During a fairly intense time at work at the moment, where I am supposed to be working part-time, my email inbox tells me that today is 'Work Your Proper Hours Day.' Today is apparently the day that the average worker stops working unpaid overtime for the year and starts getting paid.
Very interesting WEBA Ministers' Conference last week. David Coffey was excellent on Joseph and though I had heard the sessions last year at a conference, it bears listening to a second time - and more. Communion at the end of the three day shin dig was an unexpectedly emotional affair for me and I've come back with plenty to think about.
Perhaps the most challenging session was from Stuart Murray Williams who asked lots of great questions about how we do church and, rather frustratingly, refused to give us easy answers. His central question, or at least the one that stood out to me and many others, was, "Is what we are doing sustainable and is it sustaining us?" Rather less snappily, can we keep things going the way that they are, or is it killing us? Are we trying to do too much and are we burning people out in the process?
Stuart challenges us to have the courage to review what we are doing and to undertake some judicious pruning. What could we do without doing? One thing we all agreed in our group was that if we were starting church from scratch we wouldn't start from where we currently are. But that is where we find ourselves, so what next? Answers on substantially more than a postcard please!
It didn't look like a Christian Bookshop. In fact, I went in to check because it just didn't look right. It was modern, clean, stylish even and served great coffee, paninis and wonderful soup. The selection of books was good despite the limited space and the staff seemed like they were all from this planet and were very pleasant with it.
Everyone knows a shop like this should be a bit shabby, smell slightly musty and be staffed by well-meaning volunteers who don't really know where things are or how the system works. They have it all wrong at Cornerstone.
Seriously, Cornerstone of Taunton, take a bow. We came away with a bag of books, full tums and sense of peace restored after the trauma of a visit to Sports Direct. Thank you - great job guys!
There's plenty wrong with this and it's been quickly processed without looking through all the attempts I made. Still, an enjoyable time spent and I'm going to quickly post this before my first glass of wine (or alcoholic drink of any kind) since about half past midnight on New Year's Day. Cheers!
I'm a middle aged man, a Baptist Minister, and more to the point an evangelical Christian. I have a great family, the best wife, an interest in music (mainly the sort of things that a middle aged man should like) and media in general. I like my sport and hardly ever play any. Will watch Test matches very happily and have a love of football, Exeter City are my club of choice.