705 posts by johnnydouglas

“A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counsellor, a multitude of counsellors.” so said Henry Ward,…..and obviously he didn’t mean kindle! 1 Provocatively, multi-site churches are from the devil! 2 Eleven ways you know you’ve settled for a mediocre marriage 3 Five discipleship fails through […]

….sobriety is killing… it’s a stunning truth! It’s all too painfully visible at times….. so go-on…… I dare you behave as a child, this lenten season. Jesus says that children are at home in the kingdom of God. And so He wants adults to be childlike. What could be more fun than that! This is your […]

“Imagine that Christianity is not just about an afterlife for those whose sins are forgiven. Imagine that it’s about participating in Jesus’s passion for the transformation of this world into a world of justice and peace.” Marcus Borg 1 Simon’s asking, ‘what season are you in now?’ 2 Jon Tyson via Hoylus on consumers or […]

Rich Mullins had this knack for speaking with a prophetic edge. He was said to be an arrow pointing to heaven. He blazed a trail, and lived his life fully in the fulfilment of these words:- “I believe what I believe is what makes me what I am.” Here’s something from him, that stopped me in my tracks. “David didn’t […]

yes, Jesus is enough. not Jesus + good times. Not Jesus + encouragement. Not even Jesus + good company and something of a bank balance. Plain, bald, simple. Jesus is enough. And if you’re not sure…… Hear Brennan Manning’s words:- “My life is a witness to vulgar grace- a grace that amazes as it offends. […]

again and again is a foundation bible passage for me…… So to wrestle with seasons, pruning and fruit has been a painful and rich privilege for me. Here’s to sharing that in these days with some new friends. Your prayers and love are appreciated. Here’s to much and lasting fruit in your life too. You […]

Here’s the quotes from my re-reading the brilliant and timeless Community and Growth, by Jean Vanier. “I am struck by how sharing our weakness and difficulties is more nourishing to others than sharing our qualities and successes.” “Many people are good at talking about what they are doing, but in fact do little. Others do a […]

From the brilliant AW Tozer, “What I am anxious to see in Christian believers is a beautiful paradox. I want to see in them the joy of finding God while at the same time they are blessedly pursuing Him. I want to see in them the great joy of having God yet always wanting Him.”  1 Alan Fadling’s Unhurried […]

“Faith responds to an already given grace. This faith is not simply an embrace of the goodness which meets us in the world, but a reception of the goodness of God promised in spite of the way the world is. The faith of Abraham is not in anything he sees in the world, but in […]