Saturday, December 03, 2016

Christmas Clips: 'Joseph' (Dai Woolridge)

great meditation on the story from Josephs point of view, from the gifted wordsmith Dai Woolridge

Friday, December 02, 2016

Christmas Clips: Joseph goes to the Registry Office

so unrealistic - when did you last see a government form that simple?

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Christmas Clips: 'Silent Night' Sixpence None the Richer

This works really well just before a Christmas service, especially with younger children present, just to settle everyone and bring a sense of peace and stillness. I still haven't yet graduated to using 'Kiss Me' by Sixpence before a wedding, but you never know...

'Dethroning Mammon' - timely book by Justin Welby

Justin Welbys first book goes straight for the jugular of consumer society. 'Dethroning Mammon', the AB of C's Lent book, is published today in the midst of the jingling bells of Christmas checkouts.

The BBC has an extensive piece on the book and its background:

Intended as a companion for lent, this is Archbishop Welby's first book and a call for Christians to examine who it is that sits upon the throne of their lives: are they following the self-sacrificing example of Christ, who gave his life for others? Or have they succumbed, perhaps unconsciously, to the rule of Mammon?These are the recurrent questions that feature through a series of six short chapters, each taking what the archbishop describes as "key texts" from the Bible, which he then applies to the common settings of contemporary life.
(the chapters are...)
  • What we see we value
  • What we measure controls us
  • What we have we hold
  • What we receive we treat as ours
  • What we give we gain
  • What we master brings us joy
Welby has a bit of a track record when it comes to talking about money - Wonga has never recovered from the (seemingly throwaway but widely reported) comment that he wanted to put them out of business. I also like the tie-in: the CofE has a big push on the 'Thy Kingdom Come' prayer initiative, and this book demonstrates that this isn't all about private piety.  Taken seriously, the kingdom of God is an axe at the root of the tree of Mammon and consumer capitalism. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas Clips: the Christmas C(h)ord

The very talented Dai Woolridge and a very clever little video. This will mean most to guitar players (watch until the end!)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas Clips: The Beatbox Nativity

The superb Gavin Tyte

Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas Clips: Incarational Homespun Blues

Pretty sure this won Dylan the Nobel Prize for literature, or would have done if he'd written it...

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Christmas Clips: Second Chance

This cracker from the Churches Advertising Network (they're wackier than they sound) is great for all ages, still can't decide if the snobbish donkey or surfer dude shepherds are my favourite character

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Christmas Clips: Pentatonix 'Mary Did You Know?'


Friday, November 25, 2016

Christmas Clips: The Christmas Linebacker

Still have no idea what a linebacker is, but this always makes me laugh. If the inflatable santa in your front garden looks like it's been rugby tackled, that wasn't me, honest...

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Christmas Clips 'The Well Good News of Christmas'

First in a series of a video clip a day from now until Christmas. The very talented Dai Woolridge narrates a retelling of the old story, there's a tie-in booklet from the Bible Society

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Remembrance 2016

 The Royal British Legion creates a video every year for Remembrance Day, here's the 2016 one. We will remember them.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

What I learnt about November 5th

The best way to start the bonfire which marks this historic celebration of the sovereignty of Parliament is to use a copy of the Daily Mail. In some cases it has been known to combust spontaneously, mere paper unable to bear for any length of time the combination of fear, prejudice, lies, sexism and anger without undergoing a profound change in chemical composition.

On all other days of the year, members of the public are also advised to stand well back from the Mail, and if handled to do so at arms length, with gloves, away from crowds.