30 Jan

Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam

WOW .. again i say WOW.
I had the privelidge of being invited to go and see them at the royal albert hall last night.  So many highlights, not having to pay the £55 for a box seat (the view was incredible), spending time with my good friend Andy whose birthday we were celebrating.
http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/  check out a show near you.

The music was incredible, live band who were as mauch part of the show.  Crowd interation was great, AMAZING feats of skill and strength.

these 2 were mind blowing …

28 Jan

Why do we have 2 hands and 2 feet?

dan, half asleep this morning asked that very questions. no idea how i would have answered it had i been the one getting him out of bed!

How about you?

23 Jan

The Bible in 50 Words

Dad sent me this thought is was VERY worth sharing!!

God made, Adam bit, Noah arked, Abraham split, Joseph ruled, Jacob fooled, bush talked, Moses balked, Pharaoh plagued, people walked, sea divided, tablets guided, promise landed, Saul freaked, David peeked, prophets warned, Jesus born, God walked, love talked, anger crucified, hope died, Love rose, Spirit flamed, Word spread, God remained.

20 Jan

Podcasts

I got the swanky new iPhone just before christmas,iPhone I have to admit, it didn’t live up to all the expectations.   Yes it is a great phone, yes you can play games on it, yes it has a big touch screen, but it is NOT a smart phone.   you can’t use it as a thumb drive, you can’t use it to store documents, you can read stuff, but only if it is an email attachment!  you certainly can’t edit anything.   Bummer. the app store is great, but you to get he good apps you need to spend the cash 🙁

HOWEVER.  iPhone has required getting used to itunes.  Not something i was excited about, BUT I have to admit it, VERY clever stuff.  you can get to the itunes store via you itunes software, it s all integrated with the web, a little scary for some.   in the store i discovered podcasts.   Having never had an mp3 player before never bothered me before, but now, oh my a whole new world has opened up to me.

For the un-iniciated out there a podcast, is basically a radio show that you download.   But loads of people who don’t have radio shows also produce them.  It’s like a free movie rental place for radio style programs.   I have found the radio 4 comedy show, very funny i have found worship central they do a monthly 30minutes cast … also John Piper, international author and speakers puts up his weekly sermons!!

What do you listen to via podcast?

14 Jan

Social media and me

I have been thinking, and to some extent been struggling with this for a while, this guys sums it ALL up for me in one swoop .. excellent!!!  I am young (ish) and don’t think about this stuff in the same way as many, and often feel frustrated about how we try an use it.  I appreciate very much a meeting i gatecrashed this morning with a few other folks talking about how can we use all this stuff for Wycliffe?  I came out encouraged that there were other people who thought like me after all!

All In: Diving Into Social Media

Mark 2: 22 “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But New wine must be put into new wineskins.”

Follow me now – and please don’t take this as an exegisis of this Scripture passage. I’m chewing on something and honestly it’s still stirring in me, so you’re reading thoughts in development – kind of like me thinking out loud. If “new wine must be put into new wineskins”, I think new strategies and tools to reach, connect, engage and mobilize people must be employed with new mindsets.

The following is from my friend, Bill Seaver’s, MicroExplosion blog:

[…A lot of companies are considering trying some new marketing approaches these days. They have become enamored or curious about the new social media tools that are widely publicized and are trying to determine how it can work for them. This is a good spot to be in, but I’ve realized something is still missing. What’s missing is the appropriate mindset needed to use the social media tools, techniques, and stategies well. The old mindset won’t work with the new tools. They don’t mix. Seth Godin wrote an entire book about that called Meatball Sundae.

New marketing only works with the new mindset. Simply using the new tools with the old mindset won’t bring about the marketing change you need and want…]

read more

Thanks Eddie for passing this on

13 Jan

from Eden to Eternity

Wycliffe are partnering with the Salt Mine Theatre Company

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The show with no end and no beginning

(all over in one hour)

Welcome to the story of everything – the Bible – in an hour – brought to life on stage by Saltmine Theatre Company.
Journey with us through tragedy and tears, music and mirth, serpents and salvation!

‘In all Saltmine produce they are professional, polished, thought-provoking and entertaining’

Jeff Lucas – Speaker and Author

In the second half of this unmissable evening Wycliffe Bible Translators will share an inspiring glimpse into how the Bible is being brought to life today in Nigeria.

Shows start at 7.30pm

Box Office Hotline – 01384 454808

Tickets: £6

Concessions & Groups over 10: £5

March 09 Venue

Mon 9th Westminster St James The Less

Tues 10th Tunbridge Wells Holy Trinity Church

Wed 11th Southampton Testwood Baptist Church

Thu 12th Wycombe King’s Church

Fri 13th Reading Woodley Baptist Church

Sat 14th Northwood Emmanuel Church

Mon 16th Halesowen Zion Christian Centre

Wed 18th Nottingham Trent Vineyard

Fri 20th Liverpool Kingsway Christian Fellowship

Sat 21st Glasgow Adelaide Place Baptist Church

Tues 24th Belfast Willowfield Parish Church

Wed 25th Bangor Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church

Thur 26th Broughshane Second Broughshane Presbyterian Church

Fri 27th Belfast Orangefield Presbyterian Church

Sat 28th Portstewart Portstewart Baptist Church

09 Jan

Christmas

Well it has been and gone hasn’t it. Ours was nice, not too exciting, nearly a disaster. Dan had a bout of chicken pox just as school was ending, which could have stopped our plans. Ali’s nana is 92, and susceptible to infections, chicken pox, would not have been so helpful to have running around in the house! We managed to make it to church on Christmas morning, well we kind of had too I was leading the music, which also meant an 0830 start 🙁 No presents opened, did manage a spot of scrambled Eggs on toast with smoked salmon. A good effort.
Post church we headed off to Ali’s parents for a lovely lunch and afternoon of presence games, and washing up! If I could work out how to get the pictures off my iPhone I would include some here. Until them you’ll have to either check my Facebook or imagine!
Boxing day we headed to the sales, I know what heathens are we, but the with new house imminent it seemed we might be able to get some essentials, like a cooker! For a bargain. Needless to say we didn’t actually by anything until their week, just as the fax was arriving stopping the sale prices .. phew! But that was sofas, not a cooker 🙁 Post sales we headed down to Tim’s aunt and uncle in Horley, great time had laughing playing eating drinking, laughing some more then sleeping.
Monday had me headed of for WYnet’s passion conference. I was cooking in a flipping freezing kitchen, seriously no-one should be chopping veg at 3 in the afternoon, and be able to see their breath .. especially not IN side a kitchen .. it was every kind of wrong!

Any way, I came home fairly exhausted to say the least, but I do love working with young people!

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