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one-to-one

Alongside and distinct from growing homegroups I’ve been so encouraged by increased life-on-life discipleship. We’re nurturing that in triplets and they’re motoring! New combinations, unlikely combinations and kingdom combinations are popping up in surprising ways. Here’s why I think they matter…. Up-close discipleship invites everyone to bear his or her weight. It nurtures self-leadership and […]

lower

“The gospel begins with our brokenness and inability, not our power and potential. Billy Graham once said that rarely is it someone’s sin that keeps them from heaven; usually, it is their good deeds. In the same way, it is our false sense of ability, not our inabilities, that keeps us from the power of […]

another day?

Peter and John had been in the forefront of ministry but they weren’t alone. As soon as they were released from prison, they returned to the other believers. This Acts 4 v 23-31 passage has provoked me over the last few days. Who do you and I go to when things get tough? Simply put:- some days […]

the door

I was reminded of this poem leading our recent Evangelism and Witness consultation, some abbreviated words by Sam Shoemaker – The Door “I stand by the door. I neither go to far in, nor stay to far out. The door is the most important door in the world – It is the door through which […]

five recent bests

“For those who feel their lives are a grave disappointment to God, it requires enormous trust and reckless, raging confidence to accept that the love of Jesus Christ knows no shadow of alteration or change. When Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy burdened,” He assumed we would grow weary, […]

favourites…

at year end. Here’s some things that I’ve gathered quickly from the memories of the past months. Some of my favourite from 2015! books 1 The good and beautiful community, by James Bryan Smith 2 Visions of vocation, by Steven Garber 3 Yawing at Tigers, by Drew Dyck 4 Creating a missional culture, by JR […]

advent

I’ve seriously loved the journey towards Christmas this year more than most. I’ve discovered in a new deeper and fuller way. Having to preach our Advent Carol Service and then having designed our Resource Night to lean into this, means I *really looked up close. People have agitated me to post my best take-aways from my thinking about […]

following

Jesus is what matters most…… Yet many things distract from this…… Matthew 4v19 says it plain in capturing the words of Jesus, “Follow Me!” When I was prepping, I read an old classic lengthy sermon transcript from CH Spurgeon. Here’s some excerpts:-   “Every believer here wants to be useful. If he does not, I take […]

five on Friday

“If you’re not outmatched by the task and desperate for His power, the water you’re standing in might be too shallow.” Louie Giglio 1 Functional unbelief is a dynamic near to us all. Worth engaging with. 2 Despite much persuasion from Julie, I’m not a kindle-man. Michael offers comment! 3 Gender, leadership and the church, […]

five on Friday

“For those who feel their lives are a grave disappointment to God, it requires enormous trust and reckless, raging confidence to accept that the love of Jesus Christ knows no shadow of alteration or change. When Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy burdened,” He assumed we would grow weary, […]

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