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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, David Capener’s take.
4 Four rings: brilliantly composed here. Important stuff.
5 Perspectives from the pew, for those who preach!

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“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, discouraged, and disheartened along the way. These words are a touching testimony to the genuine humanness of Jesus. He had no romantic notion of the cost of discipleship. He knew that following Him was as unsentimental as duty, as demanding as love.” Brennan Manning.
1 “We need to convey the same urgency and excitement that the disciples felt when they were around Jesus.” Pope Francis on preaching.
2 Your energy is vital. So how is it spent?
3 Learnings from bad days. And theres much to learn.
4 Some small group qualities, right?
5 I believe in the power of the jazz hands – used in moderation of course!!

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five on Friday

“The really important thing in life is not the avoidance of mistakes, but the obedience of faith. By obedience, the man is led step by step to correct his errors, whereas nothing will ever happen to him if he doesn’t get going.” Paul Tournier

1 Gospel beauty and us getting in the way.
2 “There’s nothing more Christlike than challenging the Church to be more……” Don’t ever be giving up on the church.
3 Taylor Swift, Mike Breen and mission explored. 
4 Spurgeons sorrows and living with a heavy heart.
5 Meditating on these phrases from Jesus has done me such good.

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“We need to be honest about our lame, half baked message and our even lamer attempts to dress it up and make it look sexier than it is. My sense is that we’d do better to admit we haven’t fully discovered the depths of this story and simply invite people to start digging for it with us again?” Hugh Halter
1 Making disciples in the everyday stuff of life. Worth thinking. 
2 Strong leadership inspirations. Fresh angles on this.
3 What Donald Miller does to renew creativity. Two things.
4 Leading like Bonhoeffer. Great stuff.
5 Beware of second-hand spirituality. Helpfully from Scazzero.

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vulnerability

is captured well here…..
Dan Allender writes this, “This is the strange paradox of leading: to the degree you attempt to hide or dissemble your weakness, the more you will need to control those you lead, the more insecure you will become, and the more rigidity you will impose – prompting the ultimate departure of your best people.” from Leading with a Limp

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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 attention of internal and external constituencies, and a caring and gracious spirit that attracts around it people ready to listen and respond.” Roger Parrott

1 Philip Yancey on small being large. Gods economy and our stuff.
2 Five reasons churches don’t grow! Simples.
3 “If you want everyone to love you, go sell ice cream, don’t revitalize churches!” Great stuff.
4 A spikey gem on Calvinists and preaching!
5 Living for Jesus every day, according to Dallas Willard.

 

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“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” Ephesians 5 v 1-2

1 Don’t be defined by what you’re against: its about embracing Jesus!
2 A great summary of the themes of Dallas Willard’s life and legacy.
3 “The Spirit is like a bird, fragile alloy of heaven” Spirit break out……. 
4 Don’t be a practical atheist! Small things matter….
5 If you don’t plan your life…..someone else will? Focus!

 

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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 how they live such selfless lives now, and will be modelling life in a New Kingdom in ways that will make it easy for other people to give it a try.

People like this aren’t desperate to convert everyone; they are desperate to be like Christ and to be where Christ is. Their heartbeat to be transformed into the image of Christ, and to pray and work for little specks of transformation in everyone and everything they touch. Success is faithfulness. The rest is up to God.” Its tangible or bust!

five on Friday

“Why did Jesus Christ sacrifice himself to the point of death? Faith answers – to expiate for our sins. Why did he rise in such splendour? To show us the meaning of our redemption. In his death, we recall that we were dead because of sin. In his resurrection instead we have a perfect example of our resurrection in grace. Since Jesus Christ rose immortal to a life of glory, we must say with St. Paul that we too must rise immortal in the life of grace, firmly resolved to never again subject our souls to spiritual death.”  St Pio of Pietrelcina

1 The changing landscape of faith in Britain. By 2050 it’ll have shifted significantly.
2 So what do you love about your church? Here’s five from someone else.
3 A thoughtful piece on the dangers of missionary atheism by John Gray at the Guardian.
4 Vulnerability and the hero-complex in our disciple-making. Well said.
5 Healthy things grow….. further angles on discipleship.

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