841 posts by johnnydouglas

“The huge irony is that the more the gospel is offered in consumer terms, the more the consumers are disappointed.”  Eugene Peterson 1 Citizen or consumer. Ally Simpson’s perspective. 2 For your usefulness as a leader, please do read. Read more! 3 Transition, learning and leadership. Brad’s story is worth reflecting on. 4 Lasting relationships […]

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have need of grace. all deserve the Fathers kindness. I loved this paragraph from some snatched reading this week. “As Alcoholics Anonymous has shown with such sterling clarity, an addict’s healing journey begins with the recognition that she is powerless, unable to save herself, completely at the mercy of a compassionate God. Indeed, this is […]

Lines from others in the last few days. Who says life is boring….?! ‘The Holy Spirit often likes to turn up and say boo!’ From a vicar friend, “Stalk me on Facebook but don’t look me up on Crockfords!” Have we become more salt and vinegar, than salt and light people? Nobody actually eats welsh […]

So what’s the first thing you think about when you wake up? Do you have thoughts like: Oh great, another cold day. The volume of the children……this early! I have to meet with that awkward colleague today. I struggle with………. I am so tired. I need coffee! And now. The thoughts we begin the day with can so easily […]

“Hope is not about proving anything. It’s about choosing to believe this one thing: that love is bigger than anything anyone can throw at us.” Anne Lamott 1 Philip Yancey tells us where the grace has gone.  2 Parker Palmer on what is and what could be. A few mins of video. 3 A six pointer […]

that grabbed me…….Some brief but life-giving words that I’ve been leaning into. I offer them because they may serve you well also…… ‘Seek the Lord and his strength, seek His presence continually.’ 1 Chronicles 16 v 11 plan and simple: power and true! part of my daily 15,….what about you?!

Another newbie from Tim Keller’s prolific penmanship or more likely the laptop! Here’s some of the best take-away quotes from his invitation to experience awe and intimacy with God. “Prayer is both conversation and encounter with God. We must know the awe of praising his glory, the intimacy of finding his grace, and the struggle of asking his help, […]

Creativity and the creative process get a lot of air-time these days in articles, books and blog posts. There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of tips out there on how to be create, how to write. Read a lot. Read widely. Write every day. Find new locations for inspiration. Write with noise. Write in quiet. And […]