Monday’s manifesto for life: Cloud Appreciation Society

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Occasionally I’ll come across a manifesto that just makes me smile. This is such one… you can find more about Cloud Appreciation Society and their manifesto at their site. http://cloudappreciationsociety.org/ WE BELIEVE that clouds are unjustly maligned and that life would be immeasurably poorer without them. We think that they are Nature’s poetry, and the […]

Property is Power

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A church leader once remarked to me “property is power.“ I believe he was trying to give me advice. He struggled with a church the concept of a christ-community that had no building… a Christ-community that encouraged it’s members (a term I’ll use loosely) to resource local charities and initiatives. Our practice is our theology. […]

Coffee and theology (part 1)

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I enjoy coffee. My favorite method is the Kone mark 3. The Kone is a steel cone with fine, lasered holes that allows even extraction of the coffee grounds. It is my method of choice not only for the taste, but because I enjoy watching the coffee ‘bloom’ and taking in all the different aromas. […]

INCORPORATING THE MANIFESTO OF MISTAKES

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I particularly like number 5 (highlighted). The use of sounds that exist already is not allowed. Subject to article 2. In particular: No drum machines. No synthesizers. No presets. Only sounds that are generated at the start of the compositional process or taken from the artist’s own previously unused archive are available for sampling. The […]

The cockroach and the jellyfish.

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I read a great deal about the organic church. I have been an advocate of the process for some time. I use process deliberately instead of model. As the idea becomes more fashionable as a church-growth model it continues to impose an idea of how things will be when the the fledgling church ‘matures’. But […]

Albert Einstein on Karl Barth

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I came across this quote recently which was a comment on the Pastor’s Emergency League set up by Karl Barth in response to the German Evangelical Church as they began to fall in line with Hitler’s ideology… “Being a lover of freedom, when the revolution came in Germany, I looked to the universities to defend […]

Incomplete Manifesto for Growth

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Allow events to change you. You have to be willing to grow. Growth is different from something that happens to you. You produce it. You live it. The prerequisites for growth: the openness to experience events and the willingness to be changed by them. Forget about good. Good is a known quantity. Good is what we all […]