Newfrontiers fashion update

It was so good to be at Newfrontiers Prayer & Fasting this week, both to pray for myself and for people and churches around the world. It was also really nice to catch up with loads of friends from across the country, which feels even more valuable now that I'm located in what was termed an "extremity".

On the leaders' fashion front, there was the expected abundance of checked shirts, which I have no complaint about because a. they look fine on middle-aged men, and b. I have three myself. Those two comments are unrelated.

More unusual was the presence of another item. There weren't lots of them but a number of people who led parts of the meetings were wearing them, and where they lead others are likely to follow. They were wearing... bodywarmers. Some people might prefer the term gilet but at my Primary School we called them bodywarmers. I can't imagine that I'll be hitching a ride on this bandwagon as it would likely give me the silhouette of a Purple Ronnie drawing. The only explanation I can think of is that this is some kind of celebration of the 25th anniversary of Back to the Future.

I recently went to see the rerelease of Marty McFly's first adventure, with a bunch of people who weren't born when it first came out. That uncomfortable fact aside, it was a fun evening: ridiculous story, brilliant soundtrack, great quotes, nostalgia, and Christopher Lloyd stealing every scene he's in. But it didn't make me want to start wearing a bodywarmer.