Deep and Wide – by Andy Stanley

28 06 2017

A six week read isn’t a great start to my 30 books in a year, but I’ve always been a bit slow with non-fiction! For the first time in many many years, this was a book that I was actually asked to read. I think the last time that happened was school, and that also made me a slow reader!

The book was set for a course our church leadership team is on; the book’s subtitle is “creating churches unchurched people love to attend” which is the book in a nutshell. It’s a great re-focus and reminder, and the book had a load of things to think about and consider. I ended up using a pencil as a bookmark so that I could underline lots of bits and pieces.

That said, the guy is a megachurch pastor. My church is not a megachurch. Sometimes that means things he suggests just aren’t practical (three teams of people to put a sermon together?!), and sometimes he uses terminology that just made me cringe (audience instead of congregation), but there are definite things I got out of this book, some more practical, some more theological, but for a non fiction book, I really did enjoy most of it!





Internet highlights – w/c 18th June 2017

24 06 2017

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Internet highlights – w/c 11th June 2017

17 06 2017

These people do not own cats.

Ethical chocolate rankings.

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30 before 30 – First Draft

14 06 2017

Last week I turned 29. I have a year left of my twenties, and many people I know have put together “30 before 30” lists. I had a few ideas for mine, but one evening I googled and found a tonne of other lists to find other ideas of things to do. A lot of the people who do these lists did them before 29, so they had a few years to complete it.

I think my list is a bit too ambitious. I don’t expect to complete it all, but they’re good targets to work on! The first draft of my list has 26 items on it, but I’m putting it up here anyway because I’m a week into the year and haven’t done it yet, and this way I can add other things I think of as I go!

The first item I completed last year, but it was something that a couple of years ago I decided I wanted to aim to do before I was 30, and so in a way it was on my list before I had a list!

Some of the items have sub lists, and again I’ve put some initial bits in there, but they’re likely to fill up more once I actually tick them off.

So here we go, my 30 before 30 list:

  1. Buy my own home. COMPLETED 15th September 2016
  2. Climb a mountain.
  3. Dye my hair.
  4. Fundraise £300 for a good cause.
  5. Get back down to 9 stone and maintain it.
  6. Get my next photobook printed.
  7. Give Blood.
  8. Have a go on a cello.
  9. Have a meal at the Hand and Flowers.
  10. Have a pedicure.
  11. Learn all the countries of the world and complete the Sporcle quiz.
  12. Learn how to curl my hair.
  13. Re-learn how to do the rubiks cube.
  14. Re-learn the sign language I learnt 4 years ago and have forgotten.
  15. Try coming off my anti-depressants.
  16. Visit NYC, Disneyland Paris or Iceland.
  17. Watch a Shakespeare play at the Globe Theatre.
  18. Watch Friends all the way through.
  19. Learn 3 or more new pieces on the piano.
  20. Sew 3 items of clothing.
  21. Read 30 books.
    1. Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley – IN PROGRESS
    2. Anne of Windy Willows by L M Montgomery
    3. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  22. Try 30 new recipes with the aim of several being regulars.
    1. Ugandan Chickennat COMPLETED 14th June 2017
    2. Curry
    3. Roast Chicken
    4. Risotto
    5. Beef Stroganoff
    6. Kedgeree
    7. Brownie
  23. Learn 30 bible verses by heart.
  24. Write 30 handwritten letters to friends.
  25. Write 30 letters to MP or organisations about ethical issues.
  26. Write 30 prayers.




Internet highlights – w/c 4th June 2017

10 06 2017

How can a man with such little hair have such crazy hair? #BBCelection

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Internet highlights – w/c 28th May 2017

3 06 2017

Ben & Jerry’s response to Trump this week.

A light hearted comparison of Jeremy Corbyn and Jesus.

The gender wars of household chores – a comic.

Resources for deciding who to vote for. (I was hoping to compile a list myself but just haven’t had the time – fortunately the Huffington Post have!)

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Internet highlights – w/c 21st May 2017

27 05 2017

How a 6 year old helped out in Manchester when he was told he was too young to give blood.

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