I got a lot of hits yesterday by putting ‘I am a voyeur’. Hmmmm


I finished an MA at Cliff College (part of Manchester University) about 2 years ago The MA title was ‘Mission and Evangelism’. My wife called it an ‘MA in theology’ to her friends as she claimed that ‘Mission and Evangelism’ made me sound like a crazy fundamentalist. Nothing could be further from the truth; I am merely unbalanced-that doesn’t neccesarily make me crazy.

I did a thesis on U2- which must be a huge suprise to anyone who reads this blog. Not. Actually I took a novel angle…. Bono is not quite God. Being an alpha male (actually I’m less than delta) I got a big kick out of the fact that I was the first, in the 10 years of the course’s history, to look directly at contemporary culture. The others predominantly looked at church/church issues. On reflection, many of the others were better! But I still find it a tadge concerning with the dominance of ‘popular’ culture that my halting effort was the first.

I am now an MA dissertation supervisor. That makes me sound wise- I am not! Some of the research that I did for my MA involved sitting in the kitchen, drinking red wine and listening to very loud music. I am now supervising the makings of an excellent dissertation on the short lived sci-fi series ‘Firefly’ and the spin off film ‘Serenity’. I’d never seen it- it is really excellent. If you don’t do sci-fi- watch this, it is different and I can’t work out why it was cancelled (hmmm….perhaps as it was different). Some of my preperation involved lying on the sofa, watching the DVD and drinking red wine….sometimes working is so hard….

Anyway, the purpose of this meandering entry is to ask you to visit Julie’s blog..- ask her questions…. and if you are a fan, beg to see a draft. I wasn’t sure whether the hypothesis would work at first, but it does and it is very good.

Just a thought….if you are the slightest bit interested in evangelism/missiology/contemporary church or however you like to define it………. how much music do you listen to, how much film do you watch, how much to you inhabit ‘popular culture’? If you don’t, or ‘don’t have the time’, how do you hope to have anything to say?