28 Nov

facebook and church

Just read a GREAT post about how to use facebook effectively,

fortunately i agree with it all lol.   I guess my churhc is trying it out withthe youth, but somehow they don’t connect with it.   To be hosnet it is becuase thye are an apethic ‘bunch of losers’.   as they would say …

Facebook and church 2

I’ve blogged on the subject of Facebook before,

Facebook and church
Facebook survey results
Is it the end for Facebook?

I know that people have mixed emotions when it comes to using it for their church. Based upon my previous research, observations and some personal reflections this is my opinion of how best to use Facebook as part of your church’s ministry.

Let’s start with the limitations of Facebook:
1 – Age: Facebook is mostly used by under 30s. OK there are some exceptions to this as a rule, but honestly, has this social networking thing really impacted your parents generation?

Read the rest at jouneyman’s blog.

27 Nov

USA Elections

to be honest, i don’t care.  I didn’t get a vote.  I got bombarded with media fro 3 months, but I didn’t get a vote.  I foolishly got curious about hte process and stayed up WAY too late to see what was going on, more distubingly I could choose form 4/5 channels that were all covering it!

I have struggled along the way, not leaning to one candidate or another, mostly becuase i didn’t have to!   But you hear things, and read things about both sides, and then you hear people in the church running around sayign stuff abotu both candidates, and the little helpers.  If you took it all in, you coudl beleive that both were born again christians, or neither of them.  1 was a muslim, the other black, either could be pro or against abortion, gay marriage, etc.   1 person even commented about needed to read up about thier faith, before decideding.  I was thinking maybe you need to actually talk to the person before deciding if he is a chrisitan or not!     Very few peopel have written up about it, without makign obvious thier opinion, and stood up and said actually enough is enough.    Then i came across Mark’s post …

Around the dinner table last week I asked my kids who they were going to vote for. My son replied “Obama” and my daughter, “John McCain”.

I asked my daughter, “Why?”. She said because that is who we (Jade and I) were voting for. Dax commented back “No they aren’t, they are voting for Obama.”

I smiled. Neither of my kids had picked up on who I was voting for. I liked this. It made me feel “fair and balanced”.

BIG hat tip to Mark Matlock — he happens to sit on the board for Wycliffe USa, he runs and organisaiton called Planet Wisdom, i’ve hung out with him, he is wise and a cool magian too!

26 Nov

Houses

Not being funny, i didn’t really understand what all the fuss was about.

Moving house is the most stressful thing you can do.

Like what ever.   We’ve done it before it wasn’t so bad, what is the big deal?  Well this time we found out.   Buying a house is totally different depending on what country you are in, even Scotland does it different from England …..   So we were trying to buy the house we are currently renting…. a whole lot of house with a whole lot of money, and 4 other investors .. well that didn’t work out.   after 9 months of planning and organising.    So off to look at the real world, with mortgage in hand lots of hope.  We stumbled across a 3 bed terrace in Chinnor a little village 4 miles from where we are now, but closer to Church, not much extra driving for the rest of work and so on.   Wonderful, had an offer accepted, read and signed more paperwork than i thought was possible, paid for the mortgage company to do ‘searches’ on the house and then waited.

And Waited

And 3 weeks later, we finally hear that the seller isn’t selling any more.  🙁  nothing we can do about money spent, or time spent or hassel 🙁

Back to the drawing board,  viewed 6 more houses, including next door to the one that fell through.   Now when the guy called me to ask if we wanted to view it my initial reaction was like NOT A CHANCE.  I don’t want to live next door to the crazy lady who messed us around.   But out of courtesy to the guy who had done the leg work to find us the property that wasn’t even listed with him, we went to see it.   Funny thing happened.  We walked in the door to find it felt bigger than the pictures on the web had shown us, ti was in better nick than the pictures had led us to believe.  They had sacrificed a bit of lounge space, but had a WAY bigger kitchen, and a solid build utility room out the back of the kitchen which was awesome.  upstairs was well, exactly the same as next door except they still had a bath.  Bit of insulation and boarding required in the loft, but not a big job.   and the best bit, it was listed at £189,950  already £2,500 cheaper than next door.

We went from there to 2 other houses in the afternoon then got on the phone and made an offer.   Having done it a couple times and with the current housing market in  the UK, we made and offer of £170,000 which to be honest is a little cheeky, but by the time we were done, we are buying the house for £175,000 plus £1000 for carpets.    That is NOT very usual, BUT UK stamp duty law, is basically a government tax when you buy a house, the threshold is £175,000 to pay ZERO stamp duty, after that 1%   (after £250K it is 4%)  so the grand for carpets means we keep under the threshold, but they get their money … WOO HOO.

Over dinner as I was talking to Ali about it I was reminded of a prayer our paster had prayed on the phone when i told him the other one had fallen through.   the prayer

“Oh God, give them a better house for less money”   And that is exactly what we feel we have got!  Isn’t God Amazing!

YES house moving can be stressfull at times!

26 Nov

My mum is a published Author!!!

Very excited … i know it is another diet book, but to be honest, i have been using it’s principles since sept and lost 1.5 stone …. it is fab to say the least ..

Mum's Book

Mum's book cover

check it out on amazon

13 Nov

$50 MILLION Dollars

OH MY WORD, this is SOO awesome …

Bob Creson the Wycliffe USA Executive director on CBN, having received a MASSIVE anonymous donation of $50 000 000 yup looks bigger in numbers!!

Join with me in praising God for this gift enabling MILLIONS of people to get God’s word in a language they understnad!    Read more about Bible Translation here.

JUST tried it in Firefox, the embeded video doesn’t work, but try the link a bit down the page 🙂

08 Nov

Broad Beans

Apparently if you want to reach an audience with your blogs you need to stick to a theme.  I am no idea who reads this blog if anyone at all .. so it is a little random.

This post is a fine example of Ali going a great job at work.

A couple weeks ago just before our half term, there was a ruckus in the Biology staff room.   It had been deemed by the upper echelons of management that giving year 11 students (15/16 year olds) broad beans to grow was ‘too primary school’ and so they had stopped doing it.  One of the new teachers didnt’ knwo abotu this and had given his class the beans to grow.  Ali’s class had found out and were desperate to have some of thier own.  So in the course of ‘fairness’ not beliveing it would really take off, Ali issued the class with beans.  So also set up a forum on the schools Virtual Learning Environment.  Interestingly named Moodle.  1/4 of the class has gone on and posted an update or even a picture of their bean. Many intersting stories, this was by far my favourite.

She set up her bean as instructed, but it was taking a long time to open a d grow, so she thought she would help it along.   But a bit snapped off, so she found a couple rubber bands and fixed it back together, put it back in the glass and it continued to grow!!   jokes …

maybe broad beans will be back on the agenda next year!

08 Nov

Dan's school in the paper

Every now and again, I feel little stingy old scrouge.   Thre are SOO many good casues out there, and you can’t give money to them all.   Dan’s school had a harvest campaign … raisign soem money to Africa, send a few coppers .. it made the local paper ..

CHILDREN at two south Bucks schools put a twist on their traditional harvest festivals by raising money for charity and donating cash to a school.

I’m quite proud of his wee school, there are only like 45 pupils ..

the company is seeds for africa.

07 Nov

USA Elections

To be honest, I don’t care.  I didn’t get a vote.  I got bombarded with media fro 3 months, but I didn’t get a vote.  I foolishly got curious about the process and stayed up WAY too late to see what was going on, more disturbingly I could choose form 4/5 channels that were all covering it!

I have struggled along the way, not leaning to one candidate or another, mostly because I didn’t have to!   But you hear things, and read things about both sides, and then you hear people in the church running around saying stuff about both candidates, and the little helpers.  If you took it all in, you could believe that both were born again Christians, or neither of them.  1 was a Muslim, the other black, either could be pro or against abortion, gay marriage, etc.   1 person even commented about needed to read up about their faith, before deciding.  I was thinking maybe you need to actually talk to the person before deciding if he is a Christian or not!     Very few people have written up about it, without making obvious their opinion, and stood up and said actually enough is enough.    Then I came across Mark’s post …

Around the dinner table last week I asked my kids who they were going to vote for. My son replied “Obama” and my daughter, “John McCain”.

I asked my daughter, “Why?”. She said because that is who we (Jade and I) were voting for. Dax commented back “No they aren’t, they are voting for Obama.”

I smiled. Neither of my kids had picked up on who I was voting for. I liked this. It made me feel “fair and balanced”.

read the rest .. .

BIG hat tip to Mark Matlock — he happens to sit on the board for Wycliffe USA, he runs and organisation called Planet Wisdom, I’ve hung out with him, he is wise and a cool magician too!

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