Authenticity – why I loved Greenbelt so much

A really great blog pondering on Greenbelt.

Justin Thacker


I’ve attended lots of different Christian festivals over the years, some of them I’ve even spoken at, but for the first time this year I attended Greenbelt, and I just loved it. Since returning, I’ve been reflecting on what it was about this particular festival that made it so great.

It certainly wasn’t the accommodation and food. I love camping, but one shower in 3 days, a sleeping bag so thin I almost froze, portaloos and some quite expensive food vans is not the reason that Greenbelt took hold of my heart. Was it the teaching and theology? No, I’m not sure it was that either. While I loved much of what I heard, I think I also disagreed with more at Greenbelt than at any other festival I’ve been to. It could have been the people, but the truth is that other festivals I’ve attended have been with much…

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Its been a while…

Ok so here it is… me and few others write a weekly blog which you can find here this is linked to a fresh expressions community that i lead along with a few other folks, we are exploring faith and spirituality in pubs! Whats not to like! We meet each week and we discuss the blogs each week. please do follow it if you want to!

But i have been pondering on trying to get back into writing some stuff so i’m going to have a go at trying to at least do one post a month…

The idea behind this is to write something at the end of each month which discusses a few things…

  1. Music i have listened… not all of it will be new music!
  2. Films I have watched, but it won’t be a review as such.
  3. TV I have seen that I thought was worth sharing… I don’t watch much so there may not be many of these.
  4. Something I have read  – I’m a rubbish reader so that may not end well!
  5. Ales or craft beers I have enjoyed
  6. And any other things that I have been up to – places I have visited, etc.

So there you have it… Oh yeh you may see the odd poem going up as well… I’ve been writing but not sharing!

Breaking Bread With Heretics: The Table of God’s Hospitality

A friend introduced me to this blog, i really love it as it speaks into my story!

john pavlovitz

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I live just down the street from a very conservative Southern Baptist seminary.

I often sit at the nearby coffee shop and just observe people, listening as the conversations waft in and out of earshot. (Okay, so technically it’s eavesdropping but I’m currently repenting of it.)

Today as I walked up the sidewalk I could hear a man probably fifteen to twenty years younger than me at an outdoor table, lecturing two other people about God and heresy and “Truth”.

I sat and sort of marveled at him. He was so confident in his youth; so sure of himself, so authoritative, so ready with answers, his theology so fixed and unwavering.

(He reminded me a lot of someone.)

I remember that place well. Sometimes I really miss it.

Life was so much easier then, yet it’s a place I’m glad I no longer live.

I feel more vulnerable here. The lack of certainty is…

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Bible 8Track

Music-CDsOur minister asked us to come up with up to 8 song to unpack a bible passage, so here is my 8 Track song list. I decided to choose one of my favourite passages from Micah. I love the words, phrases and the theme of it. let me know what you think!

Micah 6:6-8
1. Hogni – Bow Down (to no man) – (bow)
2. Talking Heads “Burning Down the House” (burning)
3. The Wonderstuff ”Size of a Cow” (calves)
4. Jerry Reed Crude OIl (oil)
5. John Lennon – “Beautiful Boy” (baby)
6. Bob Marley – Get up, stand up (justice)
7. What The World Needs Now Is Love / Dionne Warwick (Kindness/love)
8. Mary Mary – Walking (walk)

Dorothy Day

dorothy_dayI came across the following post by Shane Claiborne on facebook and i thought it was worth sharing… check it out…

One of the grandmothers of revolution -Dorothy Day- was born Nov.8, 1897 and died Nov.29, 1980… a true shero of the faith. It’s a good day to remember
Dorothy was born in Brooklyn in 1897. She worked as a journalist for radical newspapers in the 1920s and found most of her friends in the bohemian crowds that gathered in Greenwich Village. While living with a man she loved in 1926, she became pregnant and experienced a mysterious conversion to Jesus. As a Roman Catholic, she struggled to unite her personal faith with passion for social justice until she met Peter Maurin, with whom she founded the Catholic Worker Movement in 1933. Through hospitality houses in the city, agronomic universities on the land, and roundtable discussions for the clarification of thought, they aimed to “create a new society within the shell of the old,” offering American Christianity the witness of a new monasticism that combines piety and practice, charity and justice.

A few nuggets of wisdom from Dorothy…

“I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.”

“The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?”

“Those who cannot see Christ in the poor are atheists indeed. ”

“What we would like to do is change the world…by crying out unceasingly for the rights of the workers, of the poor, of the destitute. We can throw our pebble in the pond and be confident that its ever widening circle will reach around the world.”

“Love casts out fear, but we have to get over the fear in order to get close enough to love them.”

“If I have achieved anything in my life, it is because
I have not been embarrassed to talk about God.”

“I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions.”