“…There is a certain time for significant events and seasons which occur in a servant of God’s life. This is especially true for ministry. If God has called you to a specific work, there is a time in which that work will find its greatest fulfilment and its widest impact. If you launch out and try to make things happen before your time has come, you will see little fruit and a lot of frustration. If you are passive and miss your time, you will see little fruit.
The good news is that God will let you know when your time has come. If you’re in tune with the Spirit, it will become obvious.” Frank Viola

1 Twelve great reads on cultivating community life. A stonking list.
2 Is the church a library or a garden. Which?
3 Paul’s living, planting, and learning from Macedonia.
4 “Theology, which is every pilgrim’s calling……ideology, which is every pilgrim’s temptation.” More here that’s worth thinking about.
5 “God uses imperfect preachers who are short on time to proclaim His glories.” Method and more…

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“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 response to the words of Stephen Fry.
3 One of of my all time favourite books: Leading with a limp, reviewed.
4 Perfectionism has it’s fruit. Smallness and weakness is more than ok!
5 Learning how others handle their weeks. Much of interest in ministry patterns.

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“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 miseries of legalism, brilliantly captured.
3 Leaders and how they ‘get’ social media. Well said.
4 Thomas & others on the blessing of criticism. Providence is always good.
5 And the discipline of morning routines. Never more important.

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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.” From Brennan Manning’s The Ragamuffin Gospel.

1 Simon Parke’s angle on wisdom. And how we think about opposition. 
2 Doing missions when dying is gain. John Piper at his best.
3 Developing Discipleship, CofE revised thinking being launched at Synod.
4 Patterns and qualities to falling in love. Captured well here.
5 Paul Tripp’s really great nine-pointer on exegeting people.

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Practice presence. Spend less time with screens and more with books, less time with complaining and more with solving, less time with arguing and more with listening, less time with shopping and more time with being thankful, less time with worrying and more with exercising, less time obsessing about food and more time eating well, less time planning and more time doing, less time scheduling and more time living one day at a time.” Jim Wallis

1 The Gospel is hard, and it contains within it, not…….. merely life but glory. Gospel confidence.
2 Things that matter, don’t happen by accident: reading more matters. Jon Acuff says it very well.
3 Alan Scott’s take on reading Scripture to release culture. Important stuff.
4 The sanctification spiral: Wendy Alsup’s journey for us.
5 With numbers, and counting: what matters most. What do we measure?

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“The church, which is a kingdom fellowship under King Jesus, counters each of these stories with the story of new creation that becomes possible through the power of the Spirit and the life of Jesus. Kingdom creates a family called a church.” Scot McKnight

1 Eight killers of momentum and motivation. Ron’s insight. 
2 Creativity’s worst enemy: “Creators carry with them the scars from cynic’s attacks, wounds that are healed because of grace.”
3 Corderio’s Dead Leader Walking video footage. 
4 Thom Rainer’s insights as to what may happen in the church this year.
5 Tim Chester’s blog on the puritan classic, the reformed pastor. The questions are so helpful.

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Jesus said you are to love one another as I have loved you, a love that will possibly lead to the bloody, anguish gift of yourself, a love that forgives seven times seven, that keeps no record of wrong. This is the criterion, sole norm, the standard of discipleship in the New Israel of God.”  Brennan Manning, The Furious Longing of God

1 Wedding cakes and what they might tell us. An interesting read!
2 Steve Tilley’s honest telling of an alternative career as a pastor-priest.
3 Don Carson’s insightful five reflections on the failures of the young, restless and reformed!
4 Why the future will be much less materialistic. Right. Please and most welcomed!
5 Being the kind of person you can talk about spiritual things about. Jan says it well. 

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as the year winds down…..here’s been some of my favourites…..so what about yours?

Five favourite fun moments: Walking with a church through pain and loss into a new and enduring knowledge of Gods love, Grenson vibram footwear gifts aka my new preaching shoes, sitting with others in the possibility and hope of new beginnings, the extended family goodness of eight of us holidaying in Florida and making sense of the calling of my life.

Five favourite movies:  A thousand times good night, Captain Phillips, The fault in our stars, Parkland and Calvary.

Five favourite tastes: The discovery of Keevil and Keevil beef, smuggled Ormo soda-farls from the homeland,  The Citrus fruit drink that Shoreditch House serves, that dirty brilliant curry from Tayyabs shared with Brian and Stuart, and my home-made Lamb Tagine.

Five favourite sounds: Popular problems by Leonard Cohen, Live at Bangor Abbey by Foy Vance, In the lonely hour by Sam Smith, Love ran red by Chris Tomlin and The Art of Celebration by Rend Collective Experiment.

And the hardest of all,……..five favourite reads: Desiring the Kingdom by James KA Smith, A Thicker Jesus by Glen Stassen, A Praying Life by Paul Miller, Repenting of Religion by Greg Boyd, and The Good & Beautiful series by James Bryan Smith.

2014

“Jesus calls us to his rest, and meekness is His method. The meek man cares not at all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort.”  AW Tozer, from The Pursuit of God.

1 Seven habits of highly effective mentors. Indeed. 
2 David Hieatt’s manifesto of the doer. Classic stuff.
3 Five things that cause us to drift spiritually….beware.
4 The five-isms of insecure leadership….. named and known!
5 “We have replaced the call to be conformed to Christ with a desire to be conformed to comfort.” Jake Belder and the challenge of the doctrine of scripture.

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