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“The Bible’s purpose is not so much to show you how to live a good life. The Bible’s purpose is to show you how God’s grace breaks into your life against your will and saves you from the sin and brokenness otherwise you would never be able to overcome…the Gospel is, ‘if you are absolutely accepted, […]

five on Friday

“Secular liturgies capture our hearts by capturing our imaginations and drawing us into ritual practices that ‘teach’ us to love something very different from the kingdom of God.” JKA Smith Desiring the Kingdom. 1 William Borden’s epic life impact: ‘no reserve, no retreat and no regret’ summarised well & briefly.  2 So when a staff member […]

five on Friday

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 […]

five on Friday

“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 […]

today….

I unpacked a little of Genesis 41 v 1-41 today. It’s a great mix of fatted calves, grain options, dreams and all else. And no I didn’t linger too much with this but amidst my raw reflections there’s much about faithfulness,  direction, dreams, and more than a few bumps along the way. My three big ideas […]

how

Go on. Lead with a yes. Trust people. Encourage people. Nurture the best in everyone you come across. Believe that everyone wants to make a difference in the world. Every believer is a potential church planter. Everyone is a minister and a missionary. The first twelve disciples were not the dream team. They were far from […]

five on Friday

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.” Frederick Buechner […]

holding

Here’s something I read today by David Benner. I’m really struck by this. “It’s so hard for many of us to encounter things we can’t fix. That’s the trouble with living in a broken world. There is so much that we simply can’t fix – in ourselves, in others, in the world. The problems are […]

worship

today and everyday matters. Today found me team-teaching as part of a worship series. It’s asked lots of me, and stirred up one of the better facebook threads. There’s lots that I found, asked and re-affirmed as I prepared this talk. I’ll post the audio, asap. Or as A. W. Tozer said it, “Without worship, we go about miserable.” Here’s […]

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