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Well…I have Moved to A New Blog

Well it is an auspicious day. I have moved blogs, which is a bit sad because I like this one, but it was getting a bit crazy with all of the different web presences I have. The new site brings together my blog, my author site, the Uber site and the Red Church into one entity. Its a lot easier. We are still having some teething problems with the podcasts which a lot of you have been keen for me to get up again, but it will be fixed soon.

Also the sad thing is that I can’t move across the subscribers from this site, so if you have subscribed here you have to subscribe again on the new site which is quite easy, just click on the sidebar on the right. Often bloggers give away books or gifts to people for subscribing on new site when they move blogs. Instead of giving away books, I am going to humiliate myself for your amusement by posting a photo that I have been trying to hide from the world for years, It is of me in Venice aged sixteen and trying to look like Morrissey from the Smiths, your laughter at my expense will be your reward. If we get to 200 subscribers moving from this site the pic will go up.

Ok time to move across, there is a new article there provocatively entitled ‘Is Religion the New sex?’ for you to read, plus an amazing picture of me sitting at a collapsable table drinking water from three cups at once, it will change your life! Come across here 

The Challenge of Discipling the Fragmented Self

The Christian faith at different times during its history has had to confront differing concepts of individuality, each of which deeply shapes how we do ministry and which presents the Church with unique challenges. The Church of the early medieval period ministered in a culture with a very different understanding of self. Our modern day sense of radical individuality would have seemed strange to medieval individuals. The early medieval individual saw themselves as part of a great chain of being.

Europe was Christianized not soul by soul, but rather by decree as rulers declared their kingdom’s Christian. This sounds unusual to us, but not so to a culture with a weak idea of personal freedom and individuality. The entire shape, structure and apparatus of the medieval Church was built around this collective idea of culture and faith.

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Ok Twitter I will let you buy me a coffee.

Dear Twitter,

Ok I will admit it, I did see you saunter into the place. At first I thought you looked like your bimbo sister Facebook. Sure you did have a sleeker style, and did not blab on like her, but I still did not trust you. Pretty soon everyone in the place wanted you, they hung on every 140 character sentence that came out of your mouth. But the more I listened the more I did not like you and your inane tweets. I did not care that you just had a mocha, or if you could not sleep at 4am.

So I settled down with my head in Postman and McLuhan books and decided to ignore you. The more I read the more I became wary of you. So I began to talk about you behind your back, exposing what a vacuous creature you were. You were reducing language, turning conversation into soundbites, infecting ordinary people with the virus of celebrity.

I should have known however, the popular ones always liked to be ignored. So used to being lavished with attention you could not resist my aloofness, you wanted to get your head around why I hated you when the rest of the world loved you.

That is when it began, you started with sweet little nothings, a few lovely tweets about my books, some kind words about my speaking. Then you really turned on the charm and started sending more and more people towards my blog. Soon you became my blogs biggest advocate.

Despite your advances however I still resisted, others around me who had held out against your cyber magnetism gave in, but I stayed strong.

I steeled myself on the other side of the room, but more and more I found myself glancing at you. After all I have had a thing going with your sister facebook for sometime. Why her and not you?

Maybe I had gotten you wrong? Maybe you could be a force for good? Maybe you could help me get my message out there? Maybe you have matured, grown up, gotten beyond the pointless Oprah retweets and mundane musings? Maybe I had to control you and not be controlled you. Maybe I had to stop using the word maybe?

So ok I am going to finally let you take me out for a coffee, just as friends. No funny business ok?

Follow the possible trainwreck here @sayersmark

Lent and Technology

Well readers, its time for Lent, and I have decided to not blog for the duration, (that and not sleeping as we have just had twins). Lately I have been thinking a lot about how increasingly in our culture, sabbath rest is about taking breaks from technology. So instead of the usual lenten breaks from chocolate, beer and coffee. Why not try taking a break from your phone, Facebook, or if you are really brave, the internet.

See you when the tomb is empty.

Selfishness, Spoilt By Choice, Hell’s Bell, and a Sad Day in Pakistan

I just read Jean Twenge’s new book on narcissism, here is an article from the Age giving an overview of the narcissism epidemic.

Another interesting article today was about how the more choices that you have in relationships the more likely you are to end up alone. Kinda echoes what I wrote about in the Trouble With Paris about choice anxiety. Proving that freedom and options are not always a good thing.

I posted the other day that I was not going to blog about the whole Rob Bell media storm regarding his new book on hell (or lack there of depending on what he ends up saying), but a few people have been asking me what I think of it all. I don’t have time here to write a full response here (although I did write about hell here) so I reckon this article is a good summing up of the whole thing.

Lastly I wrote a couple of days ago about the need to pray for Christians in the Middle East and North Africa, who are undergoing tremendous persecution. The assassination of Pakistan’s highest profile Christian, reminds us of how dire things are getting for Christians in parts of the Islamic world.

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New Jobs at Red Church!

It has been the most incredible year, I have travelled around the world meeting lots of you in far away places. It has been so encouraging to meet people whose lives have been impacted by my mad mumblings on this blog. On the Red front things have been growing and we now are looking for a couple of great people to join our team. If you know of anyone who would be interested please send them the link to this post or check out the positions descriptions yourself.

We are looking for an Operations Manager. Click on this link to read the position description  Operations Manager-1

and a Children’s worker. Download Position Description by clicking on this link children’s worker-2

Well I am off now and will be taking a break from work and blogging till mid January.

If you cannot think of a Christmas present for that super insightful culture vulture in your life try this, it is the greatest thing since the pyramids.

Happy Incarnation of Jesus everyone!


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