words about God

By |2017-06-10T16:51:46+00:00June 10th, 2017|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, theology, writing|

Eugene Peterson serves up another treat in his newest title. This forty-nine part delight directs us to lives of congruence and fruitfulness as disciples of Christ. These forty-nine chapters are former sermons gathered around the writings of key bible leaders. The shape and flow of these are measured, weighty and inspiring. Peterson’s gift is wisely weighted words. This book drips with wisdom and is full of life. His heartbeat for the gospel is gently and winsomely proclaimed, “Always and everywhere in Scripture our attention is brought back to the central fact: God is a person; God makes persons; God remakes [...]

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By |2016-06-09T14:14:11+00:00May 28th, 2016|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal|

"My greatest joy as a pastor is seeing people come alive in their spiritual gifts. If there ever has been someone I knew who had the spiritual gift of faith and intercession, Curtis was he. Curtis was an older gentleman in our church who had worked more than thirty years in the Veterans Affairs hospital. One day, in his late fifties, he listened to a message by Jim Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle on how God answers prayer. Curtis confessed he'd never seen God clearly answer a prayer in his life, so he set aside five minutes a day to [...]

saturate

By |2015-12-30T17:11:28+00:00January 10th, 2016|coaching, discipleship, leadership, personal|

Being disciples of Jesus in the everyday stuff of life is the call to all healthy followers of Jesus. Regrettably, many Christians have unwittingly embraced the practice of church as a once-a-week event rather than a community of Holy-Spirit-empowered people; that 'ministry' is done by some on Sunday, rather than the 24/7 calling of all believers; and that “discipleship” is a program rather than the normal state of every follower of Jesus. God has called his people to something bigger: a view of the Christian life that encompasses the ordinary, the extraordinary, and everything in between. Here are some of my favourite takeaways from [...]

prayer

By |2014-11-05T21:02:31+00:00November 12th, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, writing|

Another newbie from Tim Keller's prolific penmanship or more likely the laptop! Here's some of the best take-away quotes from his invitation to experience awe and intimacy with God. “Prayer is both conversation and encounter with God. We must know the awe of praising his glory, the intimacy of finding his grace, and the struggle of asking his help, all of which can lead us to know the spiritual reality of his presence.” p5 “Prayer is the only entryway into genuine self-knowledge. It is also the main way we experience deep change—the reordering of our loves.......... Prayer is simply the key to everything we [...]

temptation

By |2014-08-09T12:13:42+00:00August 9th, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, theology, writing|

I'm called back to the insight and truthfulness of this.... “I am deeply convinced that the Christian leader of the future is called to be completely irrelevant and to stand in this world with nothing to offer but his or her own vulnerable self. This is the way Jesus came to reveal God’s love… Jesus’ first temptation was to be relevant:to turn stones into bread. Oh, how often I have wished I could do that!… Aren’t priests and ministers called to help people, to feed the hungry, to save those who are starving? Are we no called to do something [...]

sent

By |2014-08-01T13:52:49+00:00August 4th, 2014|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, theology, writing|

In any creative enterprise there are risks, and false-starts resulting in glorious and rare fruit, often unseen elsewhere. Manchester has known the gift of the Message Trust, and God's honour has been seen in the mix of this gritty, consistent movement of changed lives. The unrelenting faith of a life sent on purpose is portrayed in inspiring terms here. The parallel pathway of Isaiah and northern mission finds rootedness in the pursuit of God, holiness, service and transformation in this world. Scripture, stories, creativity and journal space give this new title and range of publications, lots of capacity to inspire ongoing [...]

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By |2014-07-11T19:38:21+00:00July 12th, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, writing|

What is it you do? What is your routine with God? We've all known the guilt, and pressure and duty in those 'quiet-time' routines. Someone I met this week, courageously spoke of reading the bible in ninety days. Years ago I would have felt a crippling sense of inferiority! I'm really not that kind of reader, I'd fail miserably days into that kind of routine, but perhaps most of all that kind of approach doesn't nurture sustainable life-giving faith. Here's it said even better from John Ortberg's, newest book - Soul Keeping  "A common problem is that people think of spiritual practices as obligations that will actually drain them. Sometimes I [...]

goodness

By |2014-06-30T15:20:12+00:00June 29th, 2014|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal|

This is a top class compilation of the best of Gospel-Centred Discipleship resources. This is a rare and significant volume addressing three layers of discipleship; making disciples, maturing disciples, and multiplying disciples. Though rooted in an American and conservative context, there is much for rich and full application for all who read this. I found the chapters on gospel hospitality, five boldness-increasing questions, facing our identity-issues, eight characteristics of sanctification and five lies that kill obedience, were particularly striking and of challenging benefit to my own walk with Jesus. There is a pithy punch to the brevity of each of [...]

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