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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 […]

deep joy

Discouragement and even despair, can be the soil in which joy grows and multiplies. If we survive our desperate days (and surviving is always what we should choose to do), we can find ourselves afterward having a more responsive heart. Suffering can teach us how to rejoice in a way that is more genuine and true. […]

more than a heavenly-ticket!

Rightly understood, the gospel calls the evangelical to more than belief to obtain a ticket, and disciples to more than spreading an anemic gospel which must be beeded up through spiritual disciplines or social justice. Jesus’s disciples would never have made this gross error. They knew the gospel was of kingdom proportions, animating and laying […]

shame interrupted

is a truly great new 5* book from Ed Welch. I get through a decent number of books, but this is a rare mix of depth, compassion, uniqueness and accessibility! ….here’s my review….. A shady mask-like existence, can easily overtake our lives. We can all too easily feel like frauds, waiting to be exposed. Shame’s […]

deep, needed…..

‎”The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.” so said Richard Foster ‎”Disciples (deep people) are not manufactured wholesale. They are produced one by one, because someone has taken the pains to discipline, to instruct and enlighten, to nurture and train one that is […]

rooted deeply

Trees that grow tall have deep roots. Great height without great depth is dangerous. The great leaders of this world were all people who could live with profile, influence, and power with humility because of their spiritual rootedness. Without deep roots we easily let others determine who we are. But as we cling to our popularity, we may lose […]

three words…

….have ruined me! Matthew 4v19 speaks it out:- The invitation of Jesus….to ‘Come Follow Me!’ It was great to serve Mission Year yesterday and here’s some of what I shared! DD here, Photography by James. A new sustainable wave of depth and health in Jesus is needed……..nothing less!

a prayer

Jesus, we’re tired. So tired. Forgive us for letting the craziness of December crowd out Your voice. Please, please renew the thirsty places in our lives. Help us to drink deeply of You when we feel spiritually parched. Give us a new perspective of You as we head into the new year. Help us become an anticipating people, […]

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