Church vs. The Church

I’ve had some amazing conversations with people over the last couple of weeks about God, faith and the Church. Many of these conversations have taken place during Join Me activities. I am increasingly of the opinion that I do not have a problem with Church — that is the meeting together of people in Jesus’ name — but I do have issues with the Church, the institution.

I wish the Church didn’t focus so much on itself, on the mechanics and politics of how it will keep itself financed and organised, and instead gave more energy towards how to encourage and resource people in their spiritual journeys, helping them to know themselves better, fulfil their potential and support them in their relationship with God and with one another.

How do we — those already in the Church — help bring this change about? How do we help people’s focus to shift?

Heaven and Hell patch

www.heavengame.de/

It’s nice when software companies listen to their customers. I, and a thousand other Heaven & Hell players have been complaining about bugs in the game, that cause it to hang rather unceremoniously. What is the problem? graphics card, mouse driver, soundcard? Who knows! CDV have now released a patch, which will hopefully sort these problems.

I am a little nervous to try it again (I don’t like crashes, except in Colin McRae Rally 2.0) but will report how I get on.

Mouse & Keyboard in XP

www.microsoft.com/hardware/mouseandkeyboard/
Here’s a curious thing. My new XP system kept hanging recently, and culprit each time (when it wasn’t the annoying Debuglog.log) was Point32.exe. That’s my mouse! So I checked out Microsoft’s Mouse & Keyboard website and discovered that I should be using Intellipoint 5.0 for XP, rather than the 4.1 installed. Let’s hope things are a little more stable now. Microsoft must be fed up of my almost constant stream of automated crash reports.