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“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 […]

another day?

Peter and John had been in the forefront of ministry but they weren’t alone. As soon as they were released from prison, they returned to the other believers. This Acts 4 v 23-31 passage has provoked me over the last few days. Who do you and I go to when things get tough? Simply put:- some days […]

suffering…

In all of our joys Christ is better and in all of our sufferings Christ is enough! or as Tim Keller would say, “there’s not shelter apart from God. We must continue to trust in Him because all other ‘shelters’ will prove to be places of greater danger. There is no other place to go. […]

saturate

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 […]

five on Friday

“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 […]

seasonal inspiration

“Give up for a while your false and failing attempts at merriment, and thank God for thin places, and for Advent, for a season that understands longing and loneliness and long nights. Let yourself fall open to Advent, to anticipation, to the belief that what is empty will be filled, what is broken will be […]

advent

I’ve seriously loved the journey towards Christmas this year more than most. I’ve discovered in a new deeper and fuller way. Having to preach our Advent Carol Service and then having designed our Resource Night to lean into this, means I *really looked up close. People have agitated me to post my best take-aways from my thinking about […]

five on Friday

“Sin hurts people and ruins relationships. But perhaps the greatest tragedy is what sin keeps us from – the grand adventure of a life lived with and for God.” Drew Dyck 1 ++Justin on sin, salvation and his story, to the media. Well said. 2 Sleep and creativity, neatly explored. 3 Brian Zahnd and being […]

following

Jesus is what matters most…… Yet many things distract from this…… Matthew 4v19 says it plain in capturing the words of Jesus, “Follow Me!” When I was prepping, I read an old classic lengthy sermon transcript from CH Spurgeon. Here’s some excerpts:-   “Every believer here wants to be useful. If he does not, I take […]

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