stresses that the Church MUST invest more in R & D (research and development) by raising up, developing and releasing more Creatives.

In the nascent era, Leonard states that the '6 Senses' will predominate our everyday lives: Design, Story, Symphony, Play, Empathy and Meaning. This feeds into so much of what I've read / heard on postmodern thought which emphasizes the emotions, experience, narrative, relationships (connection), fun and pragmatism over theory. A friend of mine, Ben Price, wrote a great article years ago called The Gospel in a Culturally Relevant Postmodern Church which describes this trend in more detail. In the article, Ben states, "Art is to postmodernity what science was to modernity - an imperative discussion." Well put friend.

Len's two podcasts: (right click to download)

Half A Brain

Right-Brained Future

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Hitting All the Right Buttons

Okay, here's a great reason to be in the States right now . . I just came across the website for a very exciting - let me say that again - a very exciting gathering of people hosted in one of my 'towns to watch' that could prove to be one of 2008's 'Things Not to Miss'. Unfortunately for me . . I'm gonna miss it (since I'm in Ireland) and all I can do is grit my teeth and day dream about what it would have been like.

Phrases and words (more importantly, the realities they represent) like cultural transformation, spiritual formation, the arts, imagination, justice, vision, passion, beauty, truth, personal development, reformation and engagement get me excited to NO END. My heart is pounding now even as I type this. Few issues / arenas / subjects elicit such a response from me. Thus, I know, I must spend my life immersed in these areas. All the more reason that I'm bummed - really bummed - to be missing what appears to be a flippin' brilliant symposium hosted in Austin, Texas in a week and a half.

The saving grace of it all is that they are planning on recording all of the main sessions and as many of the workshops as possible. I have never seen such a comprehensive thematic programme from a Christian sponsored event in my life. Well done David Taylor and all the rest of you who have pulled this together. May it go from strength to strength and realise its prophetic role in the American Church and beyond!

And, I might - just maybe - make it one year in the near future!

Check out Transforming Culture . . and get there if you care about being a shaper of culture!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

'Home' is Changing!

" just released their top 10 “up and coming” tech cities in the USA. Columbus, Ohio was ranked as the #1 up and coming high technology city in the USA. I’m sure many people were surprised to see Columbus at the top of the list. Two major reasons why Columbus leads this list. Number one, Columbus is home to one of the largest universities in the world - The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!). Number two, Battelle Memorial Institute has been based in Columbus, Ohio since 1997. Battelle Memorial Institute is the state’s largest research center. This is great news for Central Ohio."

"Thanks to a potent recipe mixing hearty helpings of money, leadership, commitment and vision, a cadre of small cities is rapidly earning respect as veritable tech hubs.

Where will the next Silicon Valley spring up? Philip Auerswald, professor of public policy at George Mason University, knows where to look. He surveyed regional innovation trends across the U.S. and cobbled a list of up-and-coming tech centers . . .

No. 1: Columbus, Ohio. In 1997, the Battelle Memorial Institute, Ohio's largest research center, based in Columbus, managed a single lab for the U.S. Department of Energy with an annual budget of $1 billion. A decade later, Battelle oversees seven major laboratories for different federal agencies; current budget: $4 billion.

The institute has become a force in almost every area of emerging technology, especially life sciences and energy research. One of its children, Velocys, is working on a way to cut the cost of capturing the 3 trillion cubic feet of the world's stranded natural gas by converting it to easily transportable liquid."

See Forbes for more

Reflections on St. Paddy's Day

Well, another St. Patrick's Day has come and disappeared into the folds of history. Ireland really seems to be taking more pride in the day that commemorates it's national saint. In the last number of years it seems that the celebrations have been growing in number, size and quality. Good for the Irish and good for us! I've long held that St. Patrick is probably one of the best known extra-biblical sainLinkts among the Christian community and probably second only to good 'ol St. Nick (Santa Claus) in the public eye. So it's a good thing that the adopted country of such a much celebrated man do the right thing and 'big up' the day better than most.

As many of you were probably aware of (thanks to NPR, print and minor television coverage) the festive celebration always held on March 17th has collided with the Christian church's observance of Holy Week - causing more than a stir in some sectors and the leading to some getting their frocks in a bunch. In many places the celebration of St. Patrick's Day in 'Christian' circles was moved out of Holy Week and held on Saturday the 15th to avoid a conundrum of holiday (holy day) huff.

I'm amazed at how a day set aside to commemorate the coming of Christ (in force) to this land - largely through the passion and perseverance of Patrick - has degenerated into something seen by most as a day to boose it up and live recklessly. Unfortunately, the Church seems to have forgotten the origins of the day as well - or at least conceded to the views of the populous as shown in its approach to the 'unfortunate' collision on the calendar in 2008 of these two observances in question.

Would it not have communicated more to the culture-at-large if the Church had embraced St. Patrick's falling on Holy Week and attempted to capture something of the celebration Christians can partake in as direct beneficiaries of Jesus' life, death and resurrection and Patrick's service to the Irish? What if instead of making it known what we were against, we (Christians) invited the wider community into a real celebration reminiscent of the original intent of St. Patrick's Day and the life of Patrick himself in the Spirit of Christ??

We would have had an opportunity to call everyone back to a renewed understanding of the day and what life with / in Jesus Christ could look like. Instead we chose an insular action that means nothing to those who see themselves outside the Church and one that doesn't really make much of a difference to many Christians around the globe who celebrate the 'public' holiday. Where has the invitational way of life Jesus exemplified gone . . his generous life spilling out onto those who are near and far?? Maybe next time . . . next time.

Monday, March 17, 2008


"Batter my heart, three person’d God
For you as yet but knock, breathe, shine
and seek to mend;
That I may rise and stand, o’er throw me,
and bend
Your force to break, blow, burn, and make
me new”

- John Donne (1572-1631)

Friday, March 14, 2008

Death to Life

‘When the forms of an old culture are dying, the new culture is created by a few people who are not afraid to be insecure.’

- Rudolph Bahro

John O'Donahue on Beauty

I found this little 6+ minute reflection interesting and inspiring from recently passed poet, philosopher and author John O'Donahue. It's on the notion and nature of beauty in human experience. Listen here.

Monday, March 10, 2008

No Way . . . c'mon!

New Cologne Honors Papal Visit

Contact: Will Keller, Monastery Greetings,
216-249-3350 ext 103

MEDIA ADVISORY, March 7 /Christian Newswire/ -- To honor Pope Benedict XVI's upcoming visit to the United States, Monastery Greetings is now offering The Pope's Cologne. Monastery Greetings is a "one-stop-shop" service that brings together hundreds of monastic products, including gifts, music, books, soap and body care items, and, of course, delicious foods -- from abbeys, convents, monasteries and hermitages throughout the United States and the world over. Monastery Greetings helps them support themselves.

Monasteries are famous for their Old World recipes made with whole ingredients. Examples include creamy fudge from Brigittine monks, melt-in-your-mouth pralines from Benedictine nuns in Texas, whiskey cakes from Trappist monks, chocolate and candy from Trappistine nuns in Massachusetts, and Nun Better Cookies from the Sisters of the Holy Spirit in Cleveland, Ohio. Monastery Greetings also handles mail order of Trappist Preserves (28 different jams, jellies and preserves made by Trappist monks in Spencer, Massachusetts) and has the largest selection of Trappist Fruitcake anywhere.

The Pope's Cologne is made in the United States from the private formula of Pope Pius IX (1792-1878). The recipe was faithfully followed by Dr. Fred Hass (who happens to be US Poet Laureate Robert Hass' brother) and, therefore, the longevity is also authentically that of a perfume from that period.

Recently, The Pope's Cologne received a scholarly and glowing review from noted perfume critic, Marie-Helene Wagner, in a recent publication of "The Scented Salamander". An excerpt from her review follows: "Judging from the cologne itself, it shows a man of refined taste who obviously valued subtlety, elegance, and even the rare. The scent has an ancient charm about it, especially when the floral notes start being felt, that is quite remarkable."

The Pope's Cologne comes in a two-ounce flacon with a gift box that tells the story of the cologne. The cost is $29.95, plus shipping. Order online or by phone. To request a free Monastery Greetings catalog or place an order, call toll-free (800) 472-0425 or visit

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Friday, March 07, 2008

Anglimergent & the Breaking of Bread

I just read a lenten reflection from Phyllis Tickle which was both encouraging and refreshing as it brought me hope and healthy challenge. It is backdated on beliefnet's site and is well worth the five minutes to read and rest of the day to reflect on. Here's a snippet:

"I was at a meeting in Minneapolis for two days last week, and I have been processing that fact ever since. As meetings go, this one was important…pivotal even, I suspect. It was a gathering of a dozen and a half people, some of whom were emergent Christians and more than half of whom were Anglican types. I say "types" advisedly, because most of the Episcopalians were there because we are what is now being called "Anglo-mergents." That is, we are traditional Anglicans, tied to our liturgy and our Book of Common Prayer and our strong sense of ecclesial history, but infused with the passions and post-modern theology of the Christianity emerging now in the 21st century. Heavily incarnational, heavily missional, deeply persuaded, aesthetically and relationally oriented, that fresh expression of the ancient faith is a post-denominational re-invigoration for our time in much the same way that Protestantism was itself a re-invigoration of the faith in Reformation times . . .

'Every day the bank is open, we pray before we open the doors that all will receive what they need and that we will deny no one who asks, even if we can not be sure of the genuineness of his or her need. It's the only way we can do it. Christianity is the religion of the stranger. There's no way to follow Jesus without reaching out to the stranger, no way to follow Him without exercising biblical hospitality. What we are really praying for in our opening prayer is the salvation of our own faith and souls as much as for the well-being of those waiting outside for the doors to open.' "

Read on . . .

Celtic Cubs & the Pope's Children

I saw this book again recently and was reminded how much I should read it and educate myself further about the issues facing young people today in Ireland. Of course Orla's (author) take will be from a slightly different angle than myself as we are working in different sectors and are serving teenagers (& young adults) using different tools. Still, it seems this book would only help give me a clearer picture on the state if things in this great island. Brief intro:

"As Irish society changes rapidly in the era of the Celtic Tiger, the traditional reference points of family, the school and the church are changing at a sometimes dizzying pace. Prosperity has arrived and has brought great benefits, but with it have come increasing work and financial commitments, and consumerism and advertising place ever greater demands on young people.

How can teenagers and parents make sense of this shifting landscape and deal with complex issues such as divorce, substance abuse, family bereavement, depression, suicide, peer pressure and bullying?

In Celtic Cubs, therapist Orla McHugh surveys recent research into .the teenage experience. and the challenges facing Irish teenagers and their parents and guardians. She also gives practical and clear advice and recommendations for both teenagers themselves and those who deal with them on coping with the ups and downs of these difficult years."

I've also heard about a book called 'The Pope's Children' that explores the rapid cultural change that has been happening in Ireland since the visit of Pope John Paul in the 70's. It approaches the changes from a broader view, exploring how all of Irish society has been affected. There were three episodes on Irish national tv from RTE based on the book called 'In Search Of The Pope’s Children'. You can view all three episodes online here.

Sounds like I have some shopping / reading / watching to do.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Imaging the Bible in Wales — 2008 Conference

The second of our conferences takes place on 31 March – 3 April 2008 at Aberystwyth University. Speakers are drawn from the worlds of Biblical Studies and Art History and include several practising artists.
Among these are:

Andreas Andreopoulos, Orthodox Theologian, University of Wales, Lampeter
Hannah Dentinger, Art Historian, Minnesota
John Harvey, Professor of Fine Art and practising artist, School of Art, Aberystwyth University
Sharman Kadish, Director of Jewish Heritage UK, AHRC Research Fellow and Part-Time Lecturer, University of Manchester
Peter Lord, Art Historian, University of Wales, Swansea
Anne Price-Owen, Art Historian and Curator, Swansea Metropolitan University
Christopher Rowland, Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture, Oxford University
Alison Smith, Curator, Tate Britain

Distinctive features of the conference include an art exhibition and visits to see biblical art in local churches.

For further information, please download the
Conference Programme Word / PDF
Booking Form Word / PDF

There have been some changes to the conference programme since their original publication, so please download the revised programme. Please note the deadline for booking has been extended to 18th March. For general enquiries, please contact:

Dr. John Morgan-Guy

Imaging the Bible in Wales
Theology and Religious Studies Department
University of Wales, Lampeter
SA48 7ED


Telephone: +44 (0)1570 424961
Imaging the Bible in Wales — 2008 Conference

Pagan Christianity???

"Have you ever wondered why we Christians do what we do for church every Sunday morning? Why do we "dress up" for church? Why does the pastor preach a sermon each week? Why do we have pews, steeples, choirs, and seminaries? This volume reveals the startling truth: most of what Christians do in present-day churches is not rooted in the New Testament, but in pagan culture and rituals developed long after the death of the apostles. Coauthors Frank Viola and George Barna support their thesis with compelling historical evidence in the first-ever book to document the full story of modern Christian church practices.

Sorting Out Truth From Tradition
Many Christians take for granted that their church's practices are rooted in Scripture. Yet those practices look very different from those of the first-century church. The New Testament is not silent on how the early church freely expressed the reality of Christ's indwelling in ways that rocked the first-century world.

Times have changed . ."


A New Christians Update

A message from Tony Jones, National Coordinator, Emergent Village:

"As many of you know, my new (and, I'd say, most ambitious) book is about to come out. It's called "The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier." The official release date is March 3, but it's already available on,, and, and it should be arriving in bookstores this week.

I'm thrilled to tell you that it will be displayed prominently at Barnes & Noble stores around the country during the month of March, out on a table near the religion section.
A few of you have been kind enough to ask about which method of purchase is most beneficial to me. Honestly, the absolute best is if you purchase it in a Barnes & Noble store during the month of March. But, of course, I'll be thrilled and honored if you choose to buy it at all, by any method.

I'm also excited to tell you that I'll be appearing at several bookstores throughout the U.S. (San Diego, Edina, Dallas, Austin, Naples, and Denver) over the coming months to promote
the book. You can see the schedule HERE. I'd love to see you at one of those book release events!

If you're a Facebook person, you join the book group HERE. I'll also be leading a book club at Beliefnet this Spring.

But the real reason I'm writing is this: I covet your feedback on the book. Whether it be a blog post, an review, or a private email, I'm really looking forward to your thoughts -- positive, negative, or ambivalent. Let's have a conversation about the proposals in the book, about my description of the emergent movement, and about my provocations about the present and future of American Christianity.

To whet your taste buds, I've attached the first chapter.

Thanks for your support.

Grace and Peace,


One must read, reflect and discuss these things before making any presumptions - let real hunger lead!

let's have none of this ignorant posturing . . .

Larry Norman Graduates!

"I feel like a prize in a box of cracker jacks with God's hand reaching down to pick me up. I have been under medical care for months. My wounds are getting bigger. I have trouble breathing. I am ready to fly home.

My brother Charles is right, I won't be here much longer. I can't do anything about it. My heart is too weak. I want to say goodbye to everyone. In the past you have generously supported me with prayer and finance and we will probably still need financial help.

My plan is to be buried in a simple pine box with some flowers inside. But still it will be costly because of funeral arrangement, transportation to the gravesite, entombment, coordination, legal papers etc. However money is not really what I need, I want to say I love you.

I'd like to push back the darkness with my bravest effort. There will be a funeral posted here on the website, in case some of you want to attend. We are not sure of the date when I will die. Goodbye, farewell, we will meet again.

Goodbye, farewell, we'll meet again
Somewhere beyond the sky.
I pray that you will stay with God
Goodbye, my friends, goodbye."


more on his life:

from Greenbelt site

from his own site

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Best Downloads of Late

I've been wanting to do a post like this for some time. It's no secret that I'm a media junkie. I download bumph all the time: papers, music, video, games, articles, e-books, programmes - whatever. So I thought I might as well share some of the love with you, my friends (even if we haven't met yet!). So here goes, the best downloads I've enjoyed as of late in no particular order:

1) Podcast lecture by Michael Frost on "Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture" hosted by Resonate.
This lecture was timely for me - I needed encouragement. Also, Michael's
presentation is earthy, accessible, pragmatic and insightful. I laughed out loud a number of times as well. Warning: it's a hefty six-session series of about 45 minutes to 1 hour p/part!
iTunes or Dedicated site

2) Podcast discussion called the AAR Panel between Tony Jones, Scot McKnight and Diana Butler Bass on the emerging church conversation held at Azusa Pacific University last November.
This discussion is a great foundation for anyone seeking to inform themselves on this ever-pervasive phenomenon and all-important conversation. It's in two parts.
iTunes or Dedicated site (Part One)
iTunes or Dedicated site (Part Two)

3) Article by Andrew F. Walls on 'Converts or Proselytes? The crisis over conversion in the early church'.
What a wonderfully, articulate and discerning article by this author! I was so excited to read my thoughts as written by another author and to be awakened to some fresh thinking. This is revolutionary talk and would lead to that if the Church took this understanding on board.
PDF or html

4) A 60 Minutes - The Full Broadcast podcast on 'The Age of Warming'.
I thought this podcast was stereotypically tasteful, informative and well-balanced as 60 Minutes seems to always deliver. Since this issue affects us all, it's really a must to weigh in on this looming disaster - however it's been contributed to, we're in hot water and we need to do something about it!
iTunes or Dedicated site

5) The Allelon podcast 'Virtual Conversations and Monastic Islands' with avid blogger tallskinnykiwi (Andrew Jones).
This podcast conversation between Alan Roxburgh and Andrew Jones was very interesting for me because I really value the way both of these men see history - specifically the Christian traditions from which we are growing - as being vital and key in informing how we are to move forward in this (warning: textual blinging) liminal era. I particularly enjoyed Andrew's thoughts / comments on monastic traditions and all that is entailed in a lifestyle informed by those traditions.
iTunes or Dedicated site

That should keep you busy . . enjoy, and do let me know what thoughts these resources bring to light in you.