Saturday, September 22, 2007

I prodounce you Chuck and Larry - film clip ideas

I'm in Singapore and I've just got back from a late night viewing of Adam Sandlers latest offering....I prodounce you Chuck and Larry. While the film was much like any other Sandler film (which I like!) it does have plenty of material for exploring issues such as acceptance / rejection / homosexuality / friendship. The film is about 2 best friends who are fire fighters (Charles and Lawrence) who decide to go for a marriage of convenience so that Lawrence can pass on his pension if he dies. They initially think it will be something that they can keep quiet, but it turns out quite differently. This them results in a series of events where they have to keep up this charade. As that plot is rolled out, they are exposed to prejudice as their once colleagues turn against them - there is a good scene where the Charles and Lawrence are pulled into the office my their boss because the rest of the team have raised a petition to get them moved on. After this meeting, Lawrence confronts the rest of the crew and reminds them of the times where they saved them....injustice...prejudice. There is also a time where the team walk away from Charles when he turns up to play basket ball, this scene turns into something good when one of the guys finds acceptance through what Charles and Lawrence are experiencing.

There are also some examples of clich├ęd evangelical right types who wielding banners tell them that they are going to burn for what they are....a good discussion in it's own right especially when read in the context of "love your neighbour", "Do not judge, and you will not be judged" ect etc.

Anyway...at the end of the film the rest of the fire department change their view and stand with them in the court, in the full knowledge that they may end up in jail...an example of what it means to be a friend...in fact you could say this film is an example of what it means to be a friend...to stand by your word...even when it costs you something

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Mr Deity

I was reading Bart Campolo's blog and I came across the Mr Deity video - what a great discussion starter for the subject of suffering.

Also, if you, like me saw him at the youthwork conference a couple of years ago, you'll be glad to know that you can get his talk on Ruth here.

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Creative prayer archive

Thanks to David Keen, I've just come accross the Creative prayer achive on www.prayerrequests.co.uk. It has loads of interesting creative prayer ideas...well worth a look.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Greenbelt - Kite making kits

While we were at Greenbelt, we took part in the family kite making activity. For this, we were all given a kite making kit. This included string, polls etc. and a blank sheet of material. This allowed us to decorate the kite in what ever way we wanted. As it looked like a good idea for an activity night, we asked where they got the kit from. They told us it came from kiteworld. The kit in question is the Kite Making Kit Sled

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Night Safe - Oxford

While on holiday, I noticed a leaflet for http://www.nightsafe-oxford.org.uk/
It gives advice on how to stay safe when your out on the town etc. This could be used in conjuction with this talk I did on clubbing

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Prayer ideas from Visions

I've just noticed that Visions have added some of their prayer ideas on their website. Check out this sample page.

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

List of training courses

Check out this list of training course on the MAYC website - it looks like a useful summary of what's going on.

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