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Awakening Memories of Our Past.

By: on June 15, 2019

The thought of London awakens many memories in my past, some good and some not so good like British imperialism in Africa but it serves me to concentrate on the very good ones. Coming from a commonwealth country, I’m sure that there are many things that I’ll find that are similar like driving on the…

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Will TV measure up?

By: on June 14, 2019

Prior to going back to school, it would not be uncommon to find me lounging on the couch twice a year for six hours at a time. I spent the duration of the time with some of my favorite things: popcorn and Mr. Darcy. I love the story of Pride and Prejudice and the BBC…

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Using Coaching Skills to Mine for Gold

By: on June 14, 2019

Camacho’s Mining For Gold is a rare book for me in that I know and have worked with the author. This connection influences the insights I have gained from the book. First, I know and have worked with Tom Camacho in his former role of Coaching Coordinator for Multiply Vineyard, the resource arm for Vineyard…

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London of my Dreams

By: on June 14, 2019

Downton Abbey Oliver Twist saying, “please sir, I want some more”, Mary Poppins singing, “feed the birds, tuppence a bag”, and Edith Crawley taking the train from the castle in the countryside to her London flat, are all images I have of London instilled in my mind over the years from movies and television.  Hargraves Orin says…

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Butt Hole Road

By: on June 14, 2019

Culture shock! London. But wait, there’s more – Culture shock! Great Britain. You’d think one book would be enough, but this week it’s two. The first by an America who specialises in IT, English and Lexicography.[1] The second by a Singaporean chef, with a sideline interest in “evolution and the social and cultural semantics of…

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Sites that Link the Past to the Present and Me to You

By: on June 14, 2019

There is this spot at the camp I love called Vespers Point. It feels holy. It is the place where I have spent countless hours in prayer and contemplation. It is the perfect place to watch the sunrise over the water, making early morning quiet time all the more attractive; it is the perfect place…

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Let’s Go to LONDON!!!

By: on June 14, 2019

       I know this is supposed to be a theological paper of sorts, but to be completely honest, this reading was more nostalgic for me than anything. No, I was not born in Britain, but I have been there; and it was fascinating. A number of years back, I had the chance to…

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Fond Memories of London

By: on June 13, 2019

Reading our text, CultureShock! A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette: London, this week brought fond memories of the time my wife and I were in London almost six years ago. It was a very special occasion because a good friend who was completing his D.Phil. at Oxford at the time invited my wife and I…

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Culture and Class

By: on June 13, 2019

Reading Culture Shock! London and Culture Shock! Great Britain is both informative and intriguing as one preparing to adventure to England in the fall. Reading about what to do and not do, the layout of London, the vast differences of the people, and how to go beyond a tourist perspective are all helpful in understanding…

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Oxford’s Narnia

By: on June 13, 2019

It was our thirty-fifth wedding anniversary which occasioned the trip of a lifetime, two weeks in Great Britain and France. From the theatre in London to the Tattoo Festival in Edinburgh to the highspeed Chunnel train transporting us to five magical days in Paris, it was simply unforgettable. With all of these amazing experiences and…

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England is more than bad teeth

By: on June 13, 2019

I was born into a family that loves being American. From generations of military service to cheering on any and all the Team USAs, if it is something that shows any level of pride in the United States my family is right there. Heck, my dad was even born on Independence Day, so when we…

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Look Right, Look Left!

By: on June 13, 2019

Here we are – it’s officially summer 2019 and we are on the cusp of finishing the LGP academic work for our DMin degree. It’s hard to believe we have only one more travel advance with the George Fox/Portland Seminary LGP program. This fall the program will culminate for the LGP8’s with a trip to…

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We’re Starting in SCOTLAND

By: on June 13, 2019

Lisa and I can hardly wait. We are pumped to go to the United Kingdom! Being together to make lifetime memories–SWEET! We are starting our time in Scotland, United Kingdom for 5 days before our London and Oxford Advance officially begins. Lisa is part Scottish and may call herself a Scotty on occasion. Our free…

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Reasonably Excited

By: on June 13, 2019

I was impressed with the depth of insight into the cultures of Britain and London offered by Tan and Hargraves, respectively. My anticipation for our advance has certainly been stoked from the CultureShock! books. I have visited London previously as a tourist and am ready to visit as a student. This part of the world is…

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Imagination, tourists, and a place called home

By: on June 13, 2019

Our readings this week made me even more excited about our Great Britain advance. I first experienced the England of the imagination through the lens of the literature I was exposed to during my early teenage years.[1] In my mind, everyone still dressed for dinner, often engaging in a game of Whist in the evening.…

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God save the Queen, and me too

By: on June 13, 2019

British culture has its own peculiar flavour, even for a colonial like me. So much is familiar, yet I am oddly struck from time-to-time by dissonances between British culture and my own. Canada, as one of the Old Dominions, slowly evolved in becoming its own country. I’m writing this blog post from my home office…

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Last Leadership Book Together

By: on June 13, 2019

Mining for Gold by Tom Camacho has been a fun book to be our last leadership book together. Coaching is still on the rise and I think that is because people have discovered it’s much more than a fad. About 7 years ago the district office of my denomination launched a coaching initiative, and since…

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Wow! That went quickly!

By: on June 13, 2019

Wait! What? This is our final advance and we finish in London/Oxford. I was nervous about Pecha Kucha in front of all of you stunning intellectuals already. Now I have to do it in the auspicious halls of English academia? Sorry, I’m out!! Have a good time y’all. (That is my inner TN redneck coming…

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Getting Ready For the Last Hurrah…

By: on June 13, 2019

As I started to peruse the two books for this week, I had a flashback to our first year. We read several books to get us ready for our advance to SA that gave us a historical perspective of Christianity in Africa and the affects of apartheid specifically in SA. I had a moment of…

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Not a Typical Guidebook

By: on June 13, 2019

Great Britain is in the news again, and not for positive reasons.  The Brexit debate continues to rage and boil, as the slow-motion mechanisms of politics and governance continue. It was recently reported that “Theresa May stepped down as Conservative Party leader last Friday after failing to break the Brexit deadlock. On Monday, ten candidates were…

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