Category: faith

They are so often the pathway to life. Questions are the very best challenge whether on the giving or receiving end. Great questions create pathways and new life. Whether with friends, mentors or my spiritual director, I’m blessed by these. And I love to push out questions for those I get to serve. Yes, life is filled with […]

is a struggle. And yet it is what we are called to, most of all.  I’m preaching on Acts 4 today, as part of a great series on the Continuing Acts of Jesus. This is a game-changing prayer and its what stirs up faith, life and the mission that God most desires for us. Here’s […]

John Stott in his commentary on 1 Thessalonians: “We must never divorce what God has married, namely his Word and his Spirit. The Word of God is the Spirit’s sword. The Spirit without the Word is weaponless; the Word without the Spirit is powerless.” 1 The sanctification debate afresh, well summarised here.  2 Ministry in the […]

   

well, it can be rather over-used language. It’s hackneyed, and more than a little cliched. But here’s some out-takes from my reading of John Howard Yoder from Radical Christian Discipleship, his popular-level essays. Theres some gems here. “The most popular alternative to trying to fit in is to try to be different..What these rebels often do not see is […]

“The Messiah wrapped in a servant’s grimy towel is not giving up power. He is restoring it to its original purpose, cleansed of its distortions—the power to love a lovely and loveless world to the uttermost. None of his power is reserved for carefully guarding privilege or meticulously accounting for status; every bit of it […]

Again in a Q-&-A at a recent church weekend, I found myself encouraging people to keep on ‘turning up.’ Old wisdom says, “90% of life is simply showing up.” I get that. But what about the things that we don’t want to show up to, but we have to?  Or the things that we do want to do, […]

What is it you do? What is your routine with God? We’ve all known the guilt, and pressure and duty in those ‘quiet-time’ routines. Someone I met this week, courageously spoke of reading the bible in ninety days. Years ago I would have felt a crippling sense of inferiority! I’m really not that kind of reader, I’d fail miserably days into […]

We miss transformation because we avoid pain. We set up our lives to prevent any kind of pain, struggle or suffering. We insulate, protect, deny, rationalise, and even theologically spin pain into something our brains won’t mind thinking about.  1 David Murray’s great blog article: Ten cures for over-promising! Remember over-deliver. 2 David Hieatt’s brilliance on insane […]

We’re only arrows, unable to do anything in our own strength. I don’t know much about arrows but I think if you fire one badly it kind of wobbles as it flies through the air, and loses momentum. But if it is shot straight, with power and a good aim, it flies fast. Sometimes it is […]