Eight Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire – pretty good for a low-budget, non-Hollywood big-name UK film. It seems to me that 'hope' is something behind the reason for the success of this particular film. We’ll have a conversation around this one for our next film club night, which should be interesting. Some of the quotes from those involved in the making of this film are fascinating. ‘We had passion and we had belief and if you have those two things, truly, anything is possible.’ – so said Christian Colson, the Producer. The composer, AR Rahman, who received two Oscars, praised the city which inspired the book, which led to the film, praising ‘all the people from Mumbai and the essence of the film, which is about optimism and the power of hope and our lives.’ This thing called hope keeps popping up –still haven’t read Barack Obama’s ‘Audacity of Hope’, but will get to it I guess. Oh yes, I thought the film was really good too! Enough said about Liverpool practically throwing the league at Man. Utd. after a dismal display yesterday – I couldn’t bear to watch MOTD 2 after having listened to it on the radio. So, if we meet up soon, don’t ask anything about football! All this blogging is really therapy on the hoof – get it out in the open, out of the system, ready for the week ahead! Imagine begins again tomorrow night at Counterslip. This time we’re looking at one or two aspects of the whole leadership team area. Where do the five-fold ministries as they’re called in Ephesians 4 (which seem to be normative there) find their place in the typical local church leadership? Hopefully, we wont get bogged down in the many potential red herrings, but help folk get somewhere more ‘hopeful’, but we’ll soon see.