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Sixth Form Conference in Newcastle

Yesterday I went with Gareth 'Taffy' Jones to conduct a sixth form conference at the Emmanuel School in Newcastle. The idea being that Taffy would provide an objective and distinctively Welsh perspective on the day's proceedings. I hail from Hertfordshire and my observations are often blinkered and half-baked. Taffy has assured me that this report is reliable and corresponds to what he saw and heard.

Oh and by the way Taffy has a PhD and is a very sharp lad.

Christian Education is not Bible-bashing

When people talk about Christian education, many people think about the archetypal Bible-basher. Someone who attacks you with Scripture.

This is tragic.

In my view Christian education should be about wisdom, discernment and understanding the brutal stories that ruin countless lives. Consider this.

Hollywood Mythology and Christian Education

When we talk about Christian education at RealityBites we are not talking primarily about explicit biblical teaching. We are not urging Christian educators to 'Bible-bash'. Rather our concern is to help adults and young people to understand the powerful Worldview Stories that shape and mould our imaginations and lifestyles.

Consider for a moment the powerful Hollywood perspective that repeatedly urges us to:

Trust in your instincts!
Follow your heart!
Follow your dreams!
Have faith in yourself!
Be who you want to be!

RealityBites in Perth

Here is a brief report on my trip to Perth.

I delivered two lectures to more than 900 Christian teachers. I also led three workshops with smaller groups. I focused on the power of storytelling and worldview awareness to transform Christian education. I spent time outlining Jesus' pedagogy and the importance of crafting imaginative and non-cheesy speech acts.

RealityBites goes to Perth

This Friday I am flying to Perth in Australia and will be delivering two keynote lectures to approximately 600 Christian teachers. I have been invited by Christian Schools Australia to do this work. I have been reliably informed that sharks and jelly fish are hostile to reckless bathers and caution will be maintained at all times.

Dr Rod Wilson, President of Regent College in Vancouver, Canada will be the other keynote speaker.

Inspiring Barber blesses the homeless

Every Wednesday in Hartford, Conn. USA homeless people can get a free haircut. However 82-year-old retired barber Anthony Cymerys does ask for a hug in return.

Inspired 25 years ago by a church sermon about the homeless, Anthony decided he wanted to do something for those who have no home. His clients line up on park benches and wait their turn for a haircut and a hug.

"I love these guys," Cymerys said about them. He paused and turned to his client in the chair, "You know I love you, right?"

HITEC University and the Money god

HITEC university is situated about 20 miles north-west of Islamabad in Pakistan. It got started in 2007 and now has more than 1400 students.

This is how it 'sells' itself on its website:

HITEC University offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Engineering, Management Sciences, Mathematics, Computer and Islamic Shariah. The up-to-date and well-conformed [sic] syllabi have been tailored to the market needs and are designed to equip the students with the latest developments in their fields of specialization.

RealityBites in Melbourne, Bradford and Leeds

Over the last two weeks RealityBites has delivered nine separate lectures, workshops and seminars to more than 700 people in both Australia and the UK. It's been a bit of a rollercoaster but very rewarding and encouraging.

People do love our stories. And if these dramatic, cheeky and intriguing stories can help them spill the perfume of God's kingdom, it's even better!

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