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Ian Mosby showed the way to this link from Heather Cracknell on Driftwood:

what we believe doesn’t change us

Yesterday I was discussing life and the universe with some friends and one of them jokingly said “I’d hoped I’d be a nicer person by now!” and I retorted “I’d hoped I’d be skinnier by now!”

We know that I’m not going to get skinnier or fitter until I eat less and exercise more, regardless of what I’m hoping. Yet somehow we don’t seem to apply the same logic to our spiritual health and fitness – we assume that holding a set of beliefs and mentally assenting to some propositions is going to change us. We’re changed by doing stuff – spiritual disciplines and practices, like meditation, may not sound attractive to us (in the same way that the idea of a circuit training session fills me with utter dread) but it is the reality of how change happens.

Now its just doing it…!

I found this on Ian Mobsby’s site:   Dave Fitch – the Cultivate Talk on Missional Orders  from Bill Kinnon on Vimeo.  It’s a different (he says “very American”) approach to church planting.  This is from an evangelical pastor.  But it’s about living in a post Christian world, and the need to start with a community that can support you through the rough times, and the need to sink roots into your community and interact with those in need.  And it’s about formation as a community that is empowered to do ministry together.

Saw this on on Ian Mobsby’s site (my first time there):

Last Wednesday, Jon Oliver, (author and training Ordinand for Pioneer Ministry on placement with Moot) led our Quest Evening, designed to explore biblical texts and open them up as Stanley Hauerwas says to ‘an interpretative community’.  Well we looked at John 4:1-42 and the Samaritan Woman at the well.

This text is always challenging and beautiful.  It expresses the mission of God to blur boundaries of the sacred in the secular, challenging cultural taboos, and gives us a palpable foretaste of the Kingdom of God.

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