798 posts by johnnydouglas

In any creative enterprise there are risks, and false-starts resulting in glorious and rare fruit, often unseen elsewhere. Manchester has known the gift of the Message Trust, and God’s honour has been seen in the mix of this gritty, consistent movement of changed lives. The unrelenting faith of a life sent on purpose is portrayed in […]

“The gospel of justifying faith means that while Christians are, in themselves still sinful and sinning, yet in Christ, in God’s sight, they are accepted and righteous. So we can say that we are more wicked than we ever dared believe, but more loved and accepted in Christ than we ever dared hope — at […]

The Lord’s Prayer can get dusty really quick from repetition and overfamiliarity. I heard Dallas Willard’s version of the Lord’s Prayer and really enjoyed the freshness. Take it for a test-drive and see what you think. Here goes… “Dear Father, always near us, may your name be treasured and loved; may your rule be completed in us […]

We need to consistently get more intimately acquainted with Holy Spirit, but most importantly when our awareness, enjoyment and familiarity with him is more nostalgic than dynamic. 1 Krish Kandiah’s vision of an apostolic church. Compelling stuff. 2 Some of the clearest productivity insight. Six tips for everyday! 3 “Power and authority in the here and now […]

I’ve still not got my head around the most intensive rummage I’ve had with the book of Galatians. This was a rare and helpful in-depth study last week. There were helpful detailed blog summaries from Robin Ham in particular. And on the last morning Douglas Moo offered the briefest and best application of Galatians for practical pastoral […]

from Skye Jethani’s book. Life with God changes everything…for God is enough.

according the wisdom of an old-fashioned prayer…. “I confess, Lord, with thanksgiving, that You have made me in Your image, so that I can remember You, think of You, and love You. But that image is so worn and blotted out by faults, and darkened by the smoke of sin, that it cannot do that […]

“Making shelter for Jesus” is the compelling invitation of Richard Rohr’s new title, Eager to Love. It constructs pathways and meeting points with God, offered alongside a unique encounter with Francis of Assisi and the invitation to wholeness. Rohr with deft touch and insight offers us fresh ways, that are free of ‘shoulds and musts’. […]

“Theology may perhaps be defined as the discipline by which the Church, carefully and with full knowledge of the risk, translates biblical faith into the non-biblical language of another age.” G. Ernest Wright 1 You know it, right…..the liturgy of coffee. That after church thing. 2 Apprentice’s really insightful summary of nine ways we fail […]

Don’t be overwhelmed. Stay the course. Be encouraged. Be tenacious. Do not quit. Take heart. Persevere. Have faith. Press on. Trust. God. How about it?