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e-Edition of The Complex Christ / Signs of Emergence

Happy to announce that there is now a Kindle version of my first book The Complex Christ – released in the US as Signs of Emergence. An iBookstore / ePub format version will be available soon too. It’s nearly 10 years since the book was released, and I’ve moved a long way since that time, [...]

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Real Snail Mail | Slowed Down Technology

The people at ‘Boredom Research Labs’ have designed ‘the world’s first webmail service using real live snails.’ Yes you read that correctly. Actually, the thinking behind the project, or at least post-event justification, is to slow technology down, as a form of discipline or meditation. You send your email in the normal way, and this [...]

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Top-Down | Bottom-Up | Powers

An excellent week away, helped by the fantastic sunshine that rayed on us every day, while the South got soaked in rain. Reading material for the train/ferry/bus etc. on the way up/down was this month’s Prospect, which contained an article from some old Blairites challenging Brown to move away from top-down centralised governance to a [...]

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“If It’s On Google, Why Teach It?” | Intel | Education

At a recent education conference I was at, one of the big-wigs at Intel gave a keynote about the future of technology and education. He talked about Moore’s law, and some of the probable developments in educational tools, and also about the effect connectivity is having / will have on our lives. Holding up his [...]

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In Praise of Eccentricity

Just back from a wonderful weekend in the depths of Wales. I didn’t find RS Thomas, or any great rural epiphany, but, in keeping with the joys of weekends in other people’s houses, had a great time dipping into some books. The most enjoyable was Edith Sitwell’s English Eccentrics*. It’s an eccentric volume itself, but [...]

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Why I’m Bored with Blogging and the ‘Emerging Conversation’, and Why I’m Switching to Conch

It’ll be pretty plain to see that I haven’t been posting that much recently. Stuff happens, and, on top of that, I’ve been feeling a little faded/bored with it. By it, I mean blogging. And by blogging I mean, in this context, stuff connected with the ‘emerging conversation’. Perhaps it’s just me. I’ve just written [...]

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Emergent, emerging, emergent? | Is Signs ‘Just Another Emerging Church Book’?

No this isn’t a lesson in Latin conjugation… but language and its evolving meanings are important. With the release of the book, people have been wondering if this is just ‘another emerging church book’. I’d like to answer that with an emphatic no! Part of the reason for that is, I feel less and less [...]

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Arbuckle: Refounding | Common Roots of All Religions | Why Do We Always Screw It Up?

Thanks to Mark for a great post around Gerald Arbuckles “From Chaos to Mission – Refounding Religious Life Formation“. He includes this diagram, which prodded me to think not only about how renewal occurs within religion, but more generally about how religions are founded. Mark notes: “Arbuckle talks about three stages; 1) Initial unease, the [...]

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Finally Teleportation is Possible ¦ So That’s How Philip Did it

I’ve always gawped in wonder at the bit in Acts 8 where "the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. Philip, however, appeared at Azotus". The only teleportation reference in the Bible? Anyway, seems like they’ve finally worked out how [...]

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Before you can love thy neighbour, you’ve got to meet them first… | Social Networking

Which is where Peuplade comes in. (You can read the BBC’s article on it here.) It’s a Parisian social networking site that is helping people to meet their neighbours.  Which is great. Sort of. Of course it’s a positive thing that people are meeting up. But it worries me that it has taken the mediation [...]

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