778 posts by johnnydouglas

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 […]

“In Dallas Willard’s words, “Non-discipleship costs abiding peace, a life penetrated throughout by love, faith that sees everything in the light of Gods overriding governance for good, hopefulness that stands firm in the most discouraging of circumstances, power to do what is right and withstand the forces of evil. In short, it costs exactly that […]

“As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is a mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength. Like all the Christian virtues, it is as unreasonable as it is indispensable.” G. K. Chesterton 1 Natural adventures. None of this Disney hype. A great family perspective […]

by 3DM really well….

“Go on, but only buy what you need.” These are almost always the words, I hear if I’m heading to do the supermarket run. And my wife is right! Consumerism is not a pathway to joy and meaning in life. This isn’t new. We all feel it to be true. If specifically asked the question, […]