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five on friday

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 […]

five on Friday

“For those who feel their lives are a grave disappointment to God, it requires enormous trust and reckless, raging confidence to accept that the love of Jesus Christ knows no shadow of alteration or change. When Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy burdened,” He assumed we would grow weary, […]

five on Friday

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.” […]

today….

I unpacked a little of Genesis 41 v 1-41 today. It’s a great mix of fatted calves, grain options, dreams and all else. And no I didn’t linger too much with this but amidst my raw reflections there’s much about faithfulness,  direction, dreams, and more than a few bumps along the way. My three big ideas […]

stitches

I urge you to read this great little book, filled with Anne Lamott’s insight and counsel on ‘collecting the ripped shreds of our emotional and spiritual fabric’ and how to ‘sew them back together, one stitch at a time.‘ Stitches is part of a three-part series. Hodder & Stoughton have done a great job in […]

five on Friday

“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage […]

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 […]

glory

….from one of my early 2014 reads, Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power by Andy Crouch It’s crunchy content, navigating often caricatured ideas. Power is a gift, and that’s the central and controversial idea unpacked.  Here’s my favourite quote for now! “The grand pattern of creation is good, to very good, to glory! Nature is good. Culture […]

room

Hope and joy and love abound: so, too do fear and uncertainty and worry. We commit to the good and wrestle with the weak and the struggling parts of us, and so I appreciate what Madeline L’Engle writes of Advent;- “This is the irrational season when love blooms bright and wild. Had Mary been full of reason […]

*D minor

I am just now sorting out a mountain of papers on my desk and have come across an order of service from a eucharist I attended during October. It has fallen open at the hymn, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence. Coincidentally we sung the same hymn at Peterhouse chapel this morning, where I am […]

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