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Beer’n’Bible, Tonight!

Last week we started three new events in the life of the church, A house group, a knitting group for over-60’s (primarily), and a youth space.

This week’s new group is Beer’n’Bible

Yeah it is a mixture of Beer and Bible.

The first one is tonight at The Clydesdale Inn, Lanark, and hopefully we will have a few people who want to come along, have some bible things and some beer things. My aim is to have some space to question, discuss and work out things, if you believe nothing, everything or something.

Don’t know quite what to expect, just trying to work out a couple of format ideas depending on who turns up. What ever the outcome, it should be fun.

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Why do people go to meetings when they don’t want to or need to?

I was at a meeting today and I didn’t really fell a part or i had much to contribute to the meeting. so i listened followed the conversation and asked questions when I didn’t understand or something was unclear. I had read the minutes of the previous meeting and the agenda for the one coming up. My one bad habit in meetings is regularly checking my phone/twitter. but when I say often maybe once in a 2hour meeting. (yes thats once too often but still.)

I don’t really see this stuff as rocket science.

Yet I have meetings with people who in a group setting cannot have a meeting. it ranges form playing on phones, not contributing when asked, not preparing anything, watching off topic youtube videos during meetings, to actively having conversations on the other side of the table.

If you don’t want to be at a meeting don’t go

But in meetings sometimes i can be like that Often in meetings I will take notes on my phone. it is handy as it allows for syncing later or I can e-mail my notes to myself. I wonder if people assume I an just playing games/surfing internet/etc on my phone? sometimes i will be

Should I get annoyed at someone doing what i sometimes choose to do?
what if at every other meeting i am the annoying one.


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Adverts for work

I did this poster for the the upcoming Christmas Fayre and Jumble Sale

I did do another one which was hilarious but fortunately we used this one.

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Who is God … Relationship… and what difference does that make to… You?

I am thinking through so stuff for Third Sunday and reading some books. mostly theology on the trinity.

What I want to say is that God is a social being. The way that the three in one (or) one in three can be understood in in a relational way. the meet and talk and know each other by being with each other. This way of understanding God is not the only model, it is a social trinitarianism model based on a economic trinity. (economic trinity= God as God is in relation to creation, God’s self revelation)

“The unity of the trinity subsists in the shared, homogeneous substance of the three divine persons. they are a single divine Being. They are one substance but not one Person”…”Both ways of thinking presuppose that the unity of the Trinity precedes the threeness of the divine Persons, and is not, therefore, itself first constituted by these three persons. ” Moltmann, experiences in theology p321

also see Volf & Welker, God’s Life in Trinity p3-12

“love, therefore, that is, the reciprocal self dedication of the trinitarian members builds the unity of God. There is no God but the Father, Son and Father bound together throughout eternity.” Grenz – Theology for the community of God p71

When you become a christian, enter into a relationship with God and in a mysterious, cool and awesome way you enter into part of the social trinity. not as a god. we are human beings and not divine. We enter not in a full way, but through our relationship with Jesus and indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

‘Jesus high priestly prayer, that his disciples might become one “as you , Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us (John 17:21), presupposes communion with the triune God, mediated through faith and baptism, and aims at it’s eschatological consummation.’ Volf – After Our likeness.p195

“That is the mystical dimension of the felloship of the church. It does not merely ‘correspond’ to to the trinitarian unity of God; it also exists in the Tri-untiy of God, which is open to the world; for through the operation of the father, the son and the spirit it has been taken into the innermost mystery of God.” Moltmann, experiences in theology p330

This means Christians are invited into a perfect relationship. this should change us. it does.
One of the ways this changes us is in relation to the other. (The other being a Philosophical term for that which is seperate and distinct from.) How we treat others and how we seek to deal with others. Looking at the story from genesis 18-19 of the destruction of Sodom and Gamorrah.

“it is a human beings personhood as constitued by by God that results in a person’s not just being determined by the surroundings, but also being able to encounter both societty and nature in freedom precisely as a socially and naturally determined entity”, (personhood being the state bestowed on human beings by God in relation to faith and baptisim) Volf after our likeness p186

“the will to give ourselves to others and “welcome” them, to readjust our identities to make space for them, is prior to any judgment about others, except that’s of identifying them in their humanity.” Volf , Exclusion and Embrace p????

“As the working of together of repentance and faith, conversation marks a great turning point. It is our personal break with the old life and our entrance into the new. … Linked to this turn towards God is a turning towards others. In repentance and faith we leave behind the old self centred way of living and deicate ourselves to follow the example of Jesus, the man for others. We seek the good of all persons, knowing that acts which minister to people in their need are acts of service to Christ (Matt 25v40). …Conversion consitutes a turning to creation as well. Implicit in repentance from our living strictly for ourselves is a new concern for everything God has made. … In all these aspects, conversion also means a turn towards oneself, that is, towards one’s true self as intended by God. Through repentance and faith, we commit ourselves to live out in our own lives the divinely given design for us as humans.” Grenz – Theology for the Community of God p 410-411

I think this is where i am going.

London (Re)Calling 2 – Eating with a toddler on a budget

I am not an expert.
I claim no expertise except my own experiences in and around london during September 2008

feeding myself and a toddler was ambitious.
My son will eat mostly anything as long as he can try it and decide
I am reasonably open to eat most things, (except custard and banana.)

so to the strategy

tip 1
– eat breakfast at the hotel.
If your room includes breakfast eat it. you have paid for it.
If your room doesn’t include breakfast, buy it.
We had to buy it as an extra but it meant that at the beginning of the day, we would get up eat and out the hotel for a decent time.

tip 2
– use coupons
we eat with my freind matt. he l;ives in london and had recieved a coupon for 2 for 1 burgers at a london based chain. this cut ther cost of our meal significantly. if you are not in london this can be hard to get you hands on. try moneysavingexpert’s official coupons and discounts forums for some great information.
If you are looking for more fine dining restaurant deals check 5pm.co.uk (not a great range but decent)

tip 3
– use recommendations
In the in flight magazine on the way to london I read about Wahaca, a mexican restaurant opened by Thomasina Miers. (she won masterchef in 2005.) The in flight magazine said it had won an award for “Best cheap places to eat in london 2008. and her restaurant was in covent garden. It also mentioned that their was no advance bookings so you turn up queue and eat.

We went to covent garden but couldn’t find it. Using Rich’s-Tech-Allsupport-In-One© System. I managed to ge tthe address and locate it in relation to where I was.

Small hint.
If you do go with a toddler in a push chair, by using the push chair/wheel chair lift you miss the queue on the stairs.

anyway we got seated and the guys there took good care of us. The food was very good indeedand they serve the proper ginger beer. Woo and indeed Hoo.

tip 4
-use local knowledge
about 3 years ago one of my former bosses was talking to me about the big offices our church has in London. International HQ of The Salvation Army is a huge glass box on the walkway between Tate Modern / the Millennium Bridge to St Pauls. it is open, light, welcoming, and has a cafe which is open to the public, good value and good food. It is where the General, (the sort of pope of The Salvation Army), works. Quite cool really. In contrast the British HQ has controlled entry and getting in is not a welcoming process.

So 3 years later I went to check if it was true.
Yes it was

lunch for both of us, (soup x2, bread x2, juice x2, fruit banana), for around £10 which is stunning in Central London.
but the tip off paid off

SO by sticking to the four tips we managed to eat very well with no real hassle. Everywhere was very welocming and tried to really help us. It couldn’t have been easier to be honest. Listen to people, Follow good advice, read well and have fun.

I am the King of the Internet (Beta version)

But i think i have it.

I am posting this blog and it it works this will appear on my facebook and bebo account within three hours. If so I will be the king of the internet, and need to set up a myspace and twitter to check it does work there to.

But I am hopeful. as soon as it works I will tell you how. in the mean time just bask in the goodness that may be how cool i am

Look Sharp

1-3 Jesus responded by telling still more stories. “God’s kingdom,” he said, “is like a king who threw a wedding banquet for his son. He sent out servants to call in all the invited guests. And they wouldn’t come!

4“He sent out another round of servants, instructing them to tell the guests, ‘Look, everything is on the table, the prime rib is ready for carving. Come to the feast!’

5-7“They only shrugged their shoulders and went off, one to weed his garden, another to work in his shop. The rest, with nothing better to do, beat up on the messengers and then killed them. The king was outraged and sent his soldiers to destroy those thugs and level their city.

8-10“Then he told his servants, ‘We have a wedding banquet all prepared but no guests. The ones I invited weren’t up to it. Go out into the busiest intersections in town and invite anyone you find to the banquet.’ The servants went out on the streets and rounded up everyone they laid eyes on, good and bad, regardless. And so the banquet was on—every place filled.

11-13“When the king entered and looked over the scene, he spotted a man who wasn’t properly dressed. He said to him, ‘Friend, how dare you come in here looking like that!’ The man was speechless. Then the king told his servants, ‘Get him out of here—fast. Tie him up and ship him to hell. And make sure he doesn’t get back in.’

14“That’s what I mean when I say, ‘Many get invited; only a few make it.’

I am not sure i remeber the violence and destruction as part of this story.
Dead = the servants and those who ignored the king,
Violence = guests on servants, armies on guests, servants on badly dressed man

somehow this seems appropriate

Clean shirt, new shoes
And I dont know where I am goin to.
Silk suit, black tie,
I dont need a reason why.
They come runnin just as fast as they can
Coz every girl crazy bout a sharp dressed man.

Gold watch, diamond ring,
I aint missin a single thing.
And cufflinks, stick pin,
When I step out Im gonna do you in.
They come runnin just as fast as they can
Coz every girl crazy bout a sharp dressed man.

Top coat, top hat,
I dont worry coz my wallets fat.
Black shades, white gloves,
Lookin sharp and lookin for love.
They come runnin just as fast as they can
Coz every girl grazy bout a sharp dressed man.

mp3- zz top sharp dressed man

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day off one

so today was my first day off. although I did have about a hours work of work to get doen. I enjoyed going to town and seeing the shops and the people. i bought my wife a wedding anniversary card and gift which was nice. (even though we had argeed not to by gifts. It’s only small and she deserves it.)

I enjoyed the life i have. I have been really enjoying work. it is strange after so long not working to no be back inthe world where going to work is normal. I do think i am going down with my wifes ex-cold. she says it’s not bad enough to be flu. I am not so sure about that.

the list of things I almost bought but didn’t today included.

a mobile phone

the new steve earle CD

Johnny Cash’s 2nd album for american recordings

The ROlling stone Johnny Cash tribute book

Steve Taylors i Predict 1990 album (£3 in a charity shop but a bit scratched.)

Luther Blissett’s novel Q

The book of The Princess Bride

Gillian Welch CD’s

The new Tonex album

and other things that i did buy include

card and small gift.

brown bread

honey roast ham


a small bottle of coke

I wanted to buy but couldn’t fidn anywhere

roy hattersleys, Fire and Blood, a biograghy of the Booth’s and the salvation Army

What Mobile Magazine.

anyway a good day all in all

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