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disarmed

In 1903, Rainer Maria Rilke replied in a series of letters to a student who had written to the well-known Austrian poet for an assessment. Written during an important stage in Rilke’s artistic development, these letters contain many of the themes that later appeared in his best works. Letters to a Young Poet is essential reading […]

radical

well, it can be rather over-used language. It’s hackneyed, and more than a little cliched. But here’s some out-takes from my reading of John Howard Yoder from Radical Christian Discipleship, his popular-level essays. Theres some gems here. “The most popular alternative to trying to fit in is to try to be different..What these rebels often do not see is […]

movements

Movements that change the world, by Steve Addison is a great book. And here’s some of my favourite parts. “Movements are informal groups of people with an agenda for change. They have leading figures but no one person in control. Movements make history. “Movements change people, and changed people change the world.” “The New Testament […]

off-cuts!

Here’s some of the many parts that didn’t make it into today’s preach…… Gerald May, a brilliant Christian psychiatrist wrote this;- “Honesty before God requires the most fundamental risk of faith we can take: the risk that God is good and that God loves us unconditionally. It is in taking this risk that we rediscover […]

love

yes, One-way love……according to Tullian Tchividjian It is one of the books in my recent reading bundle, and it’s a goodie. So perhaps you’re not going to read all of it, or even some of it. Here are some of the best bits. “The Bible is one long story of God meeting our rebellion with […]

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 […]

reading…..

Here’s the quotes from my re-reading the brilliant and timeless Community and Growth, by Jean Vanier. “I am struck by how sharing our weakness and difficulties is more nourishing to others than sharing our qualities and successes.” “Many people are good at talking about what they are doing, but in fact do little. Others do a […]

notes

There are so many conference ‘scenes’ out there,…..and definitely never the budget to attend all of them. So here are some of the best of the recent #C3 conference. “Jesus makes everything better, including trouble.” Jentezen Franklin “Love the calling you have, not the one you wish you had.” @JudWilhite “The praise that costs the […]

encouragements

Here are four gutsy bible encouragements, from the inimitable Paul Tripp. Absolute truth wedges, that I’m appreciating this afresh week. This past year you were accepted by grace, forgiven by grace, transformed by grace, delivered by grace and the work of grace is not done! This past year exposed how the weakness of sin still lives […]

best

Advent reading thus-far. These are some of my favourite take-aways……. “Life is about recognizing Christ in all our journeys.” Trystan Owain Hughes Every year we celebrate the holy season of Advent, O God. Every year we pray those beautiful prayers of longing and waiting, and sing those lovely songs of hope and promise. Karl Rahner […]

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