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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 […]

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….

good work

Christian scripture gives us hope for all of life. For all of our lives including our workplaces, despite frustration, they are to be places of formative spiritual hope in the face of pursuing vocation in this world. So here Keller considers the nature of work, how sin messes up work, and how the gospel of Jesus Christ relates […]

goodness

This is a top class compilation of the best of Gospel-Centred Discipleship resources. This is a rare and significant volume addressing three layers of discipleship; making disciples, maturing disciples, and multiplying disciples. Though rooted in an American and conservative context, there is much for rich and full application for all who read this. I found […]

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 […]

Noah

So this afternoon we discovered our local independent cinema and spent part of our day-off with Aronofsky’s Noah. Noah is an ambitious piece, set initially in a scorched, desolate post-apocalyptic world. Think very flat, low budget, Mordor country. There are some bold and ingenious script moments, but also some flat, unhelpfully slow and disappointing cul de […]

risk-takers

This is one of best reads from this quarter. It’s 5-star stuff, and an ideal Christmas gift read. It’s an ideal catalyst to a renewed way of faith and action that will energise your life and ultimately honour God. Here’s my review of it. “This is a pacey, engaging and thoroughly challenging book from the […]

light

Packing Light is a new release title from Allison Vesterfelt. This is a powerful travel memoir full of restlessness, soul and spirit. The road is the journey, and this is where the real joy is found. It’s heartfelt, warm and full of wisdom. Her meandering voice is worthy companionship in this fifty-state journey. Vesterfelt’s handling […]

silence explored

Christianity has had a struggling relationship with silence. We have a wordy faith filled with volume that finds difficulty to accept anything less. Pascal wrote that “all of man’s misfortunes come from one thing, which is not knowing how to sit quietly in a room”. Diarmaid MacCulloch here charts this problematic and often contradictory relationship with power, […]

boundless……

OK never judge a book by its cover: but you’re allowed to judge the cover right?! Sadly the ugliness of this book is unavoidable. Here we have a super little volume packed with fresh, creative and engaging faith. The likes of which rarely comes along, and is also worthy of your confidence for the neighbour, […]

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