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On Waiting Anxiously

No matter how bad the future might be, the exact second now is OK. This has been my watchword for a number of years, but especially this week. I will spare you the details, but it has been a pretty stressful week chez Pate, waiting to hear whether I got a temporary developer job with […]

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Suffering, Authenticity, and Ministry in the Post Modern Church

I don’t want this to sound like Cafechurch is a drag, a place where people sit around moaning about how hard life is, but suffering is a topic which we come back to again and again. It is often at the bottom of why people leave their big churches, and what people who search us […]

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Cafechurch, Portlandia, and the Quest for Authenticity

If Cafechurch had a theme TV show, it would be Portlandia. The hipster culture it parodies so beautifully, and rather fondly I like to think, feels like an exact match for the culture that Cafechurch is part of.  Possibly my favourite skit (at the moment) is “Over” A big part of why Portlandia is amusing […]

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On Humility and Doing Church in a Pub

For my money, the most important thing about doing church in post-modernity is this: you don’t know what you are doing. Not only that, you don’t know anything at all. You don’t know where you are going, and so you don’t know how to get there either. Don’t feel bad, neither does anyone else, least […]

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Jesus and the Four Noble Truths

We had a good conversation on the weekend at Cafechurch Crafternoon about the nature of desire, bouncing off a conversation one of our members had with her meditation teacher. I can’t quite call to mind the exact words, but it was something like this: You suffer so much because of your attachments: the solution is […]

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On Doing Church in a Pub

“You aren’t an emerging church until someone eats dessert while you are trying to have communion” – Cafechurch saying. It occurs to me that this blog is supposed to be about doing church in post-modernity, and I have been mainly blogging about culture, not church. The problem is, it is so hard to start – […]

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On The Curious Pleasure of Reading Patrick O’Brian

After a last salute Jack glanced aloft – still the sweet west wind – and then he looked fore and aft: a fine clear deck, hands all at their stations and all beaming with pleasure; and turning to the master he said, ‘Mr Hanson, pray lay me a course for Cape Pilar and Magellan’s Strait. […]

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C S Lewis.- Integrating the Rational and The Imagination

Last week I read Alister McGrath’s new book – C.S. Lewis: A Life – Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet. Of the many good things about it, I was especially struck by his description of how Lewis saw his task as integrating rational and imaginative approaches to the spiritual journey. This was timely for me, because that […]

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On Spirituality and The Lone Ranger (Or, How Johnny Depp Taught Me To Stop Worrying And Embrace My Inner Spirit Warrior)

I watched the new Disney take on the Lone Ranger on the weekend, and I must say I enjoyed it, even though I know this admission will remove any faint vestiges of cool that I might have once had (though after blogging about Midsomer Murders, I suspect that bridge has well and truly been crossed.) […]

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On The Discreet Charm of Midsomer Murders

I’m not sure I’m keen for it to be widely known, but I am a fan of Midsomer Murders. I sometimes wish I could find it within me to be a fan of something cooler, grittier, edgier. Like The Wire. How I wish I could love The Wire. Or some subtitled Scandi-noir. But alas, like […]