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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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Today is a day we've been counting down to for months. Today is the day our Mission Team leaves for Uganda, and on that team is our daughter Erin. I had planned to be on this trip too, leading our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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I haven't blogged in quite a while, mainly because life has taken an unexpected and uncertain turn of late. You can read about my collapse in Prague as best I can remember it (click here). Since coming home I've been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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One final song for Resurrection Day and this one comes from Andrew Peterson. He takes that high noon imagery which we associate with the old west - the showdown or the decisive confrontation - and he applies it to the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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The rule has been disproved The stone it has been moved The grave is now a groove All debts are removed Window In The Skies is one of U2’s best songs, that it didn’t find a home on any of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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I love how Dustin Kensrue weaves melody, truth and theology together. Disarmed is one of my favourite Thrice tunes and it also happens to be an outstanding track for resurrection day. Here it is stripped back, live and acoustic. We... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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It is Resurrection Day... Jesus took in that breath And shattered all death with his life I'm posting this video shot during the last Global Youth Initiative forum in Israel. You'll visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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We come to the Surprise & Joy of Sunday... The revolution has started, nothing is ever going to be the same again! But I can't shake that Saturday feeling just yet... I've had a strange week, and suffered a few... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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I have been off the grid recently, some of you who have been following events on social media will know that on 23rd March I collapsed in Prague in the Czech Republic, and spent several days in the hospital. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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Holy week is a tremendous opportunity for reflection and meditation... to journey with Jesus through the daily events of the last week of his earthly life. Every event and every word is packed with significance. And beginning with the events... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Livingloud - The Bowmanblog
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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