Bit of good news this week, I’m a finalist in the Christian New Media Awards for this blog!
Take a look at the list of finalists for some excellent blogs and other online content. I can’t honestly believe I’ve made this far given the quality of the other finalists’ work.
In the highly unlikely event we make it through to the winner/runner up stage I get to attend the awards ceremony which sounds like a blast.
To celebrate this I’ve launched a Facebook page for the blog, so please like the page and join the conversation!
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Thanks again for reading, over 100 regular readers now which I ever expected when I started!
“Sometimes it’s a little better to travel than to arrive”
– ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ – Robert M Pirsig”
I arrived back home last night after a challenging weekend on the road visiting our Dutch God’s Squad brothers, and as is usually my way I wanted to write a little to help process my thoughts. So here is a little Chautauqua of our journey. Please forgive any mistakes and poor writing, I have some sleep to catch-up on….
Continue reading Life on the Road
Back to school!
I’m sitting in the rather splendid café at the Church Mission Society headquarters in the old city of Oxford. Enjoying a latté and gathering my thoughts ready for my second day at college. I’m studying on the ‘Pioneer Mission Leadership Training’ course for the next three years, God willing. And so far judging by the support and encouragement I’ve received, I’d say He’s willing.
Continue reading Dusting off my pencil case and heading back to School
Happy World Beard Day! Here’s a little snap of me and my sister celebrating her birthday in Brighton. Excellent day in good company and lots of fun things to photograph. Photo credit Jeni “The Mrs” Larner
I’m a dreamer. Always have been, always will be. At any given moment my mind is a million miles away dreaming of some idea, some plan, some far-off ideal to work towards. And it drives people crazy.
One night Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him more than ever. “Listen to this dream,” he said. “We were out in the field, tying up bundles of grain. Suddenly my bundle stood up, and your bundles all gathered around and bowed low before mine!” His brothers responded, “So you think you will be our king, do you? Do you actually think you will reign over us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dreams and the way he talked about them. (Genesis 37:5-8 NLT)
An American friend once described English culture as like garden in the Spring – the second a daisy pops its head above the rest someone comes along and cuts it down to everyone else’s level. You see, we are not like our continental cousins. We do not celebrate pioneers and entrepreneurs as embodiments of the American Dream. We seem to, well, hate them.
I was musing on this the other day as I read the story of Joseph and his sweet coat in Genesis 37. I think the coat is not massively relevant to the story, but maybe it’s a metaphor for the colourful kaleidoscope of thoughts in the mind of dreamers like old Joe. So I thought I’d explore this idea some more, and turn it into a little guide for dreamers.
Continue reading The Story of Joseph – A Guide to Realising Your Dreams