Thursday, October 23, 2008

Attractional vs Attractive

Have been very lazy with the blogging of late, mainly due to being back at home and not house-sitting where I can use their internet.

Am currently trying to sort out this new USB Modem system, where I think i may have shot myself in the foot by buying a Modem off the net, it's not dodgy, but just has Vodafone software, which is not seeming to be friends with my Optus SIM card, even though it's not network locked...

Anywho, this article is something I've explained a few times before, so big ups to Hamo for writing it and saving me the effort. Here are a couple excerpts, follow the link above for the whole thing.


In missional church lingo the term ‘attractional’ refers to the way a church seeks to do all it can to get people to the service. This might be better music, more comfy seats or a free car (serious…) It is all about marketing and developing a way of getting people ‘in’. It operates on the assumption that people actually want in… a bloody big assumption if you ask me…

I am not a fan of church being attractional. I believe the foundational assumption is flawed. People are not sitting at home just waiting for us to get the show right and then they will come. This approach will lead us to more focus on style and less on substance.

However I believe Christian community ought to be attractive. If there is genuine Christ centred community happening where we are loving one another deeply and sharing life then it will be attractive to people. Perhaps not to all however. Community can be frightening - exposing us and leaving us vulnerable - it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.

But the foundational assumption here is not that people are waiting to join us if only we could ‘get things right’. It is simply that if we are a genuine community then chances are that will be very attractive to many. And if they encounter our community then they will find it life giving.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Melbourne City Romp

A friend told me about this yestaerday, and it sounds like wicked fun, and a great fundraiser for the Burnet Institute, which apparently use their money quite well in terms of overseas aid.

Basically, it's part Amazing Race, part puzzle and part treasure hunt. So you get a team of 2-6 and wander around Melbourne finding and doing fun stuff!

Unfortunately I'm already taking some kids from school on the Around The Bay in a Day bike ride that day, so am no good for it.

Is next Sun 19th, so get on it!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Off to Blackstump

Later tonight am heading up to Blackstump, a Christian Music and Arts Festival type thing.

I've never actually been before or know much about it, but a friend invited me along and it seems like my kind of event.

It looks pretty alternative, with heaps of really different bands, musicians and performance artists there. As most people who know me would know, I normally wouldn't touch a Christian Music Festival with a 10ft pole, but this should be fun.

If anybody is heading up, I'll be the dreadlocked guy (although I suspec there will be a fair few of them!) helping out around the Genesis Lounge.

Amazing Simple Home Remedies

AMAZING SIMPLE HOME REMEDIES

1. IF YOU'RE CHOKING ON AN ICE CUBE, SIMPLY POUR A CUP OF BOILING WATER DOWN YOUR THROAT. PRESTO! THE BLOCKAGE WILL INSTANTLY REMOVE ITSELF.

2. AVOID CUTTING YOURSELF WHEN SLICING VEGETABLES BY GETTING SOMEONE ELSE TO HOLD THE VEGETABLES WHILE YOU CHOP.

3. AVOID ARGUMENTS WITH THE FEMALES ABOUT LIFTING THE TOILET SEAT BY USING THE SINK.

4. FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SUFFERERS ~ SIMPLY CUT YOURSELF AND BLEED FOR A FEW MINUTES, THUS REDUCING THE PRESSURE ON YOUR VEINS. REMEMBER TO USE A TIMER.

5. A MOUSE TRAP PLACED ON TOP OF YOUR ALARM CLOCK WILL PREVENT YOU FROM ROLLING OVER AND GOING BACK TO SLEEP AFTER YOU HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON.

6. IF YOU HAVE A BAD COUGH, TAKE A LARGE DOSE OF LAXATIVES. THEN YOU'LL BE AFRAID TO COUGH.

7. YOU ONLY NEED TWO TOOLS IN LIFE - WD-40 AND DUCT TAPE. IF IT DOESN'T MOVE AND SHOULD, USE THE WD-40. IF IT SHOULDN'T MOVE AND DOES, USE THE DUCT TAPE.

8. IF YOU CAN'T FIX IT WITH A HAMMER, YOU'VE GOT AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM.