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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 […]

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….

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“If you look up into His face and say, “Yes, Lord, whatever it costs,” at that moment He’ll flood your Life with His presence and power.” Alan Redpath 1 Wilson’s wisdom on Bethel life and ministry. 2 Daily getting smarter….? tools and helps? 3 Blocks to leading well. Courage to overcome.  4 Salty faith, and […]

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“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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“Truth lies in character. Christ did not simply speak the truth; He was truth. truth through and through, for truth is a thing not of words but of life and being” FW Robertson. 1 Discipleship and the spaces we’re invited to belong in.  2 Ten things pastors rarely want to hear, here! 3 Jane Williams brief lecture […]

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“The church, which is a kingdom fellowship under King Jesus, counters each of these stories with the story of new creation that becomes possible through the power of the Spirit and the life of Jesus. Kingdom creates a family called a church.” Scot McKnight 1 Eight killers of momentum and motivation. Ron’s insight.  2 Creativity’s […]

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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.” […]

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“You don’t follow Jesus like you follow someone on twitter, where you are free to take or leave their thoughts at your leisure. Following Jesus is not letting Him come into your life to be an influence. Following Jesus means submitting to Him in all areas at all times regardless of whether you agree with […]

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“We must remember that the key to Christian obedience is not non-conformity but conformity…Paul elsewhere and in Romans 12 is more interested in helping us faithfully discern what it means not to be different from the world, but to be like Christ.” John Howard Yoder. 1 Managing the charismatic-missional tension. Brilliantly painted here. 2 Assurance is […]

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“Our Father, You come seeking fruit. Teach me, I pray You, to realise how truly this is the one object of my existence, and of my union to Christ” Andrew Murray 1 Performing never changes anything. Real does, because discipleship matters. 3DM great content here.  2 Alex Absalom on the missional church and weekend services. […]

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