I’m barely jumping on a bandwagon here, but maybe quietly over the last 4 weeks, 6 million copies of a non fiction book have been sold across the globe. If it wasn’t for the vast amount of literature written by black authors it would sit high in the NYT best seller list. And when you get to ride trains again it will be up there … Continue reading A Theology of Human Kind-ness (part 1)
For the last 5 weeks I have been ‘hosting’ a period of silence on my live on facebook page, on a Wednesday at around 7pm, and on most days during the lockdown ive given silent space to do the morning or evening prayer from there Celtic prayer book. A space to be truly still. A space in which the newsfeed stops. Silence is dangerous dont … Continue reading Stillness in the storm
I woke up with the question that though good Friday and Holy Saturday felt weird this year, both of the resonate much more closely with the pervading feelings of many at this time. or put it another way, Im saying ‘Christ is Risen’ through gritted teeth, when 5000 of our friends and relatives have died in the last 2 months. And that’s just in the … Continue reading Celebrating Easter with gritted teeth.
The original title of this piece was going to be ‘The Future of youth ministry..who decides?’ because it was what I was thinking about as I was reflecting on a number of conversations, conferences and meetings that I have been involved in the lot few months. They all seem to go like this: We need to decide on our Aims and objectives and go from … Continue reading Young people; What would you like the church to do for you?
I thought I’d imagine a parent writing a letter to the local vicar about the newly published book ‘Under Construction’ (2019) by Neil O Boyle, national director YFC, its a brand new book, and a number of young people might be about to read it. Dear Reverend/Pastor, Thank you for taking the time to read this letter, you may not know me, but I am … Continue reading What if parents actually read the books Christian youth ministry encouraged young people to read?
I realised that this week upcoming is particularly significant. Its one year since Jose Mourinho was sacked as Man Utd manager and as a Man Utd fan, these things are significant. Theres a number of significant events in my life that I can also remember when they were… because they happened on the same date or time as a Man Utd match, I can remember … Continue reading Why I’m thankful for Jose Mourinho leaving Man Utd a year ago
Even though I met Martin at the National youth ministry weekend last week, my view of his book has increased in favour since, but not because i forgive him for not taking me out for a coffee, that boy Martin was pretty busy all weekend, and the conference was a good one… (;-)) Back to the book…. Martin has written an engaging, self deprecating at … Continue reading The Man you’re Made to Be (Martin Saunders, 2019) – A review
Its almost 48 hours exactly since I got back from Youthscapes (www.youthscape.co.uk) National Youth Ministry weekend and so I thought I would put pen to paper on a few reflections from it, with a few added and notable caveats. The first is that this was the first time I had attended an English Youth Ministry conference. yup. Well aside from YFC’s own staff jamboree, my … Continue reading #NYMW19 – A weekend of great conversations – but which important questions does youth ministry need to ask?
Full of Character (2019) – A review Although there may not be a rush to get book reviews out into the public space, this book is still only just released and is 2019, writing this review has felt as though it has been on my ‘to do’ list for over 4 months. I read it when i was relaxing and basking in the sun in … Continue reading Full of Character (Frances Ward, 2019) – A Review – Do the characters obstruct the education on offer?
It never really surprises me how often when churches, (and when i mean churches i mean, clergy & some interested congregation members) think about working with young people, that a number of fairly common defaults are evident. In this post I want to share some of these, not because they are wrong necessarily, but it might be that you if you’re reading this didn’t realise … Continue reading 6 common defaults when churches start working with young people (to try and avoid?)