782 posts by johnnydouglas

well, it can be rather over-used language. It’s hackneyed, and more than a little cliched. But here’s some out-takes from my reading of John Howard Yoder from Radical Christian Discipleship, his popular-level essays. Theres some gems here. “The most popular alternative to trying to fit in is to try to be different..What these rebels often do not see is […]

“The Messiah wrapped in a servant’s grimy towel is not giving up power. He is restoring it to its original purpose, cleansed of its distortions—the power to love a lovely and loveless world to the uttermost. None of his power is reserved for carefully guarding privilege or meticulously accounting for status; every bit of it […]

Again in a Q-&-A at a recent church weekend, I found myself encouraging people to keep on ‘turning up.’ Old wisdom says, “90% of life is simply showing up.” I get that. But what about the things that we don’t want to show up to, but we have to?  Or the things that we do want to do, […]

What is it you do? What is your routine with God? We’ve all known the guilt, and pressure and duty in those ‘quiet-time’ routines. Someone I met this week, courageously spoke of reading the bible in ninety days. Years ago I would have felt a crippling sense of inferiority! I’m really not that kind of reader, I’d fail miserably days into […]

We miss transformation because we avoid pain. We set up our lives to prevent any kind of pain, struggle or suffering. We insulate, protect, deny, rationalise, and even theologically spin pain into something our brains won’t mind thinking about.  1 David Murray’s great blog article: Ten cures for over-promising! Remember over-deliver. 2 David Hieatt’s brilliance on insane […]

We’re only arrows, unable to do anything in our own strength. I don’t know much about arrows but I think if you fire one badly it kind of wobbles as it flies through the air, and loses momentum. But if it is shot straight, with power and a good aim, it flies fast. Sometimes it is […]

Here’s some of my summer reading sugguestions in the light of Krish’s provocation. Desiring the Kingdom by JB Smith, is long overdue. Lots of pals have recommended it. And I have so loved his Good and Beautiful trilogy. Forty ways to look at Winston Churchill by Gretchin Rubin. Well simply because everything Rubin writes is worth reading. […]

Come just as you are……. bring your everyday moments. Your ordinary life so that God is all-in-all for you. Come just as you are. 

More from James Bryan Smith in his epic trilogy on spiritual formation. These are really worth your time. Here more of what I’ve loved from The Good and Beautiful life, p182 over the weekend. “We live in the unshakeable kingdom of God, so that even when we are tested, we never fail. This is why I […]

May the love of the Lord Jesus draw you to Himself; the power of the Lord Jesus strengthen you in His service; May the unstealable joy of the Lord Jesus fill your hearts; And may you discover in a new way His unfailing peace. and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and […]