Category: faith

Some things from the life of Jesus, from my rummage in the gospels this week. Four things, not a preach here. Just an intriguing pattern worthy of our attention. 1 Jesus spent time enjoying long meals with people. 2 Jesus went to lots of parties with people. 3 Jesus spent time going on long walks with people. 4 […]

Here’s another quote from Andy Crouch’s really excellent book “Why is power a gift? Because power is for flourishing. When power is used well, people and the whole cosmos come more alive to what they were meant to be. And flourishing is the test of power.” Here’s to more of that healthiness…..  

Movements that change the world, by Steve Addison is a great book. And here’s some of my favourite parts. “Movements are informal groups of people with an agenda for change. They have leading figures but no one person in control. Movements make history. “Movements change people, and changed people change the world.” “The New Testament […]

Here’s some of the many parts that didn’t make it into today’s preach…… Gerald May, a brilliant Christian psychiatrist wrote this;- “Honesty before God requires the most fundamental risk of faith we can take: the risk that God is good and that God loves us unconditionally. It is in taking this risk that we rediscover […]

Here’s some lyrics that really caught me again this week. Oldies but so true. “Wonderful grace,  That gives what I don’t deserve, Pays me what Christ has earned, Then lets me go free. Wonderful grace, That gives me the time to change, Washes away the stains That once covered me. And all that I have I […]

We speak about where there are no tears, no death, no fear, no night. Those are just the benefits of heaven. The real beauty of heaven is seeing God. 1 Eight lessons from Pixar for churches and leaders. Transferable insights. 2 John Burke’s great take on how to measure maturity. 3 Five must know, time-management […]

“The glory of God is not honoured. The holiness of God is not reverenced. The greatness of God is not admired. The power of God is not praised. The truth of God is not sought. The wisdom of God is not esteemed. The beauty of God is not treasured. The goodness of God is not […]

from the weighty brilliance of Walter Brueggemann “Discipleship is no easy church program. It is a summons away from our characteristic safety nets of social support. It entails a resolve to follow a leader who himself has costly habits, in order to engage in disciplines that disentangle us from ways in which we are schooled […]

We see the unseen. We subdue by submitting. We win by losing. We are made grand by becoming little. We come in first by becoming last. We are honoured by being humble. We fill up with God by emptying out ourselves. We become wise by being fools. We possess all things by having nothing. We […]

“Radical obedience to Christ is not easy… It’s not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And He is more than enough for us.” David Platt.  1 Alison Morgan’s great summary […]