815 posts by johnnydouglas

Group cycling, aka spinning is a reflection of the fall…..but it’s working for me in a love-hate kind of way. The opposite of transformation is probably transaction. And we’re made for so much more than this…… A church that tries to recruit, offering the details of 69 planned management mtgs per year, will understandably struggle to attract Acts 2 […]

“The most important aspect of Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain. This is all God asks us to give our attention to and it is the one thing that is continually under attack.” Oswald Chambers 1 I’m sure you’ve seen it: the 5-isms of insecure leadership. Indeed.  2 Five characteristics of incredibly resilient […]

I’ve been challenged to ‘pursue joy’ ever since 2012….. some weekend reading, has been calling me back to the book of joy, again. ”Christianity has been named, sometimes patronizingly, sometimes sentimentally, sometimes honestly enough, the religion of sorrow; but there never was a more complete misnomer.  It is not the religion of sorrow, but the religion […]

I continue to be asked about what constitutes my discipleship and ongoing formation. One invaluable part of my routine for almost sixteen years has been a spiritual director. The accountability, depth, insight and fellowship of these times remains….Sister Theresa played a precious part of this in my life for a clutch of those years…..here pictured with my son Noah some […]

“You said, how much?!” is what I called my talk from Matthew 20 today. I was cornered again by the impact that grace makes. Heres the audio file. The parable of the vineyard workers is a deeply unlikeable & profound gospel challenge! The kingdom of God, is not founded on the quality of the people in it, […]

“We must remember that the key to Christian obedience is not non-conformity but conformity…Paul elsewhere and in Romans 12 is more interested in helping us faithfully discern what it means not to be different from the world, but to be like Christ.” John Howard Yoder. 1 Managing the charismatic-missional tension. Brilliantly painted here. 2 Assurance is […]

from this week, that made me smile….. Fleshy motivation giving way to sight & Jesus showing the way through. How much God’s word blesses, nags & provokes my own soul. How learning godly trust is more satisfying than my best striving. The outrage about U2’s latest offering. It’s really not like a thief broke into your house […]

Henri Nouwen writes potently…..Perhaps like me you’ve never heard or seen him speak, then let me forward the invite of a dear friend, to watch & listen here. It’s an eight-parter: but utterly worth it.  Here are some of the most striking bits for me! The voice that calls you ‘beloved’ us the voice that […]

I came across this proverb a while back:- “let go or be dragged!” It is so appropriate in more ways than one. I need the reminder, so I share it…. As a partner, a parent, as a leader, as a friend, as someone healing from woundedness, one of the greatest gifts we can learn is […]

‎”Say to God, ‘Father, I’m sick of being a common Christian. I’m sick of being only halfway. I want to know You.’”  A.W. Tozer My mornings see faith and coffee best together…..It leaves me momentarily stranded when people just drink hot water or herbal goodness. Regardless I am not sure why they go together. They […]