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Friday

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I am not achieving very much. I woke up feeling like I had been squashed by alien beings on a rampage, I had a nightmare about the chips running out in a posh restaurant, and knocked over a glass of water on my NIV leather bound bible which was on the floor next to the bed. After I had recovered I watched country file (some sort of summer special that I have managed to avoid all summer) and waited for Mark to come back from the dentist – he has a very sore tooth and really needed it to be pulled. I had a list of things I need to do today:
– fiddle with the format and referencing of a PhD chapter
– make chicken pies for Eva
– make a banana loaf with all the black bananas
– hoover the house
– clean the inside of the car
– sort out the insurance on my mums car
– I need more lavender oil

I really can’t be bothered with any of these things. It is the last day of the school holiday and I feel like Eva and I should be doing something really reckless. But she is happy playing with Shanola (firned from across the road) so as long as we don’t have to watch High School Musical again I don’t mind what we do.

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August 31, 2007 at 11:23 am

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after greenbelt – s club worship…

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It has been nearly 48 hours since I got back from Greenbelt. I have had 3 showers, 6 poos, 3 proper meals (with vegetables), 4 sleeps, lots of cups of tea, a curry (which took ages to arrive), a trip to ASDA and watched lots of TV (including seeing High School Musical twice – once was the singalong version). I am now nearly back to normal. Tomorrow I am planning further reintroduction into polite society by visiting friends and sharing cake (I brought back a whole fruit cake from Greenbelt which I may need help with).

I had a bit of an S Club 7 moment at Greenbelt and have devised an S Club alternative worship service – based entirely on s club tunes and including a singalong and dance spot. The whole service starts with the following:

I wonder if together (me and S club) we could put the fun back into alternative worship?

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August 29, 2007 at 9:19 pm

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Greenbelt

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We are just about to leave – well not exactly true. All the stuff is in the hall and I am still in my PJ’s but the intention is to be off very very soon. So, unless I post from Greenbelt itself – which seems very unlikely – I won’t be posting for a few days. I am sure the world will keep turning and you will find something interesting to do with your time while I am away. If you are going to Greenbelt I am venue managing at New Forms so do pop in, or perhaps you’d like to come over to our tent for veggie stew on sat evening? All welcome. Foundation Service is at 8pm Fri at New forms!

Elise is at Bristol Loudon HQ and Barry next door is feeding Benny so hopefully we won’t come back to too much chaos (though I am not holding my breath).

see ya

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August 23, 2007 at 8:21 am

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not winning the PR battle

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Mark sent me this video today. When I watched this I felt like I am losing the PR battle – is the Christian message really this stark? I guess to some people it must be. It is like the nugget of hope and the message of redemption has been twisted to sound like a deal. I wonder how it makes you feel?

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August 22, 2007 at 10:07 am

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getting ready for greenbelt

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I haven’t achieved much today in terms of sorting stuff out for Greenbelt. I have a list of food, camping stuff and bits and bobs that need getting before I leave but not one thing got crossed off today. Had a good time though. Trying to relax and not feel guilty about ignoring my PhD for a short while (the plan is to get back to it this time next week). I did go round to see Liz Hassall to chew the cud and do a bit of light shopping – we went to a Chinese supermarket type shop in St Pauls which was full of lovely stuff – oh, I did get a Greenbelt thing – noodles. Then we went back to hers and ate cake and chatted whilst Eva played with the kittens. All the young people are here – Joe, Harriet and Elise – so we are having Chinese food cooked by Mark. I am making some more cakes tonight then that’s it. I need an early night so I can get up early and so Greenbelt prep.

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August 21, 2007 at 6:18 pm

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me in the simpsons movie

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August 20, 2007 at 12:07 pm

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greenbelt

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Tonight Tim and I did some work on the artefacts for the Foundation Greenbelt service – in New Forms, 8pm Friday (put it in your day planner). I also made a fruit cake for Greenbelt – so it will have at least a week to ‘mature’. It was a new recipe so it was a risk, but I think it has worked out very well. It smells lovely and is laced with rum so will have a good kick. You’ll have to come a visit us to get a piece – it one of three cakes I plan to make for Greenbelt.

I took the liberty of checking out the weather forecast for Greenbelt weekend and all looks good at the moment. It got me thinking about how we should pray about such things. What do you think? Should we pray for good weather? Do these sorts of prayers feel like folk religion? When some people are suffering extreme weather conditions do our prayers for nice weather so we can have better fun seem a bit crass? or do you think it is a natural thing to take our concerns to God in a faithful and innocent way? I don’t really know…I worry about bothering God about the weather but I am ok about asking for God’s help in dealing with whatever happens. Of course it would be great (really great) if it was a fine weekend but I wonder if God can really ‘fix it for us’. Not sure that I like the idea of a Jim’ll fix it God!

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August 16, 2007 at 9:46 pm