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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 […]

intending?

and here’s the handout from our new years eve gathering….. I’m still chewing over questions 1 & 3 that I scribbled up for us all. What did you love most in 2016? and How might you better follow Jesus tomorrow and in all of the 2017? So what are you intending in 2017? Spend it well….

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 […]

one-to-one

Alongside and distinct from growing homegroups I’ve been so encouraged by increased life-on-life discipleship. We’re nurturing that in triplets and they’re motoring! New combinations, unlikely combinations and kingdom combinations are popping up in surprising ways. Here’s why I think they matter…. Up-close discipleship invites everyone to bear his or her weight. It nurtures self-leadership and […]

five

another clutch of favourite reads and these sage words from Thomas a Kempis, “Let this be thy whole endeavour, this thy prayer, this thy desire, that thou be stripped of all selfishness, and with entire simplicity follow Jesus only.” 1 James KA Smith and his remarkable cultural exegesis 2 A kindled heart and other preaching counsel […]

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. […]

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

“Jesus’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord’s Prayer is about.” N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope 1 Ten joy stealers in pastoral ministry. Indeed.  2 The church of TED. […]

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