Stories from the frontier…

Relaying info back last night about what I did on my sabbatical. My usual freestyle riff which worked for some and not for others; sometimes I have too much going on in my head….


3 powerpoint slide shows since you ask:

‘why do ministers go on sabbatical?’ to a soundtrack of ‘Numb’ by U2.

‘what I did’ to a soundtrack of ‘Glastonbury Song’ by the Waterboys (my excuse is my children like it…)

‘what I learnt’ to a soundtrack of ‘Videotape’ by Radiohead.

I enjoyed it- juxtaposing random, non-linear images with music that connected and disconnected…

Just to remind me and keep it somewhere where I can access it, I came across 3 ‘stories from the frontier’ that Stuart Murray Williams gave us when I was at Cliff College back in September..

(1) Whilst being shown around La Sagrada Familia ( in Barcelona, an American in his 20s asked who all the pictures in the Cathedral depicted. ‘It is Jesus’ was the reply. ‘He looks quite young- how old was he?’ He said. ‘He was 33 when he died.’ was the answer. ‘What did he die of?’.


(2) A succesful Nigerian evangelist came to see his friend in London. When he got on the airport bus, as was his custom, he began to preach the gospel. No one responded- people looked awkward. He arrived at his friend’s house and cried out ‘Something is wrong; I have lost my annointing.’


(3) A church in London had a large annexe that was used for artist’s studios etc. The vicar was a familiar site around the place. The studios tended to be shut on Sunday. One artist, however, had forgotten something so came to pick it up. He saw the vicar at the church door, shaking hands with parishioners. He went up to the vicar ‘What are all these people doing; I thought church was closed on Sundays’.


‘Food for thought’ he thought. ‘Perhaps some people should wake up and smell the coffee’, he mused…..