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I’ve still not got my head around the most intensive rummage I’ve had with the book of Galatians. This was a rare and helpful in-depth study last week. There were helpful detailed blog summaries from Robin Ham in particular. And on the last morning Douglas Moo offered the briefest and best application of Galatians for practical pastoral […]

five on Friday

“Theology may perhaps be defined as the discipline by which the Church, carefully and with full knowledge of the risk, translates biblical faith into the non-biblical language of another age.” G. Ernest Wright 1 You know it, right…..the liturgy of coffee. That after church thing. 2 Apprentice’s really insightful summary of nine ways we fail […]

five on Friday

We miss transformation because we avoid pain. We set up our lives to prevent any kind of pain, struggle or suffering. We insulate, protect, deny, rationalise, and even theologically spin pain into something our brains won’t mind thinking about.  1 David Murray’s great blog article: Ten cures for over-promising! Remember over-deliver. 2 David Hieatt’s brilliance on insane […]

five on Friday

“Christmas is not a fairy story, but the compelling opening of the greatest drama in history, with you as one of millions of players. Life will often be tough, but you will find more love than you can imagine now.” ++Justin 1 Seven signs of a healthy life group, the rule of eight and Frank Viola’s rethinking […]

unglamorous

Eugene Peterson on pastoral vocation:- “… Pastoring is not a very glamorous job. It’s a very taking-out-the-laundry and changing-the-diapers kind of job. And I think I would try to disabuse them of any romantic ideas of what it is. As a pastor, you’ve got to be willing to take people as they are. And live […]

a prayer

this is humbling stuff from +Ken Untener, written in honour of +Oscar Romero. It’s wisdom writing at it’s best! It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction […]

big words: big impact

There are endless markings and scribbles in my already worn copy of Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp.* It’s going to be a pastoral classic: with so much wisdom, understanding and challenge. The paragraph below is worth the entire book. I urge you to read it slowly:- It is only love for Christ that can defend […]

what makes life great…?

What would make a Father give his Son to a band of thieves and bandits to have their way with him? Love What would make a man give up a good name for ignorant ridicule and scoffing? Love What would make a mother bring her child into a world through scandalous appearances? Love What would […]

more Peterson, more pastoralia

I can’t overstate my deep appreciation of Eugene Peterson enough. He’s the kind of pastor, mentor & author whose writing, inspires, resources and warms me! His most recent writing, I loved last summer when I first read it. Usually it takes me a couple of weeks to get through a Eugene book, sentences and paragraphs […]

review: real marriage

Real Marriage from Mark & Grace Driscoll is more than your average marriage-ministry. Its mild-controversy between the covers! I’m late coming to the action, in reading this – but here below is my rather longer review, than what I normally post……. here’s one view and another view also.  Mark Driscoll is the poster-boy, kick-butt pastor for new-wave Calvinism. Here is an all-included marriage-manifesto […]

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