"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 ways to nurture bible reading commitment 2 church is always meant to be a little uncomfortable! 3 a great summary about the wonderful Helen Keller 4 the moment app is helpful and this article about taming your smartphone use [...]
John Wesley, the great evangelist, said, “Give me a hundred persons who fear nothing but God, hate nothing but sin and are determined to know nothing among men but Jesus Christ and him crucified, and I will set the world on fire with them.” 1 Samuel Lane's worship ministry is so very helpful - enjoy this. 2 Habit formation is vital to pastoral ministry - a TED talk perspective 3 Mary deMuth is a helpful voice and here's her writing wisdom 4 Attractional church is not enough, it has to be about mission! 5 The ministry of presence and the Church [...]
I have been mildly erratic in posting and will seek to do better in frequency, content, and some creativity in 2017! 1 Pete Scazzero continues to speak to this vital area of emotional health brilliantly..... 2 The insights and wisdom learnt from Winnie the Pooh! 3 The reasons we do liturgy..... some learning. 4 TED talks are a gift, and here's some preaching application. 5 Never needed at a funeral - wisdom from Challies!
"Many Christians estimate difficulty in the light of their own resources, and thus they attempt very little and they always fail........... All giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on His power and presence to be with them!" Hudson Taylor 1 Liz on the dangerous game of ministry comparison. 2 Nick writes, We are not our failures.... 3 Things no one tells you when you get married! 4 Habits to learn early. Valued choices. 5 Neil Cole on more than a one-hour meeting!
“Radical obedience to Christ is not easy…..... It’s not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And He is more than enough for us.” David Platt 1 Vocation and that old ordained-lay debate. 2 I like the idea of a biography of a book. 3 Ten insights into burnout. Lots of helpful input here. 4 Christianity isn't dying- it's sleeping Here's to revival! 5 Five marks of a fruitful church. Worth reflection.
"If you look up into His face and say, "Yes, Lord, whatever it costs," at that moment He'll flood your Life with His presence and power." Alan Redpath 1 Wilson's wisdom on Bethel life and ministry. 2 Daily getting smarter....? tools and helps? 3 Blocks to leading well. Courage to overcome. 4 Salty faith, and the inspiring Scott Sauls. 5 Broadening life in pastoral leadership.
"To the degree you face and name and deal with your failures as a leader, to that same extent you will create an environment conducive to growing and retaining productive and committed relationships in ministry. Sometimes the quickest path up is down, and likewise, the surest success comes through being honest about failure." Dan Allender 1 Drop this vague-trio from your leadership! 2 Emotional intelligence is a treasure to be nurtured! 3 Immaturity of faith in the life of the believer? 4 Platforms and pride....and the reason for caution 5 'What if.....?' is the most important question
another clutch of favourite reads and these sage words from Thomas a Kempis, "Let this be thy whole endeavour, this thy prayer, this thy desire, that thou be stripped of all selfishness, and with entire simplicity follow Jesus only." 1 James KA Smith and his remarkable cultural exegesis 2 A kindled heart and other preaching counsel from Kevin De Young 3 Leading for the love of Jesus, and regularly checking motivation! 4 Marriage and being that 'right person'? 5 Searing social media challenges and when to walk away
Yep a stupid amount of delay.... "Ministry to broken people is messy. And there’s no more beautiful ministry to be involved in! In fact, we leaders, we teachers, we pastors need it way more than we’re willing to admit. It’s the best way to extend the ministry of Jesus through the church as we “bind up the brokenhearted.” Brandon Cox 1 A big five theological influences? 2 Healthy emotional engagement matters 3 Learning leadership from Leicester City FC 4 Bono and Eugene Peterson talking the Psalms! 5 Disciple making culture....and progress?
“We are not meant to die merely in order to be dead. God could not want that for the creatures to whom He has given the breath of life. We die in order to live.” Elizabeth Elliot 1 Helpful reminders on leading church change. 2 The challenge of distraction - helpful stuff! 3 Some of the best twitter counsel! 4 Godly leadership courage in church is needed 5 Compassion fatigue, and all that!