"In any creative enterprise there are risks, mistakes, false-starts, failures, frustrations, embarrassments, but out of this mess - when we stay with it for long enough, there slowly emerges love or beauty or peace." Eugene Peterson 1 The salutary warning, from The Shallows, by Nicholas Carr. 2 A dream bucket-list of bookshops to visit, perhaps....just perhaps! 3 Chris Russell's great prompt. Why evangelism is non-negotiable. Always. 4 Don't just write a book, but write a serious book. A work of depth. 5 Characteristics of the false self: God's beckon out of the 'pretend life.' Great EHS resources again.
We are warmed by fire, not by the smoke of the fire. We are carried over the sea by a ship, not by the wake of a ship. So too, what we are is to be sought in the invisble depths of our own being, not in our outward reflection in our own acts. We must find our real selves not in the froth stirred up by the impact of our being upon the beings around us, but in our own soul which is the principle of all our acts. from Thomas Merton
'notes to self' always interest me! I never cease to be helped and challenged by this mode of writing. Mark Driscoll hosted a conversation with John Piper about what he'd advise in pastoral ministry. Here is some of the advice he offered:- I would quote: “Don’t question in the dark what God showed you in the light.” Darkness comes. In the middle of it, the future looks blank. The temptation to quit is huge. Don’t. You are in good company. You are in the pit with King David. He waited. “I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and [...]
Deliver me... from what they want me to be. Deliver me... from what they expect me to be. Deliver me... from the script written in my head. Deliver me... from the people-pleaser inside me. Deliver me... from the weaknesses inside of me. Deliver me... from the fear of expressing me. Deliver me... from the fear of being me. Deliver me... from what I expect to be. Deliver me... from I think I need to be. Deliver me... from the pressures around me. Deliver me... from the limiting small-mindness and crushing fears. Deliver me... from anything less that 'your' best. Deliver me... [...]
...leave the world.... “When John says, ‘Leave the world,’ he does not mean the world with its desperate needs that cry out to be served. He means the self-centered projects, programs, demands—rationalized, justified and even glorified—of security, pleasure, esteem and power, which hinder our growing up into full human personhood.” Thomas Keating ....choose better, ..choose more, choose life.
leadership beyond narcissism and self-preservation, is often rare to see........horrible, but true! I'm often challenged about what is the real, albeit concealed, motivation in Christian leadership...... hence in the redelineation of diocesian boundaries, this leadership rationale is humbling to hear, as Bishop Nick Baines paints it this way:- "The church does not owe me a living and it is not about my security......" "........we must not make decisions based on fear, risk-aversion, nostalgia, conservatism or self-interest. That is a denial of any hint of Christian vision, theology or mission." Lets arise in godly assurance, deeper faith and gutsy integrity so that the best [...]
Reading Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline this morning and concerning the discipline of submission, I came across this brilliant passage again:- Forgive me for quoting the whole thing, but the brilliance of it can’t be undersold... "Self-denial is not the same thing as self-contempt. Self-contempt claims that we have no worth, and even if we do have worth, we should reject it. Self-denial declares that we are of infinite worth and shows us how to realize it. Self-contempt denies the goodness of the creation; self-denial affirms that it is indeed good. Jesus made the ability to love ourselves the prerequisite [...]