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Gender roles in the Church Leadership – Yes or No… or that’s not even a P.C. phrase anymore…

For the past few days, I’ve been searching for a new topic, I didn’t feel quite ready to continue on in Genesis, but knew I had to be on the look out for a topic to write about.
I came across it this evening in the pub, I feel as a student all of my thinking “should” be done either in a pub, the library or heaven forbid… a lecture theater!

I had an excellent discussion with a few friends in the pub (don’t worry I’ve had plenty time to sober up!), and when walking home with two different friends, who weren’t in the original group I asked the same question –

What do you think of women being Church Leaders?

To clarify, not women leading the within a church, but being the head honcho – the Lead Pastor, or Senior minister, what ever your terminology – within a church and the Church how would you feel if the buck stopped with a woman?

I think we agreed to some extent that it was non-issue, and Leadership in Churches (and anything else really) has to be decided on a case… The three of us agreed presented with a man and a woman both going for the same task, you shouldn’t pick the woman because she’s a woman, or the man because he’s a man. The important thing is determining who is best suited to the roll, and in a church environment if that person is called to be the leader of that church. (more…)


Tiny Cogs in Big Machines – The Invention of Lying

I’ve had a really interesting day to day (in my opinion any way) I got up,  tided a little bit, saw my fiancee and met up with a friend, we hung out, watched some films, a little bit of Dexter, and then went to the cinema with my brother and some other friends.
The film was Iron Man three, it lacked the things I loved about the first and the second, but made up for it in other ways. If you enjoyed the first and second movies then I recommend you watch it.

Although, as interesting as that part of the day was, what really stood out for me was watching “The Invention of Lying”

The Invention of Lying is a 2009 fantasy romantic comedy film that was written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson.

One of my friends who was watching described it as “basically Ricky Gervais’ attack on religion. Sure enough after after having watched about half of it, I began to feel defensive and attacked. After watching the entire thing I found myself ironically enchanted by my experience of Christianity.

Certainly I felt a fair few connections to the ideas implied by the film, but that was from when I was about 10. See, when I was 10 I didn’t really know anything about “being a Christian” I knew a lot about what a Christian was, somebody who did what God said… followed all the rules and did their best to be a good person.

That doesn’t actually have much to do with being a Christian though. (more…)

Satisfaction – having my head screwed on right!

So this week I was on a Scripture Union camp, I’ve mentioned them a fair few times on here. This camp was pretty new for me, I’ve never done such a large camp before! 110 campers, and a team of 55, makes a lot of people living in a relatively small space.

As always in an SU camp we follow a fairly standard plan, breakfast, a time for games together, to be loud and shoutey and excitable as a whole camp, and then smaller activities ranging from football to raftbuilding, archery and high ropes courses (This year including “nail bar”) and crafts and more and more! Then lunch and more activities, then some free time, in which campers can chat, play team games, or pool and table tennis, go for walks have some alone time, what ever they want – within reason. Then dinner and then an evening activity which is generally all together, hunt the leader/catch the leader, giant cludo, a ceilidh/foam party (which was so amazing), which is either before or after a teaching session, this year we had group time (in our smaller groups), watched a video  as well as having amazing worship all together in our large group of ~160.

But for those of you who where at camp with me, it might well all be a blur of good times, food, banter and learning. While in the morning team meeting (Which took place before breakfast 😦 ) we worked the beatitudes.

I’m not here to talk about the beatitudes though, that’s for another time. I’m here because of something the team leader reiterated to us a few times over the week. That we shouldn’t go away from camp and be sad, but we should leave happy, and full of joy, knowing that God’s work has been done this week.

It’s quite a challenge to me, and I’m sure to a large portion of the team as well as the campers! (more…)