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The Nick & Josh Podcast

I’v got into the The Nick & Josh Podcast recently, I really enjoyed their interview with Doug Pagitt (here) and Pete Rollins (here).


1 in 4 don’t count their fathers as immediate family

Almost all would prefer to talk to their friends face-to-face rather than online.

Newsround, the BBC’s children’s news programme, celebrates 35 years of broadcasting with a survey on lives of children. They surveyed 1,000 boys and girls aged 6-12 years around Britain face to face in their homes. This gives a snapshot of the young people that youth workers and the church are going to start and are already working with over the next few years.


The idea stemmed from the concept of bad education, how children tend to be vocationally trained rather than imbued with the wonder of learning.

This is a really interesting short animation about education, my friend who is a bit of a film buff set up a short film night at the Chagford Art Festival this summer, it was projected on the side of a van outside Blacks cafe…very cool. Brand Spanking was one of the shorts that he showed and it really made an impact on me.


The first day of a new term and the local school reopens with a flourish of ribbons and some swanky new equipment all paid for by three generous companies. Everything seems wonderful, swanky new equipment for the pupils, even the teachers can take it easy with their lesson plans all taken care of. But do these companies have the best interests of the schoolchildren deep within their hearts? One boy suspects this is not all philanthropic gesture.

This would be a great short to watch with a young people to talk about education, advertising etc.

This is a film that I (would have liked the young people to have done it ) put together . It was a trip that On the Edge did to Mount Hawke Skate/Ride park just outside Newquey in Cornwall (UK).

Our next trip will hopefully be to Bristol to have a look at the skate/ride parks there.

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First Year Out: Narrated by the guys himself who spent 16 years in prison (from when he was in high school) after being wrongly convicted of rape and murder.


mission is….

I have fallen in love… with a t-shirt co. in the US. A friend of mine at college told me about them. They are called Threadless, and there stuff is so cool cus its…

A collection of shirts submitted and rated by the public.”

So I put in an order for 3, hopefully they will get through customs OK! These are the them:

In a previous post a wile ago, I had been smitten by Mark Driscoll’s (from Mars Hill Church, Seattle, USA & Acts 29 Church Planting Network) new book: Confessions of a Reformission Rev.: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church (Leadership Network Innovation). In the book he talks about the Missional Ministry Matrix being: 1. our Christology determines how we do our 2. Ecclesiology this determines our 3. Missiology and this then determines how we do 4. Ministry.

Over the last year of being a student with Bristol Center for Youth Ministry as well as working with Richard Passmore on Church on the Edge I come to have a 2.0 paradigm shift with my Missiology/Ecclesiology.

Our Ecclesiology has to be birthed our of our Missiology. If we start with a church then I can’t see how we can do true mission. We will already have set ideas and structures in place. So the mission group will have to fit into a ’round hole’ to ‘do’ church. Yet if we start with the mission group, and form church around them, we would hopefully be working together to create something brand new that would be true to the culture we were reaching.

I know that there would be lots of concerns about this, once again it is a threat to power, the ways things have always been done. This Missiology/Ecclesiology could get out of hand, could go ‘South’. Yes…it could. But, for so long we have been trying to change the church formulas to get them in and mission of sorts has been shaped out of these formulas. Maybe its time that we gave mission a chance to lead the way and see what creative, new and amazing churches could be birthed.

There is a post over at Rethinking Youth Ministry about the The Blasphemy Challenge that “Basically, this is a group of atheists, led by a thirty-year-old…, that challenges individuals, specifically youth, to deny, on camera, God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit…”

I found it really interesting to watch the news reports on The Blasphemy Challenge website. I think that the interviewer on Fox (who irritated me a lot more then the atheist), was just trying to argue for Christendom values and not for Christ. I think that this is what people are afraid off, people want nice ‘Christian’ young people who will uphold societies Christendom statuesque, not swear, not do drugs and be ‘nice’ because Jesus was ‘nice’. And atheism threatens the ‘nice’ statuesque. Yet Christendom is not the radical good news of liberation and wholeness through Christ. Christendom is political (Constantine), empire and oppressive. The Blasphemy Challenge is just attacking Christendom, which in the US is on its way out (The Blasphemy Challenge is one of many signs of this) and in Europe is almost dead and buried, and good ridderns, the sooner the last nail is hammered into Christendom’s coffin the sooner the Good News of Christ can break through. Christendom has done 10 fold more damage for the Good News of Christ then atheism could ever have done (look at the church in China under a atheistic oppressive regime compared to the church in Europe under Christendom).

The Blasphemy Challenge, are targeting teenagers just like we do, we know that we can manipulate teenagers, and we do, thinking that we are doing it for their own good… yet so are the people at The Blasphemy Challenge. Maybe we just see our own techniques mirrored in the techniques The Blasphemy Challenge and we don’t like what we see.

Lets not let this be yet another Christian crusade to stamp out the unclean atheists, but let us use this to enter into some thought-out intelligent rational dialogue, lets listen and listen some more, accepting that maybe God can speak to the church through the concerns of atheists instead of us just giving more fuel to their fire (like death threats).

Yes, i have not blogged for some time but I think that I will start to again. I dont think that anyone will ever read my oozingz but well…maybe God will?