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Create a book for young people


I’ve written before about trying to find creative ways to help young people engage with the Bible.

Yesterday, I was looking through the app store and came across the ibook author.

“Available free on the Mac App Store, iBooks Author is an amazing new app that allows anyone to create beautiful Multi-Touch textbooks — and just about any other kind of book — for iPad. With galleries, video, interactive diagrams, 3D objects, and more, these books bring content to life in ways the printed page never could.”

I don’t have an ipad but I’m interested to see christian youth workers or other christian artists/ writers produce some interactive christian books for young people that might help them engage better with the bible.

anyone up for the challenge?

Please comment or post if you’ve done this already or are presently doing it. I’d love to see the results.

Said and Unsaid

Yesterday Apple announced its new OSX  update, “Mountain Lion“. With over 100 updates, this update will allows macs to become more deeply connected with the online world- twitter, flickr and vimeo. Read more about it here

But what I found more interesting than what was said, was what wasn’t.

one word:facebook.

Facebook is not just a social media, it is the social media. 100 million active users testify to that fact. So why not have Mountain Lion integrate with Facebook?

It could be because of technical issues, the fact that (the enemy) Microsoft owns a small part of facebook or, more likely, facebook is too big a competitor and apple do not believe in the proverb, “keep your friends close and your enemies closer”. Language is fascinating isn’t it?. Often what we do not say has more power than what we do.

Consider again the expenses scandal. When MPs claimed they had done nothing wrong as there were simply, “following the rules”, what they were really saying was “I know what I did was wrong but the law allowed for it so its okay. I’m not too blame”.

When apple announced all the companies they were integrating with but did not mention facebook, what they were really saying is, “we do not want to work with facebook”.

It gets me thinking about the kinds of unsaid things that are said in the church I work for.

“We have a youth led service every two months” could really mean “we give young people their own service every couple of months so we can keep things the same the rest of the time”.


“we’re bible believing Christians” could really mean “we believe in the bits we agree with and ignore the rest”.

Now maybe that’s cynical and maybe that’s not what is really being said but I believe it’s a good question to ask.

So, what kinds of unsaid things are being said in your church and youth work?

The Art of Subversion

A few weeks ago I got out my soapbox.

I take it everywhere I go and on occasion have been known to put it down, stand on it and shout.

The first reason was the video below:

The second was the fact that a recent christian youth work event had starbucks serving coffee.

I’ll let you in on a little secret before I go any further.

I’m a hypocrite. I was getting annoyed at Christians supposedly getting into bed with the ’empire’ (using iphones for worship and getting coffee from starbucks) even tho I have an iphone and I frequent that particular coffee chain (and enjoy it). I think of myself as fairly progressive but still I was getting annoyed by this.

So I got on my soap box.

I ranted about how christians should not partner with empires. Empires that corrupt and abuse.

Then someone spoke to me about subversion and it got me thinking.

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

A famous statement by Peter when he spoke to the Sanhedrin.

What’s interesting is that this quote was used by the Caesars as part of the emperor cult. Except when they said it, it referred to Caesar. Salvation was found in no one else (but Caesar).

Peter took this statement from the Empire and subverted it in the name of Jesus.

The gospel of mark begins:

“the beginning of the gospel about Jesus the Messiah”

The term gospel was used to announce the arrival of a new Caesar. This was a term owned by the Roman Empire. The writer of Mark’s gospel took that term and subverted it.

The band, ‘The Rend Collective Experiment’  took a symbol of the empire, the iphone and subverted it. They took a symbol of consumerism and greed and used it for the glory of God.

Now, I’m not saying there is anything fundamentally wrong or evil about the iphone. I have one after all. But it is a symbol of apple. A symbol of consumerism.

I’m also not saying that the iphone needs ‘redeemed’ in some way as that would suggest that it’s evil or ‘fallen’.

In the same way the youth event took the image of ‘starbucks’ and used it for the glory of God.

I find all of this incredibly interesting and exciting and leaves me with a couple of questions.

What other ways are christians subverting imperial images?

Are there any images that couldn’t be subverted?


ManHunt 2 and a question of censorship

I got my new macbook pro today. Yeah! Whilst I waited for it to move all my settings from my mac pro and install leopard, I had a gander at the entertainment news and spotted the story below.The BBC reported today that the BBFC have won the right to fight the UK release of the videogame Manhunt 2.

You may already know that the BBFC banned the game outright in June. Rockstar, the makers of the game, won an appeal earlier this month stating that the contents were ‘within the bounds established by other 18+ rated entertainment’.

Rockstar had hoped to have the film out by Christmas but now will have to wait until after the court proceedings on or before January 31st 2008 (that’s if it gets released)Is it right to censor? The prosecution states that even though the game would be rated 18 it would still get into the hands of minors.Surely that’s an issue that should be taken with the parents and retailers.

My mum let me watch my first horror film when I was 5. Freddy Kruegar (Nightmare on Elm Street) was my childhood hero when I was six. I do not agree that it probably wasn’t the best thing for me as I became in some way, addicted to these types of violent horror movies. But did I become a serial killer?

The issue is too big for my little blog but I wanted to write my thoughts down. I believe censorship, in any situation, is wrong. That has consequences sure but where then would you draw the line? The Chinese government sensor news. We would all agree that is wrong but why should a group of people tell us what is right and what is wrong?

Isn’t that why God gave us freewill?