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“Christian community is not and never can be about us. When our dreams and convictions about what we think community should be are dashed against the jagged reef of human limitations and failure to live up to one another’s needs and expectations, then and only then are we ready to accept the fact that Christian […]

just do stuff!

Creativity and the creative process get a lot of air-time these days in articles, books and blog posts. There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of tips out there on how to be create, how to write. Read a lot. Read widely. Write every day. Find new locations for inspiration. Write with noise. Write in quiet. And […]

ongoing

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 […]

five on Friday

“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 […]

reflections

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 […]

five on Friday

“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 […]

smiles from this week…..

Group cycling, aka spinning is a reflection of the fall…..but it’s working for me in a love-hate kind of way. The opposite of transformation is probably transaction. And we’re made for so much more than this…… A church that tries to recruit, offering the details of 69 planned management mtgs per year, will understandably struggle to attract Acts 2 […]

paid

“You said, how much?!” is what I called my talk from Matthew 20 today. I was cornered again by the impact that grace makes. Heres the audio file. The parable of the vineyard workers is a deeply unlikeable & profound gospel challenge! The kingdom of God, is not founded on the quality of the people in it, […]

five on Friday

“My secret is that I need God—that I am sick and can no longer make it alone. I need God to help me give, because I no longer seem to be capable of giving; to help me be kind, as I no longer seem capable of kindness; to help me love, as I seem beyond […]

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