“… without the incarnation, Christianity isn’t even a very good story, and most sadly, it means nothing. “Be nice to one another” is not a message that can give my life meaning, assure me of love beyond brokenness, and break open the dark doors of death with the key of hope.

The incarnation is an essential part of Jesus-shaped spirituality.”
― Michael Spencer

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Might seem highly unlikely…..for Christmas isnt’ just busy but exhausting. Here’s five tips that will help you to stay sane and to enjoy the Christmas season. From a seasonal mailing bulletin: here’s the fuller resource.

Tip 1: Remember to enjoy the message of Christmas personally. see Luke 2 v 19 for more…

Tip 2: Remember that it’s all about Jesus, not about you. John 1 v 20 for more….

Tip 3: Remember that Jesus is in control. Isaiah 9 v 6 is on point.

Tip 4: Remember that God is in our interruptions. Luke 1 v 38 is the right kind of attitude.

Tip 5: Remember that all the busyness is worth it. For in it is great joy: Luke 2 v 10

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“The Christian mission was not directed merely at centres of power. It was consciously aimed at the common people, and the ideals of simplicity and humility were never far from the minds of those who had to propagate their faith…..”

Henry Chadwick, The Early Church

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“You don’t follow Jesus like you follow someone on twitter, where you are free to take or leave their thoughts at your leisure. Following Jesus is not letting Him come into your life to be an influence. Following Jesus means submitting to Him in all areas at all times regardless of whether you agree with what He says or not.”  J.D. Greear

1 Baby Jesus takes on John Lewis in battle for the soul of Christmas. At least we’re naming it!
2 Take the risk and fly….. yes it’s invited.
3 Here’s some of the reasons why pastors ‘vanish’
4 Questions from Richard Baxter’s Reformed Pastor, that old puritan classic.
5 Peace and Pax from DH Lawrence and Simon.

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“Christian community is not and never can be about us. When our dreams and convictions about what we think community should be are dashed against the jagged reef of human limitations and failure to live up to one another’s needs and expectations, then and only then are we ready to accept the fact that Christian community is not about us at all. It is about the transforming presence of Christ—all he will do in and through and for each of us.” Life Together in Christ by Ruth Haley Barton

1 Four patterns learnt from the life of Jesus. Core stuff. 
2 Rabbi Jonathan Sacks offers some significant thoughts on complimentarity
3 Sam Allberry’s costly, ‘Discipleship is not always easy…….’ 
4 We all get to choose ‘doxology or dark’ in a lifestyle of gratitude.
5 New favourite song atm from David Crowder, “for earth has no burden, that heaven cannot heal.”

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“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, Let me walk upon the waters, Wherever You would call me, Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, And my faith will be made stronger In the presence of my Saviour.” Hillsong United, Oceans.

1 This Regent Redux on Sabbath, and freedom in the busy, is a well-worthwhile hour in the background while you ironically multitask!?
2 Todays discipleship, tomorrows disciples. Ten millennial generation reflections is really helpful.
3 Healthy leaders, healthy churches. Always worth contending for!
4 ‘Religion’ at its amusing worst….right?!
5 Ten happy morning habits. Are many of these in play for you?

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