Lifegroup resources LOOK UP, Psalms, August to September 2020 Defiant Joy: John, July 2020 Calling and courage: Esther, June 2020 The Kingdom of God: in the Parables, April & May 2020 The joy of life with Jesus, in Philippians, January to March 2020 Wake up, Advent resources, December 2019 The Big Story of God 'From Genesis to Hallelujah' - Sept to Nov 2019 In the company of Ephesians - May to July 2019 Life at the wall: Nehemiah series - January to March 2019 Church news & teaching outlines with audio recordings 9th August- Defiant joy: living 2nd August- Defiant joy: [...]
“The Bible’s purpose is not so much to show you how to live a good life. The Bible’s purpose is to show you how God’s grace breaks into your life against your will and saves you from the sin and brokenness otherwise you would never be able to overcome…the Gospel is, ‘if you are absolutely accepted, and sure you’re accepted, only then will you ever begin to obey.’” Tim Keller 1 Fifteen things that happy people don't care for..... Interesting stuff. 2 'Scruffy hospitality' and the kingdom of God. What does this look like for you? 3 Ten reasons to memorise large chunks [...]
"Secular liturgies capture our hearts by capturing our imaginations and drawing us into ritual practices that 'teach' us to love something very different from the kingdom of God." JKA Smith Desiring the Kingdom. 1 William Borden's epic life impact: 'no reserve, no retreat and no regret' summarised well & briefly. 2 So when a staff member leaves, how to approach it? A great summary here. 3 Jo Swinney's great five-point reminder about slowing down. Needful. 4 Emily's beautiful writing about the challenges of living 'poor'. 5 Essential time management hacks. We can all improve, right!?
We speak about where there are no tears, no death, no fear, no night. Those are just the benefits of heaven. The real beauty of heaven is seeing God. 1 Eight lessons from Pixar for churches and leaders. Transferable insights. 2 John Burke's great take on how to measure maturity. 3 Five must know, time-management tools. Helpful stuff. 4 150, the innovation of loneliness and social media. Five minutes of video greatness. 5 Fifteen awkward church moments. We've all known these right!?
“Radical obedience to Christ is not easy... It's not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And He is more than enough for us.” David Platt. 1 Alison Morgan's great summary of Alan Hirsch's, The Forgotten Ways. Worth your time....and the real book as well! 2 Ten principles at the start of ministry life. Great stuff from JA Wilson. 3 Four questions when Jesus confronts us, JD Greear's great content. 4 The dare of a screen-free [...]
I unpacked a little of Genesis 41 v 1-41 today. It's a great mix of fatted calves, grain options, dreams and all else. And no I didn't linger too much with this but amidst my raw reflections there's much about faithfulness, direction, dreams, and more than a few bumps along the way. My three big ideas were these..... 1 Surrender afresh to God’s will. v 1-24 2 Speak of God’s work. v 25-32 3 Serve with God’s wisdom. v 33-41 Here were some of my outtakes; Julie says I preached like I really believe them! "God's plan transcends all else. But [...]
Go on. Lead with a yes. Trust people. Encourage people. Nurture the best in everyone you come across. Believe that everyone wants to make a difference in the world. Every believer is a potential church planter. Everyone is a minister and a missionary. The first twelve disciples were not the dream team. They were far from ideal. It wasn’t a professional show, it wasn't passing. It was a never-ending movement. It remains an invitation. So what is your part......?
"Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace." Frederick Buechner 1 Three words to banish from your leadership vocabulary. Yes these three. 2 Paul Tripp's perspective on no ministry limits. None. None of ours, right. 3 Dialogue in difference is so lacking so. Thank you for this Mohler & Hauweraus study of contrast and faith. 4 Ten life-affirming reasons [...]
Here's something I read today by David Benner. I'm really struck by this. "It’s so hard for many of us to encounter things we can’t fix. That’s the trouble with living in a broken world. There is so much that we simply can’t fix – in ourselves, in others, in the world. The problems are simply too vast and our solutions are, at best, half-vast. Welcome to God’s world. But note how God seems to relate to these vast problems. God’s response seems to be to come along side those who are suffering and hold their pain, not eliminate it. [...]