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so 16, turning 17…

So here’s my seasonal list. It was a curious year that saw many wonderful and varied things globally and locally, including Julie and I stopping drinking diet coke! Books still win out…. real books that is! Books I most benefitted from were You Are What You Love by James K.A. Smith, Strong and weak by Andy […]

one-to-one

Alongside and distinct from growing homegroups I’ve been so encouraged by increased life-on-life discipleship. We’re nurturing that in triplets and they’re motoring! New combinations, unlikely combinations and kingdom combinations are popping up in surprising ways. Here’s why I think they matter…. Up-close discipleship invites everyone to bear his or her weight. It nurtures self-leadership and […]

five on Friday

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” Ephesians 5 v 1-2 1 Don’t be defined by what you’re against: its about embracing Jesus! 2 A great summary of […]

five on Friday

“Most churches have not developed a good way of combining spiritual formation with missional living. That’s a capacity issue. It’s one thing to want to see your people move forward; it’s another to have the calling to actually move them forward. As the leader, you may be gifted to move into this personally, but if […]

favourites

as the year winds down…..here’s been some of my favourites…..so what about yours? Five favourite fun moments: Walking with a church through pain and loss into a new and enduring knowledge of Gods love, Grenson vibram footwear gifts aka my new preaching shoes, sitting with others in the possibility and hope of new beginnings, the extended […]

rest?

Might seem highly unlikely…..for Christmas isnt’ just busy but exhausting. Here’s five tips that will help you to stay sane and to enjoy the Christmas season. From a seasonal mailing bulletin: here’s the fuller resource. Tip 1: Remember to enjoy the message of Christmas personally. see Luke 2 v 19 for more… Tip 2: Remember that it’s […]

five on Friday

“The huge irony is that the more the gospel is offered in consumer terms, the more the consumers are disappointed.”  Eugene Peterson 1 Citizen or consumer. Ally Simpson’s perspective. 2 For your usefulness as a leader, please do read. Read more! 3 Transition, learning and leadership. Brad’s story is worth reflecting on. 4 Lasting relationships […]

funnies…..

Lines from others in the last few days. Who says life is boring….?! ‘The Holy Spirit often likes to turn up and say boo!’ From a vicar friend, “Stalk me on Facebook but don’t look me up on Crockfords!” Have we become more salt and vinegar, than salt and light people? Nobody actually eats welsh […]

five on Friday

“Hope is not about proving anything. It’s about choosing to believe this one thing: that love is bigger than anything anyone can throw at us.” Anne Lamott 1 Philip Yancey tells us where the grace has gone.  2 Parker Palmer on what is and what could be. A few mins of video. 3 A six pointer […]

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