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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 […]

five on Friday

“Sin hurts people and ruins relationships. But perhaps the greatest tragedy is what sin keeps us from – the grand adventure of a life lived with and for God.” Drew Dyck 1 ++Justin on sin, salvation and his story, to the media. Well said. 2 Sleep and creativity, neatly explored. 3 Brian Zahnd and being […]

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

“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, […]

five on Friday

“Your ministry doesn’t need the flair of your inflated ego; rather, it is your authenticity that will most effectively motivate those you serve in leadership. And that genuineness is most often communicated in a soft tone that has no relation to bravado— a well- reasoned argument that can be coupled with passion to get the […]

tangible

From The Tangible Kingdom, by Hugh Halter. “The incarnational big-story gospel will require a place of discovery, where people will be able to see the truth before they hear about it. This place will not be a location but a community of people who are inclusive of everyone. These people will be making eternity attractive by […]

five on Friday

“Cowards live for the sake of living, but for heroes, life is a weapon, a thing to be spent, a gift to be given to the weak and the lost and the weary, even to the foolish and the cowardly” Empire of Bones by N D Wilson 1 Dark nights provoke dark questions. The care […]

five on Friday

“Come in your gentle fury that shakes the desert, flashes forth flames of fire, yet does not break the bruised reed nor quench the faintly burning wick.  Come, Lord, and dismantle all my defences.” Chloe Lynch 1 Kodak and the local church. Mission, mis-reading the situation and loss to mention a few…. 2 The most engaging […]

five on Friday

“A healthy Christian life cannot be stitched together from a series of disjointed mountain-top experiences. We need a Christian spirituality that endures the shadowy, low-lying valleys and the rocky slopes in between all those glorious summits.” Andrew Byers 1 Tweeting and touching: “Love often says don’t tweet. Love often says don’t write.” from ++Justin 2 The […]

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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