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In April we fasted from TV, PC, & DS – for the older readers that is television, personal computer and Nintendo Developers Station (a hand held game). The kids had become addicted to them and were fighting and we were fighting with them about the games. It was out of control – even if we only let them watch TV for 30 minutes in the evening with us there would be disputes. So we banned them for a month and we all adhered to this e-fast (except me who kept working on the PC). Today it carries on but with greater freedom. Today I awakened to the girls playing in their room with toys. Harrison is to be found reading. I however, and breaking the fast with a cup of coffee and posting this blog update! P.S. – Do you like the new look of the site? I had to update Mosaic’s (www.glasgowmosaic.com), so I did ours as well.

Good times

We’ve enjoyed a number of family meals this week where the conversation has been so rich that it is hard to put into words. Meal times can be hectic for families with small kids. You make a special meal, set the table with your ‘finest’ and then sit down to a candle lit… fight as the kids argue, say things like ‘I hate that disgusting stuff’ and you wish you had sent them to bed early so the adults could eat in peace! However, this week we have started to eat earlier due to the nights closing and have asked the kids to be more part of the preparation. Sometimes they help cook, other times they set the table, and usually they want to create a special atmosphere at the table. Our meals have turned from a chaotic dash to a leisurely meal and conversation. We’ve had discussions about loving people (how to love friends who are not included at playtime), told stories about our childhood, and laughed at precious family moments. The good times theme for our meals I think is a product of us yearning to be together, being disciplined with our time so we have space to relate, and having all of us participate. I pray this will last and our teenaged kids will want to be around the table with us – that they would long to be there with their friends even.

Missional Order?

I am particularly attracted to the monastic tradition – my Roman Catholic upbringing and  personality I think are key in this regard. I’ve been thinking about the type of community Mosaic is (and aims to be) as well as how we as a team work with one another. Although we haven’t gone through a particular rule or ordination within the team, we do operate as a missional order. Here is why I think that:

  • Wes, Stuart and I spend time in the word together, pray together and confess our sins to each other. Since we have this level of relationship we also have agreed to hold each other accountable in life with grace, truth and love. Honesty and humility is needed here.
  • We try to spend time together and look for ways to work not in isolation but together – yesterday I joined Stuart as he painted at the Annexe.
  • We share our possessions – our car is used as a team vehicle – and we look for creative ways to share resources. Swaping books is quite common.
  • We break bread together by having meals twice a month after our time as a church planting team.
  • We have deliberately centred our lives (and thus our families lives) around a specific patch of the West End. We try to take advantage of the activities, establishments, and lives of this patch. Whether it be attending a folk night at the Annexe, going to the Cafe Rio for a meeting, banking in a branch in that area, or just walking in prayer around the patch. I particularly enjoy the friendships I am making – Michael the street sweeper, Rosie at the Annexe cafe, or Tony also at the cafe. Upon my return to Glasgow, I realised I missed them and they me.
  • Hospitality is critical – Wes & Stuart detailed our car for our return and stocked our fridge. We try to pass this onto others. This weekend we are with Australian friends for Chinese food and games with all our kids. The guys will make dessert.

I could go on, but I think the idea is that we are pursuing a radical life of love for one another and others. We don’t pursue a new legalism but have found a rhythm of life and a set of practices that help us live in unity with one another through the power of the Holy Spirit. Interestingly, there is actually great freedom in this as the world lives in such great disunity, hyper-individualism, and self-power.