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The Butler and the Shag King

We bought a 1979 Kirby vacuum cleaner today at Orkney's monthly auction called the Mart. Cost me £7 which is a lot less than someone paid for it in 1979. It also came with a truck load of accessories and shampooing box and buffer called "The Butler" . . . and a contraption for sprucing up the shag carpet called the "Shag King". Yeah . . SHAG KING . , , the name carries some baggage in our Post-AustinPowers world . . kinda like "postmodern" . . but anyway . .. Debbie is cleaning it up right and we are excited about our new addition to the family . . . Mr Kirby.

Cameo in a Play

Apparently i made a cameo appearance in a play this morning. Thanks Chris for writing me in. I feel like SUCH A STAR . . . thank you very much! Thank You . . . Yes, Thank You!! They reeeeeaaallllyyyy DO love me! (Jim Carrey voice)

McLaren, Campbell, & Starbucks, coming to a blog near you.

"What?" Andrew's wife
"TallSkinnyKiwi was great but the other guys sucked" (Andrew's daughter)
"I wept and wept" (Andrew's mother)
"Three Thumbs Way Up" (God)

Godcasting and Podcasting

It seems that Godcasting is a huge trend right now, with a 1000% increase. Sometimes the church stumbles on a technology that relates immediately to something they have been doing for a long time - and i mean PREACHING SERMONS and GIVING DEVOTIONS and TEACHING THE BIBLE.


"Godcasting, a play on the term podcasting, has emerged as a major category for podcasting. The GodCast Network, a podcast network that features Christian and other family-friendly audio content in MP3 format, reports that it has listeners in "128 countries and counting." The Podcasting News Religion and Spirituality podcast directory category has entries ranging from Agnostic to Christian to New Age.
"Many 'pod preachers' of all faiths are converting their weekly sermons into Godcasts to more easily spread the word," notes Lycos.


I sure hope we see some creativity in the future - its a new technology so lets figure out how to use it to the maximum. I predict by next year we will have ways of google-searching through the millions of audio podcasts through word recognition software.

Related: Podcasting in iTunes 4.9
Links: conversatio fide podcast, radical congruency, more podcasts
My One and Only Podcast: Tallskinnykiwi @ Harambee (a long winded 15 minute talk)
Action: Maybe I need to buy an iPod?
Question: What are your favourite Godcasts right now?

Emerging Face of Worship

"And the worship is a shift from linking to layering, moderating to curating, product to process, rock to rave, spectator to participator, structure to texture, repeating to re:mixing, stage to station, lecturing to listening."

I just found an article of mine on Worship Leader. It was written quite a while ago, when the "postmodernity" word meant more than what it has been reduced to, so if you read it, and want to yell at me, you can do so here in the comments. Its called The Emerging Face of Postmodern [dang i wish i had not used that word] Worship by Andrew Jones

My 20 Year Pilgrimage

Today is 20 years exactly since i hopped on a plane and left my country to go to Asia and then beyond.

I am taking a bit of time for myself to jot down some of the defining moments and struggles that have got me to this point. You are welcome to join me on and off during the day. I am probably going to re-install the tagboard to make it easier.

Defining Moments

1. 1985. Leading a team into Malaysia. I was 21. At my home church I wasn't asked to do anything. The week before I left, they had me pray for the bread (or was it the wine) for communion. A week later, I am heading up a 4 week mission team into a difficult country (some of the team didn't make it over the border) and preaching in churches. I had to grow up quick.

2. 1985. Leading a church planting team into Austria. It was a great experience and I didnt think Operation Mobilization would ask me to lead a team, but they did. 15 people from 9 countries. A few of them “problem people” (hi Vic and Pat if your'e out there) and i learned a lot about relationships, leadership, faith. Especially faith. They sent us out with enough provisions for a week. We were gone for 2 months and were not allowed to ask for money. God had to provide or we would starve. Heavy duty stuff, but we saw God do miraculous things and we made it through.

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Top 10 Summer Festivals 05

When I say FESTIVAL, I mean that its 2:30 am and you are lying outside in your sleeping bag among friends who have not showered in 3 days, in a forest of tents that spans as far as you can see and you are still listening to the rock music that is coming from 3 stages and is mixing together in your ears as if a DJ was mixing it for you. There is the smell of smoke from the campfires that are smoldering and your brain is fried from sampling all the art and the teaching and the food and the friendships and you wonder why you don't do this EVERY year as a spiritual rhythm and yearly pilgrimage.

Out of the festivals I know pretty well, and forgetting about the COMMERCIAL MONEY-DRIVEN festivals that do not get a mention in this post, here are my personal Top 10 Festivals that i wish i could pitch my tent at this summer.

1. Freakstock - Germany : August 4-7. A fantastic festival for 7000 people organized and well run by the Jesus Freaks. I was there last in 2002 and hope to be there for this one to help lead a roundtable among some of the emerging church leaders from various countries.

2. Greenbelt Festival UK - Aug 26-29 This is the big one for UK - the annual gathering point for emerging church and alt. worship and whatever they call it here. I should be there but am not sure what i am doing there yet. Last year we had Epicentre: Roundtable for the Global Emerging Church which sounds more impressive than it actually was, but we did have emerging church leaders from 15 countries so that wasn't bad. This year we are NOT doing it again, but are working towards something similar at Freakstock in Germany. However, much to do at Greenbelt. More than you can experience.

3. Slot - Poland - July 20-24
This festival is becoming a cult classic among emerging church festivals. It happens in a monastery and about 2500 young people turn up. Go for the ambience.

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What Bloggers Hear [1]

This morning I was wondering how bloggers would hear this parable that Jesus told about gratefulness.

What Preachers Say
This is the Parable of the One Who Returned
Luke 17:11-18 And it came to pass, as they were on their way to Jerusalem, that he was passing along the borders of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, who stood afar off: and they lifted up their voices, saying, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go and show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, with a loud voice glorifying God; and he fell upon his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were not the ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there none found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger? And he said unto him, Arise, and go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

What Bloggers Hear
this is the parable of the one blogger who tracked back
Luke 17:11-18 And it came to pass, as they were reloading the Jerusalem home page, that in his RSS reader he noticed the suspicious URLs of and And as he opened a certain website, there met him ten bloggers with viruses in their hard drive and they messaged him, saying, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go and show your template html unto the Programmers. And it came to pass, as they went, their viruses were erased. And one of them, when he saw that his html was restored, pinged back, with a bold trackback glorifying God; and he uploaded a huge blog post of appreciation: and he was not logged in as a member. And Jesus answering said, Did not the ten bloggers get cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there none found that pinged a trackback to God, except this non-cookied non-logged non-member? And he said unto him, Boot up, log in and blog on: your faith has made your code whole.

If you hated that, then you will despise The Skinny on Hansel and Gretel

Big Brother Swindoll

BillslaterpreachingWe were surprised yesterday to see our old pastor Chuck Swindoll, alias "THE SERMONATOR" up on the big screen, staring down from a church wall like Big Brother watching us in Scotland. Yes - Debbie and I were married at our old church, First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton when Chucky was there. Bill Slack, Gen. Director (Grand PooBah) of the Baptist Churches of Scotland preached yesterday at Stromness Baptist Church. Good encouraging words and a nice touch of home.