Thursday, 13 March 2008

Prayer Room open again

The Aldersgate Prayer Room will be open again from tomorrow for a week, leading up to Good Friday. Take some time out and nip down for an hour or two!

Monday, 10 March 2008

News?

Sometimes Entertainment 'News' is interesting - I like to hear about the making of new movies, for instance. But it's definitely plumbing the depths when a story like this is highlighted as one of the top five headlines of the day. To save you from reading it, I've summarised the story as follows:

"Star falls over and almost gets wet"

I like trivia, and I know that's exactly what it is - trivial facts that mean practically nothing in the big picture. It brings a little light relief to the mundane and often dark world we live in. But this is ridiculous!

Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Procrastination

How does this bloke know me so well?!
With thanks to soapbox for bringing this to my attention :) Cartoon by Dave Walker. Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your blog at We Blog Cartoons.

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Recklessness

Brian Heasley has found an interesting poem on the call of leadership, the call of being Church.

You can read it here.

It adds to something I read yesterday from UCB's Word for Today - which can go for months without inspiring me and then there seem to be weeks where every day is appropriate, such is the way of things:
Dreams appear crazy (humanly speaking, they are crazy!). Placed alongside the triangle of logic, cost and timing, such dreams usually seem beyond our reach. They won't fly when you test them against the gravity of reality. And the strangest part is the more they are told 'can't' the more they pulsate 'can' and 'will' and 'must.'

Are we being called in these days to be reckless for Jesus? To dream of an impact far beyond our locality and human reach? An impact not of our making, but of God's - a holy people made so not through our own efforts but through God's grace - a world transformed through the renewing of our minds into the likeness of Christ, the ultimate risk-taker for the Kingdom of God.

This is a challenge for those of us whose natural personality veers more towards accounting standards of prudence!

Monday, 3 March 2008

What is a Church Council?

One of the biggest changes in the way Methodist congregations (or in Church-speak, "societies") work has been taking place in the last few years. Gone are 'Leaders' Meetings', here now are 'Church Councils'.

Except that in many places, the name has changed but the thinking has not.

Methodist Church Councils in Ireland are not (maybe that should read, 'should not be'?) dictatorships, where the minister tells everyone else what's going to happen.
Nor, perhaps surprisingly to those of us who belong to countries currently trying to impose it on others, are Church Councils democracies.

Instead, the whole church family together discerns what part of God's Mission God has for them to accomplish. Then the Council prays and works to make sure it happens, to keep things on track, to deal with distractions and prioritise the use of resources.

The Church Council is NOT a parliament, with a person representing each organisation or viewpoint. It is a TEAM to effect the mission of the church.