the baby and the bathwater


Off to New Wine
July 30, 2008, 6:31 am
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Next week we all head off to new Wine in Sunny Shepton Mallet for New Wine (Central and South West).

Yesterday I went down to New Wine (London and South East) for a day to meet some friends and have a few meetings. I went down with Jules and Dave who will be leading worship with me next week.

Every time I turn into the Bath and West showground, memories come flooding back. Over the 12 years I have been going to new wine, I remember the great times of meeting god in worship, of seeing my children grow in faith, of times of hearing god speak to me: great times. As we chatted with a few of our friends who have been going for many years, we heard their stories of their children coming to faith whilst in the incredible kidz work, stories of their own days of youth where they encountered god and were changed and propelled to a life following Jesus. We remember how soul survivor, once the youth work of new wine, was born and grew and started to become what it is today. These memories are so so precious. And to still be involved in a small way, leading worship is still amazing.

As we left the site last night to drive back we were chatting about the week that is to come. My hope, my passionate hope, is that we will encounter god – above all that he would turn up and move amongst us, speak to us, refresh us, inspire us, heal us. In my mind, everything else is a side show.

Come Lord Jesus

Please.



Let’s hand it to drummers
July 23, 2008, 7:50 am
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Let’s hand it to our skin bashing, metal whacking, ‘are your ears bleeding yet?’ friends.

As this article shows they really do burn up a huge amount of energy when they play.

Mind you, they would save a few calories if they didn’t speed up the whole time.



Yes, this is the way things are going!
July 21, 2008, 11:48 am
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This is music to my ears!



OK so I was caught
July 20, 2008, 12:15 pm
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Ok, it’s confession time.

I went to starbucks today.

Despite my critisism of them in a recent post, I ended up getting my sunday morning fix from there.

It was too early for nero, and I was in the car, so rather than park and walk to soho, I stopped outside starbucks, snuck in, and got a coffee.

Rather embarrassingly they still remembered my order – grande latte extra shot extra hot.

And to make it worse I was caught ‘at it’ by this morning’s worship team as I rolled up there.

But I am definitely right. The coffee is not really up to it any more. It was pretty tasteless. And the ginger nuts I got to go with them were too sweet and stuck to my teeth.

In fact the only thing that really lived up to expectation was the Sunday Times I picked up whilst I was there.



Who are we worshipping?
July 18, 2008, 6:43 pm
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Michael W Smith releases his new worship album called ‘a new hallelujah’.

We are told:

Smith has scored several film projects, written 11 books and been named one of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People. His tours consistently rank among the best attended in the country and he has performed to capacity crowds throughout the world.

Phew!

That’s such a relief!

After all you wouldn’t want just any old ugly bloke recording a worship album would you…



What do you mean credit crunch?
July 18, 2008, 12:56 pm
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In a week where we are told that heating bills are set for a 60% rise, food prices are soaring, and outrageous bank charges are once again being defended by the financial institutions, it maybe is worth remembering some figures:

HSBC profits up 10% to £12.2bn
British Gas profits up 500% to £0.6bn
Shell profits up 9% to £13.9bn
Tesco profits up 13% to £2.5bn
Number of children below the poverty line up 100,000 to 2.9million
Number of pensioners below the poverty line up 300,000 to 2.5million

It makes me think that this is not so much a credit crunch but a greed epidemic.



iTunes
July 17, 2008, 6:18 pm
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I remember getting my first LP. It was Making Movies by Dire Straits. I remember taking out the 12 inch disc, putting it on one of the record players with the plastic arm that came across, then lying on the floor with my ear against the speaker, reading through the artwork. A complete five-way sensation: the sound of the band, the feel of the record sleeve, the smell of the print, the sight of the artwork, and the taste of the cheap instant coffee that we used to drink those days.

Now Trinity Publishing has made it to iTunes, you can now download some of my tracks from there.

iTunes doesn’t quite do it for me though. Seems to lack that rich, multi-sensory experience.

I wonder if it will catch on.