Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Silver Wedding

Today is my parent's silver wedding anniversary. Congratulations!

Flicking through the old wedding photos was a bizarre experience. 25 years ago today was an significant moment in my life yet, I have no memory of it. I mean, I don't think I was even invited.


Well done Mum and Dad. Enjoy the day.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Jesus The Drunkard

Wooah, hold up. Before you start throwing stones, read this direct quote from one of the major biographies of Jesus:

The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and "sinners".

Jesus was accused of being a drunkard. And it wasn't just because some people couldn't understand his controversial teachings. It was because he 'came eating and drinking.'

We don't know whether Jesus ever really was drunk, but we do know he had no aversion to turning water into wine. And we're not talking one glass!

Jesus is at a wedding party where everyone has already had too much to drink, having finished off every last drop. Jesus decides that this is the appropriate moment to fill six jars full to the brim with the finest wine. Get this: each jar held atleast 20 gallons!

No wonder Jesus is accused of being a drunkard. No wonder the religious authorities couldn't stand him.

It's easy to just think about Jesus as a man who had the audacity to claim to be the most important individual of all time. Indeed, there's no denying he's had more effect on the world than anyone else.

But within the revolutionary world visions, Jesus was also a man who loved to make the most of ordinary everyday moments; he loved socialising with anyone and everyone; this was a man who knew how to party!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Summer Blast 2008: RockStar

Don't ask why. Just enjoy.


Friday, August 08, 2008

Summer Blasting - Would You Like Fries With That?

The Meal Deal. The Complete Package.

For me, that's what stands out from this years Summer Blast. By combining with other churches we had a wider spread of qualities. In particular (allow me to exaggerate and indulge in some cringe-worthy Hollywood-ised language) the natural and supernatural came together. It was like Batman and Superman joining forces. 'The Dark Knight', by the way: excellent film. But you know that already.

I digress.

Let me explain with two personal stories from the week:

One afternoon I got the opportunity to give out free tea and coffee to shoppers, simply with the intention of helping people out. At 3 in the afternoon, we got chatting to a very jolly guy, and by jolly I mean drunk. Through his slurred words, we made out that the guy was asking us for a lift home. So in a rather strange scenario, we agreed to head towards the car.
Simple. Nothing earth-shattering. But the guy appreciated it.

That evening I sat listening to some Christians do their singing thing, and got chatting to a young chap in a Liverpool shirt. We talked tactics. We talked signings. We talked Robbie Fowler. I loved it. Eventually I thought I'd better ask what this trendy teenager was doing sitting in an old church building?
The response astounded me. 'In the park on Monday I met some of your Summer Blast friends. My mates dared me to get prayed for, cos I was on crutches having injured my ankle and could be out of footy for a long time. As you can see, now I no longer need the crutches. So I thought tonight I'd better come and see what the fuss was about.'

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Summer Blasting - Smiling it up

Each weekday afternoon, the Summer Blast team rocked up with their array of holiday activities. The 5-11s were kept entertained with visits from the Man of Steel and Aliens with waterguns, football goals went up for older lads, and while all this was happening, parents could kick back in the cafe. They must have loved it!

A massive challenge in previous years of Summer Blast has been behaviour. This year I was astounded, encouraged and grateful for a vast improvement in the general behaviour of young people.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Summer Blasting - Spread Your Love Like a Fever

For the past week I've been part of the Summer Blast project in North Cambridge, linking in with the national Hope Revolution initiative.
This was the third year I've been involved and 2008 goes down as my favourite experience, partly because we're seeing the benefits of investing into the same area year upon year. Over the next few days I'm going to blog on varying highlights from a super week, where much love was spread.

Here's highlight number one: Clearing out a heavily overgrown garden for a single mum and her young children.