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I’ve just spent all afternoon working on a structure for a website for my church. It is, after all, pretty necessary these days to have a web presence. For us particularly, it’s made more important by two factors – i) that we’re closing down our ‘office hour’ in September in favour of trying to make information about baptisms etc more widely available, and ii) that someone has a website that people think – understandably – is ours, only it’s not, it’s about the churchyard, and it currently has a nasty virus about which people keep complaining to us…but it is what comes up when you search… more…

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…or, if we have a diocesan arsonist and a diocesan ghost buster, don’t we have diocesan house doctors?

When channels 4 & 5 came online, they were (and to some extent still are) full of programmes about houses. I remember watching absolutely avidly things like House Doctor with Anne Maurice (I should say I did an interior design course when I finished my first degree, although I confess that this particular weakness may have owed more to Alistair Appleton than fine furnishing…) and often found myself squealing at the screen “but you’re not buying their sofa/wardrobe/wallpaper – stop focussing on it and look at the house/room/fireplace…” I find it utterly fascinating that we can’t help but see what we see, and not beyond the initial appearance.

Having winkled out the interior photos of my new house more…

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I’ve begun idly (or even actively, or at least idly actively/actively idly) thinking about some differences in the types of church which attract lots and lots of people and the kind that don’t. And in and among squillions of other factors, I’ve been glancing at some websites. Now there’s many a post – and hopefully mission essay – in what traditional churches can learn from mega- or large evangelical churches, and I may say something on buildings soon as part of this pondering, but for now, I’m really struck by the dark themes (I’ve noticed before, but especially seeing it at the moment). more…

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is the phrase we normally use for plagiarising. Except that it stands alone as well. I wrote more than once on our work blog about trying to shift from death by powerpoint to the kind of inspirational presentation that you kind of know is gonna be a great presentation even before you hear/without being able to hear the actual delivery of it. more…

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