recent reading…

By |2018-07-28T10:47:37+00:00July 28th, 2018|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, random, theology, writing|

Decent amounts of reading make for a great holiday tradition for me. Here's what I've read recently.... and here's the headlines if they're of interest to you?! Yes some of you have asked, so here's the titles, how I rated it out of 5, a simple one sentence summary and a favourite sentence quote. Just a takeaway... Sandcastle Kings, Rich Wilkerson Jr 2.5* A surprising rummage in Luke 7 around longings, lack and the lordship of Jesus Christ. p45 "In scripture two things amaze Jesus. Great faith and lack of faith. When Jesus looks at your life, what does he [...]

words about God

By |2017-06-10T16:51:46+00:00June 10th, 2017|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, theology, writing|

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 weighted words. This book drips with wisdom and is full of life. His heartbeat for the gospel is gently and winsomely proclaimed, “Always and everywhere in Scripture our attention is brought back to the central fact: God is a person; God makes persons; God remakes [...]

five on Friday

By |2017-01-14T20:11:02+00:00January 8th, 2017|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, writing|

John Wesley, the great evangelist, said, “Give me a hundred persons who fear nothing but God, hate nothing but sin and are determined to know nothing among men but Jesus Christ and him crucified, and I will set the world on fire with them.” 1 Samuel Lane's worship ministry is so very helpful - enjoy this.  2 Habit formation is vital to pastoral ministry - a TED talk perspective 3 Mary deMuth is a helpful voice and here's her writing wisdom 4 Attractional church is not enough, it has to be about mission! 5 The ministry of presence and the Church [...]

so 16, turning 17…

By |2017-01-09T19:10:12+00:00January 3rd, 2017|discipleship, faith, fun, leadership, personal, writing|

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 Crouch, Essentialism by Greg McKeown, Deep Work by Cal Newport, Brand Luther by Andrew Pettegree, Being Disciples by Rowan Williams, The Imperfect Pastor by Zack Eswine, The Seven Stories That Shape Your life by Gerard Kelly, The Pastor’s Justification by Jared Wilson, The Emotionally Healthy [...]

Are you ready?*

By |2017-01-14T20:32:22+00:00December 16th, 2016|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, writing|

I groan when I’m asked “Are you ready for Christmas?” It seems to get earlier and earlier each year. However, Christmas is God’s preparation to meet us. No-one looked forward to the first Christmas more than God. For all eternity He set his heart and mind to coming, dwelling, loving, revealing himself and redeeming humankind at Christmas. Nothing would have stopped him. The detail of God’s preparation, patient waiting and the oversight of all the characters makes for an unforgettable Christmas story. It unfolds with majesty and purpose. It’s the story that has defined history. The shepherds were instructed to [...]

more?

By |2016-10-27T12:25:28+00:00October 22nd, 2016|church life, coaching, discipleship, personal, theology, writing|

The invitation of God for us is abundance. Always. We hear the well-known patter of John 10v10, and the promise of life to the full in Jesus, or we recall childhood exuberance in the singing, “Our God is so big, so strong and so mighty….” And yet we can feel lost to this truth of God’s abundance. Sunday night’s passage called me back to this strongly. John 2 sees another encounter with Jesus surrounded by wedding day disappointment due to a wine deficiency! Each of the huge six stone water pots, about the full height of an average man, would [...]

Brexit reality

By |2016-06-24T18:15:43+00:00June 24th, 2016|church life, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, writing|

Waking up today was like no other. Here's one of my favourite Psalms, reworked....... God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, whatever the economic predictions, whatever the governmental shifts. The FTSE and share numbers need not trouble us. Though layers of turbulence and uncertainty lie ahead. Though Cameron, Farage and Boris would falter There is a sure-place, a confidence we have in our one-true-God. The never-failing promises of God in Jesus will prevail, Heaven isn't insecurely fragile as though under threat. Whilst speculation, fear and horrid debate still result Though prideful bluster [...]

five on Friday

By |2016-06-15T21:49:09+00:00June 17th, 2016|church life, coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, writing|

"If you look up into His face and say, "Yes, Lord, whatever it costs," at that moment He'll flood your Life with His presence and power." Alan Redpath 1 Wilson's wisdom on Bethel life and ministry. 2 Daily getting smarter....? tools and helps? 3 Blocks to leading well. Courage to overcome.  4 Salty faith, and the inspiring Scott Sauls. 5 Broadening life in pastoral leadership.

lower

By |2016-06-22T12:28:43+00:00June 4th, 2016|church life, coaching, faith, leadership, personal, theology, writing|

"The gospel begins with our brokenness and inability, not our power and potential. Billy Graham once said that rarely is it someone's sin that keeps them from heaven; usually, it is their good deeds. In the same way, it is our false sense of ability, not our inabilities, that keeps us from the power of the Spirit. Thinking we can get along fine "apart from" him keeps us from the gift of power available in Him - John 15 v 5 When you finally come to the place where you realise you have no true power, then you are ready [...]

favourites…

By |2015-12-29T23:01:01+00:00December 28th, 2015|coaching, discipleship, faith, leadership, personal, theology, writing|

at year end. Here's some things that I've gathered quickly from the memories of the past months. Some of my favourite from 2015! books 1 The good and beautiful community, by James Bryan Smith 2 Visions of vocation, by Steven Garber 3 Yawing at Tigers, by Drew Dyck 4 Creating a missional culture, by JR Woodward 5 Giving blood, by Leonard Sweet discoveries 1 Swiss mountain-views with Julie, Northumbrian wide open spaces and Cornish coastlines were thrilling 2 Summer-sunshine water-play and pure silliness with Noah & Esther, sans wifi! 3 Culling a serious excess of stuff - was both helpful [...]

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