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Up until a year or so ago, I thought of myself as a musician. Listening back to old recordings feels really weird now, especially as I don’t even play guitar every week anymore. It’s still fun to listen to these old songs though.

I’ve got the party machine setup for our church Easter Quiz! 28C4080D-4CE6-4B1C-92FD-50022150A5B4.jpg

Today, ministry included doing some very basic stop-motion animation for a promo video our church will be sharing soon. 90AE6CAD-EF2F-4BF5-A4EB-4712ABFCC639.jpg

A black hole that is 500 million trillion km away still feels like it’s too close.

I’ve been in 🇬🇧 for a while now but have only just today been to Nando’s and I wish I had been sooner.

The Anglican Cathedral

I was in town for a meet-up of other AT3 apprentices on Thursday and Friday and we were taken on a Liverpool church history tour by our director and founder, Ken.

Fun facts are:

The Anglican cathedral in Liverpool was only completed in 1979 in spite of the fact that it looks centuries old.

JC Ryle, Liverpool’s first Bishop is buried there even though he was against building a cathedral in favour of planting churches instead.

Lord Derby, who was also Lord Stanley (as in the Stanley Cup) is also buried there.

It was a really good time getting to hang out with other Americans who are here for the same reason and hearing from Mark Pickles, director of the Northwest Partnership, and Michael Reeves, the president of Union School of Theology.

Considering I’ve been interrupted by my 2-year-old son, a grocery delivery, some friends picking up some stuff we stored for another friend and my wife getting home after helping out with a craft for Trinity Tots, I would say I have had a good writing day so far.

Normally, Thursday is a study day. For a couple of weeks it’s a dedicated writing day as I think through cultural adjustment and how to help prepare new AT3 apprentices for how it will affect their time in 🇬🇧.

That fact that I’ve stopped dreading Mondays still astounds me.

Getting a little bit better each time. This one is based on a house designed by Eric at 30x40 Design Workshop.

Time to do some sketching.

We did some furniture rearranging and now I’ve got a desk in our lounge. Now I can take advantage of the sunlight during the day.

You can have all the text editing tools in the world but sometimes the words just don’t want to be written.

Doing a bit of sermon prep today for Bible-teaching training that will be happening on Saturday. Really enjoying writing out the text over a spread in my Leuchtturm1917 Master Slim. Working with the equivalent of an A3 sheet of paper is super-nice.

Got to take one of my boys to the LFC Legends charity match today with our pastor and his son. I get football now.

Today is the day my 6-year-old and I get to see our first ⚽️ match.

This post by Stephen Altrogge is a really good reminder about why we don’t feel like we have peace when we pray about our anxieties.

There’s a bingo night every week in the community centre where our church’s offices are kept. I’ve somehow been trusted to be left alone in a room with all of this.

”What feeds us as we journey is the word of Christ. Good pasture can be found today in the Scriptures, for it’s in the Scriptures that we hear the voice of the Shepherd.”

From The Glory of the Cross by Tim Chester.

Some thoughts on the interfaith event

I’m a day or two removed from the interfaith event that was held at the local Ahmadiyya mosque. It was a really interesting time, particularly the addresses from respected scholars, a group which I somehow found myself in as a representative of Christianity. We heard from the local imam as well as the regional imam. There were representatives from the local Jewish community, city councillors, a vicar as well as people sharing about the charity work that they do.

I really do believe that there is something to be said for dialogue between people of different faiths. What is essential, however, is that an actual dialogue is happening. With this event, it was primarily a series of monologues. Everyone was given an opportunity to speak but there wasn’t anything meaningful happening during that time.

The real heart of the experience was actually spent before and after the event. Spending time talking with people and sharing a meal is where dialogue happens. I was able to have a conversation with a veterinary surgeon while we ate. Under any other circumstances, a conversation like that isn’t going to happen.

Above all, what this experience helped cement in my mind is the very same thing that I have spent the last 12 weeks studying, relationships. Real, gospel ministry primarily happens in the context of conversations with people, not during keynote addresses. The ministry of the preached Word is absolutely essential to the life of the church but so is the ministry of Word being spoken of around the table. If we want to have a real, effective method of evangelism then I think that is going to happen in the context of personal ministry. Outside of that, we move too quickly to shouting for our voice to be heard above the din.

Nothing quite as nerve-wracking as trying to finish up a difficult paper the day before it’s due and being unsatisfied with how the paper actually turned out.

Cathedral.

”The quality of my faith or repentance is not what counts. What counts is the one to whom we come. And I’ve come to Jesus.” - Tim Chester

I’m really enjoying this devotion book from Tim Chester right now. Also featured here is my beloved Kaweco AL Sport that I won in a Jet Pens giveaway a few years ago.