Missing Generations (part 3)

Who am I?  Who am I for?  Why am I for them? There are questions that go to the very core of who we are.  As we have already discussed the various generations might choose to answer these questions in quite different terms. Builders are for the country, the establishment. Boomers are for the kids, Read More …

Missing Generations (Part 2)

In part one I thought about some of the sociological stuff around about generational characteristics and how they affect church. Part of the issue these generational characteristics presents is different answers to the question ‘Who are we?’.  Even if each generation shares the same answer to that question the way they might express that is Read More …

Missing Generations (part 1)

This isn’t working! There, I’ve said it. I feel better already. I’ve been meaning to say it for a long time – in fact I can’t remember a time in the last 30 years when I haven’t thought it. Oh – it’s the Church I’m talking about, by the way. ‘The Emporer’s New Church’ by Read More …

disconnected from the big story?

… and the big story of God.  For example, when we celebrate communion I’m fairly sure that most people don’t know the wider context of that.  Can this week’s gospel (John talking more about blood and flesh) be understood without knowing about Passover and the Levitical laws and kosher practice?  But we are not Jews Read More …

what if?

What if over the past 50 years an organisation had lost the majority of its members? What should it do?  What should it change? The decline in membership of the church in the UK has been well documented and plenty of words have been used on diagnosing the problem but I wonder how much time Read More …

strathclyde parkrun #82

I tried a different morning routine today ahead of the weekly 5K Parkrun at Strathclyde Park. Instead of falling out of bed and down the hill as close to 9.30am as possible I got up at 7:45am (on a Saturday!).  Last week I felt as if I literally ran out of energy so I was Read More …