1. My unpublished April 1 report
My fake Joel News report on the spreading of a 'judgement virus' in the Netherlands stirred a lot of response, especially from Dutch readers, and proved once again that in John Calvin's own country pagans tend to have a better sense of humor than Christians.
2. Member registration system
The Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN) developed a new, national member registration system that cost 5.2 million euro. Interesting investment for a church that looses 100,000 members every year. Is counting members useful at all?
3. Cleaning up house
To prepare ourselves mentally and physically to move, we decided to get rid of 50% of all the stuff in the house (including furniture). Apparently this shocked some, and inspired others. An no, our kids don't need pyscho-therapy because we robbed them of their toys.
4. YES! finally go it!
Well, fair enough, it was truly historic. After four times the average number of lessons, four different instructors, and four attempts to pass the final exam I finally got my drivers license.
5. How are the Brits doing? and Baptisms at Soul Survivor
A shared fifth place for two posts. After visiting a missions conference in the UK DAWN colleague Andreas Wolf exclaimed: "So much good things, but it's still all 'doing church'. Doing more church. Doing church better. Doing more bettter. Doing better more. It's all 'church 1', or probably already 'church version 1.7', but I keep desiring to see 'church version 2.0'!" This stirred a spicy response from the Brits. In the meantime Soul Survivor baptized new Jesus followers at their festival, which started a conversation on what is the right time and context to baptize people.