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Decent amounts of reading make for a great holiday tradition for me. Here’s what I’ve read recently…. and here’s the headlines if they’re of interest to you?! Yes some of you have asked, so here’s the titles, how I rated it out of 5, a simple one sentence summary and a favourite sentence quote. Just […]

five on Friday

“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 […]

favourites…

at year end. Here’s some things that I’ve gathered quickly from the memories of the past months. Some of my favourite from 2015! books 1 The good and beautiful community, by James Bryan Smith 2 Visions of vocation, by Steven Garber 3 Yawing at Tigers, by Drew Dyck 4 Creating a missional culture, by JR […]

five on Friday

“In any creative enterprise there are risks, mistakes, false-starts, failures, frustrations, embarrassments, but out of this mess – when we stay with it for long enough, there slowly emerges love or beauty or peace.” Eugene Peterson 1 The salutary warning, from The Shallows, by Nicholas Carr. 2 A dream bucket-list of bookshops to visit, perhaps….just […]

smiles from this week…..

Group cycling, aka spinning is a reflection of the fall…..but it’s working for me in a love-hate kind of way. The opposite of transformation is probably transaction. And we’re made for so much more than this…… A church that tries to recruit, offering the details of 69 planned management mtgs per year, will understandably struggle to attract Acts 2 […]

invited

“Making shelter for Jesus” is the compelling invitation of Richard Rohr’s new title, Eager to Love. It constructs pathways and meeting points with God, offered alongside a unique encounter with Francis of Assisi and the invitation to wholeness. Rohr with deft touch and insight offers us fresh ways, that are free of ‘shoulds and musts’. […]

disarmed

In 1903, Rainer Maria Rilke replied in a series of letters to a student who had written to the well-known Austrian poet for an assessment. Written during an important stage in Rilke’s artistic development, these letters contain many of the themes that later appeared in his best works. Letters to a Young Poet is essential reading […]

reading

Here’s some of my summer reading sugguestions in the light of Krish’s provocation. Desiring the Kingdom by JB Smith, is long overdue. Lots of pals have recommended it. And I have so loved his Good and Beautiful trilogy. Forty ways to look at Winston Churchill by Gretchin Rubin. Well simply because everything Rubin writes is worth reading. […]

untameable

Altrogge has a knack with words. But more that this. This is a beautiful description of life with God. A generous serving of gospel delight. Here is a glorious vision of Jesus. Stephen Altrogge clearly believes that it’s a crime to bore people with Jesus, despite this being our cultural default. Myths are deconstructed, unreality and error are […]

risk-takers

This is one of best reads from this quarter. It’s 5-star stuff, and an ideal Christmas gift read. It’s an ideal catalyst to a renewed way of faith and action that will energise your life and ultimately honour God. Here’s my review of it. “This is a pacey, engaging and thoroughly challenging book from the […]

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