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10 things I hate about commandments

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Mark sent me this movie mash-up. Apart from the swearing – which I can not condone, obviously – it is very amusing.

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September 29, 2007 at 8:23 pm

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pen and paper

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I had a pen and paper day yesterday and really enjoyed it. No facebook, no blog, no microsoft word. I wrote with my lovely Waterman ink pen on nasty lined paper in a lecture. I scribbled a note to a friend on some bright red card and wrote ‘Out of Order!’ on the ladies loo in my study block with a pencil on a scrap of old paper I had retrieved from the recycle bin. Later I signed a cheque, filled in a form, underlined some stuff (with a pencil) in my Spirituality book and did some doodles in the margin.

Today I have logged back in to the virtual world and notice that while I was gone Dave Walker was short on drawings, Jonny Baker was worried about Facebook, John Davies is Bats about Batley, Phily J has a Lovely Pair of Hits, Paul Roberts was making Bara Brith and Tracey Wheeler published her diary!.

I am going to write a reflection, plan Monday’s chapel worship, read a chapter of a media book and send a letter to the Times. I have 2 hours. Wake me up before you go (go).

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September 28, 2007 at 1:12 pm

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letting stuff go

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I have had to let some stuff go. If I carry on doing as much, worrying about all the things I have been worried about I am going to go off pop. It has been very difficult to make decisions about what to stop doing, what not to take on and which of the things I am doing to be able to sink my energies into. This year I have to get on with my academic work in order for it to emerge as a reasonable portfolio of work, I must do some more practical and pastoral theology and spend time in a parish (not just going to church but actually spending time seeing how it all ticks over week-by-week). I also have to do more preaching – no matter how I feel about this it is something that has to be done (I am not sure about why the traditional preaching format still exists, who is it serving, who is actually listening and it is the best way to communicate the Gospel? Hey ho). I also have to fit in the last bits of the PhD discipline and prepare for going back to Liverpool. So, how am I going to get the balance? How do I decide where I am needed? How do I get the balance of what I feel I need and what I have to do?

I guess this is what I am having to sort out just now. Some list making and praying is in order…

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September 26, 2007 at 1:45 pm

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PJ Harvey

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last night Mark and I went to see PJ Harvey at Colston Hall. Sometimes you need to go and see someone perform who is confident in their creativity. It reminds you how confining culture might be if we all saw things in the same way. PJ Harvey has this ability to shift into the character of her songs and become the subject as well as the object. Being alone on stage she is so small and last night she wore a Chekhovian black dress – as if she was ‘in mourning for her life’ (see Chekhov – The Seagull). She was able to effortlessly shift from Polly to PJ – she generously gave us insight into her humour between songs then, after being lulled into a false sense of security, plunged us into the depths of PJ’s inner world. Bonkers and beautiful, exhilarating and painful.

This is Mansized (an old song)

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September 25, 2007 at 9:14 am

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Jack Rokka Vs Betty Boo – ‘Take Off’

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Loving their work…

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September 24, 2007 at 12:48 pm

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rejesus

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I have just heard that rejesus won ‘Most Successful Evangelistic Blog or Site’ award at the Christian blog awards last night. Which is a wonderful affirmation of the work the site is doing. So, thanks to Bruce and Karen for making the blog project possible and the other contributors – Poppy, Vicky, Matt (and me) for keeping it going. Congrats to Dave Walker at the cartoon church for winning the ‘Best Creative Christian blog or website’ category and to Stop the Traffik for ‘Best Christian Social Action website’ and all the other winners.

I went out last night – it was Michelle’s birthday – and had a great time. Had a few too many sherbets but that’s ok, though today has been a bit murky. We went over to Stroud for a children’s party and to see our yurting gang. Had a great day, even with a bit of a headache. Home for a curry and Ant and Dec – which is about as complicated as it has got tonight. Early to bed will give me a good chance at being fully functioning tomorrow.

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September 22, 2007 at 9:46 pm

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rushing into silence

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I have been reading David Runcorn – Spirituality Workbook this week. It has been set as a text for the Spirituality sessions at Trinity this year. I am finding it very useful and it has got me thinking about silence. Each week, on a Wednesday, at Trinity we spend an hour in silence. The whole community is encouraged to spend this time reflecting and meditating. It is hard to stop doing what the community spends most of its time doing…that is rushing about: meeting, reading, going to lectures, debating, laughing, eating, crying, but most significantly being together. It is difficult to be physically alone at Trinity – shutting yourself off and trying to find silence is very difficult here.

You know when you can’t stop laughing at something when you know you really need to get a grip, but you really can’t? Well that’s what it is like to try to be in silence here…you are so carried away with being in a rush that it almost is uncontrollable, being still and quiet doesn’t seem to happen easily.

So, what to do? Give up? Sit trying not to rush but then getting that uncontrollable urge and having to internally be very stern with yourself? I don’t really know. At the moment I am just giving it a go. It is not the silence that is difficult it is the being still, being still and knowing God (Psalm 46:10).

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September 21, 2007 at 11:49 am

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