Top 10 posts of 2012

As is customary at this time of year, here’s my top 10 posts of the year:

  1. Yorkshire 7th in Olympic medals table
  2. Egg on your head – Easter assembly
  3. Books I have read: The Freedom Writers Diary
  4. Ford advert – man dives through Ford B-Max
  5. LFC 2012-2013 – Pic 3
  6. Liverpool agree loan deal for Nuri Sahin
  7. David Beckham unveils Jesus and cherubs tattoo
  8. Top Church Websites of 2012
  9. Light Live: free resource from Scripture Union
  10. Andy Crouch writes … Dear Mumford & Sons

I’m a little disappointed that out of the top 10 only 5 are directly linked to what I normally blog about – I think it inspires me that I need to create good original content and find better ways to share it with others.

Jesus Would Be on Facebook if He Lived Today, German Priest Says


Head of Germany’s Catholic Church, Robert Zollitsch, has given everyone celebrating something new to think about the Christmas story. Zollitsch told a German newspaper that if Jesus were alive today, he’d be Facebook friends with all of his followers.

“Fundamentally all media are suited to bring the word of God to the people,” he told German paper The Local. “Jesus would certainly today be on Facebook and Twitter.”

Zollitsch’s statement comes after the Catholic Pope joined Twitter (@Pontifex) earlier in December, and has seven different language accounts.

What do you think of the priest’s statement?  Would you want to connect with Jesus on Facebook if he were alive today.

Chocolate Brussel Sprouts

Christmas brussel sprouts

This is part of the all-age talk I did from our Children’s Christmas Praise yesterday morning:

Announce that you love Christmas so much, that you want to share it with everybody, and that what you have with you is something that will always remind them of Christmas day – delicious truffles!

Ask for a couple of volunteers to see if they can emulate Christmas day, by eating as many truffles as they can in 1 minute.  Build up the expectation and emphasise the need for speed in the challenge.

Once they start eating the ‘truffles’, they’ll realise that there’s something not quite right and their facial expressions will change from ones of sheer delight, to ones of outright disgust a they discover the sprouts. (You may want to have a plastic bag handy at this point!)

OK, so it’s a bit revolting, but here’s the point.

Ask who loves chocolate, and also, who loves sprouts.  Say that Christmas, for most of us is a time of celebration, indulgence and happiness.  We love the ‘niceness’ of the Christmas season. It’s a bit like chocolate!

Go on to say that for many people, Christmas is not an easy time. For some it’s a time of loneliness, homelessness and struggle. For many people, Christmas is like our experience of sprouts – something to struggle through.

You could mention the first Christmas as an example. Mary was blessed with the news that she was to be the mother of God’s son, but probably struggled with knowing that her life could be in danger because of her pregnancy.

Challenge people to consider how they spend Christmas – to be grateful for the Christmas they have, and to be mindful of those who will struggle through Christmas.

Sterling signs five-year deal with Liverpool

Raheem Sterling

Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling has committed his future to Liverpool by signing a long-term contract, the club announced on Friday.

It was rumored that the 18 year old was attracting interest from Manchester United and Arsenal but Sterling decided to put his signature on a new deal at Anfield, putting an end to speculation that he might leave Liverpool football club.

He told

“It’s every 18-year-old’s dream. I’m just really grateful to be at such a big club like this.  There’s a lot more to be done. I haven’t begun yet, as the manager has said. Hopefully I can kick on after the New Year and try to do my best for the team and the football club.”

Sterling joins Luis Suarez, Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Suso and Jonjo Shelvey all who have committed their long-term future to Liverpool under new manager Brendan Rodgers.  The future looks bright.

Raising the Kidds

Raising the Kidds

Hannah, my fantastic wife, has recently taken up blogging, starting a blog called Raising the Kidds.

The blog follows her adventures of looking after our two boys Daniel (two years and ten months) and Joshua (eleven months), and me!  I am biased but I think it is well worth a read so go check it out, add it to your favourites/google reader etc.