Archive | June 2014

How does one change the culture of the church?

As ever, more questions than answers. Surely a focus on Jesus, His mission, His model of working and His calling to follow must be central?

On Target

Musings for a Thursday morning, or questions I wrestle with.

  • How does one change the culture of the church?
  • How do we become more outward focused instead of inward focused?
  • How do we develop a passion for the lost?
  • How do we develop a willingness to do whatever it takes rather than settle for the easy option?
  • How do we develop an abundance mentality instead of a scarcity mentality?
  • How do we help people become generous with their time, talents, and treasures?
  • How do we help get people looking forward and let go of the past?
  • How do we stop people from standing on the brake and resisting progress?
  • How do we encourage people to take greater risks rather than strive for comfort and status quo?
  • How do we encourage people to pursue Christ and stop dabbling with sin?
  • How do we help people stop making excuses for sin, compromise…

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21 amazing places in England recently given protected status

There’s something gratifying about a nation which learns to cherish variety in its history and landscape…

Heritage Calling

1. Ennerdale, Cumbria. About 2000 BC to present

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Longhouses at Smithy Beck. Image by Mick Garratt 

Despite being clothed in over 1,200 hectares of coniferous plantations, the Ennerdale valley retains evidence for human occupation from the Bronze age through to the present day. New historic sites to have been identified include prehistoric cairnfields, numerous medieval settlements, and longhouses and an ironworking site.

2. Mere End Down Romano-British field system, Letcombe Bassett, Oxfordshire. AD 100 to 400

Mere End Down - AP2 JPEG

A fortuitous survival of earthworks representing a small part of a Romano-British field system which once extended for over 20 sq km across the Berkshire and Wessex Downs. The earth banks of the main field boundaries in the scheduled area stand over 1m high, and slighter traces of banks representing subdivisions of fields can also be seen.

3. Bournemouth War Memorial, Dorset. 1920-2

SONY DSC Image by Alwyn Ladell

Listed Grade II*, the memorial remains a…

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