831 posts by johnnydouglas

“Father in heaven! You have loved us first, help us never to forget that You are love so that this sure conviction might triumph in our hearts over the seduction of the world, over the inquietude of the soul, over the anxiety for the future, over the fright of the past, over the distress of […]

“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”  J.R.R. Tolkien 1 And if you don’t burn for the church, don’t lead a church. That’s my take on a sparky write, earlier this week.  […]

“People often say they are afraid of death – about, as they sometimes put it, having to be nothing after all these lovely years of being something. When they tell me that, I try to focus the problem more tightly. “Let me see if I understand you,” I say. “You’re bothered by the thought that […]

A change of pace during half-term has been very good to me. A change of pace, always brings a change of perspective. The confidence of Christ’s never failing work in His people, continues to so encourage me. The kiddies have been growing in their technology skills. They love YouTube more than I love printed books. We had […]

A good conductor does not merely tell everyone what to do; rather they help others hear what might be. For this to become possible, they are not primarily a telling but a listening individual: even while the orchestra is performing loudly they are listening inwardly to silent music. They’re not so much commanding as obedient… The conductor conducts by […]

“When we learn to read the story of Jesus and see it as the story of the love of God, doing for us what we could not do for ourselves—that insight produces, again and again, a sense of astonished gratitude which is very near the heart of authentic Christian experience. “ N.T. Wright 1 Really […]

my friends at the Breathe Network

from this week…. Humbling weekend with great people in the countryside, unpacking the massive implications of a life of loving God and loving others. This is central to a gospel life. This is always the heavy end of the year. Everyone you meet is facing a struggle but Gods grace is more than enough. God’s […]

“If we’re going to impact our world in the name of Jesus, it will be because people like you and me took action in the power of the Spirit. Ever since the mission and ministry of Jesus, God has never stopped calling for a movement of “Little Jesus’s” to follow him into the world and unleash the […]