Beyond These Shores by Iona

I was sent the lyrics to this song after my mother died and found this version on youtube this morning that I have been listening to and meditating on. I thought that some of you would enjoy it too.

Building A Dream for the Future

Tonight we are hosting a brainstorming session.  We are building a futures’ watch group and dreaming about how we can equip followers of Jesus to imagine new ways to be a difference and make a difference in God’s world.  We don’t just want to help people come up with ideas about how to live into the future of God, we want to enable them to launch their new models.

Two scriptures came to mind as I was praying for our meeting – both of them very encouraging as we imagine the future that God is moving us towards:

Proverbs 24: 14 Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

Jeremiah 29: 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

On a lighter note – Not surprisingly this video also came to mind as we were planning this afternoon.  I realize that many of you have already seen it but I think it is one of those videos that is always worth another look it is so inspiring even if it is just an add.

The New Urbanism – A Great Video

My good friends John Paget , Drew Ward, and Chris Elisara just entered this great video into a contest run by the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU).   They entered the contest because they believe in the design principles of new urbanism and wanted to do a film on the subject.  If they win they get to attend the 17th CNU conference for free.  

The task was simple, “create an original three-minute video that illustrates how the principles of New Urbanism — density, design, and walkability — can effectively respond to current environmental challenges that we face.”  So if you have time, and are so inclined, check it out at and give it a rating.  Also, if you like the video could you spread the word to your cyber friends and/or post a link on your blog and website?  The more views they get the better off they’ll be.

Bad Vicar – That Mitchell and Webb Look

This is hilariously funny but unfortunately I think that it is the way that many outside the church view Christians.  A sobering thought for us to ponder as we continue our journey through Lent.  

Video from Common Root Gathering

Here is a link to the video of the presentation Tom and I did at the Common Root gathering over the weekend.

Grocery Store Wars

Well this seems to have been quite a food related week on my blog and to round it off I have just been meeting with Ricci about her workshop Justice At The Table coming up February 7th.  I was reminded of this fun video produced several years ago by Free Range Studios about organic food.  If you are a Star Wars fan or just if you need a good laugh it is well worth watching


A Taste of Aussie Humour

Have you ever wondered why Australia is so far away from the rest of the world.  Maybe this gives you an idea.

Reflections for Lent

Here is a short reflection video that I produced for Lent last year. 

Making Movies, Making Shortbread

This has been quite a week with a high learning curve. When I started receiving requests for my Advent video a couple of weeks ago I was suddenly plunged into the legalities & intricacies of media production. Now I know all about sychronization licenses, ftp files & the difference between NTSC & PAL. I have made new friends in NZ, Britain Canada & the US as we have struggled together to work through my inadequacies. I appreciate everyone’s patience with me and am very grateful to the friends that have allowed me to pester them as I slowly moved forward. It has been a fun journey (yes I do enjoy all this tech stuff).

Now the week is over & I am indulging myself with one of those fun things that always make me feel Christmas is coming – I have just made my first batch of Scottish shortbread using the recipe passed down from my Scottish grandmother. Now she would probably not have made shortbread until New Year but being a little impatient I just could not wait that long & I know that my friends who only come visiting at this time of year, would not wait either.

Memories and traditions are both very important at this time of year & this is one that though not explicitly “spiritual” is one rhythm of life that always gives me a wonderful sense of connectedness – to God and particularly to those who have gone before me. It also provides a very special connection as to my mother who made shortbread every Christmas throughout my childhood & who is now half a world away in Australia.

Maintaining our spirituality is not just about reading the bible & praying it is also about rhythms like this that provide important anchors for our lives. What traditions do that for you at this time of year?

Advent Video

A number of you have asked about whether the advent reflection from last year and others of my video reflections are available for sale on a CD in a higher quality than the YouTube version. The answer is yes. If you are interested the video can now be purchased and downloaded in a high resolution form from

You may also like to check out my new video for 2008 Awaiting the coming of Christ