Yesterday I delivered my conference on Lottery Winners, Money and Religious Faith in a school in Doncaster. I was delighted that Joel Cribbin, a gifted youthworker came with me to observe the conference. I had to squeeze a 90 minute conference into 55 minutes which was very challenging.
Sumo wrestling is a Japanese form of wrestling that challenges many aspects of Christian discipleship. Here are some of the reasons why I could never become a rikishi (sumo wrestler).
Firstly I am not fat enough. Good friends tell me that I am potbellied but you have to be gargantuan and weigh about 400 pounds to be a proper sumo wrestler. Secondly I am not good at wrestling. At school my mate Otto Chan easily beat me in a wrestling bout when I was 14. Thirdly I went to an independent school in Hertfordshire where sumo wrestling was never mentioned.
I am currently working on a course for RealityBites on how slavery and trafficking can help us in both evangelism and discipleship so I wanted to blog about ‘Tarzan’.
In a debate with atheists I once met an American entrepreneur who told me that Tarzan is a rational guy who understands how business works!
If we are to engage in credible and intelligent mission we have to understand worldviews. Let’s examine the dandy mindset.
Father Shay Cullen is a priest from Ireland and a member of the Missionary Society of St. Columban. He has devoted his life to rescuing and ministering to child prostitutes in the Philippines since 1969. Cullen is famous for his espionage and undercover activities. He can be described as a spy for Jesus. Sometimes he swaps his clerical robes for the guise of a paedophile tourist. Using hidden video cameras, he visits and exposes the hidden places where children are prostituted and abused.
This is a short tract about men and women who are believed to be divine.
Do not put your faith in Prince Philip, Maradona or Tendulkar
Mathematician Pythagoras was worshipped by many.
He urged his followers to worship the Number 10.
He died in 495 BC.
Alexander the Great was revered as a god.
Some say he is responsible for 3,500,000 deaths.
He died in 323 BC.
Caesar Augustus was worshiped by millions.
His followers believed he could wipe away their sins.
Become a Consumerist Today
My name is Ron and I am a lad from London.
I am a consumerist.
My life is all about consuming cars, motorbikes, haircuts and films.
I will be a millionaire in ten years.
This is what I believe.
Take it or leave it.
The world is a stockpile of raw materials.
Iron ore, copper, soil, plants, animals are there for the taking.
We turn this stuff into commodities like fridges, tellies, golf clubs.
I am a selfish calculating machine.
Trying to redeem the humble 'tract'. Saying something important in just 400 words.
How do you Make Sense of Evil and Suffering?
I’m sure you’ve noticed all the evil and suffering in the world.
Ponder the wars, rapes and murders that we hear about on a daily basis.
It’s probably over the top to mention Hitler but you get my point.
Former England football manager Glenn Hoddle was sacked because of his take on evil.
In 1999 he said that disabled people deserve to suffer because of their bad karma.
Is the Duke of Edinburgh God’s Chosen One?
There are people on the island of Tanna in the South Pacific Ocean who worship the Duke of Edinburgh as a god.
The islanders used to be committed cannibals and they ate the first two missionaries who came to Tanna.
More missionaries arrived, told them about Jesus and many of the locals became Christians.
They stopped eating each other and began to eat Jesus instead (John 6:54).
In the 1960s many of the islanders noticed Prince Philip in his wonderful, shiny, white uniform.