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Ray's Blog: March 2009

Footballer Turns Down Celebrity Tv

A footballer spent a week-end with us. A TV channel preparing one of those virtual reality series when different types of people are filmed day and night, inter-acting on an island or in a large house, had put him on a short list and asked him to a final...

Posted at 01:15am on 30th March 2009

Mothers, Lambs And A Bishop

Children from Holy Island School read poems they had written about their mothers for Holy Island's Mothering Sunday Service. On the whole they blessed them. The Bishop of Lindisfarne preached, received a blessing from the Vicar, and led everyone to the Lambing Sheds, to visit mothers of a woolly...

Posted at 11:11am on 23rd March 2009

No More Soulless Towns

Today I read a report of the Queensferry Business Association, which seeks to transform this fragile Burgh, gateway to the iconic Forth Bridge, and the crossing point of St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland. It's Development Plan is called Queensferry Ambition. This is what I emailed its chairman,...

Posted at 03:54am on 20th March 2009

The Simpsons In Ireland

My brother Tony has supported the establishment of the Irish Republic's new Christian radio station, and his son Peter is a director. The station has now been on air 24/7 for more than a year.Tony has so far recorded 168 'seed thought' talks of up to 90 minutes...

Posted at 07:56am on 16th March 2009

Resources For Leaders

We had a great bunch of Christian leaders who came to retreat in order to advance. They learned about inspired leadership from Winston Churchill, Barack Obama, Richard Branson, the Bible, Geology and Depth Psychology!

My favourite quote was from John Wimber: 'Never trust a leader who walks without a limp'....

Posted at 14:55pm on 15th March 2009

How Shabby Can You Be?

Frode is here. He is a pastor of a church of several hundred people near Kristiansand, Norway. Today he told me 'When you preached for us you were the shabbiest person in church.' 'I am sorry' I said. 'Oh, no', said Frode, 'it was the only way...
Posted at 08:50am on 9th March 2009

What's Behind My Move To The White House?

On March 19 I move into the White House. I do not aspire to President Obama's abode - though let it be said that the USA made a conscious choice to build a more modest house than the palaces of its former colonial masters. No, I move into...

Posted at 11:16am on 6th March 2009
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