Category: faith

Here are four gutsy bible encouragements, from the inimitable Paul Tripp. Absolute truth wedges, that I’m appreciating this afresh week. This past year you were accepted by grace, forgiven by grace, transformed by grace, delivered by grace and the work of grace is not done! This past year exposed how the weakness of sin still lives […]

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This huge-impact quote from Frederick Buechner has long been a favourite, so I circulate this again. Its again something I call myself back to…… “Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your […]

“God knows our situation; He will not judge us as if we had no difficulties to overcome. What matters is the sincerity and perseverance of our will to overcome them. We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who […]

This says so much. This captures it best. How about this? “The Christian gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me. This leads to deep humility and deep confidence at the same time. It […]

Altrogge has a knack with words. But more that this. This is a beautiful description of life with God. A generous serving of gospel delight. Here is a glorious vision of Jesus. Stephen Altrogge clearly believes that it’s a crime to bore people with Jesus, despite this being our cultural default. Myths are deconstructed, unreality and error are […]

Robert Farrar Capon is a relatively recent discovery. Sadly he passed away in 2013. Here’s another grace-example of what he captures so well…….. “Grace is the celebration of life, relentlessly hounding all the non-celebrants in the world. It is a floating, cosmic bash shouting its way through the streets of the universe, flinging the sweetness of its cassations […]

by Walter Bruggemann “On Epiphany day, we are still the people walking. We are still people in the dark, and the darkness looms large around us, beset as we are by fear, anxiety, brutality, violence, loss — a dozen alienations that we cannot manage. We are — we could be — people of your light. […]

….from one of my early 2014 reads, Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power by Andy Crouch It’s crunchy content, navigating often caricatured ideas. Power is a gift, and that’s the central and controversial idea unpacked.  Here’s my favourite quote for now! “The grand pattern of creation is good, to very good, to glory! Nature is good. Culture […]

“We were never told that it would not hurt, only that nothing would ever finally go wrong; not that it would not often go hard with us but that there is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” Robert Farrar Capon 1 Space, stillness and meaningful work, in our social media […]

for the new year….. Lord God don’t let this year be a mere copy of last year breathe your Spirit into this year fresh give it the colour and heat of Your intent the radiance of Your vision the fire of Your love the power to carry out Your dream swiftly and strongly let this […]