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In any creative enterprise there are risks, and false-starts resulting in glorious and rare fruit, often unseen elsewhere. Manchester has known the gift of the Message Trust, and God’s honour has been seen in the mix of this gritty, consistent movement of changed lives. The unrelenting faith of a life sent on purpose is portrayed in […]

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 […]

Transformation, not substitution.

I was grabbed by the John 16 v 23-30 reading from last weekends lectionary. I love the plain speaking of Jesus about His Father. It’s so helpful here to see how our Heavenly Father answers joyfully……and how He provides lovingly. I spoke about how God brings joy to our lives, not by substitution, but by transformation. […]


Margaret Feinberg is a writer well-worth reading….here’s a paragraph from her newest work: Wonderstruck. “The wondrous calling of God on our lives is to become conduits of a holy replenishment. As children of God, we’re meant to live on high alert, watching for the possibility of divine restoration in the lives of those around us. […]

charts rarely move me

….to tears but this one did! just, what did we do? what happened… heart screams, why did this have to happen!? “If the gospel is about transformation, how is it that two thousand years of proclamation have had so little effect? How is it that the gospel of Jesus Christ, so far from producing radical change, […]

7 things I’m learning about fear

in all sorts of ways, in all sorts of contexts, with all sorts of people…… 1. Don’t fear failing. Fear is not obeying. 2. Fear is a trickster. No-where and no-one on earth is beyond the reach of God. 3. All fear is but the notion that God’s love has an expiry date.  4. Your fears don’t decide […]

the brilliance of Aslans rule

++Rowan Williams, The Lions World: 5 stars. Clarity and creativity are fused with imagination and interpretation in this sweep of Narnia. Rowan William’s insight & writing are majestic. There is freshness and warmth to the underbelly of this beautiful new work. The lightness of touch must not disguise the depth of incision, with a poetic […]

imitating Jesus….

….here are some of the buzz-group threads from the last couple of days…….. great stuff….. …anything that cheers on more depth and health in God, has gotta be good! “Many churches equate discipleship with knowledge…The essence of discipleship is transformation not information.” “From Judas we learn that knowledge about Christ alone does not result in […]

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