Drupal, phpBB and WordPress

Here’s an interesting find. I did a search on Amazon for Drupal and found this yet-to-be-published book, from APress:

Building Online Communities with Drupal, phpBB, and WordPress, by Robert T. Douglass, Mike Little and Jared W. Smith (APress, November 2005, ISBN 1-59059-562-9).

(The hyperlinks point to the Apress website, not Amazon UK.)

Two technologies that I already use (phpBB and WordPress) and one that I’d like to learn more about (Drupal).

Book launch

This evening Jane and I attended a book launch at Cornerstone Bookshop on Princes Street, here in Edinburgh.

Church on the Move by Peter Neilson

Jane’s father, the Revd Peter Neilson, has had his 2004 Chalmer’s Lectures published in a 160 page volume called Church on the Move: New Church, New Generation, New Scotland (Covenanters, ISBN 1905022247).

Sadly, we didn’t get a copy as there was a mix up with the order and so there were only 4 copies available this evening, and they were all snapped up immediately. There can’t be many authors who are completely sold out at the book launch! Fifty copies will arrive tomorrow, seemingly.

What’s the book about? Here’s the synopsis:

What kind of church will offer access to the Gospel for the next generation? That is the persistent question running through this book. As a minister of the Church of Scotland, the author is committed to a vision of the grace of God for all in our nation, but challenges the assumed strategy for fulfilling that vision as being only through territorial parish ministry. Our fundamental shift is from exclusive territorial mission to cultural and generational mission. A parish church does not mean a parish is churched. We need a mixed economy of neighbourhood and network churches to engage with our nation across the generations. Will we move the resources to match the missionary challenge?

Peter Neilson has been a minister of the Church of Scotland for over 30 years, in the parish of Mount Florida, Glasgow and later as Associate Minister in the Parish Church of St Cuthbert, Edinburgh. He has also encouraged the evangelistic mission of the church as an Adviser in Mission and Evangelism, Director of Training at St Ninian’s Centre, Crieff, and currently in the role of supporting New Charge Developments within Scotland. He convened the special commission which produced the ‘Church without Walls’ report in 2001. He is married to Dorothy with two married daughters, one about-to-be-married daughter and a delightful 2 year old granddaughter.

The Chalmers Lectures which form the basis of this book were graciously hosted in 2004 by St Mary’s College, St Andrews, and New College, Edinburgh. They have also been delivered in the International Christian College, Glasgow in 2005.

Buy it at Scottish Christian Press or at Amazon UK. I’m going to buy a copy tomorrow … if the bookshop has any!

I *do* like Billy Corgan …

I’d just like to clear one thing up: just because I don’t think that Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the best thing that the Smashing Pumpkins have done …

Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by the Smashing Pumpkins

… doesn’t mean to say that I don’t like the Smashing Pumpkins, or anything else that Billie Corgan has done!

The latest album from Billie Corgan, Thefutureembrace is a fantasticly complex, deep, beautifully melodic and emotional album.

Billy Corgan

His Zwan album, Mary Star of the Sea, was wonderful.

Mary Star of the Sea, Zwan

and the Smashing Pumpkins album Siamese Dream could easily be one of my Desert Island Discs; I’ve been listening to it all week.

Siamese Dream by the Smashing Pumpkins

It’s just that, personally, I prefer these albums to Melon Collie … that’s all.

I’m glad we got that out of the way. Now we can carry on the blog without further interruption.