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an advocate for pioneers, lover of all things creative and an explorer of faith in relation to contemporary culture
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several times at grace we have done our own take on nine lessons and carols - only it's unikely to be carols! nine people select a tune related to the traditional readings following the christmas story. come and join us... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at jonnybaker
this is a photo i took years ago in the wonderful city of melbourne. it's always amused me that when i have shown it half the people assume jesus christ is a stencil artist and the other half that he... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at jonnybaker
cathy reflects on another of john taylor's phrases in imagining mission I think we have all learned that enough is enough and that we need to develop a theology of enough. We are learning that we need to respect the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2020 at jonnybaker
out of the box is a card company that sells creative cards that are playful and inspiring. our house is full of the cards because jenny set it up! they have got some really good designs for christmas. i like... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2020 at jonnybaker
Posted Nov 12, 2020 at jonnybaker
john taylor did not mince his words when it came to church. and he was directing his thoughts to the church of england. i was reminded of this last week when someone who is not anglican described on twitter their... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2020 at jonnybaker
the last issue of anvil journal faultlines in mission: reflections on race and colonialism is so interesting, so good and so challenging. i really do encourage you to have a read of it. i wrote a couple of book reviews... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2020 at jonnybaker
this is a somewhat delayed blog post. when september arrived it felt like there was a deflated mood. i think it was because it was a new school year and we had imagined we might have moved on but it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2020 at jonnybaker
next saturday grace explores cloud of witnesses - wherever you are in the world you can join us as we'll be on zoom... the blurb that goes with it: The phrase Cloud of Witnesses comes from Hebrews 12: Therefore, since... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2020 at jonnybaker
another lockdown means more walks and noticing the wonders close to home - this is my local park -gunnersbury park. i always love this time of year when it is cold with crisp misty mornings, clear skies and fire outside... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2020 at jonnybaker
this week's john taylor quote. cathy's thoughts to introduce it Another wonderful John Taylor phrase which resonates with pioneers. It certainly feels like we are in a terra incognita currently and it feels like a long trek! Many of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2020 at jonnybaker
i am a member of london independent photography (lip) and every year there is an exhbition. well this year unsurprisingly an actual exhibition was difficult so it was decided to curate one online lip chronicles: life under lockdown. it went... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2020 at jonnybaker
this photo still makes me smile every time i see it. it was one of our crazier ideas in grace where we were exploring the idea that there is an assumption in various places that to be holy is to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2020 at jonnybaker
the latest issue of anvil journal (which is free online) is on faultlines in mission reflections on race and colonialism - sctroll to the bottom of the page to download the complete issue. in the wake of george floyd's murder... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2020 at jonnybaker
a friend in the local photography group i am part of, edmond terakopian is one of the organisers of an inspired project to raise funds for MSF's covid 19 relief fund. it's a a print auction of 66 prints by... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2020 at jonnybaker
it amuses me looking at this that at first glance now it looks like it says "come as a stranger with fosters" - why would you do that? it's such a terrible drink! anyway that aside this week's reflection from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2020 at jonnybaker
so the pirate ship in the wood has now got a flag so it's definitely a pirate ship! apparently there are lots of different pirate flags and this is the flag for jack rackham also known as calico jack. jen... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2020 at jonnybaker
the church is most surely herself when she is at the periphery with those who are fringe dwellers. jesus was loved by outsiders, fringe dwellers. if the church wants to be renewed she should do likewise and look to the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2020 at jonnybaker
happy 18th to my nephew zac looking v cool here surfing. loved visiting the wave in bristol which is an artificial surfing pool/lake. i took photos rather than surf - there's an album here of the day and various family... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2020 at jonnybaker
some years back i did an installation called red tape which had a bible wrapped in red tape, a dog collar made of red tape and bread and wine ring fenced by red tape. looking back i think it must... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2020 at jonnybaker
combinatory play is einstein's term for putting two things together from different spheres which is a fun and playful exercise in creativity. i have an article here exploring that - how to use your imagination. and.. i am interviewed here... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2020 at jonnybaker
thanks so much to all of you who came to the imagining mission book launch. getting the technology working was somewhat nerve wracking but we managed to both zoom it and stream it to youtube which was a first. the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2020 at jonnybaker
it's the time of year for harvest - grace's spin on that is firstfruits. here's the bliurb Please bring something of what you do in life to offer to God at Firstfruits. It can relate to your work, your garden,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2020 at jonnybaker
we titled the first chapter of the book imagining mission leap over the wall or perish because we loved that john taylor phrase so much! that first chapter is about how we imagine church can be. i really loved writing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at jonnybaker
we will now be livestreaming the book launch for imagining mission at 8pm on thurs night on youtube for those who were disappointed not to get a place for the zoom version - click on this link on the night.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2020 at jonnybaker