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Paul Bowman
I'm a Youth Director. My greatest achievements are marrying Val and becoming a Dad!
Interests: music, travel, good coffee, movies, photography, playing guitar.
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Flipside is our Friday night youth group and what a fantastic group of young people it is! Just before Christmas we had our winter Lock-In, with ten hours of mirth, madness and mayhem! Here is a video of some of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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A new year has begun! Every year on New Year's Day I read this poem by Wendell Berry, it is my all time favourite poem and it is packed with much wisdom and solid advice as we head into the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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I thoroughly enjoy the poetry of Billy Collins, the former Poet Laureate of the United States. I love the wit and humour that flows through his poetry. Here is his poem New year's Day. Everyone has two birthdays according to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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I was preaching in church this morning ...so I'd been thinking all week about what I should share on a New Years Day? What passage of Scripture should I take us into for hope, encouragement and challenge as we look... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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We have journeyed through Advent and Christmas and here we stand at the threshold of a new year. I’ve been thinking about Mary’s journey through that very first Advent… a young girl pregnant and no doubt facing the criticism and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Twenty16 has been another good year for music and in particular a great year for local (Northern Irish/Irish) artists. These are the 20 albums I have enjoyed the most during the past year. Music is a wonderful gift, next to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Here is my Playlist from the year that was Twenty16. When I hear these songs, many of them are indelibly connected to memories and experiences; a good few of these tunes were the soundtrack to our travels across Oregon and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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We are at an interesting point in popular culture when TV rivals and sometimes even surpasses the cinema as a storytelling medium. There are certainly some stories that benefit from the option to tell a sweeping story over multiple series;... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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As Twenty16 draws to a close it is time to look back at my favourite sights and sounds of the year. I'll get the ball rolling with my favourite 16 Movies from Twenty16. 01. Midnight Special - Jeff Nichols Sci-fi... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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"now, I hear you’re in the business of making all things new that’s some crazy kinda enterprise just 'tween me & you now, I hear you loved the good earth I hear you loved the sea I know you crossed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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I read somewhere that had you picked up a daily newspaper in 1809, you would have read the big news that Napoleon I, emperor of France, had conquered Austria. But in that same year, in France... Louis Braille, who devised... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Everything is going to change. God is on the move! God is going to bring salvation by turning the whole world order upside down. Everything about that very first Christmas is backwards and upside down. It is not what you'd... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Christmas... when you think of it really is some kinda crazy enterprise. God is in the business of making all things new, at great cost... the greatest cost to himself. All of history has been spiraling down to events that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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It is time for our annual video Christmas card. To all our friends here at home and around the world we are so very thankful for all of you. Our lives are all the better & brighter for your presence... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Fact is often stranger than fiction. Stories that are invented for mass consumption are usually molded to what the public wants to hear. True stories... facts... on the other hand just happen and because of this they are often more... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Twenty years ago today Val and I were married! Twenty years sounds like a long time... I guess in many ways it is, yet it has flown by oh so very fast. On that December day we both made promises... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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I love Advent! I relish the opportunity to hit the pause button; to remember, reflect and rest in the great story. There are a number of books that have become constant companions for my journey through Advent. I thought it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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I was speaking in church last Sunday morning. It was the first Sunday of Advent and I revisited what is perhaps my most favourite of all Bible stories. What is a promise? The way some people use the word it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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It is Halloween in a few days. The school parties have started, the trick or treaters will soon be at the doors. But as a youth pastor and a christian I've often thought and I'm often asked, what should we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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A lot can happen in fourteen years! Yes, today we are celebrating Erin's 14th birthday and what a journey it has been. When I took this picture on the beach at Portrush she was just a few months old, just... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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We are goin' out west... USA bound for a very special occasion, this young woman, Lauren Stark Hammerstrom is getting married! Lauren first entered our lives as a high school student who came with her church's youth mission team to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
God created us in joy and created us for joy, and in the long run not all the darkness there is in the world and in ourselves can separate us finally from that joy, because whatever else it means to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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We are celebrating this little Hobbit's 4th birthday today. Happy Birthday Selah Grace! My, my the time has flown by, and what a lot of joy and wonder you have brought to our lives. May you live freely, love boldly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Today is a special day. I just made it home from a terrific time at the European Leadership Forum to celebrate Val's birthday! She is an amazing woman... my north star... compassionate, loving and patient beyond measure (seriously... she supports... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Some highlights from our Flipside Weekend at Ganaway activity centre. Residential experiences such as this are terrific memory makers and one of my favourite youth ministry activities. (if the video is not visible below click here) Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog