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Willam Wallace Anniversary

Somebody shout . . . "FREDOM!" William Wallace died exactly 700 years ago - executed by those bloody English on Aug 23, 1305. Source: Wikipeida.

AndrewanddougbravesmallThis is Doug Pagitt (mentioned a few blog posts back) and I at the William Wallace Memorial in Stirling, Scotland. Apparently, William Wallace really was taller than the pair of us, and bore an unusual resemblance to an Aussie actor named Mel. Image taken from a story about Doug and his wife - Buffy The Backside Slayer.

Off To Eynhallow

We are just taking off for a ferry to EynHallow (Holy Island), a deserted island in Orkney where a monastery once stood. The ruins are still there but not much more. 12 of us are renting a boat for the afternoon to get to the island.

Emerging Leaders Gathering

26-29 August 2005, Prague, Czech Republic
The DNA of Jesus for the post-matrix generation

I am really bummed that i cant be in Prague next week for Connect Europe. This is one of the most exciting emerging networks in Europe and has been growing fast since kicking off at Herrnhut 3 years ago. Marc Van der Woude will have the details. I will be at Greenbelt Festival in UK instead, but I really hope Connect Europe rocks next weekend.

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Pagitt on Emergent


" . . . they are not called to do “cover versions” of other generation’s faith with their own spin. But they are called to be living theological communities who articulate and generate understandings of God, life and faith. " Doug Pagitt, Unraveling Emergent.

Emerging Churches, according to Doug:
- Strive to be positive about the future.
- Are committed to God in the way of Jesus.
- The Kingdom of God is a central conversation.
- They value communal life – living like family.
- They seek to live as missional communities.
- Friendship and hospitality are transformational pieces.
- They value theology.

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All Things Mobile

Image001One billion people are signed up to a GSM network. Thats a lot. I am trying out WINKsite and have set up an account for those of you who want to get my text only RSS feed to your phone. My Wink ID is 10434. Let me know what you think.

[UPDATE] Sasa Flek (from the video post below) began a daily SMS devotional feed to his congregation in 2002 and then others around Prague and Czech Republic requested a feed. Soon it was a community of 300 people getting their daily bread on the phone.
Also, I see Emergent Kiwi (Steve) is blogging this morning on Mobile stuff, and has a good link to Mobile Theology.

Blogging and Great Bible Passages

I read Charles Spurgeon's Morning By Morning devotion this morning and I was thinking again about blogging.

“He that watereth shall be watered also himself.” --Proverbs 11:25 We are here taught the great lesson, that to get, we must give; that to accumulate, we must scatter; that to make ourselves happy, we must make others happy; and that in order to become spiritually vigorous, we must seek the spiritual good of others. In watering others, we are ourselves watered.“

When I am blogging, Bible verses like this often come to mind and influence what I say or how I say it. Or how I respond to the comments. I guess there are about 20 Bible verses that keep looping in my mind. Many have something to do with publishing or giving away. Like Spurgeon's verse this morning, and this one . . .
What Bible passages have been meaningful to you in your blogging?

Related: What Bloggers Hear, If The Bible Was Blogged, 3 Internet offenders.

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Sasa Dedicating CD (Vlog)

MoraviaJust remembering a great evening of worship and fun. Sasa Flek dedicated a new CD for a band called Philidelphia in the east of Czech Republic - dedicating it to God and sprinkling some white wine on the CD - dont worry - it had a cover on it. You can see my kids dancing and also Derek Chapman. The QT video is a tiny 330k [horray for dial up!!!!] because i made it back in 2002. (2001?)

VOGMA: A Video Blog Manifesto

Adrian Miles gives a good video blog manifesto:

"vogma: a manifesto [ in no particular order ]

1. a vog respects bandwidth
2. a vog is not streaming video (this is not the reinvention of television)
3. a vog uses performative video and/or audio
4. a vog is personal
5. a vog uses available technology
6. a vog experiments with writerly video and audio
7. a vog lies between writing and the televisual
8. a vog explores the proximate distance of words and moving media
9. a vog is dziga vertov with a mac and a modem
10. a vog is a video blog where video in a blog must be more than video in a blog"

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