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Changes ahead…

It’s a bittersweet day as this morning we announced news that I’ve been offered, and accepted the invitation to serve as the next Vicar of Swanley and Hextable in Rochester Diocese. This will mean a move for us, leaving the wonderful people of Emmanuel Church, Northwood and the wider community here, to lead and serve […]

words about God

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 […]

God’s Beloved

During last Sunday’s talk from Luke 3 we saw that after Jesus is baptised and at prayer, the Holy Spirit descends upon Him and the Heavenly Father declares Him to be his Son as well as Servant. “Heaven was opened.” The baptism opens communication with heaven, that is, with God. Being earthbound is no longer […]

favourites

God’s graciously challenging me…. Im know Gods tenderness in this. Seeing this cohort of Alpha guests journey with Jesus is humbling It’s been a decent coffee week too! Praise be….. Seeing heaps of new possibilities in our community, in all sorts of way. Amen. Walking through suffering and pain yet with hope is the grit of […]

Brexit reality

Waking up today was like no other. Here’s one of my favourite Psalms, reworked……. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, whatever the economic predictions, whatever the governmental shifts. The FTSE and share numbers need not trouble us. Though layers of turbulence and uncertainty lie ahead. Though […]

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“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3 v 20 God’s ways trump our wildest expectations. We forget this, asking for smaller things, satisfied with humdrum. What an adventure He calls us on! We need […]

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 […]

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