Wednesday, October 27, 2004

progressive orthodoxy

This evening I'm off to hear a guy called Dave Tomlinson. He's the guy who wrote The Post Evangelical.

He's talking about something he calls Progressive Orthodoxy. Thinking about "whether it is possible to be committed to the Christian tradition at the same time as creating a progressive and inclusive church".

The event is being jointly hosted by b1 church and the Birmingham University Dept. of Theology and Religion. It's taking place at St. Martin's Arts Cafe (St. Martin's in the Bullring, Birmingham).

Should be quite interesting.

Monday, October 25, 2004

observations from a ditch

So I went for a spin in the car today. Quite literally.

I was actually driving relatively sensibly (hard to believe for some I know), when I skidded, going round a corner. I tried to correct it, but ended up spinning the car off the road, a perfect 180 degrees, and ended up in a muddy bog. Great.

As I was sat waiting for green flag to winch me out, I had time to make a couple of observations:

Firstly, I was struck my how many people stopped, got out of their cars walked back to me to check I was ok. There were several offers of lifts etc. A refreshing reflection on human nature.

Secondly, I was slightly miffed that of the numerous four by four, off road, SUVs that passed, none checked to see that I was ok, none offered to pull me out. They were all however, being driven by 35-45 year old women, with no other passenges in the car.

Thankfully I was not hurt in whole incident, and the car was not seriously damaged.

Things could have been worse. I could have ended up in the water-filled ditch on the other side of the road.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

new job, new house, new course

Nearly a month ago I started working as part-time youth worker for Holy Trinity Church, Millhouses, in Sheffield. I moved into a new house, which came with the job. I've also just started an MA in Mission Studies at Birmingham University. Which all in all makes quite a lot of new stuff.

I think the realisation of the changes I've gone/I'm going through, is just about starting to hit me. It's a bit daunting!!!

But with the all the new stuff going on, a new set of challenges and opportunities arise. This is probably a good thing, even though my sense of perspective on all this might not be quite there yet. I am excited about my new job, even though my enthusiam doesn't always shine through. There are so many new people to meet, and new opportunities to explore. There's so much potential. It's just a lot to take in at the moment.