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“Jesus’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord’s Prayer is about.”
N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope

1 Ten joy stealers in pastoral ministry. Indeed. 
2 The church of TED. Yes because…..
3 Seven habits of pastors that matter for the kingdom. So helpful. 
4 When we’re feeling prayerless, what Piper sugguests we do.
5 Ministry diagnostics and some insight from Nancy Ortberg

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“Most churches have not developed a good way of combining spiritual formation with missional living. That’s a capacity issue. It’s one thing to want to see your people move forward; it’s another to have the calling to actually move them forward. As the leader, you may be gifted to move into this personally, but if you don’t have a plan to baby step your people forward, your capacity is limited.” Hugh Halter

1 Nine marks of an unhealthy church. DeYoung on a great list here.
2 Ways to alienate strangers from your local church. As if ideas are needed.
3 Kierkegaard’s lovely parable of the King & the Maiden
4 A starter reading list of impact for contemplative activists.
5 The fun of learning and loving the ‘British way.’

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today

sees us clamour a little…….
My heroically lovely sister claims more of the *green than me!!
My passport says British, like hers but we’re never going to get tribal in the kingdom of God, but on St Patricks day, it’s always going to be colourful and predictable on social media.
Lincoln said it earliest and wittiest today! “My three favourite Irish saints are called Hatrick!”
Reflecting on Patricks words of confession are worth a few moments here.
I was called back to these words of Patrick….
“O God, give me of Thy wisdom,
O God, give me of Thy mercy,
O God, give me of Thy fullness,
And of Thy guidance in face of every strait.
O God, give me of Thy holiness,
O God, give me of Thy shielding,
O God, give me of Thy surrounding,
And of Thy peace in the knot of my death.”
There’s many better things to drink than Guinness and let’s be those who follow God whole-heartedly. Thats true legacy.

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“Truth lies in character. Christ did not simply speak the truth; He was truth. truth through and through, for truth is a thing not of words but of life and being” FW Robertson.

1 Discipleship and the spaces we’re invited to belong in. 
2 Ten things pastors rarely want to hear, here!
3 Jane Williams brief lecture on adoption, the church family & theology. 
4 The rocks of evangelism are being challenged.
“The best decision anyone can ever make is to be a follower of Jesus Christ.”  Brilliant words from Archbishop Justin in the Lambeth Lecture

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“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 of the soul matters.
2 Fiction writing that will shape your theology. A great list here.
3 Questions that lead us well to Easter Day. Provocative stuff.
4 Confessions of flawed pastoral leadership. Wise stuff.
5 Seven things that keep life simple. Helpfully so!

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“…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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