Friday, 28 October 2011

I am the 80,038,090,107th person to have ever lived

Where are you?

This nifty widget also told me that people in my area have, on average, more than one mobile phone contract. Astounding.

Monday, 24 October 2011

On nuns and commitment

I've got mixed opinions about nuns and monks, at least, in the traditional sense. I mean, they do a whole lot of great stuff; working with the poor, educating children, praying etc. It's just that the concept of nunhood does seem to foster the incorrect opinion that a married, full-time employed Christian is somehow less committed to God than a single, full-time ministering nun. Basically that it creates a false hierarchy of holiness.

Mind you, this is almost entirely due to the fact that nuns have to wear special costumes. If it wasn't for that, people might see that they are not walking stereotypes, but rather real people who have devoted their lives to serving a real saviour. (Q. Why do they wear those robes? A. Force of habit.)

 Apparently the number of young nuns in the UK is growing, and the BBC is airing a documentary called, originally, "Young Nuns." Sadly, even that great institution (the BBC, not the Church) got all confused over the basic idea of Christianity. Their article features a nun called Sister Jacinta, "[who] had been a nun for eight years before taking final vows and has now made a lifelong commitment to Christ."


Friday, 14 October 2011

Dance/techno worship

This epic remix from Tim Simmonds's church has been used in a couple of Sunday morning worship times. Would it go down well with your church? (HT: Phil)

Consuming fire (DEMO) by Tim Simmonds

I'm not the enormousest fan of dance music, but I love this track. I mean, if it were released on iTunes I would buy it. However, if I decide to use this in worship on Sunday I'm not sure it will be similarly appreciated.

At Hope Church, we have a range of age groups. In churches like ours, worship teams are not likely to be very adventurous becuase at least one cohort of the congregation is sure to be offended. Sticking to the status quo is much more acceptable (definitely not sticking to Status Quo though). But if we want to engage with culture, then our music has to follow the culture. Our creative output should reflect today's styles and trends. Who knows what we're singing now that will cause widespread cringing in the next generation. Blessed Be Your Name could well be the next Shine, Jesus, Shine.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Questions for church leaders

(HT: Charles)

1. When was the last time I heard from God? Am I doing what he called me to do?

2. What should our church be known for in this community?

3. Are we really focusing our time, money, leadership, prayer behind the things that will produce life change and community impact?

4. Is our church growing both spiritually and in numbers?

5. Is there a clear path to help people take steps in their faith with the ultimate goal of them becoming fully-devoted followers of Christ? (ie disciples)

6. What does a disciple of Christ looks like?

7. Are we empowering the people of God to do God’s work?

8. Are we developing leaders?

9. Do believers see their ministry happening only at the church or have they become missionaries to their families, their neighborhoods, their workplaces, their schools, etc

10 Do I have the right leaders around me to accomplish the vision?