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“Jesus’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord’s Prayer is about.” N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope 1 Ten joy stealers in pastoral ministry. Indeed.  2 The church of TED. […]

five on Friday

“Most churches have not developed a good way of combining spiritual formation with missional living. That’s a capacity issue. It’s one thing to want to see your people move forward; it’s another to have the calling to actually move them forward. As the leader, you may be gifted to move into this personally, but if […]

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sees us clamour a little……. My heroically lovely sister claims more of the *green than me!! My passport says British, like hers but we’re never going to get tribal in the kingdom of God, but on St Patricks day, it’s always going to be colourful and predictable on social media. Lincoln said it earliest and […]

five on Friday

“Truth lies in character. Christ did not simply speak the truth; He was truth. truth through and through, for truth is a thing not of words but of life and being” FW Robertson. 1 Discipleship and the spaces we’re invited to belong in.  2 Ten things pastors rarely want to hear, here! 3 Jane Williams brief lecture […]

five on Friday

“Cowards live for the sake of living, but for heroes, life is a weapon, a thing to be spent, a gift to be given to the weak and the lost and the weary, even to the foolish and the cowardly” Empire of Bones by N D Wilson 1 Dark nights provoke dark questions. The care […]

five on Friday

“…There is a certain time for significant events and seasons which occur in a servant of God’s life. This is especially true for ministry. If God has called you to a specific work, there is a time in which that work will find its greatest fulfilment and its widest impact. If you launch out and try to […]

five on Friday

“Come in your gentle fury that shakes the desert, flashes forth flames of fire, yet does not break the bruised reed nor quench the faintly burning wick.  Come, Lord, and dismantle all my defences.” Chloe Lynch 1 Kodak and the local church. Mission, mis-reading the situation and loss to mention a few…. 2 The most engaging […]

five on Friday

“A healthy Christian life cannot be stitched together from a series of disjointed mountain-top experiences. We need a Christian spirituality that endures the shadowy, low-lying valleys and the rocky slopes in between all those glorious summits.” Andrew Byers 1 Tweeting and touching: “Love often says don’t tweet. Love often says don’t write.” from ++Justin 2 The […]

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