... to those who kindly take one or other of the two newsletters
that go out a
couple of times each month. Plans, news, information, items
for thanksgiving and prayer in a boxy newsbyte format - please use
and pass on to others.
Yours in Christ,
Over 450 people now receive the laos
newsletter, which seeks in some way to help us to become better at thinking and acting Christianly in every corner of
life. And over 100 are interested enough in eLearning
in Christian education to allow me to send them that newsletter twice a
It is always helpful to receive feedback. Happily, the two or
three emails I have had back each week have been positive and
encouraging. But constructive criticism is just as important to improvement - do
feel free to email back on any matter.
There have been a couple of ‘guest writers’ of laos
eReflections so far. More are welcome - please let me know if
you would like to contribute. You might like to try one or two
practice items, responding to something in the news or in your own
or others’ lives, before we publish to the wider audience.
more on courses
We hope next autumn / fall to have enough people
who have followed Life, Death and Christian Hope and are
ready to take a course that will help them to minister more
confidently in their communities: Being beside someone bereaved.
This Spring, CCL courses
will also be run over the 5 weeks of Lent, starting on Ash Wednesday
(25.2.04). Please consider joining yourself, or encourage
The usual Spring 8-week events start on Tuesday
27th Jan. Follow this link for further details and enrolment.
Publicising / marketing
courses is a constant challenge. We are wanting to contact
leaders of churches that are keen to help their members to grow in
discipleship and ministry and seem to be alert to the potential of
the Internet to help.
Churches who link their sites
to allbelievers make it easier for folk to find out about
courses. Linking also improves search-engine rank and thus
helps others to find courses. If you
would like to link ‘your’ site to allbelievers - great. Let us know
and we'll reciprocate. And please think about courses
yourself, and encourage others to grow.
Knowing Jesus is the longest established
CCL course. Based on the Emmaus face-to-face course of
the same name, it helps us better to understand who Jesus was, what
he taught and why he died. Excellent for those who want to
push their theology beyond what they learnt perhaps as
children. more >>>
Called to be Holy was developed to help
learners understand why we are called to be holy and what this
means. A number of mature Christians have followed it and
found it challenging and developmental. “Why haven't I met
this basic and crucial material in churches before?” is a typical
evaluative response. more >>>
Other Emmaus courses are Living Images and
Life, Death and Christian Hope. The former was enjoyed by
the group that used it last year: how to live as those created in
the image of God. The latter will help you or those you
nurture to understand better just what we do believe about “what
comes next”. more on LI >>>
more on L,D and CH >>>
Meeting the Challenge of Being a Christian at
Work has two substantial parts (unsurprisingly: A and B).
Well-established, popular and important to those with a vision for
banishing the artificial division between the sacred and secular
worlds. more >>>
Mission: Tradition meets the Future is a
radical look at what ‘Mission’ means. How do we build on
people's own spiritual interest and sensitivity? How do we
incarnate the gospel so it can be seen as well as heard? There
are currently three learners waiting for a couple of others to join
them in a learning community this Spring. more >>>
Is it true for you that however many Christmasses you live, there
is always a new revelation or insight to be had? This year I
was struck by the almost incognito way God chose to visit this
planet. How many people on the move were there in Judaea as
a whole, and milling about in Bethlehem? And God himself
comes in the wholly unlikely form of a human baby in the yard of
some back-street inn, noticed (so far as we are told) only by a
rag-tag bunch of shepherds, tipped off by an angelic visitation.
Which prompted me to wonder where and how God is present in
situations and circumstances in everyday life - mine, yours, that
of the local and national community - and I don't recognise it
because it doesn't fit my preconceptions about God.
And which also resonates with a quotation from Eberhard Arnold, founder
of the Bruderhof Movement (a radical mid-European community
seeking to be totally based on Christian principles): This is
the root of grace: the dismantling of our power. Whenever
even a little power rises up in us, the Spirit and the authority
of God will retreat to the corresponding degree. In my
estimation this is the single most important insight with regard
to the kingdom of God.
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a friend to subscribe. That's the way the circulation grows
and, we pray, the contribution to kingdom growth. You can do
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The discussion area set aside for following up
issues raised in Supporting laos ministry has not
been used much. Probably finding it was too difficult for
most. Look out for an easier, one-click-to-reach-it
discussion forum available early in 2004.
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