Miscellaneous 'lucky dip' post selection
This is a mishmash of posts that I will not have time to make before we leave for Greenbelt and various other places. Vegetables This is to show what can be grown in fairly small plastic pots in a garden in Essex by people who usually remember to do the watering but not always. Prayer…
This is a mishmash of posts that I will not have time to make before we leave for Greenbelt and various other places.
This is to show what can be grown in fairly small plastic pots in a garden in Essex by people who usually remember to do the watering but not always.
Apparently pastors in Denver have taken to praying from on board a helicopter called ‘Prayer One’. Unfortunately at the time of writing the website is down, but you can see a Google cached version here. There is a newspaper report on the LA Times, but it might ask you to subscribe if it isn’t in the right mood.
From the website:
It is hoped that with enough awareness, every person in the city, when they look up and see a helicopter flying, they might ask, “I wonder if that’s a group of pastors praying over our city?”
Marvellous. Though they should be walking.
What’s my blog rated?
Find out here. Mine is rated a ‘G’ (Which I think is a ‘U’), even though I occasionally use the word ‘hell’. I’m not displaying the special graphic though. If I display one ‘online-quiz-sort-of-thing’ graphic I’ll have to display them all, and we know where that leads.
Christian Book Awards
Whilst we wait to hear about the nominations for the controversial Christian Blog Awards here are the Christian Book Awards. I can’t remember who told me about this, but it might have been Russ at Inspire Magazine.
Once again the categories prove to be problematic. If you are not a children’s writer you have two options: (1) Most challenging, life changing book (2) Most persuasive, revealing book.
Hmmm. The problem with these categories is that they sound a bit, well… fervent. There are some of us who (and I really am not trying to set myself up for some sort of an award) could not really be ‘challenging and life changing’ or ‘persuasive and revealing’ even if we put our minds to it.
I think what is needed is some slightly more half hearted categories:
– Most sensible, not getting too carried away with things book
– Most suitable book for a reasonably lengthy train journey
– Best book to keep in the bathroom for a bit of a chuckle
– Book with the most evenly-spaced stapling
I’m sure you can do better.
..or even categories like
well researched and mainly true
Honest and thoughtful
MOst likely to make you stop and reflect carefully
in relation to the christian book awards, not the vegetables…
Incidentally our sermon was taken over by vegetables telling us about George Mueller of Bristol…
Perhaps a book category called ‘book least likely to speak to you in tongues’… i’d buy it…
Thankyou for the inspiring photo of vegetables grow in small plastic pots in Essex.
It is both an encouragement, and a worry, to see this – as we have just left our tomatoes growing in small plastic pots on a balcony in Leicester, as we head on the annual visit-all-the-family-en-route-to-greenbelt -as-we-don’t-have-a-car-and-the-train-can-be-very -expensive-otherwise trip – without managing to find anyone who can water said tomatoes whilst we are aware.
This leaves is in a very awkward situation of wishing for driving rain for Leicester (as drizzle doesn’t really manage to get anything on the balcony wet) and wonderful sunshine for Cheltenham.
Ah well, at least the Mangetout and salad which have already cropped were a success…
Vegetables…highly commendable…All I have are some beans which are still 5″ tall ..partly due to the garderner using the sodium chlorare watering can on them…she didn’t know…I should have told her…I know.
Prayer one…concerned that the pastors are having fun whilst praying….I sure Christianity shouldn’t be fun 😉
The best explanation of penal substitution..
The best guide to Anglican splits and schisms
My blog was rated G, based, according to the site, on one occurence of the word ‘missionary’. I might try posting the word ‘position’ and see if I get an x rating.
I’d have a category ‘Christian book which has content you remember for more than a week’. Adrian Plass famously described Christian books as being like chinese takeaways – enjoyable at the time, but almost instantly forgettable.
I’ve given up reading anything described as a ‘christian’ book.
Glad you hear you are Greenbelting, and that your veg did not get eaten by snails. (which is what happened when I tried growing some. I suppose I could have tried eating the big fat snails instead but they didn’t look very edible).
Sue – I have found that here we have to raise veg up above the ground to avoid the slugs. There is no other way that works and I have tried them all. I use two ‘mini greenhouses’ – posh name for outdoor shelves. Even without the plastic coverings they do a very useful job.
Tim: I fear that your tomatoes may die. However, I have found that tomatoes continue to ripen even on utterly dead plants. I don’t know whether this is a miracle.
I have a tip for those who must leave their tomatoes and other potted plants on balconies while they travel around England or other pieces of land.
What you do is you take a deep pie tin or casserole pan and put water in it. Then you put your potted plants in it. They will drink up the water as they need it.
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